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
Canberra, 10th June
FIBA U19 World Championship for Men  

Crete, Greece 27th June to 5th July

28th Summer Universiade
3rd to 14th July

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

FIBA Oceania Board Meeting
Port Moresby, PNG 11th July

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

FIBA Oceania Championships for Men
Game 1: Melbourne, Australia 15th August
Game 2: Wellington, New Zealand 18th August

FIBA Oceania Championships for Women
Game 1: Melbourne, Australia 15th August
Game 2: Tauranga, New Zealand 17th August

FIBA Oceania U16 Championships for Men & Women          
Women: 14-17 August, Tauranga, New Zealand
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FIBA Agent Licensing Test
Gold Coast, 11th November


FIBA Oceania Women in Basketball Empowerment Program

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