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No Tahiti teams at the South Pacific Mini-Games - Mar 31, 2005


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With the collaboration of the french basketball federation, Tahiti could have been a powerhouse in the South Pacific. But there is still a long way to go and Tahiti won't field a team at the upcoming South Pacific Mini-Games in Palau.

 

When Georgy Adams was hired as Tahiti Basketball manager, he wanted to devellop this sport in the country and to establish Tahiti as one of the best team in the Oceania region. Despite some good results (like Aorai's run in the french cup last year), there is quite a big gap between Tahiti and teams like Fiji, New Caledonia and Guam. They got some great coaches thanks to the help of the french federation but they had a lot of troubles to keep a solid core of players together for the National Team. The NT toured Hawaii in November but recorded three large losses against hawaiians colleges and a 77-83 loss versus an experimental Guam NT.
Fielding a team to South-Pacific Mini-Games would have been a great thing and a good way to improve, unfortunatly the Tahiti Sport Council decide not to send any team to Palau mostly because of the airfaire costs. The Basketball Tournament would features 11 teams including Fiji, Guam, New Caledonia, Samoa and PNG. Tahiti is the only missing major country in this event. Noel Pico, one of the best tahitian prospect, was selected to make to Oceania All-Star squad that played the AYOF Tournament against Australia, New Zealand and China but he had to withdrew from the team because of an injury. There was also a mix-up in the collection of the tickets for the girls and coach Pierre Villant was unable to join the team in time. Altogether the situation was most unsatisfactory for FIBA Oceania and the governing body warns the federation executive to ensure that this situation is never repeated.
The only good news of the year came from the girls side. Maea Lextreyt (185-F-85) and Naiki Iorss (190-C-85) played the AYOF Tournament and claimed an historical bronze medal with the Oceania All-Stars over New Zealand. There are some good male players on the island though like Herman Gibson, Novick Teniaro, Honoura Bonnet, Beo Tetuateroi, Maira Temanahamo'o and Teihia Maitere but they needs to play some international games to get better.

  



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