Guam comeback downs RMI women — Updated
The RMI women could not stop a Guam Jr. comeback in the final quarter of their bronze medal game, losing 54-43, in the bronze medal game Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Micronesian Basketball Tournament in Guam.
RMI led most of the way through the game, taking a three-point lead, 37-34, into the final period. But Guam Jr. mounted a strong comeback in the last few minutes going on a 19-3 run to win it 54-43. The RMI players ran out of steam in the final minutes, as starter Antoinette Langmos got into foul trouble and later fouled out, and other starters Neri Wase, Stacy 'Lulu' Lejjena and Faith Lang played nearly all 40 minutes of the game. Seven of the eight RMI players who played in the final game scored.
Lulu led the RMI side with 12 points. Faith and Tatyana Samson dropped in eight each, and Antoinette and Neri each contributed six.
The RMI team had a poor shooting night overall, making only 25.7 percent of their shots (18 for 70). They were only able to make five of 21 3-pointers, and two of 10 free throw attempts. As in previous games, there was a big difference in the fouls called on the Guam and RMI teams: RMI was whistled for 17, while Guam had only seven personal fouls. This meant Guam Jr. went to the line 23 times, maiing 10. RMI was outrebounded 57-37, and particularly on the offensive boards where the bigger Guam Jr. team pulled down 18 to 13 for the RMI.
Despite the shooting and rebounding difficulties, the RMI women's team's performance was a solid turnaround from the RMI women's first meeting with Guam Jr. at the beginning of the MBT, when they lost to the Guam second team 66-31. The RMI team showed in both its games with Guam on Friday and Guam Jr. on Saturday that after initial losses by wide point margins, the girls were able to rebound to play competively with the more experienced Guam team hosts.
See photo gallery of the women's and men's bronze medal games.
Photo: Stacy Lulu Lejjena shoots free throws in the fourth quarter. Photo: Deborah K. Shoniber.