FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament preview - Oct 9, 2006
This is the big come-back of Tahiti on the FIBA Oceania stage, the U20 last played in 2004 and the senior NT last tournament was the 2003 SPG. How good will be the tahitians in the upcoming FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament for Men in Auckland, New Zealand.
Tahiti - American Samoa On Oct 15
Tahiti - Australia on Oct 16
Tahiti - Guam on Oct 17
Playoffs on Oct 19-21
Jacky Leau Kang Mui
It's hard to evaluate a team who has been travelling under the radar in the past two years but Tahiti was always able to field a competitive team and this year should be no exception. Tahiti have lost a couple of their talented players at the last minute with refusals from the Department of Education to release them from their studies to represent their country. This is a most disappointing decision, but one which the Tahitians have experienced previously. I don't see Tahiti being able to compete for a medal since basketball is experiencing some financial issues in the country but maybe the tactical knowledge of the tahitian players and a great physical shape would be enough to prove me wrong.
You can follow this tournament on our special "FIBA Youth Tournament 2006" page, we will post a recap of the team's games during this event in the days following the Gold medal. Stay tuned.
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