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New Zealand Maori win the title - Dec 4, 2013

FINAL
Australia- New Zealand Maori 66:71


New Zealand Maori win the title of the Pacific Championship 2013. The hosts of the tournament overcame rivals Australia 71:66 in the Final game.
Both teams entered the game undefeated and did their best in the last clash. New Zealand won the first period 21-13 and led 8 points at the halftime. Australia managed to respond with a 21-16 run and reduced to 3 points after 30 minutes. New Zealand Maori however closed the game with a 20-18 and grabbed the title of the Pacific Championship.
James Paringatai (200-F-86) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Taurima notched 14. Daniel Green and Bailey-Nowell produced 12 points each in a loss. Dufelmeier ended up with 19 points in a loss and Tanner Krebs posted 9. Rhys Vague scored 8, whilst Michael Healy brought 7.

Australia: Dufelmeier 19, Tanner Krebs 9, Rhys Vague 8, Michael Healy 7
New Zealand Maori: James Paringatai 16, Taurima 14, Daniel Green 12, Bailey-Nowell 12

3rd place
Samoa-Guam 76:88


Guam clinch third place in Wellington at the Pacific Championship 2013. They overcame Samoa 88:76 in the game for the third place.
Guam started the game with a 19-16 rally and added 25-18 run in the second period. The third period was decisive in the game as Guam posted another 25-15 surge to have 20-point advantage after three quarters. Samoa managed to reply with a 27-19 run in the last stanza for the final result. Robson Tavita (194-F-70) and Stake became the last players to score for their teams.
Mekeli Wesley (206-F-79, agency: Stanley International, college: BYU) stepped up with 24 points and Joseph Blas netted 15. Jesus Cruz produced 13, whilst Stinnett added 12. Ikenasio ended up with 21 points in a loss and Robson Tavita delivered 19. Charles Epati shot 15, whilst Valance McCarthy added 10.

Samoa: Ikenasio 21, Robson Tavita 19, Charles Epati 15, Valance McCarthy 10
Guam: Mekeli Wesley 24, Joseph Blas 15, Jesus Cruz 13, Stinnett 12

5-6 places
New Caledonia-Fiji 73:54


New Caledonia finished fifth at the Pacific Championship 2013. They outscored Fiji 73:54 in their last game of the competition.
New Caledonia erupted with a 27-9 surge in the first period and never looked behind after. They added defensive 15-6 rally in the second frame and increased to 42:15 at the halftime. Fiji meanwhile looked better in the second half and managed to win both quarters. They came up with a 19-12 run in the third period and closed the game with a 20-19 rally.
Todikromo paced all the winners with 15 points, while Jean-Jacques Taufana (185-F-86) collected 14 points and 14 rebounds. Delaunay-Belleville notched 11, whilst Ruben Ha Ho and Fenuafanote added 8 each. Leonard Whippy (180-G-82, college: BYU-Hawaii) poured in 18 points in the losing effort and Sowakula had 11 points and 11 boards. Tabuduka posted 9, whilst Seruvatu brought 7.

New Caledonia: Todikromo 15, Jean-Jacques Taufana 14+14 rebs, Delaunay-Belleville 11, Ruben Ha Ho 8, Fenuafanote 8
Fiji: Leonard Whippy 18, Sowakula 11+11 rebs, Tabuduka 9, Seruvatu 7

7-8 places
Tahiti- Papua New Guinea 66:74


Papua New Guinea beat Tahiti to escape the last spot at the Pacific Championship 2013. Papua New Guinea won 74:66 and finished 7th in Wellington. Tahiti ended up on the 8th position.
Papua New Guinea started the game with an 18-14 run and added 20-14 rally. Moreover they posted a 19-15 rally in the third period and enjoyed a 14-point advantage after three quarters. Tahiti replied with a 23-17 run in the last stanza for the final result.
Wally Parapa (191-F) led the way with 16 points, while Apia Muri and Sibona Kala notched 15 apiece. Purari Muri followed them with 13 points in a win. Eddy Commings ended up with 26 points in a loss and Michel Audouin collected 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ariihau Meuel produced 11, whilst Teihotu added 5.

Tahiti: Eddy Commings 26, Michel Audouin 17+12 rebs, Ariihau Meuel 11, Teihotu 5
Papua New Guinea: Wally Parapa 16, Apia Muri 15, Sibona Kala 15, Purari Muri 13




New Zealand and Australia reached the Final - Dec 3, 2013

SEMIFINALS

Guam-New Zealand 75:77


New Zealand escape the narrow win to enter the Final of the Pacific Championship. The hosts of the tournament overcame Guam 77:75 and will take on Australia in the Final game. Guam meanwhile will play against Samoa in the game for the third place.
New Zealand opened the game with a 20-16 run, while Guam looked better in the second frame. The latter bounced back with a 19-16 rally and reduced to 1 point at the halftime. New Zealand managed to add 24-23 win in the third quarter as both teams posted 17 points each for the final result in the last stanza.
Bailey-Nowell paced all the winners with 25 points and Shea Ili added 14. Puke Lenden poured in 11, whilst Randall Bishop had 9. Jesus Cruz ended up with 19 points in a loss and Mekeli Wesley shot 18. Joseph Blas chipped in with 15, whilst William Stinnett (186-G-86, college: Wenatchee Valley CC) had 10.

Guam: Jesus Cruz 19, Mekeli Wesley 18, Joseph Blas 15, William Stinnett 10
New Zealand: Bailey-Nowell 25, Shea Ili 14, Puke Lenden 11, Randall Bishop 9

Australia- Samoa 85:79

Australia advanced to the Final of the Pacific Championship 2013. The favorites overcame Samoa 85:79 in the Semifinal clash and will take on New Zealand in the Final game. Samoa will take on Guam in the game for the third place.
Australia started the game with an 18-14 lead and added 29-18 run in the second period. Samoa looked better in the second half and managed to catch up with the opponents. They won the third period 21-20 and finished the game with a 26-18 rally. It was not enough however to win the game as Australia advanced to the Final with an 85:79 win.
Tanner Krebs (192-G-96) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Kai Woodfall poured in 18. Michael Healy notched 12, whilst Gerasimos McKay added 10. Valance McCarthy ended up with 25 points in defeat and George Leafa produced 24. Charles Epati delivered 12, whilst Damien Ikenasio scored 10.

Australia: Tanner Krebs 19, Kai Woodfall 18, Michael Healy 12, Gerasimos McKay 10
Samoa: Valance McCarthy 25, George Leafa 24, Charles Epati 12, Damien Ikenasio 10

Fiji- Papua New Guinea 73:60

Fiji outscore Papua New Guinea at the Play-offs of the Pacific Championship. They clinched a 73:60 win and will play for the 5th place against New Caledonia. Tahiti tomorrow will take on Papua New Guinea in the game for the last position.
Fiji took 22-12 lead at the end of the first period, but Papua New Guinea reduced to 6 at the halftime. The latter needed a 17-13 rally for 35:29. Moreover Papua New Guinea won the third period 16-14 and trailed 4 points with 10 minutes to go. Fiji however finished the game with a 24-15 run to seal the victory.
Sowakula top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Kacibalavu nailed 13. Sikivou produced 10, whilst Waymann Whippy had 9. Apia Muri finished the game with 19 points in defeat and Robert Kave had 12. Joe Elavo finished the game with 9 points and Purari Muri notched 8.

Fiji: Sowakula 21, Kacibalavu 13, Sikivou 10, Waymann Whippy 9
Papua New Guinea: Apia Muri 19, Robert Kave 12, Joe Elavo 9, Purari Muri 8

New Caledonia-Tahiti 61:60

New Caledonia pip Tahiti in Wellington at the Play-off of the Pacific Championship. New Caledonia posted a thrilling 61:60 win and will take tomorrow on Fiji. Tahiti will play against
Papua New Guinea in the game for the last place.
New Caledonia won the first period 12-8 and added 18-17 rally in the second frame. Both teams scored 19 points each in the third stanza while Tahiti did all their best to win the game. They ended up with a 16-12 surge in the last stanza, but it was enough only to reduce to 1 point.
Jacques Taufana stepped up with 13 points and Hnawia brought 12. Ruben Ha Ho scored 10, whilst Loic Meztdorf delivered 9. Ariitu and Teihotu produced 14 points each in defeat and Eddy Commings netted 10. Meuel followed them with 9 points in a loss.

New Caledonia: Jacques Taufana 13, Hnawia 12, Ruben Ha Ho 10, Loic Meztdorf 9
Tahiti: Ariitu 14, Teihotu 14, Eddy Commings 10, Meuel 9




The Semifinals are set in Wellington - Dec 2, 2013

Tahiti-Samoa 78:95

Samoa complete the Semifinal picture of the Pacific Championship 2013. They posted a 95:78 win over Tahiti at the Quarterfinal Stage. Tomorrow Samoa will take on Australia at the Semifinal Stage.
Samoa started the game with a 22-19 lead and added 23-22 run in the second period. Moreover Samoa managed to win the second half quarters. They posted a 24-20 run in the third period and finished the game with a 26-17 surge.
Charles Epati and Robson Tavita (194-F-70) stepped up with 19 points each and Ratu Levy nailed 18. George Leafa produced 15 points in a win. Eddy Commings finished the game with 22 points in a loss and Ariihau Meuel had 15. Tavae Teihotu scored 9, whilst Tuparau Ariitu added 8.

Tahiti: Eddy Commings 22, Ariihau Meuel 15, Tavae Teihotu 9, Tuparau Ariitu 8
Samoa: Charles Epati 19, Robson Tavita 19, Ratu Levy 18, George Leafa 15

Guam-Fiji 72:58

Guam reach the Semifinal Stage of the Pacific Championship 2013. Guam overcame Fiji 72:58 at the Quarterfinal and reached the Last 4.
Guam opened the game with an 18-16 run and added 19-10 surge in the second period. It allowed them to take 37:26 at the halftime as they never looked behind. Both teams posted 15 points each in the third quarter, while Guam closed the game with a 20-17 run.
Mekeli Wesley (206-F-79, agency: Stanley International, college: BYU) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Jesus Cruz nailed 16. Joseph Blas poured in 12, whilst Earvin Jose notched 9. Sowakula erupted with 26 points and 17 rebounds in a loss and Seruvatu added 8. Sikivou posted 7, whilst Tabuduka shot 4.
Tomorrow Guam will take on New Zealand.

Guam: Mekeli Wesley 18+14 rebs, Jesus Cruz 16, Joseph Blas 12, Earvin Jose 9
Fiji: Sowakula 26+17 rebs, Seruvatu 8, Sikivou 7, Tabuduka 4

Papua New Guinea-New Zealand Maori 66:103

New Zealand demolish Papua New Guinea at the Quarterfinal Stage of the Pacific Championship. The hosts of the campaign posted a 103:66 win and advanced to the Semifinals.
New Zealand Maori took the lead from the first minutes and reached 32-18 advantage at the end of the first period. Both teams scored 19 points each in the second frame for 14-point lead at the halftime of the home side. New Zealand Maori were successful with 23-11 run in the third period and later finished the game with a 29-18 rally. They managed to score three-digit number at the end of the game.
James Paringatai (200-F-86) stepped up with 19 points and Puke Lenden collected 16 points and 13 rebounds. Taurima also scored 16 and Bailey-Novell added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Gabriel Elavo poured in 16 points in the losing effort and Purari Muri had 14. Wally Parapa (191-F) produced 12, whilst Apia Muri shot 11.

Papua New Guinea: Gabriel Elavo 16, Purari Muri 14, Wally Parapa 12, Apia Muri 11,
New Zealand Maori: James Paringatai 19, Puke Lenden 16+13 rebs, Taurima 16, Bailey-Novell 12+10 rebs

Australia-New Caledonia 95:53

Australia rout New Caledonia to enter semis of the Pacific Championship 2013. They outscored New Caledonia 95:53 in the Quarterfinal game.
Australia was the favorite of the game and started with a 24-10 rally. They added 23-16 run in the second frame and enjoyed a 47:26 halftime advantage. Moreover the second half also belonged to Australia that posted two victories. They came up with a 19-13 run in the third period and finished the game with a 29-14 surge.
Joel Smith top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Gerasimos McKay nailed 16. Rhys Vague delivered 12, whilst Callum Barker collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jean-Jacques Taufana (185-F-86) ended up with 19 points in defeat and Fenuafanote posted 10. Meztdorf poured in 8, whilst Delaunay-Belleville added 7.

Australia: Joel Smith 19, Gerasimos McKay 16, Rhys Vague 12, Callum Barker 10+10 rebs
New Caledonia: Jean-Jacques Taufana 19, Fenuafanote 10, Meztdorf 8, Delaunay-Belleville 7




Results and Stats from Day 3 in Wellington - Nov 30, 2013

Pool I
Australia-Tahiti 86:49

Australia wins Pool I of the Pacific Championship with a 3-0 record. They rolled over Tahiti 86:49 at the end of the group stage. Tahiti finished the Pool with 1-2 record.
It was not an easy start for Australia that could not take control of the game in the first period. Tahiti posted the same 19 points in the first frame, but fell short in the second period. The favorites posted a 23-6 rally in it to take 17-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Australia won the third period 26-17 and finished the game with an 18-7 run.
Joel Smith top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Michael Healy notched 13.
Rhys Vague and Tad Dufelmeier delivered 9 points apiece. Ariihau Meuel finsiehd the game with 16 points in a loss and Michel Audouin scored 9. Tuparau Ariitu produced 8 and Andy Commings ended up with 7.

Australia: Joel Smith 17, Michael Healy 13,
Rhys Vague 9, Tad Dufelmeier 9
Tahiti: Ariihau Meuel 16,
Michel Audouin 9, Tuparau Ariitu 8, Andy Commings 7

Papua New Guinea-Guam 61:84

Guam outscore Papua New Guinea in Day 3 of the Pacific Championship. They finished second in Pool I after an 84:61 win. Papua New Guinea remained winless at the tournament.
Guam opened the game with a 15-13 lead and added massive 26-6 surge in the second frame. Papua New Guinea bounced back with a 23-18 rally in the third period, but could not come closer. Guam closed the game with a 25-19 run to seal the second win.

Mekeli Wesley (206-F-79, agency: Stanley International, college: BYU) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and William Stinnett (186-G-86, college: Wenatchee Valley CC) nailed 16. Jesus Cruz posted 14, whilst Jine Han delivered 10. Mekeli Wesley ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and William Stinnett produced 16. Jesus Cruz chipped in 14 and Jine Han had 10.

Papua New Guinea:
Apia Muri 23, Gabriel Elavo 14, Joe Elavo (193-F/C) 8, Purari Muri (PG-93) 5
Guam:
Mekeli Wesley 20, William Stinnett 16, Jesus Cruz 14, Jine Han 10


Pool II
Fiji-New Zealand Maori 69:112

New Zealand conquer Pool II of the Pacific Championship 2013. They overcame Fiji 112:69 and finished it with a 3-0 record. The latter ended up with 1-2 record on the third place.
Fiji surprised the hosts with a 24-19 run in the first period, but could not stay on race later in the game. New Zealand bounced back with a massive 35-14 surge and never looked behind after. They added 29-17 in the third quarter and finished the game with a 29-14 run.
Daniel Green stepped up with 20 points and
Puke Lenden (198-G/F-80) nailed 16. Ross Taurima (187-G-87) and Bailey-Novell poured in 14 points each, while Shea Ili (183-G-92) added 13. Leonard Whippy (180-G-82, college: BYU-Hawaii) replied with 22 points in the losing case and Pita Sowakula collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Tabuduka notched 8and Johnathan Kunau brought 7.

Fiji:
Leonard Whippy 22, Pita Sowakula 13+11 rebs, Tabuduka 8, Johnathan Kunau 7
New Zealand Maori: Daniel Green 20,
Puke Lenden 16, Ross Taurima 14, Bailey-Novell 14+12 rebs, Shea Ili 13

New Caledonia-Samoa 54:100

Samoa leave no chance for New Caledonia at the end of the Pool Stage at the Pacific Championship. They posted 100 points to take a confident victory by 46 points. Samoa finished Pool II with 2-1 record, while New Caledonia ended up with 0-3 record.
Samoa erupted with a 31-11 burst in the start of the game and never looked behind. They added 20-18 rally in the second frame and enjoyed a 51:29 halftime advantage. Moreover Samoa posted two more victories in the second half. They won the third frame 19-9 and finished the game with a 30-19 run.
Charles Epati and Valance McCarthy stepped up with 20 points each, while
Ratu Epeli Levy collected 17 points and 11 rebounds. Benjamin Williams followed them with 13 points each. Myriam Fenuafanote poured in 12 points and Jean-Jacques Taufana (185-F-86) added 11 in a loss.

New Caledonia:
Myriam Fenuafanote 12, Jean-Jacques Taufana 11
Samoa: Charles Epati 20, Valance McCarthy 20,
Ratu Epeli Levy 17+11 rebs, Benjamin Williams 13


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Wellington - Nov 29, 2013

Pool I
Fiji-Samoa 79:85

Samoa outgun Fiji in Wellington at Day 2 of the Pacific Championship. Samoa improved to 1-1 record after an 85: 79 victory. Fiji meanwhile suffered their first loss and also has 1-1 record.
Fiji won the first period 27-18, but could not keep the lead. Samoa replied with a 17-11 rally in the second frame and reduced to 38:35 at the halftime. Moreover Samoa posted two narrow victories in the second half and reached 6-point win.
Valance Mccarthy top-scored for the winners with 18 points and
Meki Purcell nailed 15. Ikenasio and Charles Epati delivered 12 points each. Pita Sowakula shot 21 points in the losing case, whilst Seruvatu poured in 15. Leonard Whippy (180-G-82, college: BYU-Hawaii) delivered 13 and Banuve had 10.

Fiji:
Pita Sowakula 21, Seruvatu 15, Leonard Whippy 13, Banuve 10
Samoa: Valance Mccarthy 18,
Meki Purcell 15, Ikenasio 12, Charles Epati 12


New Zealand Maori-New Caledonia 113:53

New Zealand rout New Caledonia for second win at the Pacific Championship 2013. The hosts of the tournament improved to 2-0 record after a 113:53 comfortable win. New Caledonia meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
New Zealand opened the game with a 26-21 lead and added massive 32-7 run in the second frame. They produced a 24-9 rally in the third quarter and reached 45-point advantage after three quarters. The favorites finished the game with a 31-16 run for the final success.
Bailey-Novell led the well-balanced team with 19 points and
Puke Lenden (198-G/F-80) notched 18. James Paringatai (200-F-86) and Shea Ili (183-G-92) followed them with 15 points each. Myriam Fenuafanote replied with 10 points, while Ruben Ha Ho and Taufana produced 9 each. Joan Delaunay-Belleville delivered 8 points in a loss.

New Zealand Maori: Bailey-Novell 19,
Puke Lenden 18, James Paringatai 15, Shea Ili 15
New Caledonia:
Myriam Fenuafanote 10, Ruben Ha Ho 9, Taufana 9, Joan Delaunay-Belleville 8


POOL II
Guam-Australia 76:78

Australia escape with the narrow win over Guam at the second Day of the Pacific Championship 2013. The favorites grabbed 78:76 win for 2-0 record. Guam meanwhile fell at 1-1 record.
Both teams scored 17 points each in the first period. Australia managed to win the second frame 16-13 but Guam responded with a 25-24 run in the third quarter. Both teams scored 21 points at the last stanza as Australia escape with the narrow win over Guam.
Woodfall paced all the winners with 18 points and
Rhys Vague netted 15. Michael Healy and Gerasimos Mckay poured in 8 each. Jesus Cruz answered with high 31 points while Mekeli Wesley (206-F-79, agency: Stanley International, college: BYU) delivered 12. Stinnett produced 11, whilst Joseph Blas (183-G/F) had 7.

Guam:
Jesus Cruz 31, Mekeli Wesley 12, Stinnett 11, Joseph Blas 7
Australia: Woodfall 18,
Rhys Vague 15, Michael Healy 8, Gerasimos Mckay 8


Papua New Guinea- Tahiti 62:69

Tahiti posts the initial win at the Pacific Championship 2013. They improved to 1-1 record after a 69:62 win over Papua New Guinea. The latter suffered their second straight loss.
Both teams lost their openers and tried hard to post the first victory. Papua New Guinea won the opening period 15-13, but Tahiti erupted with a 23-6 surge in the second quarter for 36:21 halftime advantage. No matter how hard Papua New Guinea tried to recover they could not catch up with the opponents.
Ariihau Meuel top-scored for the winners with 14 points and
Eddy Commings as well Tuparau Ariitu poured in 12 each. Haunui Apeang and Michel Audouin produced 10 points each. Apia Muri ended up with 19 points in the losing effort and Purari Muri (PG-93) had 14. Gabriel Elavo and Mika Loko produced 9 each in a loss.

Papua New Guinea:
Apia Muri 19, Purari Muri 14, Gabriel Elavo 9, Mika Loko 9
Tahiti: Ariihau Meuel 14,
Eddy Commings 12, Tuparau Ariitu 12, Haunui Apeang 10, Michel Audouin 10


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Wellington - Nov 28, 2013

POOl I
Samoa-New Zealand Maori 72:93

New Zealand Maori outgun Samoa in Wellington at the end of the first day of the Pacific Championship 2013. The hosts started the tournament with a 93:72 win.
New Zealand Maori won the first period 26-15 and never looked behind. They added 32-24 rally in the second frame and had 58:39 halftime advantage. Moreover the hosts won the third quarter 23-20 and increased to 22 points after 30 minutes of the game. Samoa managed to win the last stanza 13-12 and reduced to final 93:72 result.

Daniel Green (208-F-92) stepped up with 30 points and Shea Ili (183-G-92) added 15. Puke Lenden (198-G/F-80) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Ross Taurima (187-G-87) poured in 11. Robson Tavita (194-F-70) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Ikenasio delivered 15. Valance McCarthy and George Leafa produced 12 points each in a loss.

Samoa:
Robson Tavita 16, Ikenasio 15, Valance McCarthy 12, George Leafa 12+11 rebs
New Zealand Maori:
Daniel Green 30, Shea Ili 15, Puke Lenden 14+10 rebs, Ross Taurima 11

New Caledonia-Fiji 40:47

Fiji beat New Caledonia in Porirua at the start of the Pacific Championship 2013. Fiji needed a strong last period for 47:40 defensive win.
New Caledonia opened the game with a 14-13 lead, while Fiji grabbed 1-point lead at the halftime. They needed a 12-10 rally in the second period for 25:24 on the board. New Caledonia again tied the score leaving the third period with 31:31, but the last word belonged to Fiji. The latter won the last period 16-9 and the game 47:40.

Pita Sowakula stepped up with 17 points, while Seruvatu, Whippy and Tabuduka brought 6 each. Kunau followed them with 4 points. Myriam Fenuafanote ended up with 13 points in the losing effort and Jean-Jacques Taufana (185-F-86) delivered 9. Loic Meztdorf and Ruben Ha Ho had 6 points each in a loss.

New Caledonia:
Myriam Fenuafanote 13, Jean-Jacques Taufana 9, Loic Meztdorf 6, Ruben Ha Ho 6
Fiji:
Pita Sowakula 17, Seruvatu 6, Whippy 6, Tabuduka 6 Kunau 4
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Australia-Papua New Guinea 93:35

Australia started the campaign with the win over Papua New Guinea in Porirua, Wellington. The favorites posted a 93:35 win in their opener.
Australia started the game with 26-6 run and added massive 25-9 rally in the second period. Moreover Australia posted two victories in the second half and rightfully clinched the win. They won the third period 25-10 and finished the game with a 17-10 surge.
Michael Healy IV top-scored for the winners with 18 points and
Tanner Krebs (192-G-96) notched 14. Gerasimos McKay delivered 13, whilst Kai Woodfall notched 12. Apia Muri finished the game with 15 points in a loss, while Joe Elavo had 6. Emmanuel Parapa netted 5 and Gabriel Elavo poured in 3.
Tomorrow Australia will face Guam, while Papua New Guinea will play against Tahiti.

Australia: Michael Healy IV 18,
Tanner Krebs 14, Gerasimos McKay 13, Kai Woodfall 12
Papua New Guinea:
Apia Muri 15, Joe Elavo 6, Emmanuel Parapa 5, Gabriel Elavo 3

Tahiti- Guam 60:76

Guam edge Tahiti in the opener of the Pacific Championship. Guam posted a 76:60 win after a confident start.
Guam started the game with 20-13 lead and added 21-17 before the halftime. Moreover they added 20-14 rally in the third quarter and enjoyed a 17-point advantage. Tahiti managed to win the last stanza 16-15 for the final result in the game.

Jesus Cruz top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Joseph Blas (183-G/F) nailed 11. Jine Han and William Stinnett (186-G-86, college: Wenatchee Valley CC) III delivered 10 points each. Eddy Commings ended up with 13 points in the losing effort and Ariirimarau Meuel poured in 12. Michel Audouin delivered 10, whilst Haunui Apeang had 7.
Tomorrow Tahiti will take on Papua New Guinea, while Guam will play against Australia.

Tahiti:
Eddy Commings 13, Ariirimarau Meuel 12, Michel Audouin 10, Haunui Apeang 7
Guam:
Jesus Cruz 16, Joseph Blas 11, Jine Han 10, William Stinnett III 10



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