The Samoan team made a strong South Pacific Games rewarded by a bronze medal. Led by two very talented players Brandyn Akana and Alesana Alesana, Samoa ended the preliminary phase at the first place behind Tahiti and New Caledonia, allowing only 58pts per game to their opponents. This strong defense couldn't resist to Guam in semifinal, the US island won 91-85 but Samoa bounce back to take the bronze medal away from Fiji, the home team, for 3 points.
Akana was one the best players of the SPG with 18.8pts 46.5%FG, Alesana was huge inside with 13.4pts 9.6rbs. Cavan Scanlan came out as the third weapon with more than 10pts per game. Few samoans are playing in the NCAA, but this country certainly deserve more respect. The proudly Samoa wants to show how good they are, they will have an opportunity to do so when they'll face Australia and New Zealand for the 2004 Olympics spots.
Samoa National team - South pacific games 2003 stats
Brandyn Akana 18.8pts 46.5%FG 87.0%FT 8/27 from 3pts 3.2rbs 1.8asts 2.0st 3.2to 5gp 29min 29pts vs Fiji
Alesana Alesana 13.4pts 48.9%FG 61.8%FT 9.6rbs 1.4asts 0.4bs 1.8st 3.6to 5gp 29min 20pts vs Guam
Cavan Scanlan 10.4pts 36.2%FG 51.5%FT 1/10 from 3pts 8.8rbs 1.4asts 1.4bs 2.0st 2.0to 5gp 33min 14pts vs Tahiti
David Fepuleai 7.4pts 27.5%FG 55.0%FT 4/15 from 3pts 5.0rbs 2.4asts 0.4bs 0.6st 5.0to 5gp 33min 10pts vs Guam
Iopu Muliaga 6.6pts 68.4%FG 58.3%FT 4.6rbs 0.2asts 0.2bs 0.6st 2.2to 5gp 19min 18pts vs Vanuatu
Staney Ooms 6.4pts 27.1%FG 57.1%FT 2/12 from 3pts 4.0rbs 2.0asts 1.0st 4.4to 5gp 28min 11pts vs Tahiti
Boyd Lauano 5.8pts 35.7%FG 86.4%FT 3/9 from 3pts 2.8rbs 1.8asts 0.2bs 2.4st 4.6to 5gp 17min 7pts vs Guam
Meki Purcell 2.8pts 71.4%FG 33.3%FT 1.0rbs 0.3asts 0.5st 4gp 3min 11pts vs Vanuatu
Saleupolu Tusa 1.6pts 36.4%FG 2.0rbs 0.2asts 0.4bs 0.6st 5gp 6min 6pts vs New Caledonia
Faale Palepoi 0.0pts 1.0asts 1.0st 1gp 3min
Raymond Galeai 0gp
Ionata Enosa 0gp