On Thursday last week, the Vanuatu Basketball Federation released its final list for the women's and men's 3x3 national teams, that will be featuring in the Samoa 2019 3x3 basketball competitions.
"We came back from our China trip with a fresher energy. Two days after that we touched down to Port-Vila, we trained in the morning, and everyone was still hungry to train" Sacha DUTHU, the National coach, acknowledged. "The recent trainings have been outstanding ones in terms of how intense and how focuses we are on to train" the French native added. "We are on time in our preparations, we two more weeks in Vila before flying to Api'a on July 2nd" he concluded
The recent 3x3 Asia Cup men's roster, composed of Riki DAVID, Manoah MOLI, Jared OVA & Rickie VIRA TAMBEQWARU, the top 3x3 seeded team to feature in the competition, will try to confirm the progress that were put on the floor one month earlier in Changsha (China) at the 2019 3x3 Asia Cup.
It built confidence and motivation to train more because I know there’s a lot more to put in trainings in order to get to another step" Manoah MOLI said. "Even though we lost all our games, I know every team have to start somewhere and it’s good to know what we should focus and work on" he added. "After coming back from china I know my team mates have built self-confidence on themselves. It’s been a good experience for the Riki’s : they both know how it feels like to play against professional players. The boys have confidence in themselves and I know they are ready for this Pacific Games. I believe in my team mates and I know we’ll make a great result out there" the Deputy National Basketball Development Officer concluded.
On the women's side, Jessie MALVERUS, Pauline MALANGA & Nancy PATTERSON are back at it, and Amilia KASTEN will make its first appearance on the international stage with the team.
Both teams will be ranked as #1 team in their respective competitions.
After a 6-team pool round robin games, the 4 top ranked team will advance to quater-finals.
The women's team is especially looking forward to defending its bronze medal, the first one of the federation's history won back in 2017 in Port-Vila at the Van2017 Pacific Mini-Games.
First rebound on July 18th in Apia