Northern Territory Top End defeated the Philippines 111-100 in a thrilling Arafura Games 2019 men’s gold medal match at Marrara Sporting Complex on Saturday.
The win was another remarkable moment for basketball in the Territory after the Northern Territory women’s team earlier defeated their Chinese Taipei opponents 81-76 in their gold medal encounter.
With the men’s game scores tied at 93-93, a last second Territory three pointer forced the match into extra time, giving the locals a second life that they weren’t about to squander.
For the regulation five minutes three pointers rained down as the NT boys gained an ascendancy that would see them outclass and outscore their quickly fading Asian counterparts 18 points to 7.
A capacity crowd of over 1000 people witnessed the match, many from Darwin’s large Filipino community.
In fact, the final fixture was so popular that an estimated 100 people were unable to get into the venue.