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June 19, 2007 > World Deaf Basketball Championships have a Fremont flavor

World Deaf Basketball Championships have a Fremont flavor

By Biff Jones

This coming Friday, June 22 through Saturday, June 30, Guangzhou, China will host the 2nd Deaf International Basketball Federation (DIBF) World Basketball Championships, for both men and women. Guangzhou is located in southern China, north of Hong Kong. Twelve men and eight or nine women will represent the United States in this world tournament. The men's championship will feature sixteen teams from around the world while the women's side will have nine teams.

The women have two groups, A and B, with the U.S. playing in Group A, along with China, Japan and Sweden. Group B will consist of Australia, Greece, Hong Kong, Lithuania and Ukraine. First round games will be a round robin format with each team playing all the other teams within their group once. After the first round, the top two teams in each group play a "knock-out" phase for first through fourth place where it is one loss and out. A1 plays B2 and B1 plays A2. The winners then meet for the Championship and losers play for third place. Teams finishing third or fourth after the first round, will play the same format for fifth through eighth place. A3 plays B4 and B3 meets A4.

On the women's team are two people from the Tri-City Area. Barbara Hyde is the Assistant Coach and will also serve as an emergency player on the team. Since the team will be short three or four players that are allotted on the twelve player roster, she will be available to play in case of injury or foul trouble by other members of the team. She is well qualified to play as she played for the USA in the Deaf Olympics held in Australia in 2006. Hyde hails from San Leandro and is a high school, girl's counselor at California School for the Deaf (CSD) in Fremont.

Jennifer Savage is the Team Manager and lives in Fremont. She also works at CSD as a middle school counselor.

Good luck to both teams, and updates on how the teams are doing will be forthcoming in TCV over the next couple of weeks.

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