Clinton stars in Junior Tall Blacks win

TALENTED: Quinn Clinton lead all scorers as New Zealand’s under-18 basketball team recorded an upset win over Australia in Suva. 

Christchurch Boy’s High School’s Quinn Clinton put in a stand-out performance to help the Junior Tall Blacks qualify for next year’s Under-19 World Championship in Egypt.

They upset the odds by defeating Australia 57-51 in the Oceania qualifying tournament in Fiji on December 10.

Clinton led all scorers in the final with 14 points, including two late three-pointers to see his team home.

The point guard was named as New Zealand captain prior to the tournament and lived up to the billing. Trailing by two points with less than two minutes remaining, Clinton hit from long range to put his team up 50-49.

With 40 seconds remaining, Clinton hit another three while getting fouled, to send him to the line for the chance of a four point play. He failed to convert the free-throw, but team-mate Taane Samuel’s put-back put the nail in the coffin for Australia.

Clinton was impressive throughout the tournament, averaging 14.5 points per game.

The world championship will be held in Cairo from July 1-9.