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Meuel leads Polynesian Cup All-Star Five selection
The Polynesian Cup All-Star five team was named during the closing ceremonies. The brightest stars put on a show that displays the best the region has to offer.
Ariirimarau MEUEL (TAH) - Forward - 31.0- PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.4 APG
The sweet-shooting forward is an offensive marvel that can shoot from anywhere on the floor. Meuel led the Tahitians to an undefeated record and was deservedly awarded the Tournament MVP. Tahiti will be a force to reckon with in next year's Pacific Games.
Marcus ALIPATE (TGA)- Guard - 39.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 4 APG
Alipate arguably had the highest pedigree in the entire field after playing college ball in St. Thomas in the USA and professionally in the NBL in New Zealand. The explosive scorer did not disappoint; he set a historic 55-point performance in their knockout game against Cook Island including 14 three-point shots made. Tonga basketball is bright with Alipate leading the way.
Theo McFARLAND (SAM) - 19.6 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.6 APG
McFarland's imposing size posed immense match-up nightmares against all the teams Samoa faced. The burly 6'6 center posted a double-double in four out of their five games punctuated by a massive 30-point, 14-rebound, six assist, performance in their win against Tonga.
Sapeti TUFUGA (SAM) - 20.8 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG
Tufuga was a scoring savant for the host team scoring more than 20+ points in three games with a personal-high of 32 points in Samoa's win over the Cook Islands. The 6'2 lefty will be a vital cog for Samoa in their 2019 Pacific Games campaign next year.
Rehiti SOMMERS (TAH) - 8.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.6 SPG
Sommers numbers might not pop out, but the statistics only illustrate half the story. The 6'4 big man was all over the court and did all the little things including leading the tournament in steals per game to help Tahiti romp to the Gold.
Honorable Mentions: Obadaiah PAEA (TGA), Teokotai AKANIA (COK), Lynel Steve SIU, Siale BAIN-VETE (TGA), Ryan PAIA (SAM)