They who carried the load...
Now the dust has settled on the FIBA Oceania U-19 Championships for Men and Women recently played in Porirua, New Zealand, we have a chance to study the game information in more detail and find out those players the respective coaches looked to, in getting their teams over the line, and those players who delivered for their mates at the offensive and defensive ends of the court.
Some of this information is available on the website by sorting the game statistic columns so they display each statistic in ascending order, one of them is only available from FIBA's competition management software FIBA Organizer powered by SportingPulse.
With a possible 120 minutes of court time across three games the yardstick, New Zealand's Penina Davidson, spent the most time on court, a total of 92 minutes. No wonder she was dragging her legs by the end of the Championship. Penina also lead the tournament in steals (with 11 across 3 games) and pulled in 30 rebounds, close to the leader in that statisitic (see below) Casey Samuels of Australia spent 82 minutes and with 49 points was the Championship leader in scoring.
With 74 minutes on the court, Australia's Stephanie Talbot, lead the rebounds with 33, lead the assists with 11 and was the fourth highest scorer for the tournament. Her 8 steals was also an impressive number.
Alex Wilson with a 60% shooting accuracy was the highest percentage scorer across the three games of the Championship.
The Golden Chook Award for the highest number of fouls in the Tournament was shared by Australia's Carley Mijovic and New Zealand's Stella Beck each of whom posted 11 for the Championship.
In the U-19 Men's Championship, it would come as no surprise to those who have been watching games live, via streaming, on the LiveStats or through the match reports, to learn that New Zealand's Rueben Te Rangi played 110 minutes of a possible 120 in the Championship. He wasn't just taking up space on the court; 47 points (Championship leader), 17 rebounds, 13 assists and 3 steals is a measure of his contribution to the team's results. Rueben could be excused for having a slow few days to start this week.
'Paying for his supper' in the Australian team, Dante Exum played 92 minutes for 43 points (second for the championship) and lead the assists and steals categories with 18 and 9 respectively.
Leading rebounder for the Championship was Australia's Nicholas Duncan with 22 (from 68 minutes of court time). Nicholas is probably not so proud of the fact that he single handedly won the golden chook award with 9 fouls for the Championship.
Australian Michael Rowley was the most accurate shooter - 80% for the Championship, but with only 15 attempts, coach Damian Cotter most likely would have been happier if he had chanced his arm a few more times.
Thanks for your interest in and support of the 2012 FIBA Oceania U-19 Championships.
We extend our congratulations to the Australian Gems and Emus for their victories and their qualification for the 2013 FIBA World Championships.
We thank the players and officials for their approach to the games and their co-operation and collaboration during the event.
We also express our great appreciation to Basketball New Zealand, the Porirua City Council, Te Raupauraha Arena, the Poriua Basketball Association and the many workers and volunteers who helped us stage a successful Championship.