Inability to defend against the low-post play of a much bigger Lebanese lineup cost Taiwan Team A 91-78 as they dropped their second straight game in the Jones Cup at the Taipei County Sinjhuang Gymnasium on Thursday evening.
Lebanon capitalized on their height advantage, with big man Jackson Vroman doing as he pleased against a smaller and slower Taiwanese interior defense. The former NBA player visited the foul line 27 times to collect 21 points toward his game-high of 35 on the night.
Brian Feghali also starred for Lebanon, chipping in 18 points and eight rebounds.
After the Lebanese opened with a storming 10-0 run against an outmaneuvered man-to-man defense, Taiwan switched to zone, allowing them to fight to a 19-19 tie by the end of the first quarter.
The visitors, however, quickly adjusted to the new defense and had several scoring bursts to lead 48-31 at the half — a lead they did not relinquish.
Tseng Wen-ding of the Yulon Luxgens came off the bench and scored 14 points in his first game since representing the country in last month’s Asia Basketball Championship to account for Taiwan’s lone highlight.