Chen Chih-chun's steal and fastbreak layup sealed a close win for Taiwan NT as the host team escaped with a 77-72 victory over the Philippines in the second day of the Jones Cup tournament.
Philippines PBA All-Stars trailed by as many 10 points in the second half but never give up. Ranidel de Ocampo made three 3-pointers in the second half as the visitors clawed back into the game and cut the deficit to three, 75-72, with 11 seconds to go.
Philippines came out of the time out feeling confident, ready to ride the last momentum to tie the game but the point guard lost the ball even before initiating the last attack. Chen Chih-chun picked up the loose ball and dashed upcourt for the winning layup.
TWN - Tien Lei 19p, Tsun Wen-din 17p+8rb+7blk
PHI - J. Arigo 17p, R. de Ocampo 15p(5-6 3PT)
Australia U-19 87-84 Kazakhstan (47-44)
Kazakhstan fumbled its final possession out of bound as Australia U-19 escaped with a 87-84 thriller. Australians showed their lack of experience, missing six straight free-throws(Kevin Probert four, Chris Goudling two) to let Kazakhstan get back in the game. Probert committed a silly intentional foul with 6.5 seconds remaining to give Kazakhstan the final chance. Australia was only 7 for 25 from the foul line but outrebounded Kazakhstan 43-32.
AUS - B. Dowdell 17p, J. Dodman 12p, A. Ogilvy 11p, T. Demos 10p, K. Probert 10p
KAZ - A. Ponomarev 34p, K. Dmitriy 14p, R. Yargaliev 14p
Athletes in Action 93-89 Korea University All-Stars (44-44)
AIA used a 31-16 third quarter outburst to neutralize Koreans' 15 threes in the game, leading by as many as 18 in the third before easing up in the final period.
AIA - T. Dandridge 21p, J. Carter 14p, T. DeVries 13p, D. Kirk 13p, D. Faris 12p
KOR - Park Sung Woo 21p, Lee Ji Yun 20p, Woo Sung Yen 15p
Qatar 102-81 Japan U-24 (44-41)
Qatar dominated the paint with a 55-21 rebounding advantage and closed out the game with a 30-18 4th quarter en route to a 102-81 rout of Japan U-24 National Team. Qatar won its second consecutive game as Japan dropped two straight.
QAT - Hammam Omer Ismail 18p+15rb, Erfan Ali Saeed 17p+13rb, Ali Turki Ali 18p, Khalid Suliman Abdi 17p
JAP - Yusuke Okada 32p(8 3PT), Yosuke Machida 18p, Takumi Ishizaki 12p