The Junior Tall Blacks have finished 13th at the U19 World Cup in Greece, after a 76-70 win over the Philippines in the playoff for 13th position.
Flynn Cameron’s 21 points, six rebounds and four assists led the way for New Zealand, and he was assisted by Max Darling (16 points, eight rebounds) and Max de Geest (15 points).
Despite leading for much of the match, the Kiwis were trailing going into the last ninety seconds but the Junior Tall Blacks finished strong, winding up with a six point margin.
The win wraps up a solid tournament for New Zealand, in which they finished with an overall winning record of 4-3.
They also claimed a massive scalp in the group stages, beating World No. 2 and beaten semi-finalists Lithuania 77-75.
The young Kiwis also had the experience of playing against the best U19 team in the world, USA, as well as fellow finalists Mali.
New Zealand’s finished 11th at the last U19 World Cup in 2017, and 13th in 2009, when they hosted the tournament.
The USA will meet Mali in the final of the tournament, with the USA going for their record seventh title, and Mali aiming for it’s first, with their previous best effort being a 15th place finish at the 2007 tournament in Serbia.
New Zealand Under-19s:
Max de Geest
Gavin Briggs - Head Coach
Miles Pearce - Assistant Coach
Leyton Haddleton - Assistant Coach
Glenda Kaan - Manager
Todd Wolfe - Physio
June 30, USA def. Junior Tall Blacks 111-71
July 1, Junior Tall Blacks def. Senegal 66-64
July 3, Junior Tall Blacks def. Lithuania 77-75
July 4, Mali def. Junior Tall Blacks 77-62
July 6, Argentina def. Junior Tall Blacks 84-79
July 7, Junior Tall Blacks def. Senegal 84-71
July 8, Junior Tall Blacks def. Philippines 76-70
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