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#Final4 - Shamell: "We have the possibility of achieving something very important"

BARQUISIMETO (Liga de las Americas) - There were few who expected Mogi das Cruzes to be in the Final4 of the Liga de las Americas. However, the Brazilians kept growing through the tournament, with Shamell as a leader, and now they point to the title.

Shamell Stallworth shows calm before the big challenge. His long experience allows him to describe how the team that was the pleasant surprise of this season arrives to the conclusion.

To Shamell his team "is very well, training hard, knowing that we have to take advantage of this participation in the Final4. We are facing a great opportunity. We have a team with several players who have never been in an instance like this. In addition, there is great expectation in the city, which accompanies the team a lot and they know that we are facing the possibility of achieving something very important. Therefore, we must be very focused on what we should do, knowing the value of this commitment."

Mogi das Cruzes defeated Baurú, current Liga de las Americas champion, twice, first in the continental league and then in the Brazilian League. This would confirm that the team from Sao Pablo is in a good moment of the season, which could very up his mind.

According Shamell "We face the Final4 in a moment where we are playing well, with players at a high level. We had a coaching change at the beginning of the season and as time went by coach Danilo did a better job and the team is growing. There are details to correct, difficulties to overcome, but I think we're on the right track and there we must follow. Those victories demonstrate and encourage us."

Mogi will face the host, Guaros of Lara, at the first day of the Final4 on March 11 at the Domo Bolivariano de Barquisimeto.

Shamell expects what will be the keys to the game and has no doubt that the team will have to, "play hard, with a lot of intensity. We will face them in front of their crowd, we should not let them run, and we must lowering their pace and stop them to a low score. We cannot give them the counterattack, or let them score more than 60 points, if we beat them."

The opponent at the first game of the definition seems to benefit Mogi, because they avoid Baurú and Flamengo, the main favorites to win the title.

"I do not know if it is so, because the three opponents are strong and we know them well. We know Baurú and Flamengo, because we face them in the League of Brazil and Guaros, because we faced them in the Liga Sudamericana. We know how Guaros plays, which has good players, even made some changes to their roster. But the important thing is to focus on us and we must get stronger and do the best possible job at the first day, to reach the final," said Shamell Stallworth.

The leader of Mogi das Cruzes stressed the virtues of the team, while holding his and the team’s aspirations for the continental title.

"Mogi has a very strong team, solid, compact. We play with a lot of energy and we have players with great experience, like Larry Taylor and others who have improved, as Tyrone Cornell. We are a group that has always delivered in playing as a team. In this Final4 we must show that we are not here because of luck, but because of our merits. We will look for the two wins to become champions of America," he said.

Shamell Stallworth was already champion of the Liga de las Americas in 2013, with Pinheiros of Sao Paulo.

Shamell recalled that conquest, explaining that "it was a great joy to win that title with Pinheiros and it had points in common with the situation of Mogi. Everyone considered us the weakest team, as we are now. I got to three definitions of the Liga de las Americas in four years. That's great, not everyone gets it. Now I will try to win the title with Mogi."



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