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GUAM ON THE WIN COLUMN, VICTORY OVER MONGOLIA

Guam successful in rematch of the Asia Cup 2025 Pre-Qualifiers

By Carmen Gogue

The Guam men’s national team avenged their loss against Japan defeating No.100 world-ranked Mongolia 74-63 in Ulaanbaatar Sunday night in the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers.

Earnest Ross Jr. had 19 points with a respectable 8 rebounds to lead Guam.

Guam faced Mongolia in the Pre-Qualifiers in February 2023 with a one-point win 82-81 from a last second three-pointer from Ross.

Fierce Start

Mongolia won the jump ball but it was Guam who set the tone early with a made layup by Tai Wesley to put Guam on the scoreboard first.

Mongolia answered with a made jump shot from Bilguun Battuvshin but Ross acted quickly hitting a trey to put Guam up by three 5-2.

Earnest Ross Jr. gets ready to fire a three-pointer against Mongolia (photo by FIBA)

As Mongolia attempted to keep pace, Guam found their scoring rhythm leading by as much as 11 points in the first quarter.

Guam continued to keep a steady lead ending the first quarter 21-13 and eventually the half at 39-32 over Mongolia.

Sealed Win

Guam continued to control the game in the third quarter with versatile attacks. Made layups, a few dunks from Jonathan Galloway and Takumi Simon, and big three-point shots provided Guam the third quarter 58-48.

Guam’s well-rounded offense maintained the lead throughout the final quarter to fend of Mongolia ending the game 74-63.

Guam will host China in November this year in the second window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers.

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