|Posted by Near the Hoop on July 18, 2019 at 10:45 AM|
PNG plays Host nation Samoa for the bronze medal tomorrow after Tonga beat Samoa 48 - 44 tonight for the right to play the Cook Islands for the Gold Medal. As luck would have it, the Pepe's were denied the chance after the Cook Islanders easily accounted for PNG 58-31 today.
Samoa was always going to struggle in this years competition with their key players committed to the World Cup in Liverpool, England. Fiji forewent this years Pacific Cup to attend the World Cup as well and the absence of both teams meant we should have had a better chance to at least Silver at these games. Tonga accounted for the young Samoan side tonight ensuring they now have a crack at the gold medal tomorrow while PNG has to make sure it at least brings something back for the cabinet.
Tonga also beat PNG making them the most improved of the top four teams at the games making up for their loss to PNG at the last Mini Games.