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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 --- (www.OLDWESTBURYPANTHERS.com) 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).

Read more: http://www.oldwestburypanthers.com/news/2017/10/5/-ow-panthers-womens-basketball-alumna-raven-pentz-signs-professional-contract-in-puerto-rico.aspx

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

2025 Basketball Camp a success

Stars Basketball CampIt is hard to believe that the 2025 Basketball Camp is already over. It feels like it was just yesterday when we started the planning stage! It took us many days of hard work to make sure that the camp was ready and that the campers would have the best experience possible. Now it’s over and I am happy to let you know that the 20 campers did have a wonderful time, as did the coaches. Since day one to the end of camp, the campers increased their personal growth, basketball IQ, understanding of the game, and they have become better people both on and off the court.

I would like to thank those of you who made contributions to help the 2025 camp be a big success. First, I would like to thank the PARENTS and the COMMUNITY for believing in our program. Also I would like to thank Maryland School for the Deaf for their willingness to let us use their facilities for the camp. Lynn Ray Boren and Brian Bippus have been part of the team since the beginning when the idea was planted and they have helped a great deal in terms of making the idea become a reality. 2025 could not have happened without them. I want to thank our four coaches Stephen DaSilva, Orion Palmer, Anton Jackson, and Noah Valencia, for contributing their time and energy to help teach our campers.

We had several great guest speakers who were more than willing to come and share some wisdom with our campers each day during the camp. I’d like to thank all of them: Tamijo Coleman, Kevin Kovacs, Brendan Stern, James “Coach D” DeStefano, and Brandon McMillan.

We had three AAU basketball teams who were more than willing to come and play games with our campers to help enhance their game experience, thank you to the Playmakers teams. Thanks to Gallaudet University, Convo Relay, and Dick’s Sporting Goods for donating items for the camp.

We are already looking forward to next year’s 2025 camp which will take place on the west coast. If you are curious about the camp and want to get more information, please feel free to check out www.starsbasketballcamp.com. Keep an eye on the website for announcements coming up about next year’s camp. Once again, thanks to everyone who helped contribute in some way to this year’s camp. It means a lot to see how much our campers grew from the experience and we can’t wait to see how they bring this experience back to their schools and carry it with them for the rest of their lives as well.

2025 Basketball Camp Director

Jeremias Valencia

Michael Lizarraga continues pro basketball career in Mexico

By Michael Morris

Mazatlan NauticosThe season may have ended on a sour note for Michael Lizarraga and his Mazatlan Nauticos teammates, but the Dixon native and deaf professional basketball player continues to march at the beat of his own drum.

Known as “The Great One” by both friends and aspiring basketball players out on the Northwest Park blacktop in Dixon — where he’s logged hundreds of hours and thousands of jumpers — Lizarraga, 28, has excelled post-college in Mexico’s Cibacopa League where his team fell 102-94 in game seven of their second round playoff matchup Saturday against the Obregon Falcons.

Read more: http://www.thereporter.com/general-news/20170620/michael-lizarraga-continues-pro-basketball-career-in-mexico

Source: The Reporter

Norway’s Ortman joins USA 20U deaf basketball team

By Adam Niemi

USADB InternationalConnor Ortman is taking his basketball skills abroad this year.

The upcoming Norway High School senior is a member of the USA 20U Deaf Basketball team in the Deaf Basketball Championships in Bolivia.

The team will practice starting this summer in Washington D.C. and play in a nearly week-long tournament in Bolivia Oct. 8-14.

Read more: http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/sports/local-sports/2017/06/a-great-opportunity-2/

Source: The Daily News


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