Marshalls men beat Guam Jr. team in OT
With V7AB radio announcer William Ring providing live updates from the Guam Micronesian Basketball Tournament, people in the Marshall Islands are getting news from the games quickly.
In the RMI men's first game, RMI men took on Guam's second team in the second game (2pm Guam time) of the tournament on Sunday September 23. Guam led 12-11 after one quarter, and extended its lead to 32-20 by the half, as the RMI boys had difficulty finding the basket. But as with past national teams coached by Thomas Heine, they tend to be second half-focused.
RMI men narrowed the gap by the end of quarter 3, 54-46. But they held Guam to just 15 points in the fourth quarter, while coming back by scoring 23 to tie the game at 69-all, forcing an overtime period.
In the overtime, RMI men prevailed, 75-73, to chalk up a win in their opening game. Fredrick 'Nao' Shoniber hit a layup to put the RMI team up by one point with under a minute to go, and then with Nathaniel 'Baby' Lometo was fouled while shooting with two seconds remaining. He made one of the two free throws to give RMI the two-point victory. Although the win was over Guam's Junior team, the win is historic for the Marshall Islands. It is the first time in Micronesian Games history, dating back to 1990, that a Marshall Islands men's basketball team has defeated a men's team from Guam.
Leading scorer for the RMI was Nathaniel 'Baby' Lometo with 19 points. Frederick 'Nao' Shoniber, Jeffery 'Taule' Loeak and Bolear Bokna each scored 10 points.
They play two games Monday September 24: 5pm v Pohnpei and 9pm v Chuuk. These are Guam times.
In other men's games Sunday, Guam's first team defeated Pohnpei 125-58, and Palau beat Yap 126-34.