25 Jun 2009

Junior Tall Blacks win warmup match

2:06 pm on 25 June 2009

The New Zealand Junior Tall Blacks began their final preparations for the FIBA U19 World Basketball Championship in Auckland with a 98-75 win over Egypt at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua last night.

Forward Richie Edwards, who joined the team from Florida eight days ago, top-scored with 22 points and added nine rebounds and three assists as the New Zealanders took advantage of a jet-lagged Egyptian squad for a 23-point win.

New Zealand head coach Kenny McFadden was satisfied with the first-up win for his team, which had not played together since early March.

The World Championships in start in a week.