KOREA proved its win over New Zealand in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup was no fluke by pulling off an 86-80 victory in Wellington to start the World Cup qualifiers with a bang on Thursday.
After sweeping their two meetings in Lebanon, the Koreans again asserted its mastery this time in shocking the Tall Blacks right on their home floor at the TSB Bank Arena, thanks to some hot-shooting from reserve forward Jeon Junbeom.
The 6-foot-4 Jeon knocked down six of Korea’s 10 three-pointers to lead the visiting team to victory with 22 points. Oh Sekeun added a double-double with 14 markers and 10 rebounds.
Corey Webster led New Zealand with 16 points while his brother Tai scored 14.
Korea will play host in its next assignment against China, while New Zealand hopes to bounce back when it visits Hong Kong on November 26.