Saturday, July 24, 2004

Day 1 – Home teams open with wins over Philippines and Japan

Taiwan White and Blue Teams opened the 26th William Jones Cup Tournament with two convincing wins on the first day, beating Philippines and Japan. But Perth Wildcats scored the most lopsided victory, pounding Germany’s IBA by 63 points.

Led by Chen Hsin-an and Tien Lei, Taiwan White raced to a surprising 25-point lead in the first quarter and easily handled Philippines, which was mostly comprised of amateur players from PBL. Taiwan White routed Philippines, 114-83.

Taiwan Blue also opened the game with a 14-2 spurt and led Japan by as many as 21. Japan’s U-24 NT showed they wouldn’t give up, closing the gap a number of times before bowing out. Wu Dai-hao probably played his best game in NT uniform, scoring 16 points, many on vicious dunks, and blocked two shots early to set the tone for the home team.

Korea, like Japan, is a team made up by college players. A game-deciding three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining saved the day for Koreans. Carleton University wasted their last possession and lost by one in the heartbreaker.

Perth Wildcats(AUS) 99-36 IBA(GER)
Wildcats – B. Cox 17p, S. Blennerhassett 16p, L. Rush 14p+8rb, A. Majstrovich 13p+13rb, G. Brown 13p+6s
IBA – A. Willemsen 9p

Korea 88-87 Carleton Univ.(CAN)
Korea – Hu Hyo-Jeen 23p, Kim Tae-Sul 16p+8a
Carleton – P. Larmand 20p+8rb, J. Poirier 17p, M. Ross 16p

Taiwan White 114-83 Philippines
White – Chen Hsin-an 19p, Tien Lei 15p+8rb, Yang Chin-min 17p+7rb, Tsun Wen-din 14p

Taiwan Blue 82-69 Japan
Blue – Wu Dai-hao 16p+6rb+2blk, Lin Chi-jay 16p+10rb+3s, Lo Shin-liang 12p+6rb
Japan – Masayu Kabaya 13p, Takano Onishi 12p+7rb