Aussies win heart-stopper at Pacific C’ships

Aussies win heart-stopper at Pacific C’ships

The winning continued for the Australians at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Pacific Championships, but they were made to work after Guam threatened to pull off the upset of the tournament.

In a nail-biting finish, the Australian men’s team needed a three-point bomb from Kai Woodfall with six seconds on the clock to defeat an inspired Guam 78-76 on Friday night in New Zealand.

Woodfall hit 4-of-7 from beyond the arc to post a team-high 18 points, while Rhys Vague had 15 points and Geremy McKay led the way in the frontcourt, posting 8 points and 12 rebounds in the narrow victory.

The Australian men will be eager to avoid the same heart-stopping finish today when they face Tahiti in the final of round of pool games.

It was a significantly easier day at the office for the Australian women’s team, comfortably brushing aside New Caledonia 93-42 on the back of an inspired performance by Dandenong Rangers centre Lauren Scherf.

The 17-year-old rising star was at her dominant best, posting 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists as the Australian team proved too strong for their pacific opponents.

In what was an impressive all-round performance from the Australian women, West Coast Waves youngster Mikayla Pirini had 19 points, Alliyah Fareo had 11 points and 7 rebounds, Kristy Wallace had 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Rachel Antoniadou had a game-high 8 steals.

Next up for the Australian women is a clash with Fiji to round out their three pool games.

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