Commonwealth Games: Scotland lose to New Zealand in men's basketball

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New Zealand beat Scotland to basketball bronze

Scotland missed out on a shock bronze in the Commonwealth Games basketball as they lost 79-69 to New Zealand in their medal match on the Gold Coast.

Scotland, who were thrashed 103-46 by Australia in the semi-finals, led 21-19 after the first quarter.

New Zealand turned it around to lead 41-35 at half-time, extending their advantage to 59-44 after the third.

Scotland fought back to within eight points in the final quarter, but could not complete a comeback.

Scotland coach Rob Beveridge said he was proud of his team for pushing New Zealand, who suffered a shock semi-final defeat by Canada.

"New Zealand were so unlucky not to get into the gold-medal game," he said.

"New Zealand is the second best team here, and for us to fight right to the very end against a great team is absolutely fantastic."

Hosts Australia won gold by beating Canada 87-47 in the final.

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