Men’s team struggles in first game of tournament

Tuesday November 20, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
The Cook Islands men's basketball team were defeated 72-67 by American Samoa. The Cook Islands men's basketball team were defeated 72-67 by American Samoa.

American Samoa relied on a strong start to take an impressive 72-67 victory over the Cook Islands to open their 2018 Polynesian Cup campaign with a victory.

 

Steve Siu Lynel top-scored for ASA with 23 points while Nimoa'I Afimuao, Jeremiah Tuimaseve and Onosaiimeatiga Tovale added 16, 14 and 11 points respectively.

The bigger American Samoans relied on their offensive rebounding prowess to lead the Cook Islands in that department, 14-4 that also led to more free throws attempts 29-14.

Teokotai Akania and Brandon Heath led Cook Island's losing effort scoring 20 and 18 points in that order while playing 40 minutes each.

In the other men’s opening match Tahiti just defeated Samoa, 77-76.

Yesterday, the Cook Islands took on American Samoa again going down in a closely fought match against American Samoa 72-67. Teokotai Akania topped scored for the Cook Islands with a hard earned 20 points.

                - FIBA / CT

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