Day 6 - Men's Playoff for 7th and 8th Position - Papua New Guinea 67 def Tahiti 57

As the siren sounded and the game began, the anticipation and excitement was felt throughout the stadium, and both of the teams were ready to begin the match.

The game started off fairly evenly, with both teams accurately scoring goals and the scores staying within a few points of each other.

Papua New Guinea took a lead late on in the quarter, overcoming Tahiti’s strength and quick reflexes, the quarter finished with Papua New Guinea on 20 to Tahiti 18.

The second quarter started off fast paced, as the eager players from both teams exhausted themselves out on the court, running up and down in a half court press.

The scores stayed fairly even, Papua New Guinea only taking a small lead over Tahiti - both teams bumped, pushed, shot, ran and played hard at all times trying their absolute bests and pushing through.

Tahiti played a really good, strong defense, while Papua New Guinea tended to be more accurate at shooting, but the quarter was very even from all sides.                        

The quarter finished off very intensely and extremely close but at the end Papua New Guinea just took the lead and managed to overcome Tahiti with the scores Papua New Guinea 33 to Tahiti 32.

The third quarter started off with a lot of cheering, chanting and nerves from both teams and the crowd with such a close game, nobody could tell who was going to win.

Papua New Guinea started shooting a few points as the quarter started and it looked like they were going to take a lead, but Tahiti fought back and shot themselves some points and kept their defense strong.

Every time Papua New Guinea shot a few goals, and it looked like they were going to go on a lead, Tahiti would come back, shoot a few goals and it would be even or close to it again.

Separating the teams was double-double statistics from PNG’s M Lune with 14 points and 17 rebounds.

The third quarter ended with Papua New Guinea just taking a lead over Tahiti with the scores Papua New Guinea 50 to Tahiti 49.

The fourth and final quarter began with Papua New Guinea taking a small lead over Tahiti, but Tahiti weren’t just letting them have it easy, they played strong and hard defense to try and stop them from scoring and winning.

The fourth quarter was the most intense, with everyone aware this was the last chance and the match defined what placing they had, both teams went full pelt and threw everything they had at the match.

With 3 minutes left in the match, Papua New Guinea took a 12 point lead over Tahiti, but both teams fought hard with Papua New Guinea just taking more accuracy and their lead stayed with the game ending with Papua New Guinea with the scores Papua New Guinea 67 to Tahiti 57. 

By Amy Sanderson of The Reporters’ Academy


Comment Guidelines: The SportingPulse Network is made up of players, families and passionate sports followers like you who have a strong opinion about sport. That's great - we want you to have your say and share your thoughts with the world. However, we have a few rules that you must follow to keep it fun for all. Please don't be rude, abusive, swear or vilify others. Apart from some pretty serious sport sanctions, we also can ban you and report you if things get out of hand. So play fair and have fun, and thanks for your contribution.


FIBA FIBA FIBA Asia FIBA Americas FIBA Europe FIBA Oceania

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


Livestats Training in Suva Fiji