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Boost for basketball campaign

Pravin Narain
Monday, November 27, 2017

IT was a big boost to the Fiji basketball's 2017 Pacific Mini Games campaign after winning the national competition at Jai Narayan College basketball court in Suva on Saturday.

The side defeated Boston 19-17 in the extra time of the men's final.

"The players have played well and it was a hard competition for the national team since they would be playing in the Pacific Mini Games," Fiji team manager Kenneth Taliu said.

"The players had at the back of their mind the importance of eliminating the violence against women.

"We also had the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation and we also had a booth set up by the UN Women. We had 10 men's team and five women's team which competed in the tournament."

The side had the services of Esala Banuve, Henry Tabuduka, and Bryan Ah Jack.

"The 3x3 basketball has been included in the Olympic Games in 2020 so we are preparing for that as well and Pacific Mini Games will help us to be a good platform," he said.

"The duration of the matches are 10 minutes and it is played on a half court of the full size of the basketball court.

"Our national team is gearing up for the PGM and it was a good exposure for them."

Meanwhile, Knights edged Fiji National University 5-4 in the women's final.

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