Mili Koyamainavure shines for Fiji
The Fiji women’s basketball team finished sixth at the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2017 competition in Bengaluru, India.
July 30, 2017 1:45 pm
Before the Asia Cup, Fiji last played a competitive match in July 2015. It was the final of the Pacific Games in PNG, and Fiji beat American Samoa in the gold medal game to earn a place to Division B in Bengaluru.
Worse, centre forward Disiola Boseiwaqa had an injury flare-up after playing nine minutes, one that would rule her out of the rest of the tournament.
Koyamainavure scored 13 points in the Lebanon game and then scored 28 of Fiji’s 48 against Kazakhstan, where they narrowed the margin of defeat further to 23, down from 65 in the first match.
In the last match against Singapore, Koyamainavure impressed again by having a field day with 31 points on 54.5% shooting, 11 rebounds and four assists. Dale Wise was also effective for Fiji, adding 15 points and seven rebounds. Fiji lost that match 80-65.
For the moment, Fiji has shown the rest of the Pacific region that you can make things happen, provided you are willing to bide your time and learn from your mistakes.
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