Category Archives: Age Group NZ Teams

Junior Tall Blacks headed to Greece



The FIBA Executive Committee yesterday confirmed the host country for the FIBA Men’s U19 Basketball World Cup in 2019 will be Greece.

The New Zealand Men booked their ticket for the prestigious event last month when they finished runners-up to Australia at the Asian Championship in Thailand.

New Zealand’s success was built around the core of Max Darling, James Moors, Kruz Perrott-Hunt, Oscar Oswald and Flynn Cameron and no doubt the availability of that quintet and others like Max de Geest, Sam Mannenga and Tom Higgins will be key to a successful campaign next year.

The World Cup will take place in Heraklion, on the Greek island of Crete, from June 29-July 7 of next year – I can think of worse places to visit!

The FIBA Women’s World Cup will be held from 20-28 July, in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

The New Zealand team, announced this week, needs to finish in the top four at the Asian Championship being played in India next month

That team is:


New Zealand win silver at U18 Asian Champs

U18 podium

New Zealand produced a highly commendable effort in the Final of the FIBA U18 Asian Championship in Thailand on Saturday before going down 72-63 against Australia.

When you think only on Tuesday they were beaten 111-62 by the same team in Pool play the improvement was marked.

Max Darling top scored for New Zealand with twenty points with Kruz Perrott-Hunt and Flynn Cameron scoring 16 points apiece.

Darling averaged 13 points per game and along with James Moors (14.0ppg) and Perrott-Hunt (13.7ppg) all three featured in the top twenty scorers.

Moors top the rebounding count with 7.9 boards per game.

Cameron had a strong tournament finishing second on the assists list (5.6pg) and fifth in the steals column with 2.4 per outing.

In the shooting stats Max de Geest was the leading three-point exponent (10 from 26 at 39%), Moors was the most efficient from the free throw line (22 from 31 at 71%) and Darling the best from the field (36 from 58 at 62%).

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NZ advance to quarter-finals at FIBA U18 Asia Championship


New Zealand made it through the Round of Sixteen at the FIBA U18 Asian Championship in Thailand on Wednesday beating India 109-76.

It took the Kiwis a while to get going as they only led by ten at half-time (52-42) but a 32-16 third quarter did the trick.

Oscar Oswald (17 points) was the main source of points for New Zealand in the early stages half with James Moors (20 points) finding his scoring touch in the second.

Matt O’Connell (15 points) put some icing on the win in the closing stages.

New Zealand will now face Iran in the critical quarter-final tie on Thursday. The winner obviously advances to the semi-finals but more importantly secures a place at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup next year.

The major concern for the Kiwis was a knee injury suffered by Max Darling who was sidelined in the first half and remained on ice in the second.

New Zealand Scorers:

James Moors 20/8r, Oscar Oswald 17/8r, Matt O’Connell 15, Kruz Perrott-Hunt 14/8r/6a, Max Darling 12/9r, Tom Higgins 11, Isaac Faamausili 6, Max De Geest 5, Flynn Cameron 4, Sam Mennenga 3/8r, Max Stephens 2

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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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New Zealand beat Bahrain in Asian Championship opener


New Zealand got their FIBA U18 Asian Championship campaign underway with a first up victory against Bahrain in Thailand on Sunday.

Building on their 94-45 success against Kazakhstan in a warm up game a couple of days earlier the Kiwis proved too strong for their Croup C opponents winning 94-62.

All 12 New Zealand players featured on the scoring list with Canterbury guard Max de Geest leading the effort with 19 points (4/7 3PG).

New Zealand Scorers:

Max De Geest 19, James Moors 14, Kruz Perrott-Hunt 10, Nathan Hanna 10, Max Darling 9/11r, Isaac Faamausili 7, Sam Mennenga 6, Flynn Cameron 6, Matt O’Connell 4, Oscar Oswald 4, Max Stephens 3, Tom Higgins 2/7r

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Tall Ferns win but U17’s lose in overtime

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Oh the agony of giving up a handy fourth quarter lead only to be run down and lose in overtime. That’s what happened to New Zealand at the U17 World Cup in Belarus.

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The Tall Ferns made life hard for themselves in the first half against Chinese Taipei B at the William Jones Cup. However they dominated the second half and now play Japan – the winners will take home the trophy.

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Two cities, Two teams, Two wins

NZ U17 team

Both the Tall Ferns and NZ U17 teams triumphed against local opposition yesterday.

The U17 recorded an historic win against Belarus at the Fiba World Cup.

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And the Tall Ferns triumphed against hosts Chinese Taipei at the William Jones Cup.

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NZ came close to beating Argentina at U17 World Cup

NZ U17's

A third period scoring drought, when they scored just six points, and another dry spell down the stretch coat New Zealand a win at the U17 World Cup in Belarus.

The Kiwis trailed by 50-49 with just under two minutes to play but failed to execute in the last 90 seconds and lost a game they could so easily have won.

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Oh so close for U17 Women at World’s

NZ U17 team

The New Zealand team couldn’t quite cap off a fantastic comeback against European heavyweights Hungary at the U17 World Cup in Belarus last night.

Down 22 points and without three injured players the Kiwis staged a remarkable comeback to almost steal the win before going down 68-60.

Queensland based guard Tara Manumaleuga paced the Kiwis with a game high 23 points as she, Sharne Pupuke-Robati (13 rebounds), Charlisse Leger-Walker (10 points & 10 rebounds), Helen Mathews (7 points & 3 steals) and Tayla Dalton played massive minutes in the second half to lead the fight back.

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Not all pain as NZ loses to Spain at U17 World cup

NZ U17 Team & Officials

The scoreline of 83-48 in favour of Spain suggests the Kiwis were hammered in their first ever Fiba U17 World Cup game.

In fact New Zealand went toe for toe with their illustrious opponents until midway through the third quarter. Trailing 43-36 they were well in the contest but from there things went downhill as the Ferns were outscored 40-12 in the last 15 minutes, committing far too many turnovers.

Plenty to be encouraged about with strong contributions from Jazz Kailahi-Fulu, Tayla Dalton, Tara Manumaleuga, Charlisse Leger-Walker and Sharne Pupuke-Robati.

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