The Aon New Zealand U15 Boys have continued their strong play at the FIBA Oceania Championship with two big wins against Papua New Guinea and Fiji on Day Two of the event, while the Girls fought hard but fell to a strong Australian side in their matchup.
The boys secured a 163-51 win over host’s PNG to open the day. Benjamin Gold had a massive game for New Zealand, finishing with 29 points on 13-of-14 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from three. Seven other players managed double figures, and everyone scored at least seven points in the commanding victory. New Zealand shot 77.1 per cent from the field and were 8-of-17 on their 3-point attempts.
In their second game of the day, they came away with a 105-27 win against Fiji. The boys’ offence certainly wasn’t as efficient this time around, but they still shot 52.3 per cent from the field and outrebounded Fiji 60-35. Reegan Trego top scored with 15 points, while Joshua Book added 14 points and Junior James De Young had 13. Three others also scored in double figures for New Zealand.
The boys will encounter their toughest test on Day Three of the event, as they’ll square off against tournament favourites Australia. Each team has dominated to this point, and all eyes will firmly be fixed on the outcome of this one.
For the girls, a strong third quarter just wasn’t enough to overcome the firepower of Australia. A final score of 94-34 may not look close on paper, but New Zealand played hard throughout the game and have plenty to be proud of. Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu led the scoring for New Zealand with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
Samoa awaits the girls later today. It’s a game that they should be able to take and recoup that momentum they created to begin the event.
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 the boys’ win over PNG can be found HERE, and against Fiji HERE. The box score from the girls’ game against Australia is HERE.
- See FIBA’s tournament website here: http://www.fiba.basketball/oceania/u15/2018
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