Young PG sets new record
Point guard Tai Webster became the youngest player to represent New Zealand at a major world tournament in their 84-62 loss to the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia (MKD).
Just 17 years and 35 days, he easily eclipsed Kirk Penney’s 19 years and 299 days at the 2000 Olympics.
Webster – who faced high expectations after his 18-point outburst against Greece in a lead-up match – made three eye-catching drives to the basket for his six points, and dished out some classy passes on the way to two assists.
But he also tried to play too fast and do too much with his passing at times, finishing with seven turnovers in 24 minutes.
“It was a big step up, a lot of bigger players and a lot of smarter players,” he said.