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Whitworth men's basketball welcomes Gallaudet University to the Fieldhouse

By Femi Abebefe

GallaudetFriday night, the Whitworth Pirates men's basketball team welcomed a unique visitor to the Fieldhouse. Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private school in Washington, D.C., for the deaf and hard of hearing.

The entire team and coaching staff is either deaf or hard of hearing, with the exception of the equipment manager who serves as the team's interpreter. Despite what some might think is a disadvantage, the Bison are a successful basketball program--coming off a record-breaking 20-6 season just last year. Whether it's trying to communicate with each other or the officials, the Bison are more than up for the challenge.

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Source: KHQ

Defending Conference Champion Morrisville State College Picked First in 2017-18 NEAC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

GallaudetGallaudet University closes out the top five with 127 points. The Bison, who received the final first-place vote, are coming off the best season in program history. In 2016-17, head coach Kevin Kovacs led his team to a 20-6 overall mark and the NEAC Regular Season Title. The Bison return two NEAC All-Conference players in Andy Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) and Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) to help lead a team that will be challenged in non-conference games against the likes of Whitman College and George Fox early in the year.

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Source: North Eastern Athletic Conference

Deaf Club Basketball - November 7

Deaf Club BasketballResults of Deaf Club basketball tournaments held on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Florida Blue Waves Basketball Tournament at Clearwater, Florida (9 teams).

Co-champions - FSAD Bombers and Florida Spartans. (Championship game not played due to lack of time)
Third Place - Florida Blue Waves.

D.C. Elite Hoyas First Annual Round Robin tournament.

DMV: 5-0
Capital City Cardinals: 4-1
Elite: 3-2
Holyoke: 2-3
Empire City: 1-4
NJ Thunder: 0-5

Source: DeafHoops/Facebook

USA Deaf Basketball hosts 3x3 national tournament qualifier

USA Deaf Basketball hosted its’ first ever 3x3 national tournament qualifier at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. last Saturday, October 7. The tournament was hosted in an open format with seven men’s team and an opportunity to compete in the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 national tournament in Colorado Springs, Colorado in April 2018.

Adroit which featured Kazeem Babatunde, Anton Jackson, and Kris Saucedo had a slow start with a 1-2 record and finding themselves having to play an extra game in bracket play. But they stepped up when it mattered the most defeating Union Market 21-12 in the quarterfinals and W 21-19 in the semifinals. In the championship game, Adriot topped Let it Fly 21-18 to take the first championship of tournament.

2017 USADB 3X3 Champ
Adroit - USADB 3 on 3 Champions. Anton Jackson (L) and Kazeem Babatunde (R).(Kris Saucedo - not pictured). Photo courtesy of USADB.

Round Robin
Let it Fly 2 Adroit 0
Trio 20 Union Market 12
W 13 Hoops We Did It 10
Trio 2 Snipers 0
W 21 Adroit 13
Union Market 2 Snipers 0
Let It Fly 21 Hoops We Did It 12
Adroit 21 Hoops We Did It 10
Let It Fly 16 W 14

Round Robin Record
Let it Fly 3-0
Trio 2-0
W 2-1
Adroit 1-2
Union Market 1-1
Hoops We Did It 0-3
Snipers 0-2

Trio 21 Hoops We Did It 19
Adroit 21 Union Market 12

Let It Fly 16 Trio 15
Adroit 21 W 19

Adroit 21 Let It Fly 18

Adroit: Kazeem Babatunde, Anton Jackson, Kris Saucedo.
Hoops We Did It: Jamal Garner, Jawaun Jackson, Esteban Kovacs, Trace Martin.
Let It Fly: Andy Cruz, Brandon McMillian, Noah Valencia, Jeremias Valencia.
Snipers: Derek Keels, Jon Mowl, Raymond Nelson, Orion Palmer.
Trio: Elonzo Arellano, Cody Crace, Anthony Finocchio, Devonte Ramsey.
Union Market: Jarvis Beaver, Bryan Lewis, NA (2).
W: Todd Bonheyo, Stephen DaSilva, Daniel Fava, Bren Stern.

Old Westbury Panthers Women’s Basketball Alumna Raven Pentz signs professional contract in Puerto Rico

By Harris Rappel

Santeras De AguadaOLD WESTBURY, NY --- ( Former SUNY Old Westbury women's basketball player Raven Pentz has signed a professional contract in Puerto Rico with Santeras De Aguada of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional Femenino (BSNF). The 2016 Skyline Conference Championship Most Outstanding Player was recently drafted fifth by Santeras De Aguada.

Pentz concluded her four-year (2012-16) Panther career having played in 103 games (102 starts) and scoring 990 points (9.6 p/game) while collecting 458 assists (4.4 p/game), 425 rebounds (4.1 p/game) and 155 steals (1.5 p/game).

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Source: SUNY College at Old Westbury Athletics

USADB appoints Joey Baer as National Director

USA Deaf BasketballContact: Christina M. Costello
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St. Cloud, MN - August 23, 2017 -

USADB is pleased to appoint Joey Baer to the USADB National Director, better known as Tournament Director. Many of you may know him as the former Deputy Commissioner and the Public Relations Director.

Mr. Baser assisted Interim National Director Chuck Wallace for the 2017 USADB National Tournament held in Washington D.C. last April. He worked with his committee to create the brackets, doing a live drawing on Facebook. During the 2017 USADB Tournament, he worked with Mr. Wallace to post game results on Facebook. Based on this recent experience, he has submitted some National Tournament Guidelines changes and improvements to the USADB Executive Committee and the Executive Committee has accepted all of them. We will continue to improve the National Tournament process as we move forward.

Mr. Baer resides in Pleasanton, California. He is committed to USADB and shows his willingness to help USADB be the leading Deaf basketball organization.

Welcome back, Joey Baer!

Press Release from USADB


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