The Tall Blacks have thumped Japan 111-81 in the classification round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The result was a good comeback after the disappointment of not making the second round.
New Zealand started strongly, with a 10 point lead early in the first quarter. However, Japan staged a comeback to tie the scores up at 29-29 after 10 minutes.
That was as close as the two sides would be for the entire match.
Tall Black guard Corey Webster, took the match away from Japan. Webster had 17 points by halftime, eventually finishing with figures 27 points, six assists, and five rebounds.
He was helped by his core group of teammates – Isaac Fotu had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Tai Webster 15 points, Rob Loe 12 points, and captain Tom Abercrombie 10 points.
Isaac Fotu was named man of the match.
The Tall Blacks will need another strong performance against Turkey on Monday. A win should see them reach the Olympic qualifying tournament.