Category Archives: Age Group NZ Teams

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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NZ defeat China at U17 World Cup

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Six days after the Tall Blacks beat China in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers the New Zealand U17 Men replicated that achievement with a 62-57 win against China at the Fiba U17 World Cup in Argentina.

Mitch Dance backed up his 30 points haul the previous day against Serbia with 23 points in this one – his Rosmini College teammate Marvin Williams-Dunn was also in good form scoring 17 points including 4 from 5 from beyond the arc.

There were also key contributions from Anzac Rissetto (8 points) and Shalom Broughton (5 points). The pair also combined for 17 rebounds to ensured the Kiwis gained parity on the glass.

The Kiwis jumped out to a 17-8 first quarter lead and in fact led 17-4 at one stage after Dance and Williams-Dunn (twice) knocked down triples.

Another 10-0 run stunned the Chinese as they found themselves 27-8 down early in the second period – Kainoa Lepou and Anzac Rissetto adding to a third triple from Williams-Dunn.

China found their scoring touch as half-tine approached but the Kiwis were still in the ascendancy at the break leading 35-25.

The third quarter was shaded by China but the Kiwis remained 51-43 to the good at three-quarter time.

After China scored the first eight points of the final period to tie proceedings the game became a battle of nerves.

To their credit NZ held theirs even though they could never stretch their lead beyond five points after Williams-Dunn made it 56-51 with 6:30 to play.

The Kiwis went four minutes without scoring but China weren’t hitting shots either – Shalom Broughton made it 59-54 with 2:30 left after an And-1 play.

China made a triple and once again it was a one possession game – Dance and Rissetto missed a pair of free throws each to heighten the tension but the former made one soon after to give the Kiwis a 60-57 lead inside the last 30 seconds –Broughton sealing the deal in the dying seconds for a memorable win.

New Zealand will play-off for places 13-14 on the final day of competition tomorrow.

China 57

NZ 62 – M Dance 23/7r, M Williams-Dunn 17, A Rissetto 8/8r, S Broughton 5/9r, K Lepou 5, H Dixon 2, E Vaigafa 2

U17 Men downed by France at World Cup

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The New Zealand team was no match for European champions France in the round of sixteen at the Fiba World Cup in Rosario today losing 88-48.

The Kiwis, wearing white for the encounter, fought valiantly but the long athletic French outfit demonstrated why they are one of the favourites for the U17 World Cup title with an athletic display.

New Zealand started satisfactorily with a banked French three on the first quarter buzzer giving them a slightly flattering 24-15 lead after Mitch Dance, Kainoa Lepou and Marvin Williams-Dunn had each made triples for NZ.

Turnovers at the back end of the second quarter really hurt the Kiwis effort. A ten point deficit three minutes before half-time became an 18 point hole (47-29) at the interval – Williams-Dunn led the New Zealand effort with 8 points in the first half.

The turnover count (27) was blight on the Kiwi effort as was the perimeter shooting – 4 made from 19 attempts (21%).

Anzac Rissetto (9 points and 8 rebounds), a tower of strength in the middle, made a couple of scores early in the third and Lepou did the same late in the same stanza but France were well in control at three-quarter time leading 68-45.

Unfortunately the lead blew out further in the third as the Kiwi resistance tired.

New Zealand will enjoy a day off today before beginning the play-offs for places 9-16 on Saturday (NZ time).

France 88

New Zealand 48 – K Lepou 11, M Williams-Dunn 9, A Rissetto 9, M Dance 7, J McKinlay 3, T Cowie 2, E Vaigafa 2, H Payne 2, S Broughton 2, H Dixon 1