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Basketball: China trounce Malaysia, Japan beat Hong Kong in FIBA Asia

China beat Malaysia 113-22 after their shock loss to Korea on Thursday. Photo: FIBA Asia.

China beat Malaysia 113-22 after their shock loss to Korea on Thursday. Photo: FIBA Asia.

August 2, 2013: China trounced Malaysia 113-22 in Group C of the FIBA Asia Championship in Manila as the defending champions bounced back from their shock opening-day loss to South Korea.

 

China’s result edged Iran’s 90-point victory (115-25) over Malaysia on Thursday. China and Iran will face off in the final Group C match on Saturday.

 

Teenage centre Wang Zhelin led China’s charge at the Mall of Asia Arena with 21 points and eight rebounds while veteran campaigner Wang Zhizhi added 17 and five for China. Star player Yi Jianlian, the only player in double figures in China’s loss to Korea, sat out the game. Malaysia, who are dedicating their campaign to former teammate Jacky Ng who died last Sunday, were led by guard Ban Sin Ooi with nine points.

 

Chinese Taipei beat Saudi Arabia 90-67 ahead of Saturday’s highly anticipated Group A match with the Philippines. Cheng-Ju Lu led Chinese Taipei with 20 points, while naturalised center Quincy Davis added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

 

In the three-team Group B, Japan pulled away in the second half to beat Hong Kong 76-59 and make up for their narrow loss to Qatar, who face Hong Kong on Saturday.

 

Results*: 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, Manila, Philippines

* For later second-day results, visit: http://manila2013.fibaasia.net/

Group A

August 1: Jordan 87-91 Chinese Taipei

August 1: Saudi Arabia 66-78 Philippines

August 2: Chinese Taipei 90-67 Saudi Arabia

August 2: Jordan v Philippines

August 3: Philippines v Chinese Taipei

August 3: Saudi Arabia v Jordan

 

Group B

August 1: Japan 74-75 Qatar

August 2: Japan 76-59 Hong Kong

August 3: Hong Kong v Qatar

 

Group C

August 1: Iran 115-25 Malaysia

August 1: China 59-63

August 2: China 113-22 Malaysia

August 2: Korea v Iran

August 3: Malaysia v Korea

August 3: Iran v China

 

Group D

August 1: India 80-82 Bahrain

August 1: Kazakhstan 81-67 Thailand

August 2: Kazakhstan v Bahrain

August 2: Thailand v India

August 3: India v Kazakhstan

August 3: Bahrain v Thailand

 

Group E (A+B): August 5-7

Group F (C+D): August 5-7

Quarter-finals: August 9

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

Final playoffs: August 11

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