December 11, 2016 6:40 am

NZ beat Australia to take out Oceania U18 basketball

New Zealand edged out Australia to claim the title at the FIBA U18 Oceania Championship in Suva after snatching a 57-51 victory over Australia in Saturday’s Final. The Junior Tall Blacks went a perfect 5-0 over the championship and pulled out a thrilling 6-point victory in the gold medal game. Final standings of the FIBA U18 […]

New Zealand edged out Australia to claim the title at the FIBA U18 Oceania Championship in Suva after snatching a 57-51 victory over Australia in Saturday’s Final.

Fiji Men's U18 Basketball Squad.
Fiji Men’s U18 Basketball Squad.

The Junior Tall Blacks went a perfect 5-0 over the championship and pulled out a thrilling 6-point victory in the gold medal game.

Final standings of the FIBA U18 Oceania Championship:

  1. New Zealand
  2. Australia
  3. Guam
  4. New Caledonia
  5. Samoa
  6. Fiji
  7. Tahiti

Samoa beat Fiji to get Division B Gold

December 10 – Fiji let an early lead slip as Samoa beat the host nation 61-57 to claim gold in Division B of the FIBA U18 Basketball Championship.

With the home crowd behind them, Fiji got out to an early lead, finishing the first quarter 18-9. Samoa slowly started to chip away winning the second quarter by 2 and the third by 6, attributed to Samoa’s size and toughness around the basket.

Australia continued their march towards the gold medal game by taking care of New Caledonia by 91 points. The combination of size, experience and skill proved to be too much for the spirited New Caledonia side. Australia has now advanced to the gold medal game where they will be facing New Zealand for a qualification spot to the FIBA U18 World Championships 2017. Isaac White top scored for Australia with 28 points while Gabriel Hadley added 19.

Australia has now advanced to the gold medal game where they will be facing New Zealand for a qualification spot to the FIBA U18 World Championships 2017.

Fiji and Samoa playoff for Division B gold

December 09 – Samoa jumped out to an early lead over the young Tahiti side yesterday and held on to advance to the gold medal match up against host nation Fiji today.

Thursday’s result
Samoa beat Tahiti 74-65

Today’s games

  • Division B Gold Medal – Fiji v Samoa
  • Semi Final 1 – Australia v New Caledonia
  • Semi Final 2 – New Zealand v Guam

Australia wallop Fiji 85-31 in U18 basketball

December 8 – New Zealand continued their run towards the Gold Medal match with a massive 115-point win over New Caledonia. New Zealand is trying to make a statement and show they mean business.

New Caledonia v New Zealand, 2016 FIBA U18 Oceania Championship for Men (FIJ), Suva(Fiji), Preliminary Round, 7 December 2016.
New Caledonia v New Zealand, 2016 FIBA U18 Oceania Championship for Men (FIJ), Suva(Fiji), Preliminary Round, 7 December 2016.

The Australian’s size and experience proved too much for Fiji as they walked away with a comfortable win in their pool encounter last night.

Guam has been the standout team of the tournament so far. Knocking off the hosts on day 1, taking to right at Australia on day 2 and now big win against Tahiti.

The combination of great ball movement, textbook jump shots and killer crossovers has the crowd on the edge of their seat every time Guam hits the floor.

Fiji wins against Tahiti in U18 basketball

December 07 – Tahiti v Fiji was a fast paced, up and down game with both teams pushing the ball at every opportunity.

Tahiti v Fiji, 2016 FIBA U18 Oceania Championship for Men (FIJ), Suva(Fiji), Preliminary Round.
Tahiti v Fiji, 2016 FIBA U18 Oceania Championship for Men (FIJ), Suva(Fiji), Preliminary Round.

Tahiti seemed to bounce back after their day 1 loss to Australia but the hosts proved to be too much. Fiji’s Colin Lal had a breakout game with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals. Tahiti’s captain, Manate, did what he could, tallying 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals.

New Zealand opened their campaign with a huge offensive performance, scoring no less than 26 points in a single quarter.

After the nail-biting loss to New Caledonia last night, the spirited Samoan squad couldn’t keep pace with a talented New Zealand outfit.

Robert Sio led Samoa with 14 points and 6 rebounds, where Sam Waardenburg put up 22 points in his first game for the event.

After their win over host nation, Fiji, the Guam Men’s side was full of confidence. They challenged Australia on every rebound, loose ball and 50/50 play but were simply too undersized.

The Australian experience and size overshadowed the great effort by Guam.

Even with a heavy loss, Guam showed off their exciting style of play with some deadly handles making the Australian defence think twice at times.

Australia spread the minutes and had a balanced scoring attack with 6 players in double figures, including 16 points by Jacob Rigoni.

Fiji go down to Guam in U18 basketball

December 06 – The FIBA U18 Basketball Championships kicked-off in Suva yesterday.

Fiji v Guam, 2016 FIBA U18 Oceania Championship for Men (FIJ), Suva(Fiji), Preliminary Round, 5 December 2016. FIBA).
Fiji v Guam, 2016 FIBA U18 Oceania Championship for Men (FIJ), Suva(Fiji), Preliminary Round, 5 December 2016. (FIBA).

Australia and Tahiti opened up the men’s side of the tournament. Australia was out to send a message to the rest of the event from the jump, outscoring Tahiti by 30 in the first quarter.

It was much of the same for the remaining three-quarters as the Australians cruised to an easy opening win.

Angus Golver top-scored for the Australian Emus with 14 points in 15 minutes and Teriitamihau Manate added 7 points on 50% shooting from the field.

New Caledonia and Samoa did not disappoint; this was the game of the tournament so far. The raw athleticism and passion were a sight to behold, both teams battling back and forth until the last siren. After being down for most of the fourth quarter, New Caledonia managed to bring it back to level terms at the last minute and went on to pull off a hard-fought victory. Enoka Laloine led New Caledonia’s balanced scoring attack with 14 points and Joseph Vaetoe added 15 points for Samoa.

The hosts drew the primetime spot to close the day’s games. After a close first quarter, Guam turned up the heat with a 21-6 second quarter. Proving too much for Fiji on the offensive end, Guam went on to take out the win quite comfortably. Michael Min top scored for Guam with 16 points and Colin Lal added 16 points for the host nation.