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07/12/2018
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New Zealand, Samoa topple opponents

PAPUA NEW GUINEA (FIBA U15 Oceania Championship) - New Zealand sealed a Final match-up with Australia with a resounding 86-27 victory over Fiji.

Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu stood at the forefront New Zealand's attack scoring a game-high 20 points for NZL while Alana Paewai added 11 points.

NZL capitalized on Fiji's miscues with a tremendous 52-9 advantage in points from turnovers.

Estelle Kainamoli scattered 13 points for the Fijians and closed their first round campaign with a 1-3 card.

Meanwhile, Samoa dealt host Papua New Guinea a 117-37 win to finish the Group Phase with a 2-2 record.

Tyla Paraha recorded a tournament-high 42 points to lead the Samoans while Cellestin Pauga, Shaylee Coulter-Faamafu, and Oriana Siamaoa chipped in 17, 15 and 12 points respectively.

Samoa burst out of the gates with a blistering 21-4 blast to take the momentum early in the game and never looked back.

Alice Kaiawa top-scored for the host with 19 points.

Samoa will take on Fiji ni the bronze medal game in the Final Phase of the tournament.