Tahiti girls win against PNG
Papua New Guinea (PNG) women's team coach Veitu Diro expressed that she was very pleased with their win against the Samoa girls last night given that only one of her players Jenny Magatu, PNG number 11 has ever played in the South Pacific Games. "The rest of the players are new on the PNG team." With regards to their game up ahead against Tahiti, she says, "We will play the same game plan for this game by relying on our speed."
And speed is what they have alright as Nape Waka, PNG's reliable point guard scores the first points of the game with an easy layup after a fast break. It takes Tahiti a while to put their mark on the scoreboard but eventually number 15 Aliz`ee Lefranc sinks a three-pointer with a swish, only to be countered by PNG's number 12 stealing the ball and takes it all the way with a successful layup.
The game progresses seemingly in PNG's favour until the Tahitians sneak up and take the lead. However, in the last minutes of the first half, PNG brings the game up and takes the lead with 20 points to Tahiti's 17.
The second half is a different story altogether. Tahiti catches up fast and ends the third quarter with PNG scoring only 7 more points bringing the score PNG 27, Tahiti 35.
With seconds left in the game, Tahiti number 8 and captain Titaua Liault makes yet another foul giving PNG a chance at making some points.
Despite PNGs star player Nape Waka making an attempt to shoot in the last 2 seconds of the game, the shot was not completed and the game ended with Tahiti taking the win by 13 points.