Basketball: Tall Blacks close out remarkable comeback win over Jordan to clinch third place at Asia Cup

The Tall Blacks have completed their impressive Asia Cup campaign with a remarkable 83-75 comeback win over Jordan to claim third place overall at the tournament.

Trailing by 15 points in the third quarter, New Zealand rode Tohi Smith-Milner's hot hand from beyond the arc, as he scored 14 of his 25 points in the final quarter to close out a memorable victory and secure New Zealand's first-ever Asia Cup medal.

Smith-Milner nailed seven of his 10 three-pointers in the fourth-quarter flurry and was ably supported by Taki Fahrensohn's 19-point haul, while Sam Timmons added 12 points and five rebounds.

Both teams traded buckets until late in the second quarter, when Jordan's shooters caught fire from long range, hitting eight of their 17 three-pointers to take a 10-point lead into halftime, while their Kiwi counterparts struggled to find the bottom of the net.

In the third quarter, Jordan steadily increased their advantage to 15 points, before a late NZ run pulled their deficit back to a manageable seven points, heading into the final quarter.

Smith-Milner then stepped to the fore, putting the Tall Blacks on his shoulders with a dazzling display of shooting, at one stage sinking three consecutive triples on consecutive possessions to give New Zealand a lead they never relinquished.

Pero Cameron's men were the youngest team to make the semi-final round, where they lost a hard-fought contest against Australia - just their second loss of the tournament, after dropping a group game to Lebanon.

New Zealand 96 (Smith-Milner 25 points, Fahrensohn 19 points, Timmins 12 points & 5 rebounds) Jordan 85 (Hawwas 19 points, Abbaas 19 points)