27 Jul 2009

Tall Blacks beaten by Italy

10:38 am on 27 July 2009

The New Zealand men's basketball team has been beaten 88-70 by Italy in the latest match of their European tour.

The Tall Blacks were down by 15 after the first quarter and never recovered against the number 8 ranked team in the world, who were boosted by NBA stars Andrea Bargnani and Marco Belinelli.

Guard Kirk Penney scored a game high 28 point for New Zealand.

Having beaten Portugal yesterday, the Tall Blacks face Canada in their last match of the Trentino Cup tomorrow before heading to Belgium for 2 games.