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Loss Fails To Deter Fijian Basketballers

Loss Fails To  Deter Fijian  Basketballers
July 25
11:00 2017

For the first time, Fiji is competing in a FIBA Asia event. The Fijian women’s basketball team went down to Singapore 103-38 in the first game of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2017– Division B competition.

Although Singapore proved too strong for Fiji, there are positive signs moving into their next match-up against Lebanon early this morning.

With nerves out of the way and Mili Koyamainavure joining the team after a late arrival from Australia, the national players are determined to turn things around. Koyamainavure is in the midst of her rookie season in the South East Australian Basketball League playing for Launceston Tornadoes.

Bitila Tawake top scored for Fiji with 8 points and 3 rebounds while Tiyana Kainamoli added 7 points and 10 rebounds. Kainamoli is only 19 years old playing in the senior women’s competition but she is no stranger to international competition. She has represented Fiji at the 2014 FIBA Oceania Under-18 Championship for women and FIBA U18 Women’s Oceania Championship 2016.

There is a lot on offer for Fiji at the event.

The FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2017– Division B consists of seven team competition for promotion to Division A for the 2019 edition of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup.

This is the first year that any Oceania teams have competed in the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup and also for the first time ever, the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup– Division A will qualify four teams for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.

Australia and New Zealand will feature in this year’s Division A event as part of FIBA’s new competition system. This is the first time that there is a pathway for Oceania teams outside of Australia and New Zealand to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.

 

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