Tall Blacks crash out of Asia Cup as Australia assert their dominance




The Tall Blacks' journey at this year's Asia Cup is over, after falling to a crushing 106-79 defeat to the Australian Boomers in Beirut.


Tai Webster (file picture).

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Australia hit the front early, grabbing a 31-10 point lead after the first quarter.

New Zealand would then muster a brief comeback before half-time, reducing the deficit to 10 points to take the second quarter 23-15.

However, the loss of the influential Shea Illi to split webbing saw Kiwi hopes fade, as Australia grabbed hold of the match.

They would post another 31 points in the third quarter, before sealing the 27 point victory.

New Zealand will now face the loser of Iran v South Korea for the bronze medal on Monday morning.

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