The Aon New Zealand Under 15 boys have cruised past Guam 131-41 in their first game at the FIBA Oceania Championship, while the girls grabbed a big 108-15 victory over Papua New Guinea.
For the boys, Hunter Adam led the way with 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the field. Tafara Gapare, Jett Thompson, Sataan Tawera, Zach Riley, Levick Kerr and Regan Trego each scored over 10 points and missed just four shots between them. Everyone on the team played and scored at least four points, and everyone grabbed at least one rebound.
As a team, New Zealand shot 77.6 per cent from the field and 7-of-15 from three. They outrebounded Guam 34-20 and held them to 34.1 per cent shooting from the field. It was a fantastic all-around effort from the boys first up, and they’ll look to carry that momentum into their second game today against host’s Papua New Guinea, who lost to Fiji yesterday 64-62. The boys will then play their third game of the tournament a few hours later against Fiji.
In the girls’ win, Vitolia Tuilave top scored with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Melika Semia added 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 1-of-1 from three, while Simone Barnard, Alana Paewai, Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu and Breeje Schuler all managed double figures. Like the boys, everyone saw some action on the court and scored at least one field goal.
New Zealand held PNG to just 5-of-33 shooting from the field, an incredible effort, and held a 40-23 advantage on the glass. They’ve now got their sights set on Australia today, arguably their toughest matchup of the tournament, but they’ll come into the game full of confidence after their big win.
Select games are being live streamed on the FIBA website. You can find more info here: http://www.fiba.basketball/oceania/u15/2018.
The full box score from New Zealand’s win over Guam can be found HERE, and the box score for the girls’ win over PNG is HERE.
- See FIBA’s tournament website here: http://www.fiba.basketball/oceania/u15/2018
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