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Oceania Champs Standings
 1. N.Zealand
 2. Australia

Oceania Tournament Standings
 1. Australia 4-0 
 2. New Caledo. 3-1 
 3. Guam 2-2 
 4. N.Zealand 1-3 
 5. Northern M. 0-4 
New Zealand Tall Blacks - 2009 FIBA Oceania Champions (Photosport)

Starting Five in BOLD letters
Lindsay Tait
Kirk Penney
Mika Vukona
Alex Pledger
Benny Anthony
4 Lindsay Tait 194-G-82 Wellington Saints New Zealand
5 Michael Fitchett 186-G-82 Waikato Pistons New Zealand
6 Kirk Penney 194-G-80 New Zealand Breakers Australia
7 Mika Vukona 197-F-82 Gold Coast Blaze Australia
8 Jarrod Kenny 187-G-85 Easy LPG Bay Hawks New Zealand
9 Corey Webster 180-G-88 New Zealand Breakers Australia
10 Leon Henry 200-F/G-85 Canterbury Rams New Zealand
11 Alex Pledger 216-C-87 New Zealand Breakers Australia
12 Thomas Abercrombie 198-G/F-87 New Zealand Breakers Australia
13 Casey Frank 203-F-77 Auckland Stars New Zealand
14 Robert Loe 211-C-91 JTB/Breakers New Zealand
15 Jeremiah Trueman 206-F-87 New Zealand Breakers Australia
16 Benny Anthony 198-F-88 Herzoege Wolfenbuettel Germany
Nenad Vucinic Coach BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn Estonia

Tall Blacks win second FIBA Oceania Championship - Aug. 25, 2009 
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. Brad Newley (199-G-85) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland 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: Priority 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 end.
Both countries qualified for the FIBA World Championship 2010 in Turkey. What is very important, New Zealand takes Oceania's first seed into the tournament.

New Zealand: Mika Vukona 25+12 boards, Kirk Penney 24+10 as+7 boards, Alex Pledger 15+13 boards
Australia: Brad Newley 20+5 boards, Nathan Jawai 17+9 boards, A.J. Ogilvy 14

Boomers go one up on Tall Blacks - Aug. 24, 2009 
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: Priority 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: Midland CC) was a force in the paint and finished with 17 points and a game high 11 rebounds while Beijing Olympian Brad Newley (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 veteran fashion.
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 count 23-14.
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 three, 64-61.
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.

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)
AUS: Gibson, Newley, Ingles, Forman, Ogilvy
NZ: it, Penney, Vukona, Abercrombie, Pledger

AUSTRALIA 84 (Joe Ingles 26, Nathan Jawai 17, Brad Newley 13) bt
NEW ZEALAND 77 (Kirk Penney 23, Alex Pledger 16, Lindsay Tait 12)
at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
Crowd: 2178

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Ocenania Tournament 2009
Oceania Tournament Closing Ceremony (Photo: sportingpulse)

Day 5. Semifinals and Finals in Saipan - Jun. 26, 2009 
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 Caledonia. Laurent Berniere (-G) and Yann Mathelon (185-G-85) finished with 7 points each in defeat.

Australia: Joshua Wilcher 14, Jan Warbout 11, Reece Maxwell 9
New Caledonia: Rodrigue Tetainanuarii 8, Laurent Berniere 7, Yann Mathelon 7

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 success.
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.

Guam: Andrew Borja 16, Joseph Blas 15, William Stinnett 13
New Zealand: Luke Aston 14, Hayden Miller 11

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 earlier today. Benoit Weber (195-F) paced New Caledonia to yet another success with 13 points. 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 victory.
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.

New Caledonia: Benoit Weber 13, Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba 11
Guam: Joseph Blas 15, Anthony Borja 8

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.

Australia: Jeremy Hill 22, Kurtis Phillips 17, Sean Mullan (-F-90) 9
New Zealand: Jordan Mills 16, Zacharia Makavilitogia 8

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 Caledonia. 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.

New Caledonia: Raymond Weber 28, Rodrigue Tetainanuarii 21, Jean-Jacques Taufana 10+13 boards
CNMI: Oscar Ada 12, Pete Iguel 11

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 semifinal.
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.

Guam: Joseph Blas 17, William Stinnett 11, Jine Han 10
New Zealand: Luke Aston 11, Zacharia Makavilitogia 9

Day 3. Results and stats from Saipan - Jun. 23, 2009 
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.

Australia: Sean Mullan 15, Jeremy Hill 14, Reece Maxwell 11
New Zealand: Luke Aston 14, Daniel Green 10, Duane Bailey 10

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: Raymond Weber 13, Benoit Weber 13, Laurent Berniere 12
Guam: William Stinnett 20+10 boards, Vince Estelle 13

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 victory. 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 Thursday.

New Caledonia: Raymond Weber 13, Benoit Weber 11, Rodrigue Tetainanuarii 9+10 boards
New Zealand: Daniel Green 10, Luke Aston 8, Duane Bailey 8

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 win. 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 visitors. Jericho Cruz had 13 points for Northern Mariana Islands. Jomary Tumaquip delivered 7 points in defeat.

CNMI: Jericho Cruz 13, Jomary Tumaquip 7
Australia: Jeremy Hill 22, Jan Warbout 16, Benjamin Purser 13+10 boards

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.

New Caledonia: Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba 19, Rodrigue Tetainanuarii 17
Australia: Sean Mullan (-F-90) 13, Thomas Daly 12, Jan Warbout 10

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 at halftime.
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 winners. Pete Iguel responded with 21 points for CNMI. Jericho Cruz tallied 19 points in defeat.

CNMI: Pete Iguel 21, Jericho Cruz 19
Guam: Joseph Blas 23+11 boards, Andrew Borja 18, Jine Han 15+11 boards

Day 1. Results and stats from Saipan - Jun. 21, 2009 
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 Guam. William Stinnett (186-G-86) finished with 10 points in defeat.

Australia: Thomas Daly 12, Jeremy Hill 11, Sean Mullan 9
Guam: Joseph Blas 16, William Stinnett 10

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.

New Zealand: Jordan Mills 20, Hayden Miller 14, Luke Aston 12+10 boards
CNMI: Jericho Cruz 16, Pete Iguel 12

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