Tall Blacks lose to GermanyThursday, 17 July 2008 (www.stuff.co.nz)
LATEST: New Zealand crashed to a 71-89 loss to Germany in their final pool match at the men's basketball Olympic qualifying tournament in Greece this morning (NZ time).
Despite 29 points from forward Kirk Penney, the Tall Blacks were only in contention through the early stages against taller, more experienced opponents in Athens.
Both sides had already qualified for the quarterfinals after easy respective wins over Cape Verde.
New Zealand's quarterfinal was to be played on Saturday morning (NZ time) against the winner of the pool match between hosts Greece and Brazil later today. more...For more info and points tables visit www.athens2008.fiba.com