Thursday, July 07, 2011

World U19: Taiwan finishes 14th place in Latvia

Taiwan was routed by China 91-48 in its final game in the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men in Latvia and finished with 14th place in its first trip to the junior worlds in 24 years.

Height was once again the dominating factor of the game for Taiwan, the smallest team in the tourney. Coincidentally, China is the tallest team with seven players above 200cm.

Taiwan was able to lead the first period, 15-13, before China launched fiery offensives, including a 33-13 run in the second quarter and followed with a 24-6 run in the third, and pulled the game away.

Hung Kao-chiao led Taiwan with 18 points while China's Guo Ailun scored the game-high 24 points.

Taiwan shot 4-of-21 from the three-point range and shot only two free-throws in the game. It was also outrebounded by China, 41-23.

Korea defeated Tunisia 78-72 to finish 15th in the 16-team tournament.