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    Giant-killer Jordan beats New Zealand to punch ticket to Fiba World Cup

    Feb 25, 2019
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    JORDAN beat New Zealand, 86-80, at home in Amman on Sunday to book the last ticket in Group E to the Fiba Basketball World Cup.

    Dar Tucker had 25 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists, while Mousa Alawadi had 21 points for Jordan, which finished the qualifiers with a 7-5 card.

    With China already qualified as host country, Jordan took the third World Cup ticket for Group E as Lebanon's 84-72 loss to Korea relegated it to fourth place with a 6-6 card.

    To reach the World Cup, Jordan's giant-killers had to beat China and Lebanon in its final two matches.

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