EMUS AND GEMS TAKE CARE OF TAHITI IN FIRST GAME OF FIBA U18 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

EMUS AND GEMS TAKE CARE OF TAHITI IN FIRST GAME OF FIBA U18 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Australian Emus and Jayco Australia Gems have begun their FIBA Under-18 Oceania Championship campaigns with wins over Tahiti on the first day of competition.

The Emus put their opposition to the sword immediately, leading 32-2 at quarter-time before going on to record a 95-14 victory.

A double-double for Jacob Rigoni (12 points, 11 rebounds) paced the team as only Makuach Maluach played above 20 minutes with every player hitting the scoreboard.

Angus Glover was very efficient with 14 points on 7-10 shooting while he also collected eight steals and Lat Nai added ten points.

While they only hit 21% from beyond the arc, their defence forced 33 turnovers and Tahiti were unable to get to the free-throw line for the whole contest.

Australia next face Guam in the group stage at 4pm AEDT tomorrow and the box score from today's game can be found here.

 

The Gems were totally dominant in their clash with Tahiti, keeping their opposition scoreless in three quarters on their way to a 125-5 rout.

They forced 50 turnovers and allowed just two field goals for the game while at the offensive end, the Gems shot 53% and pulled down 30 offensive rebounds to four.

Every player had hit the scoreboard by quarter-time with captain Chantel Horvat going on to record a game-high 17 points while six other players also finished in double-figures.

MVP of the Under-17 World Championships earlier this year, Ezi Magbegor pulled down 13 rebounds (seven offensive) to go with 14 points for a double-double while Maddison Rocci collected six steals.

The only downside for the Gems was their 8-15 free-throw shooting as a team, an area of improvement for their next game against Samoa.

The box score for that game can be found here.

Find the full schedule for the Emus and Gems' remaining campaign below.

Australian Emus:
Tuesday December 6: 4pm vs. Guam
Wednesday December 7: 6pm vs. Fiji
Thursday December 8 and Friday December 9: Semi-Finals
Saturday December 10: 5pm Gold Medal Game

Jayco Australia Gems:
Tuesday December 6: 10.00am vs. Samoa
Wednesday December 7: 2pm vs. Fiji
Thursday December 8 and Friday December 9: Semi-Finals
Saturday December 10: 2pm Gold Medal Game

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