From the Vault: BBNZ Classic Matches | #15

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BBNZ Classic Match #15: Spain vs. Tall Ferns, June 2016

The Tall Ferns took on European powerhouse Spain in Gijon back in 2016. The Spanish city is located on the Bay of Biscay coastline, an area known for wild weather, however it was the Tall Ferns cooking up a storm beating the number three ranked team in the world 54-52.

Spain scored the first 5 points of the game but then the Tall Ferns, courtesy of scores from Jillian Harmon, Micaela Cocks, Penina Davidson and Toni Edmondson reeled off 10 straight points to lead 15-9 at quarter time.

Threes from Cocks and Chevannah Paalvast in the second period helped keep the Ferns in the ascendancy at half time leading 27-22.

The forward trio of Davidson, Paalvast and Harmon accumulated 25 rebounds to give the Kiwis parity on the boards and with Paalvast, promoted to the starting five, nailing 6 points in the third period the lead was extended to 43-32 at three-quarter time.

As expected Spain came surging back in the final quarter but a brace of triples from Cocks and Edmondson kept the Ferns in front and although Edmondson fouled out the Tall Ferns held on to take a notable scalp ahead of theie Olympic Qualifying Tournament in France the following week.

Naturally Tall Ferns head coach Kennedy Kereama was very satisfied with the performance of his team.

“I am really proud of our efforts today to beat third ranked Spain. It was a true defensive job and all players were locked in and focused for 40 minutes.

“These moments are pretty special but it only lasts a short time because we have to back up and play them again tomorrow. We need to show that this was no fluke and we can also improve on this game. We need to grind teams down with our defence and keep teams to low scores if we want to compete with the best.

“All the players were great today and its hard to single anyone out, it was a true team effort.”

Spain 52