Friday, July 14, 2006

Jones Cup Day 6 - Taiwan upset Qatar in 21-point rout

Taiwan NT limited Qatar to 6 points in the final quarter as the home team surprisingly upset Qatar by 21 points, 85-64, and knocked down the last undefeated team in the tournament.

Qatar is 5-1 and tied with Athletes in Action in the first place, followed by Taiwan and Korea University Select team which tied at 4-2. Qatar and AIA have clinched semifinal births while Taiwan and Korea are one foot in the door.

Coming off a two-game losing streak, a fired-up Taiwanese team opened the game with a 13-3 run. Qatar made five threes to keep the score close and jumped to a 39-33 lead at halftime.

Tien Lei's 3-pointer inginited a 13-0 run midway in the third period to help Taiwan regain the lead, 64-58. A 11-2 spurt that opened the final period pushed the game out of reach. Qatar had many open looks but their shots did not fall in the final 10 minutes, scoring only 6 points.

Yang Che-yi led Taiwan with 18 points, followed by Tien Lei's 15 and Tsun Wen-din's 14. Chen Hsin-an had 13 while Lee Hsueh-lin dished out tournament-high 11 assists.

Erfan Ali Saeed had 13 points and 10 boards for Qatar, which also received 10 points from Saad Abdulrahman Ali.

Kazakhstan 98-75 Japan U-24 NT
KAZ - Anton Ponomarev 20p+10rb, Isakov Evgeni 15p+14rb
JAP - Yusuke Okada 33p

Korea University Select team 87-76 Australia U-19 NT
KOR - Park Sung Woo 24p
AUS - Jordan Dodman 12p+10rb, Andrew Ogilvy 12p

AIA 91-68 Philippines PBS Select
AIA - Troy DeVries 29p, Justin Herndon 15p, Luke Zeller 13p, Anthony Dandridge 11p
PHI - D. Hontiveros 11p

Qatar 5-1
AIA 5-1
Korea 4-2
Taiwan 4-2
Kazakhstan 3-3
Australia 2-4
Philippines 1-5
Japan 0-6