New Zealand Vs Dominican Republic
The Tall Blacks can't dwell on their narrow loss to Turkey this morning and have to instead concentrate on a must win game against the Dominican Republic who also dropped their first game against the Ukraine 72/62.
Both teams match up well in height in terms of not having much of it. NZ's tallest player Rob Loe @ 6.11" and the Dominican's Eloy Vargas their tallest at 6.11".
Francisco Garcia is the Dominican's danger man, the 6.7" Small Forward top scoring in the loss to the Ukraine with 18 points and 4 assists.
The Dominican Republic also rebounded the ball very well for a small team in their last match winning the rebound count 41/36 so the Tall Blacks will have to put a body on their opposition and take care of their defensive boards or it will be a long night.
NZ have been shooting the ball at a better clip than the Dominican Republic from the floor and at the free throw line but will have to play good team defence and take care of the ball to win this one.
Here's hoping the Tall Blacks can get over the line while in Group D Australia have an easier night at the office ahead of them facing #31 ranked Korea who like NZ & Australia dropped their first game losing to Angola 80/69.