25 Jul 2013

Tall Blacks lose to China

8:28 am on 25 July 2013

The New Zealand men's basketball team has lost to hosts China 67-79 as part of a four nations tournament in the city of Yinchuan.

With several experienced internationals unavailable coach Nenad Vucinic had to baptise three of his teenage rookies for the match against Asia's 11th-ranked side.

The Tall Blacks outscored the Chinese in the first quarter 23-20, but trailed the hosts in the remaining three periods of the match.

New Zealand will also play Russia and Angola over the coming fortnight.