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Basketball: China to face Chinese Taipei in quarters of FIBA Asia Championship

 

Yi Jianlian was back for China as they beat Bahrain. Photos: FIBA Asia / Nuki Sabio.

Yi Jianlian was back for China as they beat Bahrain. Photos: FIBA Asia / Nuki Sabio.

August, 7, 2013: Star player Yi Jianlian returned to action as China beat Bahrain 88-66 to finish third in Group F and set up a quarter-final clash with Chinese Taipei at the FIBA Asia Championship in Manila.

 

Yi, who missed the last four games with a groin injury, scored 12 points in just 13 minutes on the floor, helping China to a 21-5 start after the first period.

 

Chinese Taipei’s winning streak ended with a 71-68 loss to Qatar in their final Group E match at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, which resulted in them facing a re-energised China, who are seeking to make up for two first-round losses.

 

The Philippines beat Hong Kong 67-55 to top Group E and will face Kazakhstan in the last eight, while Qatar will face Korea.

 

Jordan beat Japan 65-56 to seal fourth spot in Group E and a place in the quarters. However, Jordan will face Group F winners Iran, who beat Kazakhstan 85-53 and are the only team to have won all their games.

 

The Philippines, Chinese Taipei and Qatar all won four games and lost one in Group E, but the hosts topped the group through a tiebreak system.

 

Chinese Taipei lost a tight match with Qatar.

Chinese Taipei lost a tight match with Qatar.

Qatar, who lost to the hosts on Tuesday, fought a tough battle with Chinese Taipei, taking a slim one-point lead into the final period. Qatar led by a point when they went on a 13-2 run to lead 66-54, but Chinese Taipei responded with a 14-2 spurt to tie the game with a minute left.

 

Daoud Mosa Daoud laid up to put Qatar 70-68 up. After forcing Tien Lei to miss a difficult fadeaway at the other end, Jarvis Hayes split his free throws to push the lead to three points. Tsen Wen-ting had a chance to send the game into overtime, but missed the potential game-tying three-pointer with a second left.

 

Longtime Qatar star Yasseen Musa had a monster effort, finishing with 20 points and 19 rebounds. Chinese Taipei’s naturalised centre Quincy Davis led the way for his side with 22 points and eight rebounds, but Tien Lei and Tseng Wen-ting combined for just seven points and Lin Chih-chieh failed to score.

 

Group E comprised the top three teams from each of Groups A and B from the first round, while Group F comprised the top three teams from each of Groups C and D. All results were carried over except those against the eliminated teams.

 

2013 FIBA Asia Championship, Manila, Philippines

 

Group E:

August 5: Qatar 75-61 Jordan

August 5: Chinese Taipei 94-55 Hong Kong

August 5: Philippines 90-71 Japan

August 6: Jordan 80-54 Hong Kong

August 6: Japan 76-79 Chinese Taipei

August 6: Philippines 80-70 Qatar

August 7: Japan 56-65 Jordan

August 7: Chinese Taipei 68-71 Qatar

August 7: Hong Kong 55-67 Philippines

 

Group F:

August 5: Iran 102-58

August 5: Kazakhstan 67-73 China

August 5: Korea 96-51 Bahrain

August 6: Bahrain 56-75 Iran

August 6: China 79-45 India

August 6: Kazakhstan 47-71 Korea

August 7: Iran 85-53 Kazakhstan

August 7: Bahrain 66-88 China

August 7: India v Korea

 

Classification 13-15

August 5: Malaysia 56-71 Thailand

August 6: Thailand 80-93 Saudi Arabia

 

Classification 9-12:

August 9: Japan v India

August 9: Bahrain v Hong Kong

August 10: 9th place playoff

August 10: 11th place playoff

 

Quarter-finals:

August 9: Philippines v Kazakhstan

August 9: Korea v Qatar

August 9: Iran v Jordan

August 9: Chinese Taipei v China

 

Semi-finals (1-4, 5-8): August 10

Final playoffs: August 11

 

For updated scores, visit http://manila2013.fibaasia.net

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