Wednesday, September 24, 2003

ABC Day 2 – Another humiliating loss for Taiwan

Taiwan was officially out of the quarterfinal today as they suffered another blow, losing to China 61-121 in the Asian Championship. The 60-point margin marks the biggest defeat in the head-to-head history for both sides.

With Iran defeating Syria, the Group C winners are set. China and Iran will advance to the second round. The best finish for Taiwan NT will be 9th-place, the lowest in history.

The game is a no-match. China is too strong for Taiwan NT to handle. Just check the quarter score: 28-16, 30-12, 29-9, 34-24. However, the performance of Taiwan NT is still disappointing. It seems every time they face the Chinese, they give up the game from the first minute.

Yao Ming had 29 points (13-16 FG) and 13 rebounds in less than 21 minutes. Li Nan had 11. Li Ke, Sun Jun and Zhu Fang-yu scored 10 apiece.

Taiwan was led by Tsun Wen-din’s 10 points. Lin Chi-jay and Yang Che-yi both had 9 points. Yen Shin-shu had 7 points and 4 assists. Tien Lei only managed to score 7 points.

Other results:
Lebanon 90-67 Hong Kong
Kazakhstan 86-66 Uzbekistan
Iran 82-67 Syria
Qatar 77-69 Philippines
Japan 63-59 Jordan
India 81-62 Malaysia
Korea 95-71 Kuwait