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New Zealand defeat Jordan to face off with Australia in Semi-Final

BEIRUT (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) - New Zealand have set the stage for a Semi-Final match up with Australia after defeating Jordan 98-70 in their Quarter-Final on Thursday evening.

It turned into a blowout in the fourth quarter, and though New Zealand led from start to finish, Jordan did a good job of refusing to go down without a fight.

Shea Ili of New Zealand. FIBA photo
New Zealand dominated the glass, whilst shooting almost 50% from the field led by 19 points a-piece from Tohiraukura Smith-Milner and Shea Ili, with the latter adding 13 assists, as Finn Delaney finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the young squad.

The deficit might have been bigger early if it wasn't for Jordan's Mah'd Abdeen being their saving grace, exploding for 20 of his 24 points in the first half whilst missing just one shot.

One final third quarter rally from Jordan saw them pull within four, that that is as close as they would get the rest of the way.

Mohammad Hussein joined Abdeen as the only other player in double figures for Jordan, with 14 points.

Source: http://www.fiba.basketball/asiacup/2017/news/new-zealand-defeat-jordan-to-face-off-with-australia-in-semi-final

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