Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

New Zealand spoiled Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s stellar recreation for Jordan of their Fiba World Cup showdown. –FIBA BASKETBALL

MANILA, Philippines–New Zealand survived a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson-led Jordan rebellion and claimed a 95-87 extra time victory in Group C of the Fiba World Cup.

The Tall Blacks received on the win column at Mall of Asia Enviornment regardless of squandering a lead late in regulation when Hollis-Jefferson tied the sport on a four-point play.

Izaya Le’afa began the extension with a three-pointer and Shea Ili transformed a three-point play to make it 91-85 and propel New Zealand to a bounce-back exhibiting after being handed a 27-point thrashing by the US two nights in the past.

Le’afa scored 23 factors whereas Ili had 15 factors and 10 assists for the Pero Cameron-coached New Zealand, now at 1-1 going into the ultimate group play on Wednesday towards Greece.

Greece, a winner of Jordan over the weekend, is about to face the US within the nightcap

Jordan fell to 0-2, spoiling an unimaginable 39-point exhibiting from Hollis-Jefferson, who grew to become a fan favourite throughout his valiant efficiency.

Chants of “Kobe!” in reference to being a lookalike of the late nice NBA legend Kobe Bryant reverberated throughout the Jordan fightback within the fourth.

He tied the sport at 85-all when the lefty fired a three-pointer plus a foul in addition, hitting the bonus free throw within the course of.

Hollis-Jefferson, who was naturalized by Jordan just some months earlier than the World Cup, additionally had 9 rebounds, 4 assists and two steals.

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