Venues for Tall Blacks-Korea series confirmed

Last updated 11:39 21/03/2014
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STANDING TALL: The Tall Blacks, led by Alex Pledger (front) and Jack Salt, line up for the national anthem before their game against Australia at the North Shore Events Centre in August last year.

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The New Zealand Tall Blacks will play South Korea in Wellington, Tauranga and Auckland in a three-game series in mid-July, Radio Sport reported.

Nenad Vucinic's team will host the 31st-ranked Koreans on July 15 at TSB Bank Arena in the capital, on July 17 in Tauranga and July 19 in Auckland, at either the North Shore Events Centre or downtown Vector Arena to tip-off their Basketball World Cup preparations.

"We've got to know that we're going to get enough punters along to make it all work for us. We're confident of getting a good crowd but Vector Arena would be an ambitious target for us," BBNZ CEO Iain Potter told Radio Sport.

It will be the Tall Blacks' first series in New Zealand since hosting Venezuela in 2007. Since that time, the men's national team has played only three games at home, all against Australia in 2008, 2009 and 2013.

Potter said strengthened ties in the Asian region would lead to more games in future, Radio Sport reported.

"Next year there'll be opportunities because we'll be playing Korea regularly. We've had really healthy and useful conversations with the Philippines and Japan as well about future tours," Potter said.

"So were confident we'll have something every year."

Following the July series, the Tall Blacks will head to Korea for a return series, before a four-team tournament in China, a four-nation series in Lithuania and and two games against Serbia, before the World Cup in Spain, starting on August 30.

Meanwhile, the Tall Ferns women's national team will play a three-game series in South Korea in August, before a four-nation tournament in China, Radio Sport reported.

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