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From: Antwon
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Date: 08/09/2022 10:53:42
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Hey everyone! We are back and better than ever for another term, and another season of Americas competition. Our group for this first half of competition consists of Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Peru and Uruguay look to be the most formidable opponents but we do not plan to take anyone lightly. We had our first game of the group yesterday, in a battle vs Ecuador.

Truthfully, Ecuador is just not a good team and it showed on the court. They only have 2 players above 10k salary, so as you could expect, this game was a stomp. We ended up taking the 111-67 victory, which saw a nicely balanced scoring effort from our team. Nicolas Gardner led the way with 17, followed closely behind at 16 from Gilbert Hendrickson and then Troy Holbrook off the bench. One takeaway from this game is that we need to relax a little bit on the fouling. We gave them way too many free points from fouling so we will try to clean that up for next week.

Next week we go up against Costa Rica. Despite starting off with an 0-1 record in a loss to Peru, Costa Rica actually has a much better roster in comparison to previous seasons. They used to struggle to roster players above 10k salary, but they have 9 this season with the highest being a 20k C. We are going to come out next week and take care of business.

Go USA!

From: Antwon
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Date: 08/17/2022 10:06:29
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United States 119-88 Costa Rica

Very clean game from the squad today, scoring 119 points on above 62% shooting from the floor. Costa Rica put together a nice game for themselves, but I was happy to see us come out and simply dominate. Rodney Parham in particular had an incredible game, shooting 13-17 from the floor scoring 27 points with 9 rebounds. However, we severely lacked in the FT department, shooting only 57% from the line so that will certainly be our main focus going forward.

Up next is Uruguay. Uruguay sits at 0-1 due to their bye week occurring week 1, and are coming off a loss last week to Peru. They have a pretty solid roster overall, with their top salaried player being a 22k center, followed by a few PFs before hitting their guards at 18k. They are able to roster pretty much an entire team above 10k salary, so it will surely be a good battle for us early. Let's go get that dub.

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Date: 08/23/2022 11:24:38
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United States 94-72 Uruguay

Solid win from the team overall today. Uruguay is a pretty good team and we managed to come away with the 22 point victory. Not the best offensive performance, but the defense really showed out and holding them to 72 points is nice to see. Kraig Miller led the team with 20 points, although had a poor shooting performance. New member Ade Ledesma went a perfect 6-6 from the floor, coming in and making his presence instantly known on the court. He added 5 rebounds and 2 assists to go with his 13 points. There was a FT shooting performance increase from last week up to 75%, but still not where we want to be.

Next week we have Paraguay. Admittedly, Paraguay really just does not have a team to compete in the group this season. They are one of the weaker rosters, but given their player base it is one they can at least try to pull some interesting things off with. We are going to come focused next week and push to 4-0.

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Date: 08/30/2022 19:04:18
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United States 125-58 Paraguay

Really not much needs to be said about this game, we knew coming in that it was going to be an absolute stomp and that is what we got. A 67 point victory is always nice, with tons of scoring from a bunch of players, led by the one and only JVI with 23 points. We also had all 4 of our bigs get double digit rebounds so that wasn't really a competition, they had a total of 8 rebounds at half...yikes. So yeah, dominating performance as expected.

Next week, however, we have ourselves our first real challenge of the season when we go up against Peru. Peru has a very nice roster, led by their 33k salaried center Rafael Rico. They have yet to have any real competitive game, with their closest game to this point being a 15 point win over Costa Rica. This is surely going to be a good game, and we are going to show up and take care of business.

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Date: 09/07/2022 10:32:41
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United States 105-71 Peru

Very comfortable win this week against the toughest competition of the group. Peru got entirely outcoached which led to a pretty straight forward and easy game. Holbrook was letting it fly from downtown, going a perfect 5-5 from the 3 point line, and finishing at the top of the team with 21 points. Since it was a blowout game, we were able to see an equal distribution of minutes across the whole team, with all starters and backups playing between 22 and 25 minutes. It is always nice whenever everyone gets a nice chunk of playing time in a game. Overall a good, solid win and team moral is high.

Next week we have our bye week, so we will not see the court again until 9/19 where we will match up against Panama. Panama is currently tied for the worst record in the group at 1-3. They have some decent roster pieces, with a couple 20k salaried guys, but overall they do not have much depth. Should be a pretty straight forward game to close out the group.

See you all in 2 weeks!
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Date: 09/21/2022 10:07:26
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United States 109-54 Panama

It has been a little while but we are back! After a nice and relaxing bye week, we came out and smashed Panama. This game was decided before it began and the team showed why. Pure dominance from start to finish, with quality production coming from everyone that stepped on the court. Really not much to say about this game, the lead just kept growing and growing as the game went on.

That concluded our first group, with us sitting at the top at 6-0. Our 2nd group has been announced, and we will be going up against Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada and Argentina. We for sure got placed in the tougher group of the 2, but are still very confident we can put up good results and make the playoffs. We start off the group next week against Mexico. Mexico finished their first group at 3-3, and look to have a very solid group of guards holding it down over there. It should be a good game to start out the 2nd half of this Americas run.

Lets start the 2nd group strong!
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Date: 09/27/2022 14:22:48
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United States 134-77 Mexico

We start out the group with a very strong win over Mexico. Gardner came out the gates hot shooting 4-4 with 9 points within the first 2-3 minutes and the team took off from there. Very efficient shooting performance, with a 56% shooting percentage from both the field and the 3 point line. It was also a rebounding masterclass as all 4 bigs grab double digit rebounds. We need to clean up the fouling though and will work on that into next week.

Up next is a rematch with Costa Rica. In our first matchup, we took the victory 119-88 in convincing fashion. Truthfully we expect more of the same, so just going to come out and take care of business.

Go USA!