Tall Blacks win second FIBA Oceania Championship - Aug.
Game 2: New Zealand - Australia 100-78
The National Team of New Zealand demonstrated impressive performance tonight
in Wellington smashing the Australian NT 100-78.
Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college:
Wisconsin) was on fire in the winning squad with 24 points. He also
handed out 10 assists beside that and needed 3 more rebounds to reach
triple-double. It is important to say that this 22-point win is the biggest
margin which Tall Blacks ever made against the Boomers. Australia celebrated
in the first game 84-77 and they were looking to win or even to loose with
less than 8 points, but New Zealand was great today. Except of Penney,
Mika Vukona (197-F-82) also shined in victory collecting 25 points, 12
rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college:
Belm.Abbey) added 15 pts and 13 boards.
(199-G-85) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.
Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college:
CC) had 17 points and 9 boards, while
A.J. Ogilvy (211-C-88) contributed with 14 pts. Hero from Game 1,
Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency:
Sports) stopped on 13 pts, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. The first half was
a tightly fought affair, with the Tall Blacks leading 17-16 at quarter time,
and the Boomers in front 40-38 at the long break thanks to consecutive steal
and dunks to Ingles and Newley in the final minute. When reserve guard Mike
Fitchett hit a deep buzzer beating three the score at the final change was
74-55 and New Zealand had no troubles to keep comfortable lead until the
Both countries qualified for the FIBA World Championship 2010 in Turkey.
What is very important, New Zealand takes Oceania's first seed into the
Boomers go one up on Tall Blacks - Aug.
Australia's men's basketball team has overcome a physical New Zealand Tall
Blacks side to win the opening game of the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship in
Sydney by seven points, 84-77.
Trailing by three points at three-quarter time, the Boomers rode the hot
shooting hand of Beijing Olympian
Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency:
Sports) in the final period to get over a committed New Zealand outfit
for the hard earned victory.
Ingles scored ten points in a blistering three minutes midway through the
fourth quarter and finished with a game high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting
including four three-pointers.
Dallas Mavericks forward
Nathan awai (207-C-86, college:
CC) was a force in the paint and finished with 17 points and a game high
11 rebounds while Beijing Olympian
(199-G-85) added 13 points and 5 rebounds, with ten of those points coming
in the second half.
Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college:
Wisconsin) led New Zealand with 23 points but only two of his points
came in the fourth quarter after young guard
Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) did an outstanding defensive effort
shutting down the potent Tall Blacks guard.
Boomers head coach
Brett Brown admitted being nervous in the second half and was surprised
that New Zealand won the battle of the boards, but reserved special mention
for his game winning shooting guard.
We were down going into the last period and Joey, through some individual
brilliance, bailed us out of some potential problems, Brown said.
We have a team that is physically gifted so I was surprised that they got
the better of us on the boards, particularly the offensive boards, but youve
got to give New Zealand credit, they were an aggressive, tenacious team.
We are on a bit of a youth kick but our young group closed out the game in
Australias victory was even sweeter considering Beijing Olympian Mark
Worthington was a late withdrawal due to a foot injury.
Hes done for the series and from a coaching standpoint that really threw me
into a tailspin, Brown said. He is a grenade at the minute to the system.
Brown also made mention of 18-year old point guard Dellavedova and his
tenacious, aggressive defence.
Dellavedova was tough and he came in and played great defence on
Kirk Penney.. Thats a hell of an assignment for a young kid to roll out
at this stage of his career.
Tall Blacks centre Alex Pledger scored the opening points of the game on a
strong drive to the basket but when
Joe Ingles hit two three pointers and finished a fast break the Boomers
were up 8-4.
Penney then reeled off three long range bombs in quick succession and New
Zealand was ahead 17-13 before
Nathan awai asserted his presence inside. He finished with nine points
for the quarter as Australia took a 25-21 lead into the first break.
New Zealand scored the first four points of the second quarter before James
Harvey connected on a three pointer to put the Boomers back in front.
Australia then upped the ante in defence and began scoring off turnovers as
the lead pushed out to eight mid way through the stanza.
Australia extended the margin to ten points approaching half time before
fatigue set in and the Tall Blacks responded with a run that reduced the
lead to one point at the half, 43-42.
Ingles had a game high 16 points at half time, Jawai had 11 points and an
equal game high 5 rebounds and Baynes had four blocks for Australia while
Penney had 12 points to lead the Tall Blacks, who won the first half rebound
Mika Vukona scored first in the second half and Pledger followed with a
rainbow set shot to put the Tall Blacks in front by three before Oscar
Forman nailed a three to tie things up.
The see-saw tussle continued before Penney and Tait got to the hole on
consecutive possessions to put the Tall Blacks up by five with 4:55
remaining in the quarter.
The physical battle fired up the crowd and when Newley connected on a three
and Jawai skied for a rebound and put back the level the scores again they
were in full voice, but they were silenced when guard Mike Fitchett nailed a
buzzer beating three to end the third quarter with New Zealand ahead by
Penney had nine points for the third quarter to take him to a game leading
21 points while Forman had seven for Australia in the period, but it was
Jawai starting the scoreboard in the final period with two free throws to
reduce the margin to one point.
Australia had good chances to take the lead but could not finish close to
the hole while the Tall Blacks did just enough to stay in front until Ingles
hit his third three of the game in transition and followed it with a long
jump shot to put the Boomers up by four, 70-66 with 5:43 remaining.
Ingles scored his third basket on the trot with a mid range fadeaway to put
the Boomers up by six then drained a three pointer to make it four in a row
before Abercrombie stopped the rot with the Tall Blacks down seven.
But the New Zealand spirit had been crushed by Ingles and Ogilvy and Newley
stepped up to finish off the Tall Blacks, setting the stage for a FIBA
Oceania Championship series victory on Tuesday in New Zealand.
New Zealand won the rebound count 45-31 after it was tied 8-8 after one
Quarter by quarter: 1. AUS 25 NZL 21
H: AUS 43 NZL 42 (18-21)r>
3: NZL 64 AUS 61 (18-22)
F:F: AUS 84 NZL 77 (20-16) Starters: AUS: Gibson, Newley, Ingles, Forman, Ogilvy
NZ: it, Penney, Vukona, Abercrombie, Pledger
Day 5. Semifinals and Finals in Saipan - Jun.
Australia - New Caledonia 62:44 Australia clinched the Oceania Championship title. They held off
surprising New Caledonia in the title decider today.
Joshua Wilcher knocked down 14 points and grabbed 5 boards to lead balanced
offensive effort for the Aussies. New Caledonia made it a big achievement
claiming the second overall spot at the tournament.
Australia marked their ambitions in the opening frame. They outscored New
Caledonia 19:7 to enter the second frame with a comfortable cushion. However New
Caledonia were not intimidated as they gradually turned aggressive and physical
defensively. It paid off as they held Australia to only 6 points in the second
quarter. The margin was trimmed to just 3 points at the interval. Australia
began the third frame more accurate and played it safe. They committed just two
turnovers in the third stanza regaining full control. Australia built a 13-point
buffer into the fourth period. New Caledonia found no answer and had to
surrender at the end.
Jan Warbout delivered 11 points for Australia.
Reece Maxwell had 9 points in the winning case.
Rodrigue Tetainanuarii (203-F-82) posted 8 points and 5 boards for New
Laurent Berniere (-G) and
Yann Mathelon (185-G-85) finished with 7 points each in defeat.
Bronze medals game
Guam - New Zealand 70:55 Guam National Team celebrated the bronze medals at the Oceania
Championship. They defeated New Zealand in the consolation final.
Andrew Borja came up with 16 points to lift Guam to the big victory.
Joseph Blas (183-G/F) added 15 points for the winners. New Zealand
outrebounded Guam 41:40 but could not overcome 26 turnovers.
The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the first half. Guam enjoyed a narrow
17:15 lead at the first intermission and maintained it in the second frame. New
Zealand scored just 10 points in the third quarter allowing Guam to take a
5-point lead into the final frame. Guam easily overcame 9 turnovers in the final
stanza to account for 28 points. It was just enough to roll to a historic
William Stinnett (186-G-86) notched 13 points and 6 boards for Guam.
Luke Aston responded with 14 points for New Zealand.
Hayden Miller knocked down 11 points in the losing effort. Guam sank 39% of
field goals limiting their opponents to 32% accuracy.
New Caledonia - Guam 78:47
New Caledonia will look for the fifth consecutive victory at the Oceania
tournament when they take on Australia in the championship game later tonight.
New Caledonia posted the fourth win in a row edging Guam in the semifinal
Benoit Weber (195-F) paced New Caledonia to yet another success with 13
Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba added 11 points for the winners. The first quarter
was a low-scoring affair with New Caledonians taking a 14:9 lead. The favorites
raised the tempo in the second period and cleared off to a 22-point distance at
halftime. Guam slowed their opponents down in the third quarter and got
advantage of 10 turnovers from New Caledonia to come closer. However New
Caledonia quickly regained control in the fourth term and cruised to the
Raymond Weber and
Rodrigue Tetainanuarii had 10 points apiece in the win.
Joseph Blas responded with 15 points for Guam.
Anthony Borja had 8 points in defeat. New Caledonia outrebounded Guam 43:35
and forced those into 31 turnovers. Guam sank just 25% of field goals, while New
Caledonia accounted for 41% from the field.
Guam will face New Zealand for the bronze medals.
Australia - New Zealand 78:49
Australian team entered the Final at the Oceania Championship in Saipan. They
toppled New Zealand in the semifinal earlier today. The Aussies will now clash
with New Caledonia for the tournaments Gold.
Australia and New Zealand kept it close in the opening frame. The Aussies had a
slight lead on the boards and eked out a 16:13 lead after ten minutes. The tempo
increased in the second period as the Kiwis tried to change the complexion of
the game. They got physical, outrebounded their opponents but Australia still
managed to earn a 36:31 lead at the interval. The Emerging Tall Blacks shot only
3/15 in the third period allowing their opponents clear off to a 12-point
distance. The fourth term turned into a rather one-way traffic as Australia got
confident and fired their way past New Zealand.
Jeremy Hill came up with 22 points and 9 boards for Australia.
Kurtis Phillips produced 17 points and 6 boards in the victory. New Zealand
responded with 16 points from
Jordan Mills (-G).
Zacharia Makavilitogia had 8 points in the loss.
New Zealand will play against Guam in the consolation final later today.
Day 4. The end of preliminary round in Saipan - Jun.
25, 2009 New
Caledonia - Northern Mariana Islands 89:56 New Caledonian team continued to impress the fans as they posted the
third victory at the Oceania championship. This time they dealt with the hosts
and booked the second spot after preliminary round. New Caledonia will now face
Guam in the semifinal tomorrow. Northern Mariana Islands failed to post a single
victory and finished the competition at the bottom of the ladder.
Raymond Weber (195-F-89) fired 28 points and grabbed 7 boards to pace New
Caledonia to the victory. Northern Mariana Islands stayed close early in the
encounter as the teams were tied at 13 midway through the frame. But New
Caledonia went on a 9:0 run to take the lead for good. New Caledonia exploded
with 29 points in the second frame to accumulate a massive 27-point lead at
halftime. Northern Mariana Islands showed character in the third quarter as
cheered up by the fans they outscored the visitors 20:19. But it was just a
spark as New Caledonia regained control in the final term and eased to the win
at the end.
Rodrigue Tetainanuarii (203-F-82) notched 21 points and 9 boards for New
Jean-Jacques Taufana (185-F-86) had 10 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Oscar Ada replied with 12 points and 6 boards for Northern Mariana Islands.
Pete Iguel posted 11 points, 7 assists and 5 boards in the losing effort.
Guam - New Zealand 71:48
Guam National Team wrapped up their preliminary round campaign at the Oceania
championship with a loud victory. They stunned New Zealand today to clinch the
third spot. New Zealand slipped at 1-3 record and would face Australia in the
The Emerging Tall Blacks seemed obvious favorites before the game but it was the
second time in this tournament that New Zealand looked quite hapless. Guam
stayed aggressive right from the start as they ensured a 21:13 lead at the first
intermission. Guam maintained the pressure in the second quarter as they took
advantage of 7 turnovers from New Zealand. The lead grew at 19 points at
halftime as Guam controlled the situation. New Zealand needed a drastic change
in the second half but it never came. Moreover the Emerging Tall Blacks scored
only 5 points in the period falling behind by 24. Guam coasted to the win in the
final stanza posting the second victory at the tournament.
Joseph Blas (183-G/F) scored 17 points and grabbed 9 boards for Guam.
William Stinnett (186-G-86) knocked down 11 points for the winning team.
Luke Aston responded with 11 points for New Zealand.
Zacharia Makavilitogia had 9 points and 7 boards in defeat.
Day 3. Results and stats from Saipan - Jun.
Australia - New Zealand 69:47
Australia handled New Zealand the first loss at the Oceania tournament in
Saipan. The Aussie team held off their archrivals in the opening game of the
mens section today. Australia thus improved at 3-0 record in the tournament. New
Zealand slipped at 1-1 in the meantime.
Australia grabbed the early lead as they capitalized on numerous mistakes from
New Zealand. Australia enjoyed a 19:8 lead at the first intermission but the
Kiwis adjusted in the second frame. They held their opponents to only 4 made
field goals and clipped the margin to 9 points at halftime. But the intrigue was
buried in the third frame. Australia unleashed a 19:13 rally to enter the final
period ahead by 15 points. They accounted for 22 points in the final stanza and
left no chance for New Zealand to save the battle.
Sean Mullan (-F-90) knocked down 15 points to lead Australia.
Jeremy Hill produced 14 points, while
Reece Maxwell had 11 points for the winners.
Luke Aston replied with 14 points and 6 boards for New Zealand.
Daniel Green and
Duane Bailey (192-G/F-91) finished with 10 points each in defeat.
New Caledonia - Guam 80:68
New Caledonia were close to winning the opening game at the Oceania tournament
but failed. They did not allow themselves the pleasure of wasting any more
chances handling Guam in the second game of the tournament. New Caledonia
improved at 1-1 record with the win, while Guam slipped at 1-2.
New Caledonia came up with a sizzling performance in the first half. They shot
the ball well from all the distances and dominated the boards to complete the
picture. New Caledonia fired 26 points to pile up a 13-point lead after ten
minutes. The margin grew at 25-point mark at halftime. But Guam turned the
tables in the third stanza. They tightened defense and forced their opponents to
13 turnovers. It helped Guam to won the period 26:11 and to revive the intrigue.
New Caledonia seemed to get the message as they braced up and kept Guam at safe
distance throughout the fourth quarter.
Raymond Weber (195-F-89) and
Benoit Weber (195-F) notched 13 points apiece to lead New Caledonia.
Laurent Berniere (-G) added 12 points for the winners.
William Stinnett (186-G-86) responded with 20 points and 10 rebounds for
Guam. Vince Estelle banked 13 points in defeat.
New Caledonia - New Zealand 61:52 New Caledonia posted the second straight win at the Oceania tournament
beating New Zealand in Saipan today. It was quite a surprise as New Zealand and
Australia were considered obvious favorites at the tourney. But New Caledonia
proved their highest ambitions claiming a confident victory and improving at 2-1
record in the second spot in the ladder. New Zealand in the meantime slipped at
1-2 record in the third position.
The Emerging Tall Blacks enjoyed a slender 17:15 lead after ten minutes. But the
Kiwis lost the rebound battle in the second frame allowing New Caledonia to
surge in front 27:26 at halftime. Things got even worse for the Emerging Tall
Blacks in the third frame. They committed 13 turnovers and watched New Caledonia
taking a decisive lead.
Raymond Weber helped New Caledonia to roll to a 13-point advantage with ten
minute to go. New Zealand desperately tried to save the encounter but went 1/7
from beyond the arc to come up empty at the end.
Raymond Weber notched 13 points to lead the action.
Benoit Weber delivered 11 points and 6 rebounds for New Caledonia.
Rodrigue Tetainanuarii (203-F-82) delivered 9 points and 10 rebounds in the
Daniel Green was the only player to score in double figures for New Zealand
as he accounted for 10 points.
The teams will now have a day off before concluding the preliminary action on
Northern Mariana Islands - Australia 41:107
Australia coasted to the fourth straight win at the Oceania championship. They
thumped Northern Mariana Islands today to book the top spot finish in the
preliminary action. Six players scored in double digits for Australia in the
Jeremy Hill notched 22 points to lead the charge. The hosts in the meantime
slipped at 0-3 record at the bottom of the ladder.
Australia outmuscled their opponents on the boards 75:27 and eventually had an
overwhelming advantage in every facet of the game. The Australian team marked
their advantage early in the game as they edged the hosts 28:10 in the first
frame. Having built a comfortable lead Aussies cruised later on. They stretched
the buffer at 34 points at the interval. The tempo decreased in the third stanza
but it did not prevent Australia from taking a 45-point lead into the final
frame. They maintained the pressure till the final seconds and celebrated
another victory in Saipan.
Jan Warbout nailed 16 points for the winners.
Benjamin Purser tallied 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the
Jericho Cruz had 13 points for Northern Mariana Islands. Jomary Tumaquip
delivered 7 points in defeat.
Day 2. Results and stats from Saipan - Jun.
22, 2009 New
Caledonia - Australia 57:60
New Caledonia gave Australia some major scare late in the game before losing the
battle in the second round of action at the Oceania tournament in Saipan.
Australia seemed to be en route to a comfortable win during three quarters but
wasted all of their lead in the fourth period before narrowly escaping at the
end. The victory propelled the Aussie team to a 2-0 record, while New Caledonia
slipped at 0-1.
Australia got to the better start as they grabbed an 8-point lead after the
opening period. The tempo decreased in the second frame but Australia managed to
maintain the advantage. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points. Australia kept
their opponents at bay in the third frame. The Aussies overcame 11 turnovers to
secure a 15-point lead with one quarter to go. But New Caledonia were not about
to surrender. They limited their opponents to just a single field goal in the
fourth period to trim the deficit. New Caledonia pulled within three with under
a minute left. Australia missed four consecutive free throws in the dying
seconds providing New Caledonia with a healthy chance to save the game. But
Thomas Daly stepped up with a decisive steal in the final seconds to ensure
the winning outcome for Australia.
Thomas Daly finished with 12 points to lead the winners. Jan Warbout had 10
points for Australia.
Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba responded with game-high 19 points for New Caledonia.
Rodrigue Tetainanuarii (203-F-82) canned 17 points in defeat.
CNMI - Guam 64:101
Guam National Team celebrated the first win at the Oceania championship in
Saipan. They held off the hosts today to climb at 1-1 record. Northern Mariana
Islands remained winless at 0-2 record.
Guam fired from all guns in the starting period accounting for 25 points. They
claimed a 10-point advantage despite committing 14 turnovers in the first ten
minutes. The hosts braced up in the second frame and slowed their opponents
down. Guam still kept Northern Mariana Islands at bay building a 46:33 advantage
Guam raised the tempo after the major break opening a 20+ advantage. They fired
28 points in the third quarter to clear off for good in this one. Both teams
were plagued by turnovers combining for impossible 89 of those. But Guam
dominated the boards and deservedly rolled to the victory at the end.
Joseph Blas (183-G/F) fired 23 points and collected 11 boards to pace Guam.
Andrew Borja added 18 points, while
Jine Han finished with 15 points, 11 boards, 6 steals and 6 assists for the
Pete Iguel responded with 21 points for CNMI.
Jericho Cruz tallied 19 points in defeat.
Day 1. Results and stats from Saipan - Jun.
Australia - Guam 57:42
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
William Stinnett (186-G-86) finished with 10 points in defeat.
New Zealand - Northern Mariana Islands 93:56
New Zealand team started the Oceania championship with a confident win over
Northern Mariana Islands. Five teams hit the road in the quest of the Oceania
title in Saipan today. New Zealand is among the favorites and they have proved
the status in the opening encounter.
The hosts were well cheered up by the local crowd but they were hardly able to
match Kiwis. New Zealand surged in front early in the game. They controlled the
tempo and ensured a comfortable 8-point advantage after ten minutes. The second
frame proved the difference as the visitors held Northern Mariana Islands to
just 4 points stretching the lead to as many as 29 points at halftime. The hosts
however stayed contestant as they showed character in the third quarter. They
outscored New Zealand 23:20 in the period to cut the deficit. But the Kiwis
quickly struck back in the fourth quarter bruising the home team and celebrating
the first win at the tournament.
Jordan Mills (-G) tallied 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the winners.
Hayden Miller provided 14 points and 7 rebounds for New Zealand.
Jericho Cruz responded with 16 points for Northern Mariana Islands.
Pete Iguel had 12 points and 6 boards in defeat.
New Zealand will face their archrivals Australia on Tuesday, while the hosts
will play against Guam tomorrow.
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