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Yi, Guam savor Asian U18 experience in India
INDIA (FIBA U18 Women's Asian Championship) - Guam U18 Women's Head Coach Jimmy Yi is grateful of his team's experience in the recently concluded FIBA U18 Women's Asian Championship that was held in Bangalore, India.
Although Guam finished last in Division B of the tournament, Yi remained positive and believe the experience will bode well for Guam's future in basketball.
"It was great, the games were well played, officials were good, staff was awesome, overall wonderful experience," shared Yi.
"Competition was fantastic. It seemed like any other FIBA tournament we play in. We had great support and I believe we also earned some fans from India," he added.
Playing for the first time at the Asian level, Yi acknowledged that they have a lot of work ahead of them to be competitive in this region.
"I’ve learned a few of the protocols regarding the tournament so we will be more prepared next time. We lack in height, I hope we can find some bigger players for future competitions," Yi said.
"The tournament taught me that the level of Basketball is getting better and better! Also, there is so much more to learn based on watching other teams play," he added.
Guam also took advantage of the opportunity to travel and explore India in their trip to Bangalore.
"We went to the parliament on our rest day and having all the 16 countries together in place was nice. We had a chance to visit Wonderla, the girls had a blast," shared Yi.
"We look forward to another tournament and feel very blessed to participate in our first Asian-level tournament. Thank you to our attaché (Meena) that was with us throughout the week. She was so helpful and nice," Yi ended.