Guam outclasses Solomon Islands 90 - 56
"I'm definitely not satisfied with where we're at. We played sloppy at the beginning. We were also frustrated, because the game was being called tight at the beginning. But after a time out we calmed down and played our game. We put pressure on the ball and forced some turnovers", said Guam head Coach Tony Thompson after his team's easy victory. Guam definitely had more physical competition on the court tonight as the Solomon Islands team could match their athleticism. The game began very competitively. Both teams were playing with a lot of energy and swarming the ball on defense. However, Guam's instincts and tendency to consistently get the loose ball had them ahead 21-12 at quarter's end.
The second quarter established Guam's basketball skill and instincts. For a team that was so much more refined than their competition, Guam also out hustled the Solomon Islands. Loose balls, rebounds, and defense had Guam players sacrificing their bodies for the ball. This is a reflection of good and intense coaching; that even though by quarter's end the team's lead grew to 43-22, and Guam was still hustling like the opening tip had just occurred.
In the second half, the hustle continued from Guam, but was even more apparent as Solomon Islands' conditioning began to wain. Guam put on a basketball clinic as sharpshooting from 3-point land, dramatic lay-ups, and fantastic passing crippled the Solomon Islands team as Guam's players smiled their way to victory. But obviously Coach Thompson expects perfection, and his attitude has driven his exceptional players to play like their hair is on fire. So come the basketball final next week, who knows how great this team will be.