Despite Delay Tahiti easily outmuscles Cook Island
Away uniforms had to be found for Cook Islands so the game began 25 minutes late. Regardless, Cook Islands was no match for Tahiti. The game started surprisingly competitively. Cook Islands' scrappy, desperate style kept the game close through the middle of the first quarter. However, Tahiti's size and strength advantage began taking its toll by the end of the quarter's end with the score 15-6.
Over the next two quarters the lead exploded to 64-25 for Tahiti, as they were able to grab nearly every rebound and loose ball. This was followed by quick outlets passes from Tahiti's big men to their quick guards who either pushed the ball for a quick score or rewarded their big men by setting up the offense.
The third quarter also allowed Tahiti to show off their sharp shooting, as #9 hit three consecutive deep 3-point baskets.
Before the game Tahiti's head coach said, "We will play our game. We had no pre-game preparation before we got here. So we'll see in the first 5 minutes what we can do." In contrast several of Cook Islands' players said, "We feel good...ready to go."
Obviously the feelings of these two teams were reversed by the end of the game.