Basketball: Tall Blacks get 2019 qualifying draw

Shea Ili drives to the hoop against France during their Olympic Qualifying match. Photo / Getty Images
Shea Ili drives to the hoop against France during their Olympic Qualifying match. Photo / Getty Images

New Zealand's been drawn alongside China, South Korea and Hong Kong in the Asia qualifying group for the 2019 basketball World Cup.

New Zealand will host South Korea on November 23, backed up just three days later by a game in Hong Kong on November 26. In 2018, they will travel to China on February 23 and South Korea on February 26, then close out the first round of qualifying by hosting Hong Kong on June 28 and China on July 1.

Australia have been drawn with Japan, Chinese Taipei and the Philippines.

The top three teams from each pool will progress to the next round of qualifying, taking their points tally with them. Should they progress, the Tall Blacks will then play a further three countries home and away, with the top three teams plus the best fourth place team from the two pools qualifying for the World Cup.

- Radio Sport

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