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USADB selects Costello as Commissioner

United States of America Deaf Basketball (USADB) announced the selection of Christina Costello as Commissioner. She replaces Shirley Platt who announced her retirement several months ago. Costello moves up to the Commissioner position from Deputy Commissioner. She came aboard USADB in 2012 bringing a wealth of knowledge in USADB constitution and bylaws. 

Press relase from USADB (reprinted with permission from USADB).

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Deaf basketball players get a chance to play in Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District builds upon healthy sports activity while including special programs for the deaf and hard of hearing.

At Horner Park on Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Jose Roman, who's Hispanic, and Antonio Clark, who's African American, practice vehemently with a Chicago Park District basketball team called The Rebels.

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Glenn's "Spirit of Love" premeire

You don’t often see the deaf at a movie.

It is one of those things you don’t think about, because you don’t realize it’s missing, like not seeing blind men at an art gallery or someone who is mute at choral tryouts. Since most feature-length films are experienced through sight and sound, the hearing-impaired are normally relegated to the home-theater experience where closed-captioning is just a remote click away. Read full story.

Platt announces retirement from USADB

Yesterday, the USA Deaf Basketball (USADB) announced that Commissioner Shirley H. Platt has retired after thirty years of service for Deaf sports. The official press release from USADB is shown below.

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Mingo sets foundation to help hearing impaired kids

As the captain of the Purdue Boilermakers women’s basketball team for a third straight year, Andrea ‘Drey’ Mingo is no stranger to hard work. The 6-foot-2 forward was a McDonald’s All-American at Atlanta’s Marist high school, an AP honorable mention All-American in college and has dreams of one day being a pediatric cardiologist. But no amount of physical or mental training could have prepared her for the trials and tribulations she faced starting in her junior season at Purdue. Read full story.

New Mexico captures first USADB Championship


New Mexico Zia - 2013 USADB Champion. Left to right: AJ Williams, Derrick Smith, Matt Johnson, Brad Miller, Sekoe White, Coach Carl Denney, Robert Haney Jr., Edlin Dorn, Idris Osborne, Robert Huizar, Mikey Alvarado (Not pictured: Tony Wilkerson, Levi Anderson, Cruz Lane) 

By Butch Melton

In a thrilling overtime game before a packed audience of over 1,500 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania – the Zia of New Mexico defeated a determined Showstoppers team from Washington, D.C. on a mid-court buzzer-beating shot by Sekoe White as time expired in overtime, 97-96. Their victory clinched the 69th annual National Deaf Basketball Tournament.

The shot, christened The Philly Miracle – came on the heels of an 8 foot floater over the Zia’s 6’9 Edlin Dorn on the baseline by Showstopper scoring machine Brandon McMillan that had put the Showstoppers ahead, 96-94 with 5.5 seconds left, giving way to a premature celebration along the Showstopper bench and their fans area.

Quickly, Dorn grabbed the basketball, went off the court, handed it to White, who streaked downcourt surrounded by blue, the Showstoppers uniform color, and made a sharp cut to mid-court just past the baseline and made his shot “heard” around the Deaf World just before the buzzer sounded, setting off a wild celebration on-court by the Zia and the majority of fans in attendance.

The final score was emblematic of the game itself, which featured the Showstoppers team – comprised mainly of Maryland School for the Deaf alumna, all of whom were former Gallaudet cagers and the New Mexico Zia, a team that featured five Deaflympic players and coached by a man considered the best in the business.

From tip-off, it was apparent that the game would be a steady pull-out for the New Mexico Zia, who were heavily dependent on the guard combo of 6’4 Sekoe white and 6’3 Robert Haney. Behind those two, the New Mexico slowly but surely pulled ahead to a 12 point halftime lead over the young Showstoppers, 46-34. The first half had featured tenacious rebounding by the Zia’s imposing post players, the 6’9 Dorn and 6’8 Bradley Miller. The Showstoppers were able to stay close, if a dozen points behind could be called close, behind the balanced scoring amongst Fava, McMillan, Lehmann and 6’4 post Devon Cook – all of whom were scoring on a dizzying array of chip shots, layups and put-backs over the Zia’s loose defense, which had been the bane of their existence throughout the tournament.

Despite the Showstoppers best efforts, it looked like the Zia were well on their way towards the championship with that insurmountable lead and receiving the ball to open the second-half. That was when things became interesting.

The Showstoppers began to gain momentum when Brandon McMillan, a splendid 6’1 swingman became hot, scoring at will despite being guarded by the muscular Haney, long considered the USADB’s best defender. Combined with a nearly 7-minutes scoring lull by the Zia and a long ten minute break by the Zia’s 6’8 Miller, who was saddled with 4 fouls - the Showstoppers were able to catch up then claim the lead- causing whispers to spread amongst the gym of a possible upset.

However, despite McMillan’s 19 points in the second half, White’s 21 second half points enabled the Zia to grab an 85-80 lead with a minute left in regulation. Clinging to that 5 point lead coming out of a time-out, the Zia’s Johnson immediately was called for a travel, giving the ball back to the Showstoppers who capitalized on a quick three and two free-throws to tie the game 85 all, setting up the last 18 seconds to be the Haney Time, as he was known score at will in the dying margins of tight games. This time, the Showstoppers doubled-him and his shot from the top of the key bounced off the side of the rim, setting up overtime – the third overtime championship game in the last five years.

After trading baskets to open the overtime period, at the 2:45 mark, Haney was whistled for a technical on a controversial call, which called for his fifth foul and automatic disqualification from the game. This was looked at as a blow for the Zia’s championship hopes as Haney was the most dominant player in the USADB but this was where legends such as White are born.

The last two minutes saw Dorn of the Zia blocking every inside shot and White scoring at will. The Showstoppers McMillan was also brilliantly leading his teammates down the wire, engaged in that little scoring duel with White down to the events that led to the Philly Miracle.

New Mexico Zia 97, DC Showstoppers 96 (OT):

Showstoppers scoring: McMillan 33, Cook 15, Fava 19, Berrigan 9, Van Dalen 6, Paulone 4, Mabashov 3, Seibert 2

Zia scoring: White 41, Haney 25, Wilkerson 8, Miller 8, Dorn 8, Johnson 3

Game Notes: The final score was the tightest once since Los Angeles defeated New York City’s Union League 85-84 for their 4th straight championship in 1978 in Queens, NY. The Showstoppers McMillan scored 46 points in his last game for Gallaudet University. The Showstoppers defeated Bridgeport 87-70, Deaf Sports Academy (DSA Stars) 89-72 and Indy Hawks 68-54 to reach the championship game while the Zia defeated California 110-74, Carolinas 104-80 and the Arizona Desert Fire 66-56. The Zia’s Coach Carl Denney was coaching in his 6th championship game in the last 8 tournaments after a brief retirement last year. White, Haney and McMcillan are expected to be the Team USA Deaflympics mainstays this summer if all goes well. The HoD meeting went will with no major revisions. Arizona captured the consolation with a victory over the Indy Hawks while the Deaf Sports Academy came from behind to defeat the NoVa (North Virginia) for fifth place.


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