Taiwan proved no match for a superior South Korean squad that took the hosts to school in basketball fundamentals as it dropped a 77-57 decision in the third game at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City last night to fall to a 2-1 record in this year’s Asia University Men’s Basketball Championship.
Top South Korean scorers Kim Min-goo and Kim Jong-kyu had another big day at the office as they shredded through the Taiwanese defense with ease tallying a 38 combined points and 21 rebounds to humble the hosts.
Next up for the Islanders are the Chinese in a must-win game for the home team if they wish to qualify for a chance to play in the semi-finals over the weekend.
China 60, Hong Kong 59
Overcoming a dismal first quarter with a dominant second and third, China built just enough of a lead to hold off a late-game rally by Hong Kong in a thrilling 60-59 triumph in the second game in Sinjhuang last night.
Lin Kai-guan’s potential game-winning attempt with time running out and his team trailing by a point, bounced off the rim to give the Chinese a narrow victory, avoiding what would have been a total embarrassment for them.
Seven first-quarter points by Lee Chi paced Hong Kong to a fast start in the opening frame that saw the Chinese trailing their brethrens to the south in a 15-12 affair. However, Wei Meng later did as he pleased against a smaller opposition on a 24-point night to seize a nine-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter.
Mongolia 90, Philippines 70
Unbeaten Mongolia won its third straight contest in the tournament by roughing up the Philippines 90-70 to fall into a tie for first place with South Korea. Another great all-round effort by Tungalag Sanchir, whose game-high 24 points with seven rebounds and five assists led a Mongolian attack that rang up 49 second-half points.