Panama national basketball team

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FIBA ranking 33 Decrease 2
Joined FIBA 1958
FIBA zone FIBA Americas
National federation Federación Panameña de Baloncesto
Coach David Rosario
Olympic Games
Appearances 1
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 4
Medals None
FIBA Americas Championship
Appearances 9
Medals None
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The Panama national basketball team are the basketball side that represent Panama in international competitions.

Current roster[edit]


Panama National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
F 4 Degracia, Reyjavick 29 – (1981-11-05)5 November 1981 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Navieros de Colón
PG 5 Warren, Jamar 32 – (1979-02-18)18 February 1979 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) Toros de Aragua
SG 6 Pinnock, J. R. 27 – (1983-12-11)11 December 1983 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) UniCEUB/BRB
F 7 Robinson, Ariel 22 – (1989-02-14)14 February 1989 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Fayetteville State University
C 8 Archibold, Eduardo 24 – (1987-05-19)19 May 1987 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
SG 9 Forbes, Gary 26 – (1985-02-25)25 February 1985 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Free Agent
F 10 Ayarza, Josimar 24 – (1987-05-03)3 May 1987 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 9 de Julio de Río Tercero
C 11 Tesis, Joel 29 – (1982-03-19)19 March 1982 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) ESPOL
PF 12 Pomare, Leonardo 25 – (1986-04-05)5 April 1986 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Sendai 89ers
SF 13 Smith, Desmond Alexis 24 – (1986-11-24)24 November 1986 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Magnates
C 14 Lloreda, Jose 30 – (1980-11-10)10 November 1980 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Atléticos de San Germán
C 15 Garcés, Rubén 37 – (1973-10-17)17 October 1973 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Asociación Deportiva Atenas
Head coach

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  • Age field is age on August 30, 2011

Olympic Games[edit]

FIBA World championship[edit]

Pan American Games[edit]

FIBA Americas championship[edit]

Central American championship[edit]


1968 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 16 teams

Davis Peralta, Norris Webb, Luis Sinclair, Pedro Rivas, Eliecer Ellis, Calixto Malcom, Nicolás Noé Alvarado, Ernesto Arturo Agard, Francisco Checa, Julio Osorio, Pércibal Eduardo Blades, Ramón Reyes (Coach: Eugenio Luzcando)

1970 World Championship: finished 9th among 13 teams

Davis Peralta, Luis Sinclair, Pedro Rivas, Ernesto Arturo Agard, Julio Osorio, Pércibal Eduardo Blades, Julio Andrade, Herbert Cousins, Ronald Walton, Cecilio Straker, Mario Peart, Hector Montalvo (Coach: Carl Pirelli Minetti)

1982 World Championship: finished 9th among 13 teams

Ernesto "Tito" Malcolm, Rolando Frazer, Mario Butler, Rodolfo Gill, Fernando Pinillo, Reggie Grenald, Braulio Rivas, Arturo Brown, Mario Galvez, Adolfo Medrick, Eddie Joe Chávez, Alfonso Smith (Coach: Jim Baron)

1986 World Championship: finished 19th among 24 teams

Ernesto "Tito" Malcolm, Mario Butler, Rolando Frazer, Reggie Grenald, Rodolfo Gill, Fernando Pinillo, Braulio Rivas, Adolfo Medrick, Cirilo Escalona, Mario Gálvez, Enrique Grenald, Daniel Macias (Coach: Frank Holness)

2006 World Championship: finished 21st among 24 teams

Ed Cota, Rubén Garcés, Jaime Lloreda, Ruben Douglas, Michael Hicks, Maximiliano "Max" Gómez, Eric Omar Cardenas, Kevin Daley, Antonio Enrique García, Jair Peralta, Jamaal Levy, Dionisio Gómez (Coach: Guillermo Edgardo Vecchio)

Panama Pipeline[edit]

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, various Panama players played their college basketball in the United States at NAIA school Briar Cliff College as part of head coach Ray Nacke's "Panama Pipeline". Some of the members included national team members Rolando Frazier, Ernesto "Tito" Malcolm, Mario Butler, Eddie Warren, Reggie Grenald, and Mario Galvez. These players helped Briar Cliff to many NAIA Regional Championships, National Tournament appearances, and in 1981 the Chargers were ranked No. 1 in the nation in the NAIA's final regular season poll.

The new millennium brought another set of very good players from Panama, coming out of the local Superior Basketball Circuit (CBS), the under 21 team, and local players playing in Division 1 Universities in the United States. Panama has gone to 4 preolympic tournaments, 5 pre-world championships, one world championship (Japan)in 2006, and one youth basketball olympics (Singapore 2010)since the year 2000. The local program is based in neighborhood leagues that collect talent and export it to the United States. This symbiotic philosophy produces back the talent for the National Team.

Usually underrated and underestimated, Panama Basketball always manages to qualify to big tournaments and give stunning surprises, such as beating the United States in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007. Its long basketball tradition dating back to 1904, and its street basketball mentality of fighting hard to the end in basketball games, has made this Central American basketball program a "Classic" in the international scene.

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