Basketball: Tall Blacks sign off with a win

Kirk Penney was the top scorer with 26 points. Photo / Getty Images
Kirk Penney was the top scorer with 26 points. Photo / Getty Images

The New Zealand men's basketball team have completed their build up to the Oceania Olympic qualifying series against Australia next month on a high with an 85-78 win over Ukraine at the Istanbul Cup in Turkey.

The scores were tight over the first quarter as Ukraine held the lead 16-15 at the first break before putting their foot down in the second stanza to grab a 43-32 advantage by halftime.

The Tall Blacks then turned the tables in the third and fourth spells, winning them 28-14 and 25-21 respectively.

Shooting guard Kirk Penney was the top scorer with 26 points followed by Alex Pledger with 12 along with eight rebounds.

The New Zealanders now return to Auckland for a camp before heading to Australia for the three-match series against the Boomers starting on September 7 at Melbourne.

Result:-

New Zealand 85 (Kirk Penney 26, Alex Pledger 12, Mika Vukona 10) Ukraine 78 (Steven Burtt 18, Oleksandr Kolchenko 17, Serhiy Lischuck 11). Halftime: 32-43.

- NZPA

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