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Guam defeat New Caledonia for the third place - Jun 26, 2009


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Guam - New Caledonia 61:59
Guam clinched the third spot at the Oceania Championship in Saipan. They held off New Caledonia in a tight battle to take the bronze medals.
The teams were plagued by low accuracy in the opening frame teaming up for just 14 points tied at 7 apiece. The tempo grew substantially in the second quarter. Guam fired four three-pointers in the period to accumulate a 30:29 lead at halftime. New Caledonia reacted with minor success in the third frame as they drew things level at 45 heading into the final period. Clarissa Passa helped New Caledonia to a 7-point lead midway through the final term. But Guam refused to fold and bounced back. Derin Santos and Maree Pelkey dragged the teams back in the contest denying the deficit. Raelene Tajalle knocked down a decisive free throw late in the encounter to propel Guam to a narrow victory at the end.
Derin Santos stepped up with 13 points to lead Guam. Ritalynn Anderson and Brainna Benito secured 10 points apiece for the winners. Clarissa Passa answered with 13 points for New Caledonia. Yolaine Koteureu and Yolande Luepak notched 12 points apiece in defeat.

Guam: Derin Santos 13, Ritalynn Anderson 10, Brianna Benito 10
New Caledonia: Clarissa Passa 13, Yolaine Koteureu 12, Yolande Luepak 12
  




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