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Australia celebrate title in Porirua City - Dec 4, 2013

FINAL
New Zealand - Australia 54:74
Australia claimed the Pacific Championship title. They defeated hosting New Zealand in the title clash. Lauren Scherf (195-C-96) was a usual contributor with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Australia spurred ahead early in the opening frame. The Aussies piled up a 22:12 lead at the first break. Australia accumulated a 41:26 halftime advantage. The visitors kept New Zealand Maori at bay throughout the third term. Australia accumulated a 56:40 advantage at the third break. The Maori could not recover in the fourth term. Australia held their opponents to just 14 points and rolled to the victory at the end. Kristy Wallace (180-G-96) chipped in 17 points, while Antoniadou had 10 points in the win. Aroha Haumaha (178-F-86) responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds for New Zealand. Samara Gallaher (178-G-92) had 10 points in the defeat.

New Zealand: Aroha Haumaha 17+10 boards, Samara Gallaher 10
Australia: Lauren Scherf 17+13 boards, Kristy Wallace 17, Antoniadou 10

3-4 Place
Tahiti - Papua New Guinea 90:58

Tahiti clinched the Pacific Championship Bronze. They bumped Papua New Guinea in the consolation final tonight. Oceane Lefranc notched 24 points for the winning side.
Tahiti piled up a 6-point lead after ten minutes of action. Papua New Guinea rebounded in the second term. They erased the deficit and established a 36:34 halftime lead. But Tahiti turned things around in the second half. They sparked a 25:11 run in the third term and accounted for a 59:47 advantage at the final break. Tahiti notched 31 points in the fourth term and secured the victory at the end. Maea Lextreyt and Alizee Lefrance had 17 points each in the win. Kristy Wallace responded with 23 points for Papua New Guinea. Waka had 7 points in the loss.

Tahiti: Oceane Lefranc 24, Maea Lextreyt 17, Alizee Lefrance 17
Papua New Guinea: Kristy Wallace 23, Waka 7

5-6 Place
Fiji - Samoa 61:58
Fiji celebrated the fifth position at the Pacific Championship. They pip Samoa in the tournaments finale for both teams. Mikaela Whippy (173-G-86) scored 27 points to lead the charge.
Fiji jumped to a 20:9 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Fiji accumulated a 33:19 halftime lead. Samoa narrowed the deficit in the third term. They cut the distance at 4-point mark after thirty minutes 40:44. Samoa kept the pressure growing throughout the final term but Fiji withheld the challenge and sealed the victory. Dale Wise produced 14 points, while Tiyana Kainamoli added 6 points for Fiji. Savannah Tafau-Levy (175-F-95) responded with 17 points for Samoa. Hailey Purcell (178-G/F-87, college: Tenn-Martin) had 15 points in the loss.

Fiji: Mikaela Whippy 27, Dale Wise 14, Tiyana Kainamoli 6
Samoa: Savannah Tafau-Levy 17, Hailey Purcell 15

7-8 Place
New Caledonia - Guam 69:64 (OT)
New Caledonia wrapped up their Pacific Championship campaign with victory. They held off Guam for the seventh place at the tournament. Allissonne Laukau nailed 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win.
Guam recorded a 19:4 lead ten minutes into the game. They stayed ahead in the second quarter. Guam accumulated a 37:20 halftime lead. But New Caledonia recovered well in the second half. They triggered a 24:12 rally in the third term to narrow the gap. New Caledonia denied the deficit in the final period and forced overtime. New Caledonia limited Guam to just 4 points in the extra period and clinched the victory. Diana Moutry and Alexandra Morin had 12 points apiece in the win. Brianna Benito responded with 23 points and 14 boards for Guam. Kathryn Castro netted 10 points in the defeat.

New Caledonia: Allissonne Laukau 20+13 boards, Diana Moutry 12, Alexandra Morin 12
Guam: Brianna Benito 23+14 boards, Kathryn Castro 10


Australia and New Zealand enter Final - Dec 3, 2013

SEMIFINALS
Australia - Tahiti 100:52

Australia cruised past Tahiti to reach the Pacific Championship Final. Lauren Scherf (195-C-96) stepped up with 25 points, 15 boards and 5 assists to lead the Aussies. They will now take on New Zealand for the trophy.
Australia set the tone early in the game. They cleared off to a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. Australia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They registered a 48:20 halftime advantage. Australia stayed in charge throughout the third term. They dropped 21 points in the next frame and secured a 31-point buffer before the fourth term. The Aussies unleashed 31 points in the fourth frame and sealed the win at the end. Montana Farrah-Seaton (178-G-96) and Fareo had 18 points apiece in the victory. Maea Lextreyt and Orama chipped in 15 points each in the defeat.

Australia: Lauren Scherf 25+15 boards, Montana Farrah-Seaton 18, Fareo 18
Tahiti: Maea Lextreyt 15, Orama 15

New Zealand Maori - Papua New Guinea 80:33
New Zealand joined Australia in the Pacific Championship Final. They outscored Papua New Guinea for the spot in the championship game. Kyler Parai nailed 15 points to lead the winners.
The Maori stormed into the game. They went on a convincing 23:3 run in the opening quarter. New Zealand boosted the gap in the second term. They established a 42:14 halftime advantage. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the third term. The Maori rallied to a comfortable 62:22 advantage at the final intermission. New Zealand never looked back afterwards marching to the victory. Erica Hopkinson (185-F-88) netted 12 points, while Samara Gallaher (178-G-92) added 11 points for the home side. Emily Koivi responded with 7 points for Papua New Guinea. Nelly Jamsop had 6 points in the loss.

New Zealand Maori: Kyler Parai 15, Erica Hopkinson 12, Samara Gallaher 11
Papua New Guinea: Emily Koivi 7, Nelly Jamsop 6

Classification Round
Fiji - New Caledonia 61:44
Fiji will play for the fifth position at the Pacific Championship in New Zealand. They overcame New Caledonia behind 21 points from Mikaela Whippy (173-G-86). Fiji will now take on Samoa tomorrow.
Fiji ensured a narrow 17:15 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the gap in the second term. Fiji accumulated a 31:22 halftime lead. New Caledonia cut the deficit in the third term. They scored 16 points and got within 5 points at the final intermission. But Fiji sparked with an 18:6 rally in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Vugakoto posted 16 points, while Dale Wise netted 9 points for the winners. Zorena Adjouhgniope responded with 12 points for New Caledonia. Samantha Honda had 8 points in the loss.

Fiji: Mikaela Whippy 21, Vugakoto 16, Dale Wise 9
New Caledonia: Zorena Adjouhgniope 12, Samantha Honda 8

Samoa - Guam 79:61
Samoa beat Guam in the Pacific Championship classification round. Samoa will now take on Fiji for the fifth position in the tournament. Charlotte Davis netted 27 points to lead the winners.
Guam eked out a 20:18 lead after the opening quarter. Guam maintained the lead throughout the second term. They piled up a 35:31 halftime advantage. But Samoa turned things around in the third quarter. They surged ahead for a 56:48 lead at the final intermission. Samoa stayed in charge throughout the fourth term. They held Guam to 13 points and rolled to the victory. Maureen Tuia (164-G-91) netted 18 points, Savannah Tafau-Levy (175-F-95) had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Lujan responded with 19 points for Guam. Derin Santos chipped in 10 points in the defeat.

Samoa: Charlotte Davis 27, Maureen Tuia 18, Savannah Tafau-Levy 13+10 boards
Guam: Lujan 19, Derin Santos 10


New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti and Papua New Guinea reach semifinals - Dec 2, 2013

Quarterfinals
New Zealand - New Caledonia 75:29
New Zealand claimed the victory in the quarterfinal clash against New Caledonia at the Pacific Championship. The hosts were paced by 17 points from Aroha Haumaha (178-F-86).
New Zealand earned a 17:9 lead after ten minutes. The Maori boosted the margin in the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 36:16 halftime lead. New Zealand boosted their lead in the third term. They went on a 21:4 run to establish a 37-point advantage before the fourth term. New Zealand did not slow down in the final stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Tito netted 12 points, while Samara Gallaher (178-G-92) added 11 points for the home team. Samantha Honda and Niuaiti responded with 5 points each for New Caledonia.

New Zealand: Aroha Haumaha 17, Tito 12, Samara Gallaher 11
New Caledonia: Samantha Honda 5, Niuaiti 5

Australia - Samoa 101:40
Australia will play at the semifinal stage of the Pacific Championship. They topped Samoa in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Lauren Scherf (195-C-96) scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the winners.
Australia opened an 18:11 lead after the first term. The gap grew deeper in the second term. Australia piled up a 43:19 halftime lead. The Aussies stayed in charge throughout the third term. Australia arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 41 points. They fired 31 points in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Kristy Wallace (180-G-96) netted 15 points, while Antoniadou had 14 points in the win. Tufuga responded with 9 points for Samoa. Hailey Purcell (178-G/F-87, college: Tenn-Martin) chipped in 8 points in the defeat.

Australia: Lauren Scherf 16, Kristy Wallace 15, Antoniadou 14
Samoa: Tufuga 9, Hailey Purcell 8

Tahiti - Guam 76:37
Tahiti clinched the Pacific Championship semifinal spot. They outgunned Guam to remain in the title race. Oceane Lefranc posted 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Tahiti held their opponents to just 4 points in the first term and opened a 15-point lead. Tahiti stayed in charge throughout the second term. They arrived at the interval up by 33:16 halftime advantage. Tahiti boosted the margin in the third term. They headed into the fourth stanza up by 19 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Alizee Lefrance notched 19 points, while Dauphin had 9 points for the winning side. Brianna Benito responded with 12 points for Guam. Derin Santos and Castro chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.

Tahiti: Oceane Lefranc 26+13 boards, Alizee Lefrance 19, Dauphin 9
Guam: Brianna Benito 12, Derin Santos 10, Castro 10

Papua New Guinea - Fiji 68:59
Papua New Guinea advanced into the semifinal stage of the Pacific Championship. They knocked down Fiji to set up the clash versus New Zealand Maori in the semis. Louisa Kristy Wallace scored 24 points to pace the winners.
Papua New Guinea claimed a 17:13 lead after ten minutes of action. They boosted the margin in the second term. Papua New Guinea accumulated a 34:22 halftime advantage. Papua New Guinea stayed in charge throughout the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 15 points 51:36. Fiji fired 23 points in the fourth term but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Betty Angula provided 20 points, while Muri added 11 points in the victory. Wise responded with 12 points for Fiji. Mikaela Whippy (173-G-86) had 16 points in the losing case.


Papua New Guinea: Louisa Wallace 24, Betty Angula 20, Muri 11
Fiji: Mikaela Whippy 16, Wise 12


Quarterfinals are set in Porirua City - Nov 30, 2013

Group A
Australia - Fiji 96:31
Australia recorded the third victory in a row at the Pacific Championship in Porirua City. Lauren Scherf (195-C-96) scored 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners.
Australia knocked down 22 points in the first term and built a 15-point lead. The Aussies extended their lead in the second frame. They established a 42:15 halftime lead. Australia boosted the gap in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 45 points. Australia never looked back en route to the victory. Montana Farrah-Seaton (178-G-96) chipped in 13 points, while Brodie Theodore (167-G-96) had 12 points for the winners. Mikaela Whippy (173-G-86) responded with 13 points for Fiji. Dale Wise netted 10 points in the loss.

Australia: Lauren Scherf 19+10 boards, Montana Farrah-Seaton 13, Brodie Theodore 12
Fiji: Mikaela Whippy 13, Dale Wise 10

Guam - New Caledonia 73:51
Guam raced to the victory in the third round of preliminary action at the Pacific Championship. Guam thus improved at 1-2 record in Group A. Brianna Benito posted 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Guam held New Caledonia to just 7 points in the first term and secured a 10-point lead. Guam stretched the gap at the interval. They built a 34:15 halftime lead. Guam kept New Caledonia at bay throughout the third term. They ensured a 56:36 lead at the final break. Guam never looked back afterwards and cruised to the victory. Maree Pelkey produced 14 points, while Kathryn Castro added 12 points in the win. Diana Moutry responded with 17 points for New Caledonia. Allissonne Laukau had 12 points and 16 boards in the losing effort.

Guam: Brianna Benito 23, Maree Pelkey 14, Kathryn Castro 12
New Caledonia: Diana Moutry 17, Allissonne Laukau 12

Group B
Tahiti - Papua New Guinea 75:65
Tahiti recorded the second win in the Group B of the Pacific Championship. Alizee Lefrance scored 27 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Tahiti will face Guam, while Papua New Guinea will take on Fiji in the quarterfinal clashes.
Tahiti eked out a 19:18 lead after the opening quarter. Papua New Guinea erased the deficit in the second term. The teams arrived at halftime tied at 30. Tahiti dropped 20 points in the third term and accumulated a 4-point lead. Tahiti stayed in charge throughout the final term and sealed the victory. Maea Lextreyt netted 19 points, while Oceane Lefranc had 16 points, 7 boards and 6 assists in the win. Betty Angula responded with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Papua New Guinea. Wallace had 13 points in the defeat.

Tahiti: Alizee Lefrance 27, Maea Lextreyt 19, Oceane Lefranc 16
Papua New Guinea: Betty Angula 18+12 boards, Wallace 13

New Zealand - Samoa 65:49
New Zealand Maori registered the third victory in a row at the Pacific Championship. The hosts shot down Samoa to remain undefeated. Aroha Haumaha (178-F-86) scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
New Zealand and Samoa traded baskets throughout the opening frame. Samoa pulled ahead in the second term. They eked out a 30:29 halftime advantage. But New Zealand turned things around in the third term. The hosts triggered a 20:6 run and raced to a 13-point advantage. New Zealand held their opponents to just 13 points in the final stanza and rallied to the victory at the end. Kyler Parai had 16 points and 9 boards, while Samara Gallaher (178-G-92) had 11 points in the win. Hailey Purcell (178-G/F-87, college: Tenn-Martin) responded with 17 points for Samoa. Karli Tuia (G-87) netted 14 points in the losing effort.

New Zealand: Aroha Haumaha 17+10 boards, Kyler Parai 16, Samara Gallaher 11
Samoa: Hailey Purcell 17, Karli Tuia 14


Recap of Day 2 in Porirua City - Nov 29, 2013

Group A
Australia - New Caledonia 93:42
Australia earned the second consecutive victory at the Pacific Championship in New Zealand. They outscored New Caledonia for 2-0 record in preliminary round Group A. Lauren Scherf (195-C-96) stepped up with 21 points and 9 boards for the winning side.
Australia set the tone early in the game. They went on a massive 32:7 run in the first term. Australia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Moreover the Aussies piled up a 56:21 halftime advantage. Australia stretched the margin even further in the third term. They secured a massive 51-point advantage heading into the fourth period. New Caledonia and Australia traded baskets throughout the final frame as the outcome was quite obvious at that point. Mikayla Pirini (169-G-96) netted 19 points, while Kristy Wallace (180-G-96) and Fareo added 11 points apiece for the winners. Allissonne Laukau responded with 11 points for New Caledonia. Niuaiti had 7 points in the defeat.

Australia: Lauren Scherf 21, Mikayla Pirini 19, Kristy Wallace 11, Fareo 11
New Caledonia: Allissonne Laukau 11, Niauiti 7

Fiji - Guam 55:36
Fiji clinched the second win in a row at the start of the Pacific Championship in Porirua City. They topped Guam today. Mikaela Whippy (173-G-86) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning team.
Fiji gained a 17:12 lead ten minutes into the game. They enlarged their lead in the second quarter. Fiji held Guam to just 3 points in the second stanza and piled up a 34:15 halftime lead. Guam cut the deficit in the third term. They bounced back with an 11:4 run to narrow the deficit at 12-point mark at the final break. But Fiji stiffened defensively in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Vugakoto posted 10 points, while Tiyana Kainamoli and Boseiwaqa had 6 points each for Fiji. Brianna Benito responded with 12 points for Guam. Kathryn Castro and Maree Pelkey banked 6 points apiece in the loss.

Fiji: Mikaela Whippy 23, Vugakoto 10, Tiyana Kainamoli 6, Boseiwaqa 6
Guam: Brianna Benito 12, Kathryn Castro 6, Maree Pelkey 6

Group B
Papua New Guinea - Samoa 74:53
Papua New Guinea registered their first win at the Pacific Championship. They overcame Samoa for 1-1 record in Group B. Betty Angula scored 13 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the winning side.
Papua New Guinea opened an 18:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Samoa cut the deficit in the second term. They got within 4 points at the interval 32:28. Papua New Guinea extended their lead in the third term. They fired 20 points in the quarter and established a 52:38 advantage at the final intermission. Papua New Guinea did not allow Samoa to recover in the fourth period and raced to the victory. Nape Waka and Koivi scored 12 points each in the win. Savannah Tafau-Levy (175-F-95) responded with 24 points and 11 boards for Samoa. Charlotte Davis chipped in 12 points in the defeat.

Papua New Guinea: Betty Angula 13+16 boards, Nape Waka 12, Koivi 12
Samoa: Savannah Tafau-Levy 24+11 boards, Charlotte Davis 12

New Zealand - Tahiti 65:62
New Zealand Maori registered the second straight win at the Pacific Championship. They narrowly defeated Tahiti for 2-0 record in Group B. Aroha Haumaha (178-F-86) scored 20 points to pace the winning side.
New Zealand earned a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. The Maori held their opponents to just 6 points in the second period and accumulated a 25:18 halftime advantage. Tahiti picked up the tempo in the third term. They got within 4 points at the final intermission. Tahiti erased the deficit late in the regulation. Alizee Lefrance put them in front 62:61 but Aroha Haumaha sank four free throws in the dying seconds and sealed the win for New Zealand. Jarryd Watene (170-G-89) netted 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Gallaher added 9 points for the winners. Alizee Lefrance responded with 24 points for Tahiti. Orama had 12 points in the defeat.

New Zealand: Aroha Haumaha 20, Jarryd Watene 10, Gallaher 9
Tahiti: Alizee Lefrance 24, Orama 12


Recap of Day 1 in Porirua City - Nov 28, 2013

Group A
Fiji - New Caledonia 48:21

Fiji posted the first win at the 2013 Pacific Championship in New Zealand. They rallied past New Caledonia in Group A opener. Mikaela Whippy (173-G-86) scored 10 points to lead the winners.
Fiji snatched a narrow 12:10 lead after the opening quarter. They held New Caledonia to just 4 points in the second term. Fiji established a 21:14 halftime lead. New Caledonia scored only 2 points in the third term and trailed by as many as 18 points at the final break. Fiji stayed aggressive defensively in the fourth term and sealed the win at the end. Ada Dansey chipped in 8 points, while Dale Wise and Tiyana Kainamoli produced 6 points apiece in the win. Zorena Adjouhgniope responded with 7 points for New Caledonia. Alexandra Morin had 3 points in the defeat.

Fiji: Mikaela Whippy 10, Ada Dansey 8, Dale Wise 6, Tiyana Kainamoli 6
New Caledonia: Zorena Adjouhgniope 7, Alexandra Morin 3

Australia - Guam 97:6
Australia victoriously opened the Pacific Championship campaign. The favourites cruised past Guam in Group A. Lauren Scherf (195-C-96) and Kristy Wallace (180-G-96) scored 18 points to lead the winners.
Australia showed their ambitions right from the start. They went on a 32:4 run in the opening quarter. The Opals held their opponents to 2 points in the second term building a 50:6 lead. Guam collapsed offensively in the second part of the game. They failed to score in the second half as Australia coasted to the win. Brodie Theodore (167-G-96) knocked down 17 points for the winners. Brianna Benito, Kathryn Castro and Tajalle had 2 points each for Guam.

Australia: Lauren Scherf 18, Kristy Wallace 18, Brodie Theodore 17
Guam: Brianna Benito 2, Kathryn Castro 2, Tajalle 2

Group B
Tahiti - Samoa 65:40
Tahiti opened win count at the Pacific Championship in New Zealand. They outscored Samoa in Group B. Maea Lextreyt posted 19 points to lead the winners.
Tahiti jumped to a 19:9 lead after the opening quarter. They boosted the gap in the second term. Tahiti piled up a 39:17 halftime advantage. Tahiti kept Samoa at distance in the third term. They rallied to a 53:30 advantage at the final break. Tahiti held their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Alizee Lefrance chipped in 16 points, while Oceane Lefranc had 10 points and 13 boards for the winners. Savannah Tafau-Levy (175-F-95) replied with 11 points and 11 rebounds for Samoa. Charlotte Davis tossed in 8 points in the loss.

Tahiti: Maea Lextreyt 19, Alizee Lefrance 16, Oceane Lefranc 10+13 boards
Samoa: Savannah Tafau-Levy 11+11 boards, Charlotte Davis 8

New Zealand - Papua New Guinea 86:48
New Zealand Maori clinched the first victory at the Pacific Championship in Porirua City. The hosts defeated Papua New Guinea as Aroha Jennings (179-F/G-84, college: Memphis) nailed 20 points.
New Zealand got to a confident start. The Maori unloaded 27 points in the opening quarter and secured a 17-point lead. The hosts boosted the margin in the second term. New Zealand accumulated a 49:20 halftime lead. Papua New Guinea trimmed the deficit in the third term. The visitors got within 23 points at the final intermission. New Zealand quickly recovered in the fourth term scoring 28 points and posting a convincing victory. Samara Gallaher (178-G-92) had 18 points, while Maia Watene chipped in 14 points for the winning side. Emily Koivi replied with 13 points for Papua New Guinea. Betty Angula had 12 points and 10 boards in the defeat.

New Zealand: Aroha Jennings 20, Samara Gallaher 18, Maia Watene 14
Papua New Guinea: Emily Koivi 13, Betty Angula 12+10 boards



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