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FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament: recap - Nov 8, 2006

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Guam fielding a women team in a major FIBA Oceania event for the first-time ever. The girls experienced a lot of troubles in Auckland due to their lack of size and experience but they managed to avoid the last place in the FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament.

The team came here to learn everything and they recorded some large losses. In their first five games the averaged score was 38-88! At the end of the week, the girls managed to secure a thrilling 73-72 win over American Samoa to get the 7th place and came back home with at least one victory.
There are some talent in this team with players like Baranda, Gofigan, Naburn or Cruz but the girls suffered against taller, stronger and more experienced opponents. But the future looks promising for Guam and the girls will want to show their improvement in the 2007 South Pacific Game. The good news there is a couple of talented inside young prospects waiting to be selected on Guam like Mae Ann Pajauro (F-88) or the 14-year old Jyvina Pangelinan (175-F-92).

Guam - Papua New Guinea: 40-65
The girls made a good game for the country first-ever contest in a FIBA Oceania major tournament. But despite a great determination, PNG has too many weapons for the guameses. Chelsie Gofigan recorded a double-double.
Stats: Chelsie Gofigan 12pts 5/10FG 12rbs, Jazzelle Baranda 6pts 2/10FG 7rbs, Emily Pardilla 5pts 1/4FG

Guam - Tahiti: 57-75
A second game contest for the guameses but Tahiti was more experienced and was able to secure the victory. Jazzelle Baranda scored a team-high 23pts in this game.
Stats: Jazzelle Baranda 23pts 8/18FG 7rbs, Gebra Naburn 14pts 7/17FG, Emily Pardilla 6pts 2/8FG 7rbs 6ast

Guam - Australia: 22-103
The last game of the pool was a game for the memories for the guameses girls. They are not playing on the same planet as the australian and the girls had learn a lot in this game despite the 81-point loss.
Stats: Gebra Naburn 8pts 2/5FG, Chelsie Gofigan 6pts 2/10FG, Jazzelle Baranda 4pts 1/14FG

Pool Standing:
1- Australia 3-0
2- Papua New Guinea 2-1
3- Tahiti 1-2
4- Guam 0-3

Guam - New Zealand: 23-92
The guameses were hold to 7/55FG against the strong NZ defense. The Kiwi guards were taller than the guameses center but the girls learnt a lot during this game.
Stats: Sany Cruz 7pts 2/10FG, Jazzelle Baranda 6pts 2/20FG, Chelsie Goffigan 2pts 0/4FG 6rbs

Classification game:
Guam - Papua New Guinea: 48-105
Guam was unable to stop a solid papuan team, PNG was already leading by 16-point at the end of the first quarter. Mallary Duenas, Emily Pardilla and Gebra Naburn were out due to injury and the team was only fielding 6 players.
Stats: Chelsie Gofigan 14pts 6/16FG 10rbs, Sandy Cruz 13pts 5/9FG, Jazzelle Baranda 9pts 3/11FG 7rbs 5ast

7th place game:
Guam - American Samoa: 73-72
A great win to close the team's first ever FIBA Oceania Tournament. The girls played with a lot of self-control in the final minutes and were able to snatch the win on the wings of Jazzelle Baranda.
Stats: Jazzelle Baranda 20pts 9/25FG, Chelsie Gofigan 17pts 7/15FG 10rbs 7st, Gebra Naburn 14pts 2/9FG 6rbs

Final Standings:
1- Australia
2- New Zealand
3- New Caledonia
4- Fiji
5- Papua New Guinea
6- Tahiti
7- Guam
8- American Samoa

Players recap:
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