Late push not enough as Junior Tall Blacks fall to Argentina

Late push not enough as Junior Tall Blacks fall to Argentina

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: 

Flynn Cameron

Kruz Perrot-Hunt

Isaac Faamausili

Jaga Mete-Smith

Max de Geest

Oscar Oswald

Samuel Mennenga

Maxim Stephens

Tomas Higgins

Maxwell Darling

Rawiri Poppe

James Moors



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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