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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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 8th December

        

Micronesian Games Pohnpei July 2014