Saturday, July 28, 2001

FINAL - China Still Asia's Best

With the self-claimed "Asian Dream Team" and the huge home court advantage, China slammed Lebanon 97-63 in the 21st ABC championship game and made a strong statement that they are still Asia's best.

China wins the 12th title in their 14 appearances in the ABC Championship. Since 1975, China failed to reach the championship game only twice, finishing third both in 1986 and 1997.

With the expected opponent South Korea losing in the semi, China had no problem dealing with Lebanon in light mood, jumpstarting to a 22-10 opening lead and led as many as 43 points. Minutes into the final quarter, China head coach Wang Fei had cleared all his bench. Chang Chen, who served a two-game suspension after initiating a bench-clearing brawl in China's last game with Lebanon, also played with 2:30 remaining.

China put six players on double-digit. Yao Ming had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Menk Bateer had 17. Liu Yu-dong had 13 while Wang Zhi-zhi had 10. Lebanon was led by Fadi Khatib's 18 points.

MVP - Yao Ming, China
Best Five - Yao Ming, China ; Wang Zhi-zhi, China ; Fadi Khatib, Lebanon ; Walid Doumiati, Lebanon ; Seo Jang-hoon, South Korea
Best Coach - Wang Fei, China
Best Guard - Walid Doumiati, Lebanon
Rebounding Leader - Yao Ming, China
Three-Point Leader - Yang Kyung-min, South Korea
Best Sportsmanship - Oussama Madani, Syria