Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Day 4 – Taiwan White upsets tourney favorite Perth Wildcats

Both home teams didn’t let Taiwanese fans down tonight. Led by Chou Shi-yuan’s surprising 23 points off the bench, Taiwan White upset tourney favorite Perth Wildcats, 83-82. Taiwan Blue, who almost trailed the whole game, had an unbelievable fourth quarter and defeated Qatar NT, 75-68.

Taiwan White enjoyed the sole lead now with 4-0, while Taiwan Blue tied with Wildcats at 3-1. Korea is the other undefeated team at 3-0.

Chou Shi-yuan came off the bench and made 5-of-9 three-pointers. In the meantime, Taiwan White still relied on Chan Hsin-an and Tien Lei, who scored 22 and 17 respectively, to rally from a 9-24 first-quarter deficit for the inspiring win.

Lee Chi-yi’s last of his four three-pointers with 1 1/2 minutes remaining helped Taiwan Blue to its first and last lead of the game. Taiwan Blue’s tenacious defense in the fourth quarter, when they outscored Qatar 18-6, made the difference.

Korea held on for its second one-point victory in the tournament, beating Japan 71-70.

Korea 71-70 Japan
Korea – Han Ji-Hoon 17p+9rb+4s, Yun Byeoung-Hak 15p, Hu Hyo-Jeen 12p
Japan – M. Kabaya 20p, T. Onishi 16p+10rb, H. Omiya 11P+7rb

Philippines 101-50 IBA(GER)
Philippines – D. Villamin 22p, C. Madrid 19p
IBA – M. Huth 11p+10rb

Taiwan Blue 75-68 Qatar
Blue – Lin Chi-jay 17p, Lee Chi-yi 12p, Lo Shin-liang 13p, Chou Jun-san 10p+6rb+4a+3s
Qatar – E. Ali Saeed 22p, Y.I. Mousa 14p+13rb

Taiwan White 83-82 Perth Wildcats(AUS)
White – Chou Shi-yuan 23p, Chen Hsin-an 22p+8rb, Tien Lei 17p+5rb+4a, Tsun Wen-din 7p+14rb+4a
Wildcats – O. Lett 28p+12rb+4s+3blk, L. Rush 14p, M. Shanahan 10p

Taiwan White 4-0
Korea 3-0
Taiwan Blue 3-1
Australia 3-1
Canada 1-2
Philippines 1-2
Japan 1-3
Qatar 0-3
Germany 0-4