Wynyard’s big day not enough for New Zealand

Once again, Kentucky sophomore Tai Wynyard was a star for New Zealand on Saturday in Cairo, but the Junior Tall Blacks lost a heartbreaker to Puerto Rico in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.

Playing in the classification (9-12) portion of the bracket, New Zealand established an early lead in the game, but untimely turnovers doomed the Junior Tall Blacks as they fell to 2-4 in the tournament, losing 74-70 to Puerto Rico.

“They adjusted to the good start from us and then we didn’t handle the pressure again with sloppy turnovers and missed shots, we made it very difficult for ourselves and left too much work to do,” New Zealand head coach Daryl Cartwright said.

Kentucky sophomore Tai Wynyard had 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for New Zealand in Saturday’s loss to Puerto Rico. It was the second consecutive double-double for Wynyard. (photo credit FIBA)

Wynyard posted a double-double for the second consecutive game and was downright dominant in the second half against Puerto Rico. After scoring just two points on 1-of-3 shooting and grabbing five rebounds in the first half, Wynyard scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed eight boards in the second half. He finished with a team-high tying 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

A 6-foot-10 forward from Auckland, New Zealand, Wynyard is now nearly averaging a double-double. He’s putting up 13.8 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 68.0 percent from the field. He’s also pulling down 9.2 rebounds per contest and blocking 2.0 shots per game. He’s had at least one block in each of New Zealand’s six games thus far.

Unfortunately for Wynyard and New Zealand, the Junior Tall Blacks were once again on the wrong side of a difficult defeat.

New Zealand led by seven points (20-13) after the first quarter, but scored just 11 points in the second quarter and 14 points in the third quarter. It entered the fourth quarter trailing by six points and the game remained tight throughout the final 10 minutes, but New Zealand couldn’t get over the hump.

New Zealand outshot and outrebounded Puerto Rico, but 23 turnovers compared to Puerto Rico’s nine was the deciding factor in the game.

The Junior Tall Blacks will close out play in the World Cup against Egypt on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ET in the 11th-place game.

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 will face Spain in the third-place game on Sunday at noon ET. UK sophomore Tai Wynyard and New Zealand will face host Egypt in the 11th-place game on Sunday at 9:30 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.

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 L, 99-87
Sunday, July 9 Spain 12:00 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 L, 74-70
Sunday, July 9 Egypt 9:30 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
Canada 2-11 0-1 4-8 3 2 4 3 2 0 8
TOTAL 26-57 2-10 13-24 23 12 13 7 8 2 67
AVERAGE .456 .200 .542 3.8 2.4 2.2 1.2 1.3 0.3 11.2

 

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
Canada 4-14 0-1 9-16 11 2 4 3 1 2 17
TOTAL 32-59 1-5 19-38 36 13 18 19 6 3 84
AVERAGE .542 .200 .500 6.0 2.2 3.0 3.2 1.0 0.5 14.0

 

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
Puerto Rico 6-10 0-0 3-5 13 3 1 4 1 3 15
TOTAL 29-48 0-0 10-17 55 11 13 20 5 12 83
AVERAGE .604 .000 .588 9.2 1.8 2.2 3.3 0.8 2.0 13.8