Friday, October 04, 2002

Asian Games - Taiwan lost to Philippines again

Philippines beat Taiwan easily, 83-69, this afternoon as Taiwan NT suffered the third loss to the Filipinos for the third time in a month, combined with a pair of warm-up games in Manila last month. Taiwan fell to 0-2 in the second round, while Philippines likely seize the second-place in Group I behind China with a 2-0 record.

Just like the previous warm-up games, Taiwan NT was again dominated on the boards, trailing the Filipinos 32-45. Taiwan almost trailed from start to finish, failing to catch up with the Filipinos in every facet of the game.

Philippines is well-prepared. They locked up top shooter Yang Yu-ming, who shot 4-16 in the game and had 13 points. Starting center Tsun Wen-din was even held without a field-goal attempt! SF Tien Lei had a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. SG Chiu Chi-yi, at 26 the oldest player on the team, turned in his best effort with 19 points.

Philippines, led by P. Taulava’s 18 points and 10 rebounds, used a 19-8 third quarter to pull away. Once again, Taiwan couldn’t find the way to stop the bully Taulava and active rebounder Eric Menk underneath.

Philippines beat Taiwan in two warm-ups last month, winning both games by a combined 62 points.

In the last game of the second round, Taiwan will face the familiar opponent Japan, who beat them in this year’s Jones Cup opener with a last-second shot by Takahiro Setsumasa.

Game Summary
#Philippines 83-69 Taiwan (Half 43-34)
PHI - P. Taulava 18p+10rb, J. Cariaso 14p, R. Racela 12p, E. Menk 7p+11rb ; TAI - Chiu Chi-yi 19p, Wu Chi-wei 14p, Tien Lei 12p(4-10 FG)+11rb, Yang Yu-ming 13p(4-16 FG)

#Qatar 115-77 Mongolia (Half 59-32)
QAT - I. Yasseen 26p+9rb, O. Husam 17p+11rb, M. Abubaker 13p+11rb, I. Hashim 10p+12rb, S. Mohammed 17p ; MGL - M. Otgonbayar 19p, S. Sedbazar 8p+13rb, U. Orgil 14p