A sharp-shooting Philippines team overcame another standout performance by Lin "the Beast" Chieh-chih to win at Sinjhuang yesterday evening in the Jones Cup basketball tournament.
Taiwan controlled the tip-off and after one minute of the match, Lin got Taiwan off to a running start with a 3-pointer, which the Philippines answered immediately with a three of their own.
The teams exchanged turnovers midway through the first period before the Philippines scored on a fast break to tie the score at 7-7.
With four minutes left in the quarter, the teams abandoned the inside game and put on a 3-point shooting clinic.
The Philippines took the lead on a three with four minutes left in the quarter, but the "Beast" answered with a 3-pointer of his own to tie the score with 2:45 left in the quarter, then hit another just 30 seconds later.
The Philippines struck back with a three by Alapag, but this was immediately answered by a long shot by Taiwan's Chen Hsin-an. The Philippines hit two field goals to end the first quarter with a lead of 20-16.
Turnovers and fouls characterized the opening minutes of the second quarter. The Philippines connected on two field goals to run their lead up to 24-16 with 7:30 left to play in the half.
Taiwan then misfired inside on two trips down the floor and the Philippines' Reymundo drove the basket, scored, drew a foul and made the free throw to make the score 27-16.
Taiwan's Chou Shih-yuan halted the Philippines charge by penetrating, scoring and converting a free throw for an old-school 3-point play to cut the lead to a single digit midway through the period.
The "Beast" hit a three for Taiwan to make the score 37-26 before the Philippines scored on the inside, but with 1:30 left, Lin hit again from behind the arc again to cut the lead to 10.
A Philippines free throw closed out the half with Taiwan trailing by 40-29.
A Philippines three by Jalapag opened the scoring in the second half, but Lee Hsueh-lin answered with a three of his own to make it 43-32 in favor of the Philippines. Chen "the Airman" Hsin-an then hit a three to trim the Philippines' lead to 10.
The "Beast" proved that he had an inside game to go with his long-range shooting by driving the lane for a bucket with 3:17 to play in the quarter, then got fouled hard attempting to do the same thing 30 seconds later.
A three from the wing and a fast break on Taiwan's fifth turnover of the period saw the Philippines stretch their lead to 20 points, but a beautiful no-look pass by the "Beast" resulted in a Taiwan basket to close out the period with the Philippines leading 61-43.
A tough reverse layup by Lee got Taiwan on the board in the final period and then the "Beast" went back to work from behind the arc, nailing three straight 3-pointers to take the score to 65-54 with seven minutes to play.
Just when things were looking up for Taiwan, two successive layups by Jalapag bumped the Philippines lead up to 69-54 as the Taiwanese defense began to come unglued with six minutes left.
A tough hook shot by Wu in the paint and a free throw after made it 71-57 for the Philippines with 5:30 left. Wu drove deep twice more for baskets to make it 73-61 before Jalapag connected on another three.
Wu rejected a Philippines shot with a minute left, but by that point the damage had been done and the Philippines had run out to a 79-61 lead.
A Philippines three followed by a Taiwan two made the final score 82-64.
Lin connected on six out of twelve 3-pointers in the game and pulled down seven rebounds.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
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