The Oceania championship was tipped off today with Australia facing Guam in Saipan. The tournament is held every four years with a unique chance for the teams of the region to play against Australia and New Zealand. There no tournament in 2005 though as the Mini Pacific Games were held that year. So the first Oceania championship in almost 8 years hit the road today. Guam surprised sloppy Australian team with a brave start to the game. They grabbed the initiative early and rolled to a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Australia came back from slumber in the second stanza. They tightened their defense and limited Guam to 8 points clipping the margin to a single point at halftime. Things changed little in the third frame as the teams were plagued by numerous misses and turnovers. The Aussie team however managed to surge in front and they earned a 37:36 lead into the final stanza. Things finally started to work out for Australia in the fourth period as they gained control. They outgunned Guam 20:6 and celebrated an unconvincing victory at the end. Thomas Daly paced the charge with 12 points. Jeremy Hill added 11 points, while Sean Mullan (-F-90) produced 9 in the win. Joseph Blas (183-G/F) responded with game-high 16 points and 7 boards for Guam. William Stinnett (186-G-86) finished with 10 points in defeat.
25-year old American (has also Guamanian passport) guard Earnest Ross (196-103kg-91, college: Missouri). He played in the summer at Ballarat Miners in Australian SEABL-East. In 22 games he averaged impressive 19.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 5.0apg and 2.1spg. Last year (a year after he left the college) Ross was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in fourth round (74th overall). He attended University of Missouri until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro... [read more]
5th at the end of the Regular Season, managed to triumph in Guam. In Game 2 they posted a 92-82 win. Earlier Toothfairies won the Final opener beating MVP in a thriller. In a back-to-back game Toothfairies grabbed a 106-104 win in Game 1. Kirk Long was named the best player of the game as he collected 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. [read more]
Toothfairies clinch GBA title sweeping the series against MVP. The team that finished 5th at the end of the Regular Season, managed to triumph in Guam. In Game 2 they posted a 92-82 win. Earlier Toothfairies won the Final opener beating MVP in a thriller. In a back-to-back game Toothfairies grabbed a 106-104 win in Game 1. Kirk Long was named the best player of the game as he collected 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
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