A late rally from the Junior Tall Blacks wasn’t enough as they fell 84-79 to Argentina at the U19 World Cup.
Playing off in their first placing match for positions 9-16, the Junior Tall Blacks fell behind early on, but a 26-17 third quarter win got them back within touching distance of Argentina.
Into the fourth quarter, the Junior Tall Blacks were ahead 79-77 with just 2:30 left on the clock, but the world’s ninth ranked side scored seven unanswered points to seal the victory.
Max Darling put in a strong shift for the Kiwis, dropping 24 points and adding nine rebounds and four assists.
Kruz Perrot-Hunt was also a strong performer, finishing with a game-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds and two assists.
New Zealand will now meet either Senegal or the hosts Greece in the playoffs for 13-16th tomorrow.
Elsewhere in the tournament, favourites USA have set up a semi-final showdown against Lithuania, while Mali, who knocked out the Junior Tall Blacks, will take on either France or Canada in the other semi-final.
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, Time TBC, Junior Tall Blacks v Senegal/Greece
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