Geraldton Buccaneers’ Marcus Alipate pays tribute to Christchurch
Marcus Alipate was a star of the court at Activewest Stadium on Saturday night — even before the opening game of the State Basketball League season started.
Alipate delivered a moving address to the crowd — using some Tongan and Maori words — in the aftermath of the Christchurch tragedy.
“Ofa Atu Aotearoa,” Alipate said, meaning “I love you, New Zealand.”
Alipate, from the US, has a Tongan father.
“We are part of one human race,” Alipate said.
There was thunderous applause before one minute of silence.
Alipate, in his second season with the Buccs, was a star in their big win over the Rockingham Flames.
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