PNG and Nauru to battle in basketball

first_imgWith PNG ranked seventh and fifth for the men and women respectively at the 2011 Games, Nauru has  not participated since 2003-2011.The women team, known as Valivas, will head on to the court at 5pm while the men will play their game at 7pm.PNG Valivas will be banking on key players Betty Angula, Nesta Sape and captain Marca Muri who have been outstanding in the previous two matches.Nauru has Shania Ika, Kerina Adam and Jeiziannie Deraudag to power them on.PNG Marlins will be banking on the combination of brothers James and Allan Wright, Purari and Apia Muri and playmakers Iakah Leahy, Gabriel Elavo and captain Dia Muri.Being a new team to the Games, Nauru will be hoping key players Dick Royce, Paul Detenamo and Johnson Hiram will lead them to victory.Marlins have so far won two games against Fiji and American Samoa but lost to gold medal holders New Caledonia.So far, Valivas have won one game against Guam but lost to gold medal holders Tahiti.Nauru men lost to New Caledonia 98-37 yesterday while in the women’s game they were defeated by Tahiti 113-36.last_img read more