TWO ON THE TROT FOR CROCS AND SAPPHIRES AT FIBA U17 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

TWO ON THE TROT FOR CROCS AND SAPPHIRES AT FIBA U17 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Australian Crocs and Sapphires have claimed consecutive wins at the FIBA Under-17 Oceania Championships, all but assuring themselves top spot heading into the Semi-Finals with one group stage game to come.

Australia vs. Palau

Following on from the Day 1 games, Palau showed they had scouted the Crocs well, scoring 14 points in the opening term as Garnett Sungino connected on a couple of baskets.

Australia were highly efficient at the other end of the floor though, adding 49 points themselves with Kody Stattman doing most of the damage early.

From quarter-time, the Crocs tightened up their defence and did not let Palau hit double-digits for a term again while their offence continued to fire.

They shot 67% from the field with seven players scoring 11+ points, led by Stattman's 35 points which he combined with six rebounds, five assists and five steals.

The sharp-shooter also knocked down 7-13 from the three-point line with Isaiah Lee (14 points, five assists, five steals) hitting three three's and Tyler Robertson (16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals) drilling two from long distance.

Under the rim, Josh Kunan (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Samson Froling (25 points, ten boards, five assists) dominated proceedings to record double-doubles while Callum Dalton, Sean MacDonald and Aiden Krause all contributed 20+ points.

Find the full stats here.

The Crocs will hit the court again tomorrow against Samoa at 3pm in their last game of the group stage and you can watch the game here.

Australia vs. Marshall Islands

In an extremely uneven match-up even by Oceania Championship standards, the Sapphires crushed the Marshall Islands 166-3 while holding their opposition scoreless through the first half.

Miela Goodchild controlled the contest early, finishing with 25 points and six steals while Shyla Heal also impressed in the opening term before tallying 17 points and nine steals.

Every Sapphire hit the scoreboard with Jessica McDowell-White (seven points, five assists) earning her first points of the tournament while Madeline Puli led all scorers with 27.

Emma Clarke, Chelsea D'Angelo and Darcy Rees joined her with 20+ point efforts while Isabelle Bourne had nine points and nine rebounds (all offensive).

Find the full stats here.

The Sapphires will face their final game of the group stage tomorrow at 1pm AEST against Samoa and you can watch the game here.

The Under-17 Australian Crocs and Sapphires Oceania Championships Schedule (all times AEST):

July 12: Sapphires vs. Samoa at 1pm
Crocs vs. Samoa at 3pm

July 14: Semi-Finals
July 15: Grand Finals

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