Webster posts double-double in New Zealand loss

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Husker senior guard Tai Webster shined in the loss for New Zealand, finishing with his second double-double of the with 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Webster, along with his older brother Corey (21 points) kept New Zealand in the game despite losing starting forward Isaac Fotu to injury in the first quarter and having two other post players foul out of the contest.

Webster had 10 first-half points, including a bucket at the break to send the teams tied to the locker room at 43 apiece. New Zealand hung around and used a 5-0 spurt, including three points from Webster to take a 66-64 lead with 6:02 left in regulation. The teams were tied at 71 with 3:30 left before Canada pulled away with a 6-0 run to put New Zealand away.

Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph led Canada with 21 points, while Cleveland Cavs forward Tristan Thompson chipped in 13 points and 10 boards, as Canada will face France on

Sunday for an Olympic berth.

During the five-game tournament Webster averaged 16.3 points per game on 44 percent shooting and 9.7 rebounds per game despite being the youngest player on New Zealand’s 12-man roster. The 6-foot-4 senior to be ended tournament play among the top players in several categories, including fourth in scoring and field goal percentage, second in rebounding and fifth in assists. His two double-doubles in the tournament also tied for the most in tournament play this week.

Former Husker Jorge Brian Diaz fell one win short of reaching the Olympics, as Puerto Rico fell to Serbia, 108-77 in the finals in Belgrade Saturday afternoon.

Diaz hit 3-of-4 shots from the field and went 1-2 from the line. Serbia took control early, building a 37-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 33 points, at 60-27, at the break.

Diaz averaged 6.8 points per game on 68 percent shooting and 3.2 rebounds per game in Puerto Rico’s five contest in Belgrade.