2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup

The 2017 FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup was an international basketball tournament contested by national teams of the newly formed Melanesia sub-zone of FIBA Oceania. The inaugural edition of the tournament were hosted by Papua New Guinea from 27 to 30 September 2017. Matches were played at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre. It was officially launched on 19 May 2017.[1]

2017 FIBA Melanesian Cup
1st FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup
Tournament details
Host nation Papua New Guinea
Dates27–30 September
Teams4
Venues
(in 1 host city)
Champions Papua New Guinea
(1st title)
Tournament leaders
PlayersTeams
Points New Caledonia Sillant (10.7)  Papua New Guinea (55.3)
Rebounds Fiji Whippy (5.7)  Papua New Guinea (30.0)
Assists Papua New Guinea Li. Wright (2.3)  Papua New Guinea (9.3)
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The tournament served as qualifiers for the basketball event of the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa with three berths for Melanesia allocated for the top three teams.[2]

The hosts Papua New Guinea dominated the entire tournament winning all of their games, including the championship game against New Caledonia to win the maiden championship. Both finalists and third placer Fiji qualified and represented the Melanesia Region for the basketball tournament of the 2019 Pacific Games.[3]

TeamsEdit

The following national teams participated according to FIBA.[2][1]

Preliminary roundEdit

Papua New Guinea dominated the preliminary round with an unbeaten record.

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Papua New Guinea 3 3 0 249 166 +83 6 Final
2   New Caledonia 3 2 1 240 209 +31 5
3   Fiji 3 1 2 189 207 −18 4 Third place game
4   Solomon Islands 3 0 3 140 236 −96 3
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
27 September 2017
17:00
Fiji   70–73   New Caledonia
Scoring by quarter: 23–18, 21–22, 10–11, 16–22
Pts: Whippy 27
Rebs: Whippy 17
Asts: Whippy 2
Pts: Sillant 18
Rebs: Sillant 6
Asts: Delaunay-Belleville 1
Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre, Port Moresby
27 September 2017
19:00
Papua New Guinea   79–37   Solomon Islands
Scoring by quarter: 14–12, 22–5, 23–13, 20–7
Pts: Kala 15
Rebs: Wright 8
Asts: Wright 6
Pts: Gwali 9
Rebs: Masaea 8
Asts: Basia, Masaea 2
Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre, Port Moresby

28 September 2017
17:00
Solomon Islands   51–70   Fiji
Scoring by quarter: 17–19, 10–26, 17–6, 10–17
Pts: Gwali 9
Rebs: Masaea 8
Asts: Masaea 2
Pts: Whippy 27
Rebs: Whippy 17
Asts: Whippy 2
Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre, Port Moresby
28 September 2017
19:00
New Caledonia   80–87   Papua New Guinea
Scoring by quarter: 18–18, 19–20, 14–25, 29–24
Pts: Chevrin 17
Rebs: Weber 5
Asts: Weber 1
Pts: Farmer 20
Rebs: Apiko 10
Asts: A. Muri 3
Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre, Port Moresby

29 September 2017
17:00
Solomon Islands   52–87   New Caledonia
Scoring by quarter: 8–36, 15–19, 21–12, 8–20
Pts: Masaea 11
Rebs: Masaea
Asts: Masaea
Pts: Sillant 23
Rebs: Chevrin
Asts: Chevrin
Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre, Port Moresby
29 September 2017
19:00
Papua New Guinea   83–49   Fiji
Scoring by quarter: 14–11, 23–13, 26–13, 20–12
Pts: Wright 15
Rebs: Banduru
Asts: Banduru
Pts: Whippy 16
Rebs: Whippy
Asts: Whippy
Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre, Port Moresby

Final roundEdit

Bronze medal matchEdit

30 September 2017
15:00
Fiji   63–43   Solomon Islands
Scoring by quarter: 17–12, 17–10, 14–11, 15–10
Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre, Port Moresby

Gold medal matchEdit

30 September 2017
19:00
Papua New Guinea   81–63   New Caledonia
Scoring by quarter: 17–18, 21–9, 26–19, 17–17
Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre, Port Moresby

Final standingsEdit

The top three teams qualified for the 2019 Pacific Games.

Legend
Qualified for the 2019 Pacific Games
Rank Team Record
    Papua New Guinea 4–0
    New Caledonia 2–2
    Fiji 2–2
4   Solomon Islands 0–4

AwardsEdit

 2017 FIBA Melanesian Champions 
 
Papua New Guinea
1st title

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Countdown to the FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup begins". FIBA. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b "FIBA officially announces host and dates for the FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup". FIBA. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Papua New Guinea Men make it a clean sweep at the FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup". FIBA. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Region's best awarded with FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup 2017 All-Star 5 selection". FIBA. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2022.