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Tom Abercrombie heroics seal Tall Blacks' 10th straight World Cup qualifying win

The Tall Blacks have picked up their 10th straight win in FIBA World Cup qualifying, coming away with a 69-67 victory over Lebanon in Beirut.

Tom Abercrombie starred for the Tall Blacks, top scoring with 19 points, while Finn Delany had 16 as the pair put a poor season with the Breakers behind them.

After a hard fought opening quarter that saw the Kiwis lead 16-13, the Tall Blacks held off a spirited Lebanon to take a 37-30 advantage into the break.

However, Lebanon weren't going to die wondering, beginning the third quarter with an 8-2 run, before seeing scores locked at 52-apiece with a 22-15 period.

The Tall Blacks would keep their composure though, with Abercrombie sinking a three-pointer late in the final quarter, before scrambling on defence to dispossess Lebanon centre Ater Majok to complete a nervy win.

The win sees the Tall Blacks' FIBA qualifying record move to 10-1, meaning a top two finish in their pool and guaranteeing a top two seeding out of the Asian confederation for this year's World Cup in China.

The Tall Blacks' final World Cup qualifier comes away to Jordan on Monday morning NZT.

Tom Abercrombie
Tom Abercrombie Source: Photosport


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