The men's and women's national basketball teams' tour to NSW, Australia ended with positive results.The men's and women's national basketball team played six games each against the NSW senior state league teams. Waige Turueke contributed a significant record averaging 33 points per game which resulted in the men's team winning five games and conceding one loss. The women's team lost two games and won four games.
"Waige Turueke averaged 33 points per game and was the top player throughout the games. On court he's an effective player. He rebounds, defends and shoots crucial baskets for the team," says national coach Ryan Burns.
Coach Burns stated that Waige Turueke stood tall by shooting five 3 pointers in a row to beat the NSW state league champions Grafton in the 3rd quarter and eventually winning the game 64-56 at fulltime.
Coach Burns said Anthony Prince played a strong game along with Davidson Toliliu, who was also consistent through the games. Allen was injured in the 3rd game which gave the opportunity for the young players to fill in. "Moses Au filled in for Allen and had a good test of big matches," said coach Burns.
Burns reminded the players that the tour is only part of their preparations for the SPG in Apia, Samoa. "The work is not finished, we are still preparing and the tour was good to show the weaknesses in the team," says Burns.
In the women's team, Natala Pongi was consistent and played very well as she had showed throughout the league in Honiara. Jesse Konofilia was also impressive displaying her experience which was much needed in the women's camp.