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Aust Oceania Champs

The weeklong FIBA-USP Under-19 Oceania Basketball Championships ended last night with the Australia men’s and women’s teams retaining their regional titles. The Division A finals saw Australia men’s beat New
07 Dec 2014 10:20
Aust Oceania Champs
Australia winners of the Women’s FIBA-USP under-19 Oceania Basketball Championship showing their medals at the Vodafone Arena yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

The weeklong FIBA-USP Under-19 Oceania Basketball Championships ended last night with the Australia men’s and women’s teams retaining their regional titles.

The Division A finals saw Australia men’s beat New Zealand 84 – 81 while their women won 98-65.

Women’s coach Paul Goriss commended his team because they had qualified for the FIBA U19 Women’s World Championships in Russia next year.

The men’s team have qualified for the 2015 FIBA World Championships in Greece.

“It is a relief to have qualified for the World Championships,” Goriss said.

“Full credit goes to the girls and how they handled themselves this week on and off the court. They played hard and played together even though we haven’t been together for long. It’s an honour to represent our country in the world championships.”

“We need to execute better which is an area we need to improve on,” Goriss said.

“We had a lot of time to decide what how we wanted to challenge the kiwi side defensively but the court surface didn’t allow us to do what we wanted.

“But we still have a long way to go from where we need to be and contend for the World Championship.”

Regardless of the Kiwi’s loss, coach for the side Brent Matehaere said he knows what the girls need to do in order to come back stronger against the Aussies.

“If we are going to come back stronger we need to continue to be able to play with intensity,” Matehaere said.

Matehaere said they learned a lot too from the Fijian hosts.

“The girls will not only take experience out of this tournament, but just by being in Fiji has inspired them.

“It has been an amazing experience and being surrounded by the friendly locals,” he said.

Results:

Division A (mens)

Australia 84-81 New Zealand

Tahiti 56-63 New Caledonia

Division A (womens)

Australia 98-65 New Zealand

Tahiti 48-54 Guam

Division B (mens)

Guam 95-74 Samoa

Fiji 55-47 American Samoa

Division B (womens)

New Caledonia 65-38 Papua New Guinea

Fiji 87-44 Solomon Islands

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