Guam grabs gold in men’s basketball

Guam has won gold in the men’s basketball defeating Fiji 78-61 today at the PNG Power Dome.

A bumper crowd turned up to watch the match with a high number of Guam supporters.

Fiji got off to a good start leading in the first quarter 17-15 but Guam bounced back in the second quarter to take the lead by 10 points at half time, 36-26.

Guam dominated the rest of the game with three pointers coming from Jesus Cruz taking Guam to 51-44 at the end of the third quarter.

Both teams put up a great challenge and entertained the crowd in the final quarter as the countdown began to full time.

Guam was way in front at two minutes to full time leading by 15 points. At this point, Fiji lost hope as Guam started their celebrations on the court.

Outstanding play from Cruz, Joseph Blas, Jonathan Galloway and Tai Wesley led Guam to victory as the final siren went off.

Fiji settled with silver, Tahiti took out bronze after defeating PNG earlier 83-73.

In the women’s competition, Fiji took out gold, American Samoa won silver and Tahiti grabbed bronze.

PNG settled for fourth place in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

Quintina Naime