American Samoa beat Fiji in the women's basketball final ©FIBA

American Samoa avenged their 2015 final defeat to Fiji to be crowned Pacific Games women's basketball champions here, earning their nation's first gold of Samoa 2019.

The Fijian team dominated the final four years ago in Port Moresby when they secured a comfortable 75-61 win.

A repeat looked unlikely from the start at the Faleata Sporting Complex as American Samoa raced into a 24-13 lead in the opening quarter.

Fiji would cut the deficit to two points by half-time before a tensse third period of the contest.

American Samoa would not be denied on this occasion as they outscored their opponents 22-9 in the fourth quarter to earn a 74-53 victory.

As well as earning medals, the teams booked a place in Division B of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women's Asia Cup.

Samoa secured bronze by a narrow scoreline as they edged Guam 87-85.

Guam successfully defended their men's title by recording an 83-74 win over Tahiti, with both now advancing to FIBA Asia Cup pre-qualifiers.

Bronze was secured by Fiji who eased past Papua New Guinea by a 72-49 score.

Papua New Guinea enjoyed better fortunes in the touch rugby competitions where their men's and women's teams earned double gold.

Franco Caffarelli won gold for Samoa in shooting ©Pacific Games News Service/Mariasole Caffarelli
Franco Caffarelli won gold for Samoa in shooting ©Pacific Games News Service/Mariasole Caffarelli

The women's team defended their title by beating hosts Samoa 9-4 in the gold medal match while Fiji beat the Cook Islands to bronze.

Papua New Guinea's men's side then claimed a hard-fought 11-10 win over Samoa, who were left with two silver medals in front of a home crowd.

It proved to be a repeat podium as Fiji beat the Cook Islands for bronze again.

There was cause for Samoan celebrations at the Tafaigata Shooting Range as Franco Caffarelli was crowned DTL double barrel champion.

Caffarelli was only permitted to contest the Games after a law change in Samoa allowed people under the age of 21 to take part in shooting events.

The 19-year-old seized on the opportunity to take gold in a play-off against Tahiti's Tunua Degage, after both had scored 100 in the first phase of competition.

Fiji's Glenn Kable won bronze.

Tahiti won the team competition with a score of 298, followed by Samoa and Tahiti on 295 and 290 respectively.