Thursday, July 18, 2002

Day 6 - Canada edge Japan; Taiwan will meet SINA

In the only men's game tonight. Canada's University of Alberta edged Japan NT, 74-72, to boost their record to 3-1. Canada once again show their poise in beating Japan, who erased a 12-point deficit and almost took the win from Canada.

Canada(3-1) is now tied with SINA at second place, trailing only to Australia(4-0). Japan dropped to 2-3 but still holds on to the 4th spot.

Taiwan NT(1-3) will meet SINA tomorrow at 7:30PM in the most anticipated game of the tournament. And no matter who wins,the game will be seen as the biggest game of the year in Taiwanese basketball.

Many fans think that Chou Jun-san, Lo Hsin-liang and Huang Chun-hsiung, all are not selected to the national team, should be included in the NT roster for the upcoming Asian Games. The drama of this game also rises to an uncommon level not only because Taiwan NT's slump and SINA's brilliant play, but also because SINA left Taiwanese A-League last year to play in China's CBA.

*Standings thru July 18
(Format: Single-round robin)

Australia 4-0
SINA 3-1
Canada 3-1
Japan 2-3
Philippines 1-2
Taiwan 1-3
Russia 1-3
South Korea 1-3