Turnovers prove costly

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Big crowds but the wrong re­sults.

That was the out­come from the Ocea­nia un­der-19 bas­ket­ball se­ries at Te Rau­paraha Arena that wrapped up on Sun­day. Both the Kiwi men’s and women’s sides were swept 3-0, with their Aus­tralian coun­ter­parts ad­vanc­ing to the world cham­pi­onships.

The Ju­nior Tall Blacks briefly dreamed of up­set­ting their highly- ranked op­po­nents in game three on Sun­day, com­ing back from a 10-point deficit to lead 43-42 in the third quar­ter. But the Aus­tralian Emus hit back hard and ran away to win 93-60 to book their spot at next year’s worlds in the Czech Repub­lic.

De­spite the score­line blowout in game three, the Ju­nior Tall Blacks were com­pet­i­tive across the en­tire se­ries, with just a high rate of turnovers cost­ing them.

In the women’s match, also a dead rub­ber, the Aus­tralian Gems wal­loped the Tall Ferns 83-54.

The Ki­wis kept pace with the Aussies early be­fore run­ning out of gas, their op­po­nents also show­ing ruth­less pro­fi­ciency from three-point range.

Photo: PETE MCDON­ALD.

Driv­ing hard: Ana Haku scored 10 points in the Ju­nior Tall Blacks’ 93-60 loss in game three of their Ocea­nia se­ries against Aus­tralia at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Satur­day.

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