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Pacific Games Women's All-Star Five bannered by two American Samoans
Apia (Samoa) - The result of the Men's Basketball met the expectations as Guam repeated as champions but Women's basketball had a different story.
American Samoa, the 2015 runner-up, indeed exacted a fitting vengeance as it dethroned Fiji and in the end, gave way to the new queens who banner this year's top women basketball players.
Here are your All-Star Five members for the 2019 Pacific Games Women's Basketball tournament.
SARAH TOEAINA (AMERICAN SAMOA)
Toeaina led from the front in American Samoa's sweet 2019 Pacific Games championship.
She racked up averages od 21.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.8 steals.
In their huge 74-53 win against former champion Fiji, Toeaina was a woman on a mission as she hauled down 29 points and 14 rebounds for American Samoa which capped of an epic Pacific Games sweep.
MALIA NAWAHINE (AMERICAN SAMOA)
American Samoa would not be able to hoist the Pacific Games trophy on the back of Toeaina alone.
She needed help, surely, and Nawahine ably provided that, norming 16.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.2 steals in just 26.0 minutes of play.
LETAVA WHIPPY (FIJI)
Letava Whippy served as one of the most consistent bright spots in Fiji's campaign.
Despite Fiji finishing with the Silver Medal this time, Whippy was still a force down low against her foes as she logged a double-double average of 13.0 markers, 10.8 boards, 1.6 assists, and 3.0 steals in 30.7 minutes.
MALAMA LEAUPEPE (SAMOA)
Aside from American Samoa snatching the title from erstwhile champion Fiji, host Samoa had the second-biggest story in the Pacific Games women's basketball.
Samoa stunned Guam in the Bronze Medal match behind the tournament's leading scorer -- Leaupepe.
Leaupepe nailed four straight points in the waning seconds including the game-winner to complete a monstrous 50-point,21-rebound performance.
She tallied 33.7 markers, 16.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 3.3 steals in 33.1 minutes of play, lifting Samoa to the podium finish in the process.
DESTINY CASTRO (GUAM)
Guam may have fallen short on achieving an elusive title destiny but still, ace guard Destiny Castro shone brightly to earn her spot in the All-Star Five.
Castro averaged 18.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 4.0 steal in, 32 minutes for Guam which settled for a fourth-place, barely outside the podium.