Guam handles CooK Island Men
Cook Islands simply couldn't handle the ball. Whether it was dribbling, passing, or shooting (albeit rarely) the ball just seemed to slip out of the team's grasp. I suppose it didn't help that Guam brought a press from the opening tip onward, but the difference in skill level between these two teams was apparent from just the warm-ups. Guam looked regimented and smooth in their warm-up routine, while it seemed in comparison, that Cook Islands didn't even have one. When asked about the prediction and strategy for the game John Engu(#7) of the Cook Islands team said, " I'm not sure. We don't know what Guam looks like. We'll go out and see what the team looks like...adjust accordingly. We're here to play and I hope Guam is here to play ad much less to say. While in contrast Chris Fernandez (#5) from Guam simply smiled and said "Naw" he didn't have a prediction for the game. Regarding strategy he said "just play hard", and that is what they did all game long.
The game started a bit rough for both teams. There were 15 fouls in the first quarter and a lot of turnovers and the score was closer than it should have been come quarter end, as it was 23-7 Guam. Throughout the second quarter Guam's superiority began to reflect on the scoreboard as they made steal after steal and shot after shot resulting in a 64-14 lead.
At halftime Guam's head coach commented that, "It's physical out there. I know they (Cook Islands) haven't had a basketball team in a while...but it looks like this is a mix between rugby and basketball. So we're just trying our best to not get hurt, but also not get frustrated."
The third quarter began with Guam easing off their press, and Cook Islands trying to use one of their own. This had little effect on the game, as every member of Guam's team, starter or not, was in a groove on both defense and offense. The score grew to 88-23 Guam.
The fourth quarter was a preservation 10 minute exercise for Guam, as they preserved their players' health as best as possible as well as their lead. At the final horn the score board read a somewhat expected 105-29. Next up for Guam is the Solomon Islands, for Cook Islands is Tahiti.