Saints beat national U19

Saints beat national U19

THE Fiji men's under-19 basketball team narrowly lost to a star-studded Saints team 58-67 during the final of the Suva/Laucala Basketball League final at the Vodafone Arena on Friday night.

The junior national side stood their ground, lining up the Saints team laced with Fiji reps national captain Leonard Whippy, Josh Motufaga, Jese Sikivou and overseas-based Marques Whippy.

Fiji U19 coach Saula Koroi was happy with the performance of his young troops despite facing the experienced players in the Saints team.

He said his boys adapted well playing the FIBA international standard which required that the game to be played in two hours.

"It was a good game for us. The boys played really well in this game. It was like we were playing a Fiji team. They had four national reps and Marques who is based overseas," Koroi said.

"Despite the fact we lost in the final, I believe the boys gave their best shot. The final was played according to the international standard and the boys adapted well to it. It was tough but we learnt a lot from the big boys."

Koroi said there were still room for improvement before the team flies out for the FIBA Oceania Youth Basketball Championship in Australia at the end of the month.

"Playing the Saints team was a good learning experience for my boys. They are improving a lot but I think we still need to work on a few areas before we fly out."

Koroi added they would play few more games against top clubs like Warriors to test their combination.


Source: The Fiji Times Newspaper on Sunday 11th November 2012


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2014 National U19 Trials

Basketball Fiji will be holding the U19 central trials for both women and men this Saturday 5th July 2014. Trials will be from 8am-11am at the FMF Gym (Old Gym). Please come dressed ready in your basketball attire, bring your water bottles, a dry towel, and a spare change of clothes. The Western U19 trials will be held at Waiyavi Courts on Saturday 12th July 2014 from 9am-12pm.

The trials is open to anyone born on or after 1st January 1996.

Those selected in the final team will represent Fiji for the FIBA U19 Oceania Championship held in Suva from December 1st - December 8th, 2014.

For more information please contact Valerie Nainima on 3317213 or








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