Guam’s U15 national basketball team faced Elite competition in their opening game of the FIBA U15 Oceania Championship. Our boy’s are in Group A and have been drawn with powerhouse country Australia, New Zealand and Samoa. Australia’s men’s national team program is ranked 3rd in the world and holds a #1 zone rank to give you an idea of the caliber of players on the visiting roster Guam faced.

Australia led by double digits before Team Guam would score their first basket of the game from the free throw line courtesy of Troy Dirige who finished the game with 4-points. 

Guam trailed 21-3 calling a timeout to talk things over.

Australias Harrison Beauchamp hit for 19-points. Beauchamp 4 of 6 shooting from long range.

The visiting squad led 68-7 at halftime.

Noah Hernandez with the kick out pass to Jace Dela Cruz who drains the jumper with a hand in his face. 

Lachlan Kanngeisser came off the bench and finished the game with 11-points for Australia. After 3 quarters in the books the home team  trailed 96-21 

Off the turnover Kanngeisser to Indy Cotton who was out running. Cotton with the 2 handed finish the other way. He put up 13-points. 

Lynwood Baker scored 8-points for Team Guam playing 20 minutes on the floor. Baker buries the wide open jumper.

Australia scored 40-points in the 4th quarter to win 136-35. Michael Bork hits 1 of 2 shots from the free throw line after getting the whistle

Guam will face New Zealand tonight at 7:00 pm at the UOG Calvo Field House. 

New Zealand is coming off a win in their opener over Samoa 104-44.

Noah Hernandez finished the game with 8-points for Guam in the losing effort.