Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Tall Blacks qualify for 2019 World Cup

The New Zealand Tall Blacks have qualified for the 2019 World Cup in China after a 97 to 74 victory over Syria.

After a 23-point win over Syria at TSB Bank Arena in Wellington, the Tall Blacks have secured their spot as one of Asia's six automatic qualifiers for basketball's pinnacle event next year in August.

Without key player Shea Ili, the Tall Blacks dominated the visitors from the outset with the result inevitable from as early as the first stanza with Syria unable to score within the first 5 minutes.

Syria would play better in the second half, outscoring the hosts, 48-36, but it was just too little, too late for the visiting West Asian side.

Veteran Tom Abercrombie led the charge as the side's top scorer with 15 points and three triples, Alex Pledger and Ethan Rusbatch finished on 11 while Mika Vukona notched 10 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Of their last 10 qualifying matches the Tall Blacks have won nine, their only loss coming in the opening match to Korea in November 2017. New Zealand still have two games remaining in the Asian qualifiers against Lebanon and Jordan in February however the results will not affect their qualifying spot.

- RNZ


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit & Huawei Clusterfudges

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top. More>>

ALSO:

UN Rights Declaration At 70: We Are All Born Free And Equal

On Article 1 of the UDHR: Dignity is the foundation of all human rights. Human beings have rights, and should be treated with utmost care, precisely because each one possesses intrinsic worth. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The (Delayed) Judgment Day For Theresa May

When under stress, British PM Theresa May reportedly eats peanut butter straight from the jar. Crunch time is looming... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Politely Fake Political Obituaries (And The Paris Discord)

One unfortunate side effect of “personality politics” is that when prominent politicians die, the niceties we observe at the death of private individuals get automatically extended to them as well... More>>

ALSO:

Unique And Vanishing: NZ Biodiversity Losses Match Global Crisis

One might think that it is buffered from some of the effects of biological erosion, especially since people only arrived less than 800 years ago. But as we show, the impact on wildlife has been catastrophic. More>>

Your Name Here(ish): Sponsor A Section On Scoop.co.nz!

Scoop.co.nz has just launched Section Sponsorships - the newest way for you to gain exposure for your brand to Scoop’s high value audience of 500,000 monthly readers. More>>

ALSO: