Erupting for 31 points in a swarming third quarter, Taiwan broke an otherwise close first half wide open to take a 63-41 lead and held on to defeat Jordan 91-61 at the Sinjhuang Sports Complex in New Taipei City last night to improve to 3-1 in this year’s William Jones Cup International Basketball Tournament.
Four three-pointers by Lu Cheng-rue in a 16-point third led the way for the Islanders as they took the Jordanians to school in perimeter shooting by draining eleven of 17 from the field to put the game away long before the final buzzer sounded.
The win not only kept Taiwan in the title hunt as they trail the top two teams (Iran and South Korea) by a game in the standings, but also provided some much-needed confidence following their lopsided loss to Lebanon the night before.
With today being an off day and a relatively easy game scheduled against Team Guan Hua for tomorrow, Taiwan should be as prepared as they can be for Friday night’s battle versus Egypt, before back-to-back tough matches against Iran and South Korea on the final two days to close out the tournament.
Three three-pointers by the Jordanians kept the game close in the opening quarter against the hosts, who looked to a well-rested Lin “the Beast” Chih-jeh’s seven quick points and a buzzer-beating slam by newly naturalized center Quincy Davis to claim a 19-16 lead after 10 minutes of play.
Taiwan would tack on 13 more points compared with Jordan’s 10 in a sloppy second quarter that saw the two teams committed nine combined turnovers to give the home hosts a 31-26 cushion at the half, setting the stage for what turned out to be an all-Taiwan second half in which they outscored Jordan 59-35.
Four players scored in double-digits for Taiwan and all but two players made it to the scoreboard, while three of Jordan’s starting five netted ten or more, headed by Jimmy Baxter’s 16 points.
US 101, TAIWAN GUAN HUA 69
Trouble continued for Team Guan Hua of Taiwan, who were overwhelmed by the US in a 101-69 decision in Sinjhuang yesterday afternoon to fall to 1-3.
Other than a 20-point third quarter after the US had already taken a 53-32 lead at the half, the Taiwanese youngsters were outplayed by several former NBA veterans in every facet of the game.
IRAN 90, EGYPT 54
Iran lit up the scoreboard against Egypt in the early game in Sinjhuang yesterday with a whopping 90-54 win to remain unbeaten at 3-0.
The Persian force built a comfortable 19-8 margin after the opening quarter and held the Egyptians to nine points in the second quarter to take a 44-17 lead at the half en route to a blowout win.
‧ South Korea 61, Lebanon 52