The Stingers of Samoa defeated Mesepa 68-64 to claim the Moso'oi Basketball Tournament. The Uptempo-Leone semifinal game was cancelled because of a massive brawl and the Stingers were crowned champion after their semifinal contest vs Mesepa. Leone and some fans got into it in the second quarter of the game with Uptempo leading 33 - 19. The American Samoa Basketball Association disqualified both teams on the spot because both benches had cleared during the brawl. Mesepa and the Stingers were supposed to have competed in the other semifinal game but the disqualification transformed their semi-final contest into the championship match.
In the fourth quarter of the game, the Stingers were sitting comfortably on top with a 15 point lead, 59 - 44 after a put back by Tony Schwenke. Mesepa called timeout, and with the score at 61 - 46, Foe Fa'alili dropped a three on the Stingers while Eugene Brown scored on a fast break to cut the lead down to 10 with 5.08 remaining. This time it was the Stingers calling for a break, because they were playing sloppy ball by turning it over and putting up bad and ill-advised shots. Fa'alili, the game's MVP, took over as he brought Mesepa on a near comeback win by sinking some great shots from beyond the arc. He buried a trey and scored another on a turnaround, while being closely defended, to make it a four-point game, 61 - 57. The visitors from Samoa scored a much-needed basket to extend the lead to six, but Fa'alili came back with another huge three-pointer falling out of bounds for a 63 - 62 score. Schwenke had played solidly for the Stinger down low, and he scored on of two free throws to make it a two-point game. Fa'alili missed a shot, but Vailili Malauulu was right there for the put-back to tie it 64 -64 with 2.43 remaining in the match. A foul sent Stefano Collins to the line, and he sank one-of two to give the Stingers the one point, 65 - 64 lead. The Stingers followed it up with a basket for a three point difference, and Vise Niko made it four after sinking on of two shots at the free throw line. Fa'alili tried one more shot from outside, but he was fouled. He missed all three attempts at the line, and that was the end of Mesepa's last gasp at a comeback win for the title. Fa'alili finished with 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting and did not get much help from his teammates, as he was the only one to score in double figures. He also had three steals and four turnovers. Malauulu scored nine on 4-of-13 shooting for Mesepa, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off three assists to go along with a steal, a block and three turnovers. Team-mate Opeta Seu was 2-of 5 for seven points , three rebounds and two turnovers. Schwenke led the visitors with a double double, scoring 25 on 10-of-18 field goals and grabbing 10 rebounds, four of them on offence. He also had one steal and four turnovers. Team-mate Birdie Bourne shot 7-of-15 from the field for 16 points, had two rebounds, two steals and assist and turned the ball over three times. Niko was 5-of-14 for 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had three steals and two turnovers. Mesepa shot a better field goal percentage from the field with 38.6% of their shots going in to the Stingers 33.8 %. The battle at the free throw line was almost equal, with Mesepa making 52.9% of their attempts to their opponent's 52.6. But Mesepa was out rebounded 55 - 44, outscored in second chance points 11- 8 and had fewer points off of the bench with only seven to the Stingers 11. The champions also scored more off turnovers with a 20 - 12 edge.
The appearance of the teams from Samoa has been appreciated at this tournament and it was interesting to see how the teams performed against the strong American Samoan sides in the tournament. The two teams from Falienu reached the quarterfinal stage and the Stingers claimed the trophy.
2015 Moso'oi Basketball Tournament is in full swing - 2 Years ago
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The American Samoa basketball association has kicked off it's 2015 Moso'oi basketball tournament on September 19th at the St. John Paul II gym in Malaeloa. In this year's tournament ASBA has been truly fortunate to have GHC Reid and company Vaimalu & Powerade and the American Samoa Visitor's Bureau as the major sponsor for this year's tournament. 'We're very blessed that GHC Reid & Company and American Samoa Visitor's Bureau answered our request with open arms. These companies are very we... [read more]
The American Samoa basketball association has kicked off it's 2015 Moso'oi basketball tournament on September 19th at the St. John Paul II gym in Malaeloa. In this year's tournament ASBA has been truly fortunate to have GHC Reid and company Vaimalu & Powerade and the American Samoa Visitor's Bureau as the major sponsor for this year's tournament. 'We're very blessed that GHC Reid & Company and American Samoa Visitor's Bureau answered our request with open arms. These companies are very well known in the community for supporting local functions and for being such great role models in our community' commented by ASBA President, Milton Taufa'asau. GHC Reid and company & American Samoa Visitor's Bureau were present at the opening of the tournament and were visible to the large crowd in attendance. Theresa Siataga from GHC Reid was there with her team in providing Vaimalu purified water and powerade during the competitions and also Deputy director Vaito'a Hans Langkilde was also in attendance representing the American samoa visitor's bureau. ASBA President was beaming with pride to see these companies making a huge impact in our tournament and allowing the association have this tournament. The tournament is made of two junior teams, 14 men's team and 5 women's team. The men's team are separated in two pools for their competition while the women's division will be a round robin format. After the soft opening which was led by prayer offered by ASBA Secretary-Treasurer & tournament coordinator, Paulo Pua'auli, and welcoming remarks by ASBA Vice president, Diehl Langkilde, the tournament quickly got underway with the introduction of the Junior division that had two competitions leading with Aua Rainmakers I versus the Tafuna Thunders. The junior division consists of players age range of 12 - 15 year olds. The Tafuna Thunders won both matchups against the tough Aua Rainmakers. The women division was up next that saw a friendly matchup between Aua versus Faga'alu Starz that was an intense game, but had the Starz come out in the last minute for the win. In the next women's game was a friendly matchup between the Aua team against Pago girls, led by coach Zero Iaulualo. It was a good game for the two teams, but saw too much of an advantage by the Aua team as they capitalized on turnovers and fast breaks led by Kadrenna Velega, a silver medalist from the women's national team that competed in Papua new guinea. The biggest surprise saw a young lady who is a 6th grader at 11 years old playing for the Aua women's team, Chamera Pereira. She showed great poise and played exceptionally well against the more seasoned ladies in the tournament. We'll be seeing a lot more of Chamera as the tournament progresses. In the men's division saw the return of the Aua men's basketball team led by Fagaloa basketball president, Michael Pereira. 'It's an exciting time for ASBA to have a Fagaloa return into competition and turnout of athletes from Aua is tremendous to see. We're very supportive of the Fagaloa basketball development group and hope to see more teams come out from that area' said Vice President of ASBA Diehl Langkilde. Air Ballers and Aua I were the first team on the ticket to start off the men's competition. It was a back and forth battle between the two teams, however fouls, costly turnovers by the Aua team and Raynor Whitcombe 20 point performance was a key factor for the Air Ballers win. In the second men's game had the young Aua II team going up against a new team from Iliili, Samurai. It was an exciting game that saw a young, but raw talent of both teams go up against each other. All four quarters was a trade of baskets going in each direction. However, the zealous Aua II team made a final push to grab the win against Samurai. In the final game of the day had two new teams join the tournament, Fatuoaiga Saints & Dawn Breakers. Led by a seasonal veteran coach who comes from a tradition of championships in the Fagaloa basketball league and ASHSAA high school basketball during his tenure at Samoana high school, Dave Lemisio. His style of coaching and philosophy was put into effect with this core of players of Fatuoaiga to go up against an untested Dawn Breakers team. It was a good test for both teams as they try to build chemistry and executing their offense, however saw a Fatuoaiga team that overpowered a young Dawn Breakers led by forward Charlie Kava. The Dawn Breakers were in high spirits regardless of the loss as they head back to the drawing boards to prepare for their next matchup. The American Samoa Basketball Association is very fortunate to have been able to use the Tafuna high school gym under the supervision of Principal Beauty Tuiasosopo, who is a huge supporter of youth development in sports and of ASBA. Principal Tish Peau of South Pacific Academy for allowing ASBA it's basketball clinics on the weekend and Father Vaiula Iulio with usage of the St. John Paull II gym in Malaeloa. 'It's with these great individuals that we're able to work with to use the facilities to promote our sport and conduct competitions that we are truly appreciative for generosity and kindness. Words can't express our gratitude. We also can't say enough for our major sponsors of GHC Reid and company of Vaimalu & Powerade and President, Mrs. Olivia Reid-Gillet and also the American Samoa Visitor's Bureau and their director, Mr. David Vaeafe for their great & tremendous support for the 2015 Moso'oi basketball tournament. You're generosity is great appreciated by ASBA and all of our basketball families' commented by Taufa'asau. Courtesy of: AmericanSamoaBasketballAssociation
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