Turnovers prove costly
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.
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.