Basketball: Tall Blacks fall to China

Tall Blacks rookie Reuben Te Rangi. Photo / Getty Images.
Tall Blacks rookie Reuben Te Rangi. Photo / Getty Images.

An inexperienced Tall Blacks side have gone down 79-67 to hosts China in a hard-fought contest at Yinchuan in the Ningxia province.

New Zealand, with an average age of just under 24, led 23-20 after the opening quarter, before slipping away over the closing stages.

The Tall Blacks conceded the final period 20-12 to the home side, who are preparing to defend their Asian title.

By contrast, the Chinese were led by local legend Wang Zhizhi, a former NBA player who played at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Wang topscored for China with 13 points.

- APNZ

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