Chen Hsin-an made two free-throws with 0.8 seconds left in the game as Taiwan defeated Japan 75-74 Friday in the opening game of the 2011 East Asian Basketball Championship, which serves as the qualifying tourney for the Asian Championship, in Nanjing, China.
The victory marked the first win for Taiwan NT head coach Chou Jun-san, who debut with the national team Friday. The Japan game was also Taiwan's first game under the guidance of technical advisor Bob Hill, a former NBA head coach.
Taiwan is scheduled to meet Mongolia Saturday.
There was neither broadcast nor website for the tournament, so I had to rely on limited information provided by the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association to write this story.
According to the CTBA, Japan led 32-27 at the half. In the last minutes, Taiwan took a five-point lead after Lu Cheng-ju's three before Japan regained the lead, 74-73. Chen Hsin-an, who had the ball on the last possession, took the ball to the hole and was fouled. He made both foul shots.
The 2011 EABC is the qualifying tournament for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, which will be held in Wuhan, Hubei, China from September 15 to 25. The three best teams, excluding China, qualify for 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.
Japan NT roster for 2011 East Asian Basketball Championship
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