Results Basketball Day 4
The major upset for the day came late in the afternoon with the Sanma Men beating the Port Vila team with a score line of 69-57. The game was characterised by some exciting pressure defence applied by Sanma. The game was free flowing and a great spectacle. Without a doubt, the style of basketball played is the direction that Vanuatu basketball should take, with increased intensity on defence and offence. The Sanma team were youthful and fit enough to play the pressure defence for the whole game. The explosive offence made for a great spectacle. Sanma player of the match would have to be Natu Vira who was unstoppable on offence and made a great many steals and rebounds at the defensive end. His contribution of 26 points was invaluable to the Sanma men, this was even more outstanding considering early in the third quarter he suffered an ankle injury and limped from the court only to return after a couple of minutes of rest and recuperation. A fantastic game of basketball to watch, congratulations to both teams.
Another men's game was Sanma vs Tafea, the home team. After a slow start the Sanma team streaked to victory with a score of 53 to 30. The scoring was shared evenly between the players, no standout performers were noted for either team. Each of the quarters was even for the Tafea team the defensive pressure of the Sanma team was obviously a factor in the low score.
Samna were pitted against Shefa in one of the women's fixtures for the day. This game was a great confidence boost for the young players from the Sanma province. The score was decidedly closer than the Shefa team had imagined it would be. The girls from Sanma have improved every game they have played at the games here in the Tafea Province. The school girls have a great deal of potential and will be a force to be reckoned with if they continue to play basketball once they return home. The score was 25-30 with Shefa taking away the victory, not without a tough tussle. Lisa Tokataake was once again a driving force and organiser forth eShefa team, her experience and scoring ability lead to the Shefa victory.
Malampa verses Shefa women was another game were the experience of playing in the provincial games has lead to a greater level of performance of teams from smaller provinces. Malampa has been working towards higher scores throughout the tournament. With increased confidence these women can play a much higher standard of basketball, they are however improving with every game.
The man's match between Port Vila and Shefa was a crowd pleasing affair with a great deal of spectators watching and cheering for the teams. The Shefa -Port Vila rivalry was well and truly present. An outstanding third quarter from Port Vila, lead to the victory with a score line of 66 - 51. Olivier Litch had an outstanding game scoring 32 points. He was almost unstoppable on offence with some amazing aerial skills. However, his efforts were not enough to bring a victory to the Shefa men. Kevin R. was once again a standout performer for the Port Vila team, being both an offensive and defensive threat.
The final women's match for the day was between Malampa and Tafea, the score being 23-45 in favour of the home team, Tafea. The game was dominated by the Tafea girls, who have gained a great deal of confidence throughout the week. This team is being lead by Kanna who has been instrumental in maintaining the intensity on offence and defence for the Tafea girls. She is a reliable scorer and can never be ignored on defence tenacious in her pressure on the ball handlers. She has come away with a great many steals during the tournament. These girls have benefited greatly from the competition and seem to have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It is hoped that this enthusiasm will lead to the establishment of a regular competition here in he Tafea Province. The facilities are here now to run the competitions. Good