Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GB Chance for Bucci

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

GB Chance for Bucci

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Byline: Basketball

Ralph Bucci, the native New Yorker and adopted Teessider, has been asked to represent Great Britain Basketball for the forthcoming European Games.

The team of players has been brought together under new coach Chris Finch in readiness for the next European Championships to ensure qualification for the Olympic Games in 2012.

Teams are allowed only one nationalist player in their squads and Finch believes Ralph is the man to make a difference.

Ironically Ralph, who is currently on Teesside, is still undecided about where he will play next season after turning down a few offers in Greece and Cyprus.

A good performance in an England vest may entice some good offers from clubs participating in the Euroleague.

Great Britain are currently in group B of the European Championships and to be eligible to play in the Olympics they must progress to group A.

This means qualification next September.

The goal is to be active for the London Games and while Great Britain have never dominated the basketball globe, their potential is obvious. …

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