Coming into the match as favourites, Fiji started the match against Papua New Guinea at a disadvantage, with one less player on the bench.

But this did not bother Fiji as they proved to be the stronger and more physical team of the two, leading the first quarter 8-2.

Being the smaller side, PNG’s speed forced Fiji back into a half court defence.

Inaccuracy shooting from the field hampered both sides, as Fiji went into half time 18-10 up.

Coming back from a half time break, PNG came out a revitalised team, with two early steals igniting the crowds support, which narrowed the difference to eight points with in the first five minutes.

The top scorer for PNG was EVO’O Maggie scoring 10 points including an extraordinary three pointer, as her side came out a lot more physical with a full court press.

Fiji had an answer for all of PNG’s attempts and NAIVALUVOU Ro top score of 16 points helped them stay ahead 33 – 18 at the last break.

Fiji getting into foul trouble in the final quarter, PNG was energized and tried their hardest. 

However with 44 rebounds, Fiji proved too strong and ran out winners 46 – 30. 

By Jesse Baker from The Reporters' Academy

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FIBA Agent Licensing Test
Canberra, 10th June
 
FIBA U19 World Championship for Men  
                     

Crete, Greece 27th June to 5th July

28th Summer Universiade
TBC, 3rd to 14th July

XIVth Pacific Games
Port Moresby, PNG July 4th to 18th July


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Port Moresby, PNG 13th July


FIBA U19 World Championship for Women
Russia, 18th July to 26th July

Olympic Test Event
TBC, 1st August

FIBA Oceania Championships for Men & Women
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Canberra, 11th November

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TBC, 1st to 10th December

        

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