Tom Abercrombie leads Tall Blacks to victory

MARC HINTON
Last updated 08:25 08/08/2014
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STAR PERFORMER: Tom Abercrombie scored 23 points as the Tall Blacks thrashed the Brian Goorjian-coached Dongguan Leopards 79-54.

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A 23-point outburst from Tom Abercrombie has paced the Tall Blacks to a fifth consecutive victory on their World Cup buildup tour in China.

In the first game of their second four-nation tournament in China, Nenad Vucinic's New Zealand men's team has thrashed the Brian Goorjian-coached Dongguan Leopards 79-54.

With star shooting guard Kirk Penney rested for the tournament opener, Abercrombie stepped up nicely to pace another strong showing from the Spain-bound New Zealanders.

The game also saw naturalised American Nick Horvath make his first appearance of the tour after struggling with back problems.

The Manawatu Jets big man contributed a solid eight points in an encouraging display.

In-form combo guard Corey Webster added 11 points for the Tall Blacks, while young power forward Isaac Fotu had eight points.

The New Zealanders meet Cameroon late tonight (NZT) and then wrap up the Chinese component of the tour with a game against Ivory Coast.

They are bound for the World Cup in Spain where they will contest a tough pool against the USA, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Ukraine and Finland.

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