Marshall Islands men fall to Guam
The Marshall Islands men's team went cold in the second half of their game with the Guam national team Tuesday night in Guam at the Micronesian Basketball Tournament, losing 76-62. The Marshall Islands men's team is now 3-1 and in second place in the MBT.
The men took a 42-38 first half lead, but then could score only 20 points the rest of the way, while Guam remained consistent in scoring 38 in the second half. In contrast to Monday's nights games when RMI had a high field goal percentage, against Guam they only converted 19 of 51 shots for a 37.3 percent, against Guam's 22 of 49 or 44.9 percent performance. Their 3-point shots would not fall in the second half as they went five for 26 overall from downtown.
The RMI men were also whistled for 29 personal fouls against 17 for Guam. RMI men went to the free throw line only 15 times during the game, making nine, while Guam received 34 attempts, making 20 of its free throws.
Willis 'Mokku' Lamille was the high scorer, putting in 16 points before he fouled out. Frederick 'Nao' Shoniber scored 13, and Nathaniel 'Baby' Lometo added 11.
The Marshalls men's team is scheduled to play two games on Wednesday September 26: It will take on Yap at 5pm, and then play Palau at 9pm (Guam times). These two games will wrap up the RMI's preliminary round games. It has a bye on Thursday and the playoffs start on Friday.