GUAM (FIBA Oceania Championship 2017) – Palau may have fallen to New Caledonia on Day 3 of the FIBA U17 Oceania Championship 2017 held in Guam, but they will still have a chance to win a Division B bronze medal in tomorrow’s matchup. [restrict]
Team captain Reece Reklai scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds against New Caledonia. Palau played strong defense all game, grabbing a total of 15 steals.
Reklai was nervous during his first game of the tournament.
“I was a bit nervous to play against Samoa, but I felt better once I was out there.”
“I wasn’t happy with how I played in the first game, but I was able to improve and play much better today.”
Playing three games in three days can be very taxing for these young players.
“Of course, it will affect our team’s performance based on our body, we need rest, but some of us got to the pool so we can get our energy level up but sadly today we couldn’t take the game.”
As captain, Reklai leads his team by example and helps to prepare them for games.
“I shoulder the team’s worries, doubts and emotions. I try to encourage my team while on the court and push them to continue to play even when there are struggles.”
Palau has qualified for the Division B Bronze Medal Game for the first time ever.
They will face Marshall Islands at
The game can be watched live and free at youtube.com/fiba. Don’t forget to check out the event website for the latest scores, news and updates from your team at U17Oceania.Basketball. [restrict]