FIBA Asia Cup

Vanuatu to pick up speed in 3x3 basketball

Duthu has been working on giving the players a lot of exposure to gain experience.

“I’m very positive after that competition. Despite the loss against Samoa for the girls, we have improved in our game compared to last year. We did come to claim the qualification, but also to gain experience and to test our players. It was not easy for some of them, as it was their first time with the National Team, but they did great both on and off the court.”

Australia overcome Iran to clinch FIBA Asia Cup

Invited to this year's event as a wild card along with fellow FIBA Oceania representatives New Zealand, the Boomers eased through the group stage with a perfect record before ousting China and their trans-Tasman neighbours in the knockouts.

And they had few problems against Iran - who also boasted a perfect 5-0 record coming into the final - at the Nouhad Nawfal Stadium.