Basketball: Tall Blacks go down to Nigeria

The New Zealand men's basketball side have completed their preparation for next week's Olympic qualifying tournament with a 74-66 loss to Nigeria, their third defeat in as many days.

The result means the Tall Blacks finish bottom of the four nations tournament in in San Carlos, Brazil, after heavy defeats at the hands of the hosts and Greece earlier this week.

New Zealand need to finish in the top three of next week's tournament in Chile to qualify for London, and that looks a virtually impossible task without injured duo Kirk Penney and Tom Abercrombie.

Nigeria 74 (Al Farouk 16, Ugbouja 10)

New Zealand 66 (Lindsay Tait 10, Mika Vukona 10, Alex Pledger 10)

HT: 33-24


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