Taiwan made it two wins in a row by topping Hong Kong 72-69 at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City last night to improve to a 2-0 record in this year’s Asian University Men’s Basketball Championship.
Chen Tseh-yu’s breakaway layup off a clutch steal on a Hong Kong inbound pass with less than six seconds remaining in the contest not only denied Hong Kong the chance of a potential game-turning shot, it helped the hosts seal the victory.
The speedy guard out of the National Taiwan University of the Arts ended up with 11 points on the night, second only to fellow forward Hu Kai-hsiang’s game-high 19 as the home team overcame a sluggish start with a strong second-half performance to get the job done.
South Korea 101, Philippines 52
Red-hot South Korea continued their dominance on the second day of play by steamrolling past the Philippines in Sinjhuang yesterday afternoon.
Kim Min-goo and Han Hui-won teamed up for nearly half of South Korea’s total point production by netting 46 in the game to blow the Philippines off the court.
It was the second straight blowout win that South Korea have claimed following their 89-54 trouncing of China on the opening day, making them clearly the team to beat in this year’s competition.
The full-court pressure instituted by South Korea caused the Philippines to turn the ball over 24 times, making it impossible for the underdogs against an agile defense.
MONGOLIA 70, CHINA 67
Mongolia beat China for the first time in recent memory by edging their southerly neighbors yesterday afternoon.
Otgonbaatar Sergelen’s six points in the fourth was the added boost that lifted Mongolia past China, despite the fact that they trailed by nine at the halfway point.