Jamboree unearths young basketball stars
The President of the Samoa Basketball Association, Pauga Talalelei Pauga, says their recent Jamboree competition for young ballers showed there is a lot of potential for the sport to grow in Samoa.
The competition was divided into divisions including the: U-8, U-10, U-12, and U-14.
"The kids were loving it and have been asking again for the next Jamboree," said Pauga.
"We do hope to have this as an annual event for Samoa as we have witnessed the great future for Samoa Basketball from these young ballers."
For the four divisions, the teams played in a round-robin of seven minutes per half.
The three-day event was successful, two days were assigned for the round-robin while the last day was scheduled for the semi-finals and finals.
"The East had 13 teams altogether, 10 teams for Central and West, and 8 for Mulifanua. For Girls and Boys U-8, four teams participated, for U-10 for both divisions, five teams participated. For U-12 Girls, five participated and as for the boys there were 6 teams, lastly, their U-14 Boys and Girls, 6 teams were vying for the title," Pauga said.
The coaches and referees for the Jamboree competition were all under 18 years of age. The Ministry of Police & Prisons, Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Fire and Emergency Service collaborated with Samoa Basketball Association to ensure the running smoothly of their Jamboree competition. The East Association dominated the competition by winning 6 divisions.
Their results are as follows:
- U-8 Girls Winner: East
- U-8 Boys Winner: Central
- U-10 Girls Winner: East
- U-10 Boys Winner: Central
- U-12 Girls Winner: East
- U-12 Boys Winner: East 2
- U-14 Girls Winner: East
- U-14 Boys Winner: East
Pauga also acknowledged their sponsors for their contribution and making their competition a reality.
"Thank you to our sponsors for their kind donations, FIBA Oceania, Samoa Basketball, Matniuel, LNS Funeral Services, and Pauga family," he added.
They gave away 310 t-shirts and caps for their athletes, 45 t-shirts for their coaches, 25 shirts for their referees, and 30 shirts for volunteers.