Basketball names squads for internationals
After the Samoan local team’s 71-40 landslide victory against Auckland Samoa, Samoa Basketball Federation (SBF) put the wheels in motion for their international games this year ahead of the Pacific Games in November.
The SBF has released its list of the local training squad for the Pacific Games and the FIBA Oceania U-17 Championship in Papua New Guinea.
The Samoa Games, organised by the Government of Samoa and SASNOC, has helped speed up the progress of the selection of their training squad before the Team Samoa trials.
SBF President, Pauga Talalelei Pauga said their week-long competition had helped their players gain experience when taking on overseas rivals.
“Part of the reason behind the Samoa Games Basketball tournament was to prepare our team for the 2023 FIBA U17 Oceania Championships in September and the Pacific Games," he said. "Our U17 won the Asia Cup last year so they now qualify for the A division which will be in August.
“We have the Pacific Games and we will have trials after that and the Samoa Games helped us prepare for the international games coming up for this year.
“Samoa’s preparation so far is pretty good; our local boys are very good so I’m pretty sure they’re ready. For our women’s teams, the bulk of our players will be from overseas with a few local players who can actually match them but most of them will be from out of Samoa.”
U17 Training Squad for local players for FIBA OCEANIA October 2023
U17 Boys U17 Girls
1. Elika Tuatagalevao 1.Alisi Titi
2. Bitter Uili 2.Faasili Auelua
3. Shalom Poto 3.Fialelei Toilolo
4. Maika Pedro 4. Isara Paramore
5.Kevin (Laulii) 5.Ethena Aiavao
6. Maka Auelua 6. Trinity Atiga
7. Hyrum Craig 7. Kajrie Tauiliili
8. Zack Sasulu 8. Hildegard Matthes
9. Jaroum Stevenson 9. Georgina Alofipo
10. Carlos Vaetoe 10. Devine Leauanae
11. Neals Afamasaga
12. Sharman Poto
13. Tuna Solomona
14. Mathew Atiga
Women's Pac Games November 2023
Women's 3x3 training squad
4.Puananai Destiny Pauga
7. Sweetie Hicks
8.Yazenia Tea Lamositele
Local Training Squad for Pac Games November and FIBA Oceania U17 PNG October 2023
Men 5x5 Men 3x3
1. Conrad Joseph 1.Semika Chong Nee
2. Wayne Sio 2.Max Fale
3. Euta Collins 3.Dru Ape
4. Mahonri Collins 4.Javarne Hunt
5. Josh Lafoai 5.Marquise Vaili
6.Meki Purcell 6.Petelo Leaupepe
7.Queson leauanae 7.Dante Joseph
8.Jarvarne Hunt 8.Toa Kelemete
9.Devante Keil 9.Victor Keil
10.Egon Keil 10. Egon Keil
12. Marquise Vaili
13. Petelo Leaupepe
14. Dante Joseph
15. Tasi Rarotonga
16. Victor Keil
17. Totoa Auvaa
18. Julius Sua
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