The North open men’s team were able to break the winning streak of the South men’s team on Wednesday last week. 21091324
More talent has been seen during week five of the Avaiki Basketball Tournament. It was jam packed on Wednesday last week with many exciting games played on the court.
The unbeaten South men’s premier team who had an unbeaten
winning streak of 12 (including eight wins last season, and four non-stop wins
this season) were finally beaten by the North men’s team in round five a week
ago. The North won the match 33-22.
In the feature match of the night between the U16 East and
West boys, budding basketball player Bambridge Valoa did very well in carrying
his team and scoring well.
“It could have been anyone’s game, but ultimately the East
did come away winning with a score of 29-27,” said John Engu, president of the
Another major match of the night was the open women’s North
versus South game which ended in a draw.
Engu said with this game he felt there were missed
opportunities on both sides that might have broken the tie “but it was still a
very good, tight game”.
“The bottom line is that it is these young 16 and 17 year
olds who are pulling through and carrying their teams, showing their talent
more and more each week.”
A few changes in management have allowed for further
improvement and clarity within the games.
These changes have included the addition of two referees to
observe each game from the bench.
This modification to the matches came as a result of a few
unclear decisions and disagreements from the crowd and committee due to
basketball’s quick pace and only having two referees to make important calls.
George Taikakara from the basketball committee has been
organising weekly Sunday meetings for all referees, bench control and coaches
to streamline, discuss and confirm decisions that have been sitting at a 50/50
“George is doing a good job and this improves the overall
running of basketball,” Engu said.
He said Taikakara had been setting the standard for the
“This is good because once the standard for the refs is set
and lifted then the players will improve also. We are getting great direction
Week 5 – U16 Girls North 15 South 23, U16 Boys
North 36 South 18, U16 Girls East 24 West 12, U16 Boys East 29 West 27, Open
Women North 29 South 29, Open Men North 33 South 22, Open Women East 33 West
51, Open Men East 26 West 50.