Wynyard closes out World Cup with third straight double-double

Kentucky sophomore Tai Wynyard and New Zealand have been on the wrong end of a few heartbreaking defeats at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Cairo. Sunday was not one of those days.

Playing in the 11th-place game on the final day of the biennial event, Wynyard posted his third consecutive double-double and New Zealand (3-4) defeated host Egypt, 85-69.

“I spoke about it in the locker room today, in virtually every game we were within four or five points in the final moments,” New Zealand head coach Daryl Cartwright said. “A couple of those results below out as we were fouling at the end trying to get back in. But we showed we are a competitive side and found a way even when losing badly in the number of possessions for each team on the back of our turnover issues.”

Kentucky sophomore Tai Wynyard closed out the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup on Sunday with his third straight double-double for New Zealand. Wynyard scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Egypt. (photo credit FIBA)

One of the top performers in the entire 16-team event, Wynyard closed out play on a high note with a team-high tying 17 points (8 of 13 shooting), a game-high 10 rebounds and two blocks. Wynyard averaged 16.3 points and 12.0 rebounds over the last three games.

The 6-foot-10 bruising forward from Auckland, New Zealand had at least one block in every game at the World Cup, and had two or more blocks in five of the seven games. He finished the tournament as New Zealand’s team leader in points (14.3 points per game), rebounds (9.3 rebounds per game) and blocks (2.0 blocks per game).

The Junior Tall Blacks shot 48.4 percent from the field, dominated the glass, 50-32, and outscored Egypt 50-32 in the paint. New Zealand trailed for just 29 seconds in the game.

New Zealand raced out to a 22-8 lead after the first quarter. It entered the final 10 minutes leading by just four points, but scored 30 points in the final quarter and won by 16.

“There are some learnings for our guys, hopefully this experience is a positive one to motivate them to continue to develop, work hard and one day be in the Tall Blacks,” Cartwright said. “This group of young men can be the core of the Tall Blacks for a few years to come, if they continue their development wherever they end up over the next few years.”

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 continued playing out for classification. The medal semifinals were held Saturday, and the gold- and bronze-medal games were Sunday.

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 W, 96-72

 

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 W, 85-69

 

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
Spain 3-6 0-0 3-4 4 2 4 2 0 0 9
TOTAL 29-63 2-10 16-28 27 14 17 9 8 2 76
AVERAGE .460 .200 .571 3.9 2.3 2.4 1.3 1.1 0.3 10.9

 

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
Spain 2-3 0-1 2-5 0 1 4 1 1 0 6
TOTAL 34-62 1-6 21-43 36 14 22 20 7 3 90
AVERAGE .548 .167 .488 5.1 2.0 3.1 2.9 1.0 0.4 12.9

 

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
Egypt 8-13 0-0 1-3 10 2 2 1 0 2 17
TOTAL 43-71 0-0 14-25 65 13 15 21 5 14 100
AVERAGE .606 .000 .560 9.3 1.9 2.1 3.0 0.7 2.0 14.3