Day 1 - Men's P2 - Fiji 81 defeated New Caledonia 76

The meeting between New Caledonia and Fiji looked to be an evenly matched affair, with both teams equal in height and build to their opposition.

Catching Fiji off guard in their first game of the tournament, New Caledonia took advantage to lead early in the first quarter 31-18.

Ending the first quarter of the match, New Caledonia with 3.43 seconds left, astonished viewers by snatching another 2 points right on the buzzer.

In the second quarter Pita Sowakula (23 points, 8 rebounds) and Koyamainavure (16 points, 8 rebounds) lead a resurgence to be within striking distance of New Caledonia at half time, 36-49.

New Caledonia’s three-point percentage inhibited Fiji leading the match, with 8 long range shots (44 per cent) helping them to a comfortable second half lead.

New Caledonia’s Nicolas Canaldo, in a shrill of speed, assisted his team out with some fast breaks, adding 3 steals and 10 points onto the scoreboard.

Being behind for all of the first half of the match, Fiji took the lead with under three minutes to go, sparking a frenzied shoot-out between the two teams, with spectators all at the edge of their seats.

With the last two minutes in sight and the Fiji Women’s team singing and cheering them on, Fiji gathered their last bit of energy.

Taking advantage of New Caledonia’s exhaustion, Fiji using their last bit of energy scored point after point, with the exhilarating game finally coming to and end with Fiji winning the match (81-76).

With the long and tiresome game of Basketball at its end, Fiji being good sports, shook the players of the New Caledonia team, giving each of the players a little gift as the New Caledonians had done at the start of the match.


By Larissa Spano of The Reporters’ Academy


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2014 FIBA Calendar

FIBA Central Board Meeting
Barcelona, Spain 1st to 2nd February

FIBA Men's World Cup Draw
Barcelona, Spain 3rd February

FIBA Oceania Office Opening 
Canberra, Australia 28th February

FIBA Oceania Board Meeting
Canberra, Australia 1st to 2nd March

Samoa Basketball Federation
Annual General Meeting March (date to TBC)

FIBA Women's World Cup Draw
Istanbul, Turkey 15th March

FIBA Extraordinary Congress
Istanbul, Turkey 16th March

ONOC Assembly                                          
Guam 2nd to 4th May

FIBA Oceania Congress
Sydney, Australia 9th to 11th May

Basketball New Zealand
Annual General Meeting May 23rd, Wellington

FIBA World Championship for U17 Women               
Bratislava, Slovakia 11th to 20th July

Micronesian Games                                       
Pohnpei, FSM 20th to 29th July

FIBA World Championship for U17 Men                   
UAE - Dubai 8th to 16th August

Youth Olympic Games                                  
Nanjing, China 16th to 28th August

FIBA Congress
Barcelona, Spain 26th to 28th August

World Championship for Men                       
Madrid, Spain 30th August to 14th September

World Championship for Women                   
Istanbul, Turkey 27th September to 5th October

Special Olympics Australia
Melbourne, Australia 20th October to 25th October

Oceania U19 Qualifications for Men & Women

Suva, Fiji 1st December to 6th December


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