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Fiji placed fifth, sixth in Oceania tourney

Arin Kumar
Thursday, December 05, 2013

THE national women's side finished fifth while the men's side settled for sixth place at the Oceania Pacific Championships in Wellington, New Zealand yesterday.

The men's side lost 54-73 to New Caledonia while the women's side defeated Samoa 61-58.

The Dale Wise Sauqaqa led side withstood a strong second half comeback from Samoa to win by just three points.

Milkaelar Whippy was the top scorer for the national side with 27 points.

National womens coach Laisiasa Puamau said he was disappointed with their finish in the tournament.

"We could have done better than fifth, we were hoping for a top-three finish," he was quoted as saying on sportingpulse.com.

Leonard Whippy was the top scorer in the men's match with 18 but it was not enough to beat a strong and determined New Caledonia who Fiji had beaten in their first pool match.

Fiji started the second half on a high note with Whippy and Pita Sowakula leading the charge but their comeback were too late as New Caledonia maintained their lead and held on for the win.

The men's side has also set a third-place target before they left for the competition.