Thursday, October 03, 2002

Asian Games - Taiwan spanked by China, 50-113

Taiwan NT gives it up before it even started. With five U-20 players as starters, Taiwan opened its second round games in Pusan spanked by China, 50-113, and set the biggest losing margin (63 points) between two sides.

Although there's virtually no hope of winning, local fans want to see the national team play their hearts out against the Chinese giants. Taiwan NT head coach Lee Yun-kwang's decision to give up the game is questioned. Not competing in the game and throwing five teenagers to the wolves are unacceptable.

Resting will not be a good explanation, because the second round schedule is kind of loose. Taiwan still has one day's rest before taking on Philippines and two off-days before the game vs. Japan.

In other games, Philippines used a 27-16 4th quarter rally to edge Japan, 79-74, and got an important win in Group I. After beating Japan, Philippines likely will rank second behind China and advance to the semifinal.

Game Summary
#Philippines 79-74 Japan (Half 34-40)
PHI - P. Taulava 27p+12rb, J. Cariaso 14p, R. Racela 13p ; JAP - T. Orimo 33p(11-24 FG, 9-13 FT), T. Kita 13p, M. Takahashi 8p+9rb

#China 113-50 Taiwan (Half 55-30)
CHN - Yao Ming 22p(9-9 FG)+13rb, Chen Ke 18p, Lee Nan 15p, Liu Yu-dong 12p, Menk Bateer 12p+8rb ; TAI - Yang Yu-ming 19p, Ho Sho-jen 8p+8rb, Wu Dai-hao 5p+5rb, Tien Lei 2p+1rb

#Kuwait 77-74 UAE
KUW - A. Alsarraf 23p+7rb, Al Tabakh 17p+7rb, H. Alshemmari 12p, O. Mubarak 12p ; UAE - A. Ayoub 20p, S. Hamda 20p+9rb