New Zealand romped to a massive 117-43 win over Bahrain yesterday in their third and final Group C game of the 2023 Fiba U16 Asian Basketball Championship at the Al Rayyan Indoor Hall in Doha, Qatar.
The Junior Tall Blacks took their time to build up momentum, being held to only a 13 point lead at the end of the first quarter, with the scoreboard reading 27-14.
But, in the second quarter, they racked up 26 points to Bahrain’s 10 and led 53-24 at half time.
The Kiwis then scored 31 points to Bahrain’s seven in the third quarter to enter the final 10 minutes, leading by a massive 53 points, at 84-31.
The carnage continued in the final quarter, with New Zealand adding another 33 points with Bahrain managing only 12 as the lop-sided game finally ended with a comfortable win for the Kiwis.
Bahrain’s third consecutive defeat meant that they finished last in the four-team table and exited the tournament in the preliminary round.
Meanwhile, New Zealand grabbed 75 rebounds and tied for the second-most amount of rebounds in a single game by a team in the U-16 Asian Championship since the record was officially archived in 2013.