Held to nine meager points in the first quarter, Taiwan Team A fell into a hole much too deep to escape as they suffered a 111-64 defeat to two-time defending champions Jordan in the Jones Cup tournament at the Taipei County Sinjhuang Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The loss ended the hosts’ three-game winning streak and dropped them out of a three-way tie with Jordan and South Korea, both of which remained unbeaten at 3-0 in the eight-game tournament.
Team A played nothing like a national team, shooting a miserable 1-for-11 from behind the three-point line in the opening quarter to find themselves down 29-9.
They did not fare any better in the second quarter as Jordan erupted for 32 points, widening the gap to 61-28.
Taiwan finally found their shooting range in an evenly fought third quarter with four threes, but the Jordanians maintained a comfortable 30-plus point cushion on their way to the biggest margin of victory in the tournament thus far.
IRAN 88, TAIWAN TEAM B 79
Taiwan Team B fell short to perennial powerhouse Iran in an 88-79 loss earlier on Tuesday, remaining winless in the four contests they have played.
Although the final score favored the Iranians — who had the services of current NBA player Hamed Ehadadi — it was a moral victory for the young Taiwanese, who made a tenacious effort against one of Asia’s top teams for a respectable single-digit loss.