21 Aug 2010

Tall Blacks push Croatians

5:40 pm on 21 August 2010

The New Zealand basketball team have lost their latest build-up match ahead of the World Championships with a 93-88 loss to Croatia in Zadar.

Tall Blacks led 46-42 at half-time against one of the most highly regarded teams in the world and were within a shot of winning the game, trailing by just 90-88 with under 23 seconds on the clock.

Meanwhile in Athens, the Serbian basketball captain Nenad Krstic has apologised for throwing a chair at a Greek player during a brawl towards the end of a game between the two countries.

Krstic says he feels very bad about what happened and his team became angry when the referee ejected their coach and things got out of hand.

Greece's Yiannis Bourousis, who didn't play in the game and was trying to break up the fight, was struck by the chair, suffering a cut to his head and he later filed a complaint with police.

The Oklahoma City Thunder centre Krstic was taken into custody but was released after Greek and Serbian officials agreed to forget the incident.