While coaches Rufino Aguon and Elias Rangamar try to shape up the men’s and women’s National basketball teams for the upcoming 6th Micronesian Games, the Basketball Association of the Northern Mariana Islands will be working to prepare individuals for officiating the action.
Rangamar, who also serves as vice president of BANMI, said during an interview yesterday that BANMI will meet with referees this Saturday at 1:30pm, and follow up with a meeting next Saturday with individuals interested as volunteering as statisticians for the Games.
“This is just to get started in organizing the officiating so that we can be ready for the Micro Games,” Rangamar said.
He added that BANMI will be meeting with individuals interested in refereeing, keeping statistics, scoring the games, working the game clock and shot clock, and volunteering.
With the Games nearing, Rangamar said the refereeing will be open to individuals who are at least Level I certified.
“We’re going to try to upgrade them to Level II,” he said.
All officials will then get proper training through officiating in the upcoming 4th Annual Budweiser Cup BANMI Men’s Island-wide Basketball League and BANMI Women’s Basketball League, both of which are scheduled to get underway on Saturday, April 22.
So far, six teams have confirmed participating in the league including the men’s national team. Expected to give the team a fight are three-time defending champion Toyota Ol’Aces I, four-time UFO and defending MDX champion Samahang Ilokano at Pangasinense, 2006 Inter-Government Basketball League pennant champion Tinian, 2005 IGBL champion No Zone, and an all-star team comprised of players to be selected by Bud Cup commissioner Abner Venus.
Meanwhile, Rangamar, in an earlier interview, said the women’s national team will be joined by the Garapan Rollers, Saipan Southern High School, and possibly a team from San Antonio for the WBL.