Wynyard posts double-double in win over Mali

An impressive double-double by Kentucky sophomore forward Tai Wynyard was one of the highlights for New Zealand as it easily dispatched Mali, 87-63, in its first game of the classification bracket on Friday at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Cairo.

Wynyard was a force for New Zealand against Mali, finishing with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting, a game-high 13 rebounds, three assists and one block in 24 minutes. His 13 rebounds Friday are a tournament-high for him.

Kentucky and New Zealand forward Tai Wynyard had 17 points (8-11 FG) and a game-high 13 rebounds against Mali on Friday at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup. (photo credit FIBA)

New Zealand shot 53.8 percent for the game and dominated in the paint, outscoring Mali 60-36 and going 31 for 48 from 2-point range. The Junior Tall Blacks also passed the ball well, assisting on 28 of their 35 made shots. They trailed for just 52 seconds in the game.

“It has been a tough week, with three close losses where we have been in those games and not get the results,” New Zealand head coach Daryl Cartwright said. “Today we felt we needed a dominant performance, we wanted to put the game away by halftime and avoid a dogfight. We played good team basketball and were able to build a lead through our execution as well as defensive pressure.”

Wynyard, a 6-foot-10 forward from Auckland, New Zealand, is now averaging 13.6 points per game while shooting 60.4 percent from the field. Subtract Wynyard’s 1-for-8 game against Argentina and he would be shooting 70.0 percent from the field. He’s also pulling down 8.4 rebounds per contest and blocking 1.8 shots per game. He’s had at least one block in each of New Zealand’s five games thus far.

New Zealand, which was eliminated from medal contention on Wednesday, is now playing for its final ranking in the biennial event. The Junior Tall Blacks will face Puerto Rico on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET in the classification 9-12 portion of the bracket. A win Saturday and New Zealand would play Sunday in the ninth-place game, while a loss would put them in the 11th-place game.

“We play Puerto Rico next, I am watching tape of their game against Germany and they challenged them,” Cartwright said. “They were only three points back in the fourth quarter before the score blew out. They will be tough, they are smaller than us and guard orientated so it will be a job to stop their offence from their guards and use the strength of our bigs against them.”

FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup

The 16 teams in the nine-day event were broken up into four groups of four. USA was in group D with Angola, Iran and Italy. New Zealand was in group A with Argentina, France and South Korea.

The world cup began with the preliminary round (pool play), where each team played the other three teams in their respective group. The preliminary round concluded Tuesday. Following the preliminary round, all 16 teams were seeded according to their group-play results and advanced to the round of 16 on Wednesday. Winners then advanced to the medal quarterfinals on Friday, while the remaining teams continue playing out for classification. The medal semifinals will be held Saturday, and the gold- and bronze-medal games are slated for Sunday.

Team USA, the two-time reigning U19 championship winners, will face Canada in the semifinals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET. New Zealand will face Puerto Rico in the classification 9-12 bracket on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET.

All games in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup are being livestreamed via FIBA’s livestream channel, which can be accessed here. FIBA also has a U19 Basketball World Cup playlist that features a livestream of every game.

Highlights

USA FIBA U19 World Cup Schedule/Results

Date Opponent Time (ET)/Result
Saturday, July 1 Iran W, 108-48
Sunday, July 2 Angola W, 109-68
Tuesday, July 4 Italy W, 98-65
Wednesday, July 5 Mali W, 117-69
Friday, July 7 Germany W, 81-59
Saturday, July 8 Canada 2:30 p.m. ET

 

New Zealand FIBA U19 World Cup Schedule/Results

Date Opponent Time (ET)/Result
Saturday, July 1 South Korea W, 88-81
Sunday, July 2 France L, 80-69
Tuesday, July 4 Argentina L, 74-70
Wednesday, July 5 Germany L, 72-65
Friday, July 7 Mali W, 87-63
Saturday, July 8 Puerto Rico 10:00 a.m. ET

 

Hamidou Diallo game-by-game numbers

Opponent FGs 3-FGs FTs REB ASST PF TO STL BLK PTS
Iran 7-9 2-3 1-2 4 2 2 0 1 1 17
Angola 6-11 0-2 3-5 3 2 0 0 3 1 15
Italy 2-9 0-1 1-2 4 3 2 0 0 0 5
Mali 6-10 0-2 2-2 6 3 2 2 1 0 14
Germany 3-7 0-1 2-5 3 2 3 2 1 0 8
TOTAL 24-46 2-9 9-16 20 10 9 4 6 2 59
AVERAGE .522 .222 .563 4.0 2.5 1.8 0.8 1.2 0.4 11.8

 

PJ Washington game-by-game numbers

Opponent FG 3FG FTs REB ASST PF TO STL BLK PTS
Iran 6-9 0-0 1-2 4 2 3 3 1 0 13
Angola 4-10 0-2 3-8 7 4 2 4 2 0 11
Italy 8-9 1-2 3-4 4 1 2 2 2 0 20
Mali 9-12 0-0 2-7 8 3 4 5 0 1 20
Germany 1-5 0-0 1-1 2 1 3 2 0 0 3
TOTAL 28-45 1-4 10-22 25 11 14 16 5 1 67
AVERAGE .622 .250 .455 5.0 2.2 2.8 3.2 1.0 0.2 13.4

 

Tai Wynyard game-by-game numbers

Opponent FG 3FG FTs REB ASST PF TO STL BLK PTS
Korea 10-11 0-0 2-2 6 1 3 4 1 2 22
France 5-8 0-0 2-6 5 3 0 3 0 2 12
Argentina 1-8 0-0 1-2 9 1 2 3 1 3 3
Germany 5-10 0-0 4-5 9 0 4 4 2 1 14
Mali 8-11 0-0 1-2 13 3 3 2 0 1 17
TOTAL 29-48 0-0 10-17 42 8 12 16 4 9 68
AVERAGE .604 .000 .588 8.4 1.6 2.4 3.2 0.8 1.8 13.6