26 Aug 2011

Tall Blacks win final game of Turkey tournament

9:07 am on 26 August 2011

The New Zealand men's basketball team has beaten Ukraine 85-78 in their final game of the Four-nations tournament in Turkey, their only win of their European tour.

After losing several games due to their inability to close out tightly contested matches, this morning's win will be a major boost for the Tall Blacks ahead of their do or die Olympic qualification series against Australia next month.

Kirk Penney again top scored for New Zealand with Alex Pledger and Mika Vukona also big contributors.

The Tall Blacks now head home for three days rest and a four day camp before crossing the Tasman for their three match series against the Boomers.