Friday, December 20, 2002

Taiwan wins Group C ; Final eight set

Taiwan beat hosting team Kuwait in the third and final preliminary game 73-46 to win the Group C with a 3-0 record. The final eight of the second round is set after three day's preliminary, with Iran knocking Lebanon out of the second round as the biggest surprise in the 17th Asian Basketball Championship for Junior Men so far.

Group I(A1, B2, C1, D2): South Korea, Qatar, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia
Group II(A2, B1, C2, D1): Iran, China, Kuwait, Japan

Each group will play a single round-robin format in the second round, with top two teams in each group advancing to a cross-over semifinal. Losers play in the classification games.

In the final preliminary game, C Wu Dai-hao had 17 points and 8 rebounds to pace the team, while Tsun Wen-din had 16 points and Lee Chih-ming 15. Taiwan led 41-27 in halftime and pulled away in the second. They will face Qatar in the first game of the second round on Dec. 20.

Other game scores(Some games are missing):
South Korea 77-73 Iran
Japan 91-73 Saudi Arabia
Malaysia 105-49 Sri Lanka
Hong Kong 98-78 India