After the 38-55 loss to Fiji on Wednesday night, the Dale Wilson-coached side needed a win against Samoa to stand any chance of making it through to the World Cup in Liverpool, England, next year.
Samoa was undefeated from two matches heading into yesterday’s clash while the Black Pearls managed a 54-51 win against Papua New Guinea on day one before going down to Fiji.
In their second match, the Cook Islands made a slow start against the experienced Fiji.
Fiji’s quick start put them in control for the entire match, racing to a 15-5 lead in the first quarter.
They maintained their momentum in the second quarter and managed a healthy 27-15 lead at the break.
Handling errors marred the national team’s chances, as Fiji posted more points for a 44-30 lead at the end of the third quarter before sealing the 55-38 win.
Cook Islands will play Tonga in the final match at 2pm (CI time).