CROCS AND SAPPHIRES TO FACE NZ IN U17 OCEANIA GRAND FINALS

CROCS AND SAPPHIRES TO FACE NZ IN U17 OCEANIA GRAND FINALS

With victories over Guam in the Under-17 Oceania Championship, the Australian Crocs and Sapphires have advanced to the Grand Final where they will face New Zealand for the gold medal tomorrow.

Sapphires vs. Guam

Setting up the victory in the first term, nine Sapphires players hit the scoreboard by quarter-time as they led 40-0.

11 of their 18 field goals came from assists while Isabelle Bourne controlled the paint to tally eight points and six rebounds while Emma Clarke (a game-high 28 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, five steals) had seven points and three steals.

Bourne (25 points, 15 rebounds, three steals) then tallied a double-double by the second quarter and Darcy Rees utilised her length to collect five steals while Miela Goodchild (24 points, four steals) caught fire to have 18 points at the main break.

Guam forced Australia to the free-throw line in order to halt their momentum but the Sapphires were more effective from the charity stripe than they had been through the group stage, shooting 14-15 in the first half.

Shyla Heal (16 points, four steals) caught fire from deep out of the main break to join a couple of her team mates in double-figure scoring but Guam were able to penetrate the Sapphires' defence to tally seven points in the third term and give the home crowd a reason to cheer.

Cassidy Gould (15 points, seven boards) responded though to ensure every Australian player hit the scoreboard, shooting 6-6 from the field in the third period.

Rees (15 points, 11 rebounds, six steals) also reached a double-double down the stretch before Chelsea D'Angelo (ten points, three steals) became the seventh Sapphires player to score 10+ in the 154-12 win.

Find the full stats here.

The Sapphires will now take on New Zealand at 5pm AEST in the gold medal game. Stay tuned to Basketball Australia's social media channels for links to the live-stream.

Watch a replay of their game vs. Guam below.

Crocs vs. Guam

In the boys Semi-Final, Guam stuck with the Crocs through the first five minutes but Australia pulled away with a 22-2 run to finish the opening term behind 16 points from Kyle Bowen (36 points on 17-19 shooting) while Samson Froling (19 points, eight boards, three steals, four blocks) set the tone defensively with three rejections.

Their run then extended to a 37-2 streak with 15 consecutive points to start the second term and they completely took control of the game as Kody Stattmann (26 points, five steals) made his presence felt.

He had 20 points by half-time to join Bowen who had 24 as the Crocs led by 69 at the main break.

Josh Kunan (six points, eight rebounds) then hit the scoreboard to become the final Crocs player to score while Tyler Robertson did a bit of everything with nine points, eight rebounds and six assists by the final change.

Australia then moved ahead by over 100 in the last quarter to seal their place in the Grand Final.

Find the full stats here.

The Crocs will now take on New Zealand at 7pm AEST in the gold medal game. Stay tuned to Basketball Australia's social media channels for links to the live-stream.

Watch a replay of their game vs. Guam below.

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