ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (22nd FIBA Asia U18 Championship): Last edition’s bronze medalists Chinese Taipei brought the curtain down on Day Two of action at the Buyant-Ukhaa Arena beating Mongolia 107-42, thus leading the march of all the semifinalists of the 21st FIBA Asia Championship, along with a couple of more traditional powerhouses into the Second Round.
Taipei encountered neither any trouble nor any pressure in overcoming the enthusiastic effort by the hosts, who incidentally are playing in a FIBA Asia event for the first time.
Five Taipei players scored in the double digit as coach Yen Hsin-shu had all his players figure on the scorers’ list each of them having played for almost 13 minutes each.
Huang Tsuang-han was the highest scorer for Taipei with 18 points.
“Two wins are a good way to start, but we have issues to sort out,” said Taipei coach Yen Hsin-shu.
“We did spread the ball well, but we also turned the ball over once too often,” he added.
“Of course we would love to go to the Second Round with both the wins,” the coach said looking ahead at Sunday’s game against Bahrain, winning which will Taipei the top position in Group C.
Form rules the roost
Reigning gold medalists China and Lebanon, played at the Central Sport Hall and both won their Group A games setting up a Sunday showdown for the top position.
Nine-time gold medalists China routed India 119-54 and Lebanon carried too many guns for Hong Kong in their 113-70 win.
Group B saw last edition’s silver medalist Korea beat Syria 79-62, but also Syria and Japan make their way to the Second Round. Japan opened their winning account beating Singapore 110-53.
Group D will have twice former champions Iran and SEABA champions Philippines match wits on Sunday for the top billing from the Group.
Iran playing their first game at Buyant-Ukhaa gave a good account of themselves in their 86-54 win against Saudi Arabia after Philippines had used their speed to good effect to leave Kazakhstan behind 83-69.
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