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South Pacific Mini-Games Recap - Aug 10, 2005

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The Marshall Islands finished 8th in the men tournament without any win. The marshalleses made some good games though but they have a long way to go to be competitive in such tournament.


The Marshalls weren't lucky. They came in Palau without four of their best players (Lait, Capelle, Pinho and Nathan) and they were drawn in the thoughest pool with New Caledonia, Fiji and PNG. If they were playing in the other pool with Palau, Solomon Islands, Micronesia and Guam they might have been able to win some games.
Wayne Anjain, the team's best player, came with some minor injuries. He was targeted by the opponents defense and couldn't score as he used to do. The entire team had some big shooting problems mostly because the RMI players couldn't handle the defensive pressure. Bolear Bokna and Faiga Tagoililagi made a good tournament. Bokna was the team leading scorer, including a 16pts effort against PNG. Mark Stege (183-C) was the team's starting center but he 183cm tall so how could he match against players who were 15cm taller?
The Marshall Islands hasn't played in a major FIBA Oceania tournament since 1999, and the rest of the region really improved their game. There is a lot of work for this country to be competitive but it's great to see them in that kind of event. We hope that they would be able to come to the Samoa in 2007 and to the Cook Islands in 2009.


Marshall Islands Men NT - SPMG Stats:
Bolear Bokna (F) 9.6pts 30.4%FG 5.4rbs 0.2ast 1.0st 0.2bs 24min 5gp
Wayne Anjain (F) 8.3pts 28.9%FG 5.3rbs 0.8ast 2.3st 0.3bs 27min 4gp
Ulualofaiga Tagoililagi (G) 8.0pts 31.0%FG 3.4rbs 1.0ast 0.8st 0.6bs 22min 5gp
Jotai Jotai (G)6.4pts 31.6%FG 2.2rbs 0.8ast 1.6st 0.4bs 22min 5gp
Nelson Langkio (G) 6.0pts 25.6%FG 3.8rbs 0.4ast 2.4st 0.2bs 24min 5gp
Rodney Langrus (F) 5.8pts 31.3%FG 2.6rbs 0.2ast 0.6st 0.0bs 17min 5gp
Mark Stege (C)5.6pts 29.4%FG 5.8rbs 0.6ast 1.8st 0.6bs 22min 5gp
Nicholas Andrike (G) 2.6pts 40.0%FG 1.8rbs 2.0ast 1.2st 0.2bs 18min 5gp
Joshua Lanki (F/C) 2.0pts 38.5%FG 2.4rbs 0.0ast 0.6st 0.0bs 15min 5gp
Osmond Samuel (G) 1.4pts 14.3%FG 1.8rbs 0.0ast 0.2st 0.0bs 13min 5gp


South Pacific Mini-Games Standings:
1- New Caledonia
2- Guam
3- Fiji
4- Papua New Guinea
5- Palau
6- Solomon Islands
7- Micronesia
8- Marshall Islands


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