The Solomon Island national basketball team lost their opening match against Tahiti 86-46 yesterday.
The match kicked off pretty well for the Solomon boys taking the lead in the first quarter of the match.
It all started to weigh down towards the end of the second quarter when Solomon Islands USA based player and the national men’s squad three point shooter, Waige turueke went to bench for the rest of the match after having five personal fouls.
The Tahitians slowly extend the gap in the third quarter after sneaky point guard Sammy Gwali injured himself.
The absence of Sammy really affected the team showing through their remaining three point shooters Marka and Philip Tuhaika who couldn’t find their shooting rhythm to push back against the Tahitians.
Team Manager, Michael Chan said despite the loss, the team was happy.
“It’s sad not to win the opening match in any competition but such is game, one has to lose and the other has to win.
“We will talk this over when we settle down and will prepare for the next match which will be today against the host, it will be even tougher and the boys knew it, but we’ll give it a shot, “he said.
He said there are about four more pool matches to come and are aiming to come to the flow by winning the remaining matches.
By CARLOS ARUAFU