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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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


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