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Tall Blacks fall to Finland at buzzer

Corey Webster top-scored for the New Zealand Tall Blacks against Finland with 18 points
Corey Webster top-scored for the Tall Blacks against Finland with 18 points PHOTO: VILLE VUORINEN

A 70-73 loss for the Tall Blacks in their first friendly game against Finland courtesy of a buzzer-beating three-pointer to the Finnish captain Sasu Salin to seal the win.

The New Zealand team was led by Corey Webster, with 18 points from his 28 minutes shooting 7-19 from the floor.


Finn Delany scored 11 while Shea Ili put on nine points and six assists, while Reuben Te Rangi added eight points and seven rebounds.

As a team, the Tall Blacks shot 40 percent from the field and hit 10 triples on the night at a 30 percent.

Defensively they pulled in nine steals and seven blocks, but gave away 47 rebounds to Finland while claiming 31 of their own.

Finland was led by Mikael Jantunen who totaled 20 points and 16 rebounds, eight offensively with Elias Valtonen added 14 points.

The next game for the Tall Blacks is another friendly game on Saturday 29 June, against Poland in Krakow


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