Turkey vs New Zealand will be the final match for both teams in this year FIBA World Cup 2019. Both teams have lost their chances to move forward, so this match has no meaning, only that nobody wants to go home with a loss, to have more insights on this match, please read our preview below.
Turkey has started this tournament with a win against Japan, however, 2nd match was against the USA, and after that loss, seems Turkey cant find their game. They didn’t stand a chance against Czech Republic, then followed a very difficult win against Montenegro, Turkey managed to take game only in last two minutes. Cedi Osman publicly apologized to fans but seems it didn’t help them to show at least a little bit better results. Now they have a final game to play, the opponent is not the toughest one, so it would be a bit of relieving to finish the tournament with a win, however, everything is in their own hands.
Turkey roster for World Cup 2019:
PG: Dogus Balbay, Scott Wilbekin
SG: Melih Mahmutoglu, Bugrahan Tuncer, Furkan Korkmaz, Yigit Arslan
SF: James Metecan Birsen, Cedi Osman
PF: Ersan Ilyasova, Ege Arar
C: Semih Erden, Sertac Enli
New Zealand has not performed badly this year, they lost two games, against Greece and Brazil, so it is safe to say that they were unlucky with a draw, what they will remember most probably will be their win against Japan by 30 points. It is very respectful when team which lost it chances to advance still fights till the final whistle. So, New Zealand has a final game to play, against a struggling opponent, most likely it will be a match with not so much of a defence, which is good for New Zealand, because they are used to score a lot of points, and they have a very good opportunity to finish this year with a win.
New Zealand roster for FIBA WC 2019:
PG: Jarrod Kenny, Tai Webster, Shea Ili
SG: Corey Webster, Ethan Rusbatch
SF: Tom Abercrombie, Jordan Ngatai
PF: Isaac Fotu, TohiSmith-Miller, Finn Delany
C: Rob Loe, Alex Pledger
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