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.
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