The Solomon Islands Men's National Basketball Team has named the final team for the upcoming Pacific Games in Samoa.The squad has been training for over 6 months and has developed into a strong team. Coach Ryan Burns believes he has the right combination to be competitive in the South Pacific Games.
Coach Burns stated that the team has excellent balance and versatility with great depth in both the guards and the forwards and also a balance of offensive and defensive players.
"Having a squad of 17 players has made trainings very competitive and the players have really pushed each other each training session. This has been one of the reasons for the team's improvement over the months," says coach Burns. "These 12 players should be appraised their achievement and remember that as representatives of their country they have a job to do at the South Pacific Games."
Ryan Burns congratulates these 12 players, as they were initially apart of a squad of 27 players that has been gradually trimmed to the final team. Ryan Burns stated that the non traveling reserves are still very much part of the team as they will also play an important role in the preparations over the next month with competitive match play at trainings that will push all players to their limits.
The National Basketball Final Lineup:
RYAN BURNS - HEAD COACH
Moses Au, Augustine Basia, Timothy Goulolo, Junior Gwali, Leon Hatigeva, Moses Kivo, Alexander McFadden, Anthony Prince, Scaden Tesua, Davidson Toliliu, Waige Turueke, Allan Wane.
NON TRAVELLING RESERVES
Gavin Bare, George Fafalle, Trevor Kaitu'u, Goldie Kari, Frank Kivo