As the opening siren rang and the players came onto the court, the crowd cheered like there was no tomorrow.

The players were ready and raring to go as the first quarter unfolded and promised to be a relatively even game.

Tahiti scored the first 2 points, followed by 2 more from Samoa. Oceane Lefranc from Tahiti, was the highest scorer, scoring 16 points in the first half.

The second quarter began with a surge of school children screaming their lungs out for their teams.

The gameplay stayed quite even, however Tahiti kept scoring, leaving the half time scores Tahiti 41 to Samoa 18.

The third quarter started with cheering and chanting from the grandstand and excitement as the men’s Samoan team came to support their girls.

Samoa started the quarter strong and scored a few points within the first few minutes while Tahiti still fought strong and kept scoring points.

Janice Moke from Samoa scored 21 points over the match and played an impressive game, she was crucial to her teams result.

Tahiti took a lead and managed to keep their scores up while Samoa didn’t give up and kept fighting hard, not once did they ease their defense or back down a bit.

Fourth and final quarter hit off to a slower start, both teams started to become tired but as the game slowed down

Reva Dauphin from Tahiti took a tumble and injured her ankle, resulting in her being carried off the court and needing serious medical attention, and she was unable to complete the game.

Marina Tehaamoana also took a fall and was not able to complete the game but did not require medical attention.

Tahiti played a good fourth quarter, scoring and going hard and Samoa never backed down and kept their defense strong.

The final scores for the game were Tahiti on 79 to Samoa’s 46.

By Victoria Heard and Amy Sanderson 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 29th September to 5th October

Oceania U19 Qualifications for Men & Women          
Suva, Fiji 27th November to 5th December

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

        

FIBA Oceania Office Opening