American Samoa no match for Fiji, 88-60

Assistant Fiji Coach Stuart had this to say at halftime: "The first quarter we played really well...second quarter (we) didn't play well at all. The first quarter we played intense and aggressive on offense and defense...second quarter not so much, but it did pick-up at the end there." Of course coaches are always seeking perfection, but Fiji did in fact have some dry spells during their romping of American Samoa.

Fiji began the game with a full court press and a hybrid (zone/man-to-man) defense. American Samoa wasn't able to handle the pressure well as there were many turnovers by their guards. The score began 10-5 in the opening 5 minutes of the game, but rather easily Fiji stretched it to 22-11 by quarter's end.

In the second quarter Fiji's offense was very polished as they knocked down wide open shots and got easy lay-ups for the big men. American Samoa had its moments as they communicated relatively well and used each other to get some nice shots for their power forward. This must have been the aspect of the quarter that Coach Stuart was upset about; however Fiji ended the half on a jaw-dropping run. Blocked shots, steals, and easy baskets allowed the score to explode to 49-23 Fiji.

The third quarter began strongly for American Samoa as Fiji had one of its dry spells. Fiji didn't score for the full first 3 minutes of the second half, however American Samoa, despite their effort, could only muster 5 points in the same time frame. Eventually Fiji started hitting their shots again and went on another run stretching the lead to the score of 60-33. American Samoa finally successfully broker the Fiji press with one minute to go in the quarter, however this method was discovered much too late. The quarter ended 64-39.

The fourth quarter was physical as American Samoa became a little desperate and frustrated. Fiji kept their own composure and had smiles on their faces as they went on yet another huge run making the score 71-42. Fiji continued their dominance for the final 4 minutes of the game and ended it in style with an ankle-breaking crossover dribble by Adrian Bossley (#15) and a no-look pass for yet another easy basket.




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