New Zealand beat Thailand at U18 Asian Championship

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New Zealand made it two wins out of two at the FIBA U18 Asian Championship in Thailand on Monday beating the host nation 89-47 with Harbour forward Sam Mennenga scoring 18 points (6/10FG).

There were also double figure contributions from Tom Higgins, Flynn Cameron and James Moors.

It took the Kiwis a while to get going as they only led 28-20 at the mid point of the second quarter before increasing the advantage to 40-23 at half-time.

The third period was a different story with Thailand outscored 35-10.

The two teams split a sloppy fourth quarter 14 points apiece, a finish that will concern the New Zealand coaching staff ahead of a sterner test tomorrow when they lineup against Australia.

Also of a slight concern is the Kiwi shooting from the free-throw line – just 11 from 25 at 44% in this one.

NZ Scorers:

Sam Mennenga 18/8r, Tom Higgins 11, Flynn Cameron 10/11r/4a, James Moors 10/7r, Max De Geest 9, Kruz Perrott-Hunt 9/12r/3st, Max Darling 9/6r, Isaac Faamausili 7, Oscar Oswald 3, Max Stephens 2, Nathan Hanna 1

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