Day 6 - Men’s Playoff for 5th and 6th – New Caledonia 86 def Samoa 63

Keen to demonstrate their vast improvements over the tournament, Samoa and New Caledonia battled for 5th and 6th position respectively.

In a statistically similar first half, New Caledonia’s 41 per cent from the field ensured they took full advantage of their opportunities, earning them a 39-29 buffer.

The Samoan girls cheer squad took the floor in the break, in the hope that their male counterparts would provide the entertainment in the second half.

The anticipation of the battle between Samoan centre, Theodore McFarland (12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks), and New Caledonian big Nicolas Cedare-Wimian (14 points, 7 rebounds) did not disappoint, as both were influential.

Transforming from the overtly physical teams at the start of the week, Samoa and New Caledonia both showed composure and increased effectiveness.

Assists (12 and 14 assists respectively) and teamwork were notable inclusions into both side’s styles, as each constructed play did justice to the potential of all the talented athletes.

As in previous matches, New Caledonia’s sheer size, and complementing physiques from the small and fast Delaunay-Beleville (11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals) to athletic tall-forward Loic Meztdorf (22 points and 9 rebounds) made them an imposing opponent.

With Samoa trailing and in foul trouble early in the fourth quarter, two consecutive three-pointers from Ene Togia (15 points) pulled the deficit back to ten.

Tempers flared as McFarland was given an unsportsmanlike foul, followed by Togia, and they recoiled into aggression, prompting the referees to take control.

A roof-raising 4-point play from Delaunay-Belleville ensured an explosive finish from New Caledonia, as they won 86-63.

Laura Mock – The Reporters’ Academy.


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2015 FIBA Calendar


FIBA Agent Licensing Test
Gold Coast, 11th November



FIBA Oceania Congress
Gold Coast, March 18th-20th 

FIBA Agent Licensing Test
Gold Coast, 8th June

FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
TBA, June 13th-18th

FIBA U17 World Championship for Men & Women
Spain, 22nd June - 3rd July

FIBA  Olympic Qualifying Tournament
TBA, July 5th-10th 

Olympic Basketball Tournament
Rio de Janerio, August 5th-21st 

FIBA U18 Oceania Championships for Men & Women          
December 2016

FIBA Agent Licensing Test
Gold Coast, 9th November


FIBA Oceania Women in Basketball Empowerment Program