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  1. A five minute excerpt from this game.


This highlights package focuses on the last few minutes of the historic first-ever win by the New Zealand basketball team over Australia in the second test of the 1978 series. After losing by 22 points in the first test, the unfancied kiwis fought hard in the closing minutes as the lead see-sawed back and forth. With just seconds to go John Hill scored the winning points and closed out the game 67-65. The package ends with a replay of a controversial foul by leading New Zealand player Stan Hill that had earlier cast gloom over the kiwi fans.

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Comments (4)

 Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor

The ref was Bruce McCormick from Canterbury.Toured to Aust with the
66 nz team.

 sam cotton

sam cotton

great to watch, my son was hoping it was his grandfather, and was surprised that his grandfathers team had not beaten Australia.

 Ivan Dominikovich

Ivan Dominikovich

I was Manager of the 1978 team. This was the best team that coach Steve McKean had assembled and trained. Stan was fresh back from Santa Clara University, the fittest I have ever seen him. his brother John far from being in Stan's shadow rose to the occasion and played superbly. One of the highlights of my sporting career. I was shocked at some of the the actions of the Australian referee, but the NZ Ref Bruce McCormack tried to straighten the ledger. A fine bunch of New Zealand Basketballers. Our first ever win over Australia, and the first step on the path to International success.

 Alan Stenhouse

Alan Stenhouse

Was there watching this historic win as a 14 year old kid, with basketball my life... what a game! Great to see old friends and opponents playing in this clip, brilliant!

Now we need some of the 2002 World Champs run from Indianapolis!

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