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Basketball: Kirk Penney shines as New Zealand stun Serbia ahead of World Cup

Published on Aug 25, 2014 2:04 AM

BELGRADE (REUTERS) - New Zealand enjoyed a major confidence boost for the upcoming basketball World Cup in Spain after the evergreen Kirk Penney led them to a shock 102-96 win over Serbia in their final warm-up for the 24-nation event.

The 33-year old shooting guard racked up 29 points and six assists against the 2009 European Championship runners-up, whose coach Aleksandar Djordjevic expelled forward Vladimir Micov from the national team for dissent.

The much-travelled Penney, whose myriad of clubs included brief spells at the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers, rolled back the years and nailed five of his seven three-point attempts in the Pionir Hall.

"I can't blame my players for lack of effort and I must also give credit to New Zealand because they hit a barrage of difficult shots inspired by the unstoppable Penney," Djordjevic told a news conference.

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