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FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament: recap - Nov 1, 2006


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Led by the great Soana Lucet (187-C-87), New Caledonia powered its way to the Bronze medal in the FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament. The team wasn't just a one-women team and all the girls played at a great level during the week. The team goal was to do a better tournament than they did two years ago in Australia (6th place).

 

But everybody the road wouldn't be easy against teams like Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tahiti. The team featured some experienced players like Soana Lucet, Marie-rose Ofatuku and Catherine Poithily, who were already in the roster in Australia in 2004.
Soana Lucet was great during the entire tournament and led the team to the Bronze, the caledonians defeated Fiji twice and also Tahiti before claiming the Bronze medal. Australia was simply too good for New Caledonia, Lucet couldn't do everything on her own, but the team wasn't very far from being able to defeat New Zealand. NZ assistant-coach Tracy Carpenter was impressed by the progress made by the team since she visited New Caledonia in 1998.
"I worked with an older team back then and this one here was better than them [...]but they have potential for a medal."
Soana Lucet should have earn consideration from pro teams in New Zealand or in Australia after such a great tournament and this might be the right time for her to leave her homeland. She doesn't have anything to prove at the Oceania level. The supporting cast was less talented but players like Wasseline Luepak, Myriam Fenuafanote, Marie-rose Ofatuku, Clarissa Passa, Raissa Tabar and Yolaine Koteureu could be add the to National Team for the 2007 South Pacific Games in Saoma. In these games, New Caledonia will be looking to confirm its position as the best Pacific country.

Pools:
New Caledonia - New Zealand: 33-55
For their first game, the caledonian were not that far from being able to defeat the host nation. The caledonian offense was dominated by a strong kiwi defense but the team showed a lot of promises.
Stats: Soana Lucet 12pts 5/13FG 13rbs 7bs, Myriam Fenuafanote 8pts 4/8FG, Wasseline Luepak 5pts 1/5FG

New Caledonia - American Samoa: 86-41
New Caledonia blasted the weakest team of the pool and was sure to avoid a deadly quarterfinal game against Australia. Every player got a piece of the cake and this win was a very good thing for the team chemistry.
Stats: Wasseline Luepak 16pts 7/13FG 9to 8st, Raissa Tabar 16pts 6/10FG 9rbs, Soana Lucet 14pts 7/11FG 13rbs 4ast

New Caledonia - Fiji: 63-60
The caledonian caused the first upset of the week with this thrilling win over the fijians who were considered as the third best team of the tournament behind Australia and New Zealand. Soana Lucet made a great game and displayed her talent in front of the Auckland crowd.
Stats: Soana Lucet 33pts 12/24FG 9rbs 2bs, Wasseline Luepak 13pts 6/14FG 7rbs 4ast, Yolaine Koteureu 7pts 3/5FG

Pool Standing:
1- New Zealand
2- New Caledonia
3- Fiji
4- American Samoa

Quarterfinals:
New Caledonia - Tahiti: 71-46
NC was only leading 34-29 at half-time but a 23-9 run in the third period broke this game and the caledonian were able to come out the court with a 25-point lead over their french rivals. Soana Lucet received a great help from Marie-rose Ofatuku and Myriam Fenuafanote.
Stats: Soana Lucet 19pts 7/16FG 17rbs 6st 3bs, Marie-rose Ofatuku 18pts 6/11FG, Myriam Fenuafanote 15pts 6/11FG

Semifinals:
New Caledonia - Australia: 32-98
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