July 14, 2024

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New Zealand won a close match against Egypt (88-86).

New Zealand won a close match against Egypt (88-86).

New Zealand secured their place in the pre-Olympic Games with a narrow win over Egypt.

In a match decided by details, New Zealand beat Egypt 88-86 to draw the two teams 2-2 in Group N. Apart from this, both teams got your pass for the pre-Olympic qualifiers.

With a minute left and the score tied 86-86, anything could happen. Ruben De Rangi sealed the win with two crucial free throws in the final 17 seconds. Amr El Genty missed a three-point attempt, which ended the game.

Te Randy totaled nine points, while Finn Delaney had a solid performance with 27 points, as did Isaiah Le’Afa.

On the losing side, South Sudan needed not just a win but a 23-point margin to secure direct qualification for the Paris Olympics instead of securing an African spot, with Ehab Amin and Amr El Gendi scoring 19 each.

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