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Fiji wins first-ever Pacific Games 3x3 Women's Basketball Tournament
Apia (Samoa) – Fiji 3x3 women’s basketball team completed its redemption bid after a 20-9 finale win over the Cook Islands to reign supreme in the historic 2019 Pacific Games 3x3 Women's Basketball Tournament.
The Fijians swept the whole tournament including a 19-10 triumph over New Caledonia to advance to the championship of this breakthrough 3x3 basketball in the Pacific.
Mickaelar Mendez, Miliakere Koyamainavure, Vilisi Tavui, and 5-on-5 basketball All-Star Five member Letava Whippy spearheaded the way for Fiji which atoned for its failed championship defense in the 5-on-5 basketball.
It was a quick redemption for the Fijians who were dethroned by American Samoa in the 5-on-5 basketball.
The Cook Islands, on the other hand, failed to complete an upset bid on Fiji after also pulling the rug from under from previously unbeaten Tahiti in the semi-finals, 14-11.
Sisters Adoniah and Keziah Lewis together with Janet Main and Terai Sadler led Cook Islands to a still impressive Silver Medal finish.
Meanwhile, Alizee LeFranc Mahine Tepu and Mahinetea Tavanae did their part for Tahiti even though ace Oceane LeFranc was sidelined by a knee injury, taking home the Bronze Medal after a 16-8 win over New Caledonia in the battle for third of this first-ever 3x3 basketball in the quadrennial sport's showpiece in the Pacific.
New Caledonia was bannered by Nicky Francois, Adeline Souque, Cecile Bregeon and Elia Massette.