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September 2017
12/10/2017
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Region's best awarded with FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup 2017 All-Star 5 selection

PAPUA NEW GUINEA (FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup 2017) - The best of the best have been recognised at the FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup 2017 with their All-Star 5 selection. All four competing nations have been represented in the final selection

Joan Delaunay-Belleville - New Caledonia - Guard - 13 points per game

At just 22 year's of age, Delaunay-Belleville showed why he is going to be a player to watch in the Oceania region and especially during the 2019 Pacific Games. From controlling traffic to getting the tough buckets, Delaunay-Belleville has a bright future with this New Caledonia side who will surely challenge for a medal in 2019.

Apia Muri - Papua New Guinea - Forward - 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game

 

One of three Muri's on this Papua New Guinea side, Apia found a way to stand out from the crowd. Putting on a display of consistency and hustle for the home fans, Muri more than deserves this All-Star 5 nod. Helping his team keep the first ever Melanesia Cup at home is a fantastic achievement but Muri will now set his sights on the 2019 Pacific Games and help his side to a medal place in any way he can.

Marques Whippy - Fiji - Forward - 21.8 points, 8.5 rebounds per game

 

Whippy showed why he has been a key member of the Fiji national team for over a decade. At 31-years-old, Whippy led all players in scoring at 21.8 points per game and rebounds with 8.5 per game. With so much talent on display during this event, this goes to show the skill and class that Whippy has brought to this team for so long. Fiji will be looking for much of the same when 2019 rolls around.

Matineng-Iakah Leahy - Papua New Guinea - Forward - 11 points and 3.3 rebounds per game

What a future ahead for Leahy, the 6'5" athletic standout has a lot of upside shooting 55.6% from inside the arc and 80% from the free-throw line, he took advantage of every opportunity he received. After lifting the cup, Leahy will be bursting with confidence, let's see if he can translate this into some big performances for PNG at the 2019 Pacific games.

Alex Chester - Solomon Islands - Forward - 7.5 points and 4 rebounds per game

Chester was the stand out performer for the Solomon Islands, making a name for himself in this competition. With a mixture of youth and experience, Chester rose to the top and led by example for this Solomons side. He will be one to watch in the future of Solomon Islands basketball.

This year's All-Star 5 was presented by the CHM Group in Papua New Guinea who awarded each member with a pair of Sony Sports Headphones.

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