Monday, July 17, 2006

Jones Cup Final Day - Athletes in Action wins 2006 Jones Cup Tournament

Athletes in Action, representing USA, beat home team Taiwan NT Sunday night in the 2006 Jones Cup tournament title game, 79-69.

Led by well-known former NCAA coach Mike Jarvis, AIA dominated the paint and successfully limited Taiwan's outside shot. The home team only made 6 of 26 three-point attempts (23%).

Tsun Wen-din led Taiwan with 16 points and 7 boards but also committed 7 turnovers. Lee Hsueh-lin had 13 points while Chen Hsin-an had 10.

In the bronze medal game, Qatar also used its height advantage to beat Korea University Select Team 87-74. The Koreans made an astonishing 20-for-40 from 3-point territory but was outrebounded 21-41.

Kazakhstan beat Philippines 98-86 to win the fifth-place. Isakov Evgeni and Arwind Santos were both ejected for confrontation when fighting for rebounding position.

Japan grabbed its first win in the last game, beating Australia U-19 NT, 89-84, thanks to tournament leading scorer Yusuke Okada's 26 points. Chris Goulding led the Aussie with 24 points.

Final Placing:
1. Athletes in Action
2. Taiwan NT
3. Qatar NT
4. Korea University Select Team
5. Kazakhstan NT
6. Philippines PBA Select Team
7. Japan U-24 NT
8. Australia U-19 NT