26 Aug 2011

Tall Blacks win final game of European tour

6:55 pm on 26 August 2011

The Tall Blacks beat Ukraine 85-78 in Turkey to round off their European tour with a victory.

The New Zealand basketballers now head home for a short rest and a four-day camp before flying across the ditch for their must-win Olympic qualification series against the Boomers in Australia.

The tough fought win was a nice confidence boost after being on the losing end of several close contests, and forward BJ Anthony concedes the Tall Blacks' inability to close out games is of some concern heading into their do or die three-match series against Australia.

A place at next year's London Games will be on the line against the Boomers, however Anthony says the Tall Blacks don't need any extra motivation against their arch-rivals.