1 Sep 2010

Tall Blacks have a win

6:43 am on 1 September 2010

The New Zealand men's basketball team has scored its first win at the world championships in Turkey, beating Lebanon 108-76.

While Lebanon kept a close watch on Kirk Penney, it was Mika Vukona and Tom Abercrombie who sparked a 32-16 first quarter, which Lebanon never recovered from.

Penney finished with a game high 26 points, while Abercrombie ended with 23, Phill Jones 13, Lindsay Tait 12 and Vukona 11.

Coach Nenad Vucinic says his team played with their heads and their heart and this result is probably the biggest in his coaching career.

The Lebanon coach, the New Zealander Tab Baldwin says they were severely outplayed, with New Zealand dominating offensive rebounds and turnovers, it made it almost impossible to have a chance of winning.

New Zealand face Canada tomorrow needing another win to have any chance of making the play-offs.