Australian teams advance to final of Pacific C'ships

Australian teams advance to final of Pacific C'ships

Australia has the opportunity to complete the golden double at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Pacific Championships, with both the men’s and women’s teams reaching the tournament final in New Zealand.

The Australian Women’s team produced another exemplary performance to crush Tahiti 100-52, with tournament standout Lauren Scherf putting in another brilliant shift to lead the team to the gold medal game.

The young centre had a game-high 25 points on a remarkable 12-of-15 shooting to go with 15 rebounds and 5 assists, above her tournament averages of 20 points (per game) and 10.6 rebounds.

Scherf found plenty of support in the form of Montana Farrah-Seaton (18 points) and Alliyah Fareo (18 points and 6 rebounds) to ensure the team would maintain their unbeaten run.

They will meet New Zealand Maori in the final, tipping off at 3:00pm AEDT.

It was a sterner test for the Australian Men’s team as they were forced to endure a late comeback from Samoa to advance to the final, winning through 85-79 in last night’s semi-final.

Leading by 15 points at half-time, the Australians looked in the box seat only for Samoa to make a late rally. However, they steadied to ensure victory and a chance to win the gold medal against New Zealand Maori today at 5:00pm AEDT.

Tanner Krebs had his best offensive game of the tournament, posting 19 points (4-of-9 3FG), while Kai Woodfall had 18 points and Kai Healy had 12 points.

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