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3×3 HOOPS REPEAT AS GOLDEN BOYS

Guam edges Fiji to win back-to-back Pacific Games gold

Guam Men’s Basketball held court and defending its gold medal in the Pacific Games, edging out Fiji 19-18 in the gold medal game of the men’s 3×3 basketball event Saturday afternoon in the Solomon Islands.

The team of Ben Borja, Michael Sakazaki, Reo Aiken and Mark Johnson redeemed Guam’s loss to Fiji last weekend in a heart-breaking loss to Fiji in the 5×5 gold medal match.

Men’s basketball gold medalists on the podium in the Solomon Islands. L-R: Ben Borja, Reo Aiken, Michael Sakazaki, Mark Johnson. (photo by Guam Basketball)

3×3 Basketball made its debut in the 2019 Pacific Games and Guam has won both. Borja and Sakazaki are returning members from that squad. The other two were AJ Carlos and Seve Susuico. That team is fondly remembered as ‘Seve’s Angels’.

Cool Note: Mark Johnson’s dad used to work with Seve Susuico’s mom. Growing up, Johnson used to live in the house Susuico is currently living in.

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