Taiwan to fight for 3rd place in FIBA Asia after 79-60 loss to Iran
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan is scheduled to fight for third place in the FIBA Asia Championship against South Korea, today, in order to qualify for next year's FIBA World Cup, after losing to Iran 79-60, yesterday.
August 11, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
After a stunning victory against mainland China on Friday, Taiwan showed strong ambition in the first quarter of last night's game against Iran with a perfect field goal percentage, leading Iran 23-14.
Iran, however, started to get into the rhythm of the game with a 15-0 run after four minutes and 26 seconds into the second quarter, while Taiwan lost the ball on several occasions, allowing Iran to take a six-point lead by the end of the first half.
Entering the third quarter, the performance of local players was severely hampered by the opposing team's strong defense.
Quincy Davis was the only player on the Taiwanese team who scored in the entire quarter, nabbing four points with two field goals.
By the end of the third quarter, Iran had increased its lead to 21 points.
Even though Chen Shih-chieh scored nine points in the final quarter with four field goals and one free throw. Taiwan, however, could not stop Iran.
Davis was Taiwan's highest scoring player with 16, followed by Chen's 11 points, while the team's captain, Lin “The Beast” Chih-jie, scored only three points.
Taiwan shot at 42-percent accuracy, below Iran's 49 percent. Iran, however, grabbed almost twice the amount of rebounds compared to Taiwan and tripled the local team's points in the paint, which was one of the key factors behind Taiwan's loss to Iran.
Taiwan will face South Korea to fight for third place in today's match. Only the top three winners of FIBA Asia will qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.
On Friday, Taiwan produced a stunning 96-78 upset victory over mainland China, advancing to the semifinals for the first time since 1999.
The win was Taiwan's first against its mainland Chinese rival in the competition's 28-year history.
Fans of the mainland Chinese team were completely stunned by the upset.