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Taiwan A prove no match for Taiwan B in Jones Cup clash

By Marc Langer  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taiwan B beat Taiwan A 83-65 yesterday to boost their record to 4-1 and keep their chances alive of catching first-place Australia going into the last day of the Jones Cup.

If Taiwan B can defeat Australia today, both will finish with 5-1 records. However, because Australia has so thoroughly dominated the tournament, the championship would almost certainly go to them based on the numbers they have put up so far.

Taiwan A, meanwhile, saw their record drop to 2-3 to put them in a three-way tie with New Zealand and South Korea for fourth place.

In the first match of the day, Japan narrowly missed out on their last chance to secure a win in the tournament when they fell to South Korea 72-76. Japan were outscored 12-24 in the first quarter, only to mount a comeback in the second quarter to enter half-time tied 37-37. But the third quarter proved decisive, as South Korea opened up a four-point lead that they wouldn't relinquish.

In the second game the US easily defeated New Zealand 81-60 to boost their record to 3-2. Leah Rush dominated for the US, scoring 21 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. Sarah-Jo Lawrence also turned in a strong performance with 13 points and nine rebounds.

New Zealand start things off today against South Korea at 3pm at Sinjhuang Stadium, followed by Taiwan A versus the US at 5:30pm and Taiwan B versus Australia at 7:30pm.

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