Samoa Wins In 106-64 blowout over New Caledonia

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Tina Mata'afa-Tufele is a Pasifika journalist that has been writing and covering news related to the Samoan experience for over a decade. She's written for Samoa News in American Samoa, (covering news from Hawaii, the U.S.

  • Team Samoa wins big against New Caledonia in first outing on day one of the Pacific Games
    Team Samoa wins big against New Caledonia in first outing on day one of the Pacific Games


Samoa dominated their first basketball match with an incredible blowout win, 106-64, against New Caledonia at Gym 2 in Monday night's last match.

Top scorer Malama Leaupepe (No. 7), led the team to victory in day one's last basketball match with a whopping 42 points total.

Samoa dominated the entire match and in the first five minutes of play, they were up 20-3.

New Caledonia struggled to find their groove throughout the game. They were down by 21 points (51-30) at half-time.

Samoa later increased their lead and finished the third quarter with 23 points, ahead 63-40.

The home crowd went wild when in the last minute, Leaupepe continued her amazing show by rebounding her own free throw to sink the ball into the basket earning Samoa another two points.

They convincingly put New Caledonia away 106-64. Assistant Coach for Samoa is June Tahata of New Zealand.

Cherish Manumaleuga (No. 5) recorded 15 points for Samoa, one point ahead of New Caledonia's top scorer Yolande Luepak (No. 13) who finished with 14 points.

Samoa is in Pool A with Fiji, Cook Islands and New Caledonia. The host team plays Cook Islands 6:45 p.m. Wednesday night.

New Caledonia is coached by Noha Tetuanui with assistance from Wadrussa Wainebengo. They are both from France.

In the women's Pool B are American Samoa, Guam, Papua New Guinea and Tahiti.

Samoa plays Pacific Games defending champions Fiji on Friday in the final match at 6:45 p.m.

The Samoa men's basketball squad plays their first match against Guam Tuesday night at 6:45 p.m. The men are in Pool A with Guam, New Caledonia and Tonga.

In the men's Pool B are Fiji, Papua New Guinea,  Solomon Islands and Tahiti.


Fialauia Hunt

Oriana-Rose Siamoa

Juanita-Anne Wright

Kalista Niu

Cherish Manumaleuga

Sommer Motufoua

Malama Leaupepe

Sweetie Hicks

Zhanay Hettig

Utu Vaimauga

Theresa Vaoliko

Aufui Sau

Coach Lisa-Pauline Epa

Assistant Coach June Tahata



Eval Tartas (Captain)

Diana Moutry

Anais Tuufui

Sam Honda

Monique Pei

Clarissa Passa

Johana Pallas

Clementinr Puleoto

Melissa Fenuafanote

Yolande Luepak

Cynderella Fanalupe

Cassandre Canaldo