Taiwan NT suffered another blow when they lost to Japan, 77-87, today and dropped to 0-3 in the second round of the Asian Games. Chiu Chi-yi had a game-high 30 points and Yang Yu-ming had 12. Taiwan's frontcourt pales in comparison with Japan, as all frontcourt players failed to break double-digit in scoring and rebounding.
Japan's Michael Takahashi and Satoru Furuta combined for 25 points and 26 rebounds. SG T. Orimo again paced the team with 22 points.
Taiwan will have to play the Place 5-8 classification games. Also, they have to try to finish better than 7th-place, where Taiwan ranked in last year's ABC Championship -- the worst finish in Asian tournaments for Taiwan in the last 10 years.
#Japan 87-77 Taiwan (Half 53-46)
JAP - T. Orimo 22p, T. Setsumasa 17p+7rb, M. Takahashi 16p+16rb, S. Furuta 9p+10rb, T. Shinohara 12p ; TAI - Chiu Chi-yi 30p(8-16 FG, 9-10 FT), Yang Yu-ming 12p+7rb, Tien Lei 9p+8rb(3-12 FG), Wu Chih-wei 8p+7rb, Tsun Wen-din 4p+4rb
#Qatar 82-55 Kuwait (Half 41-29)
QAT - Z. Hashim 18p+18rb, I. Yasseen 16p+6rb ; KUW - H. Alshemmari 15p, S. Al Tabakh 14p+7rb