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Chinese Taipei passes milestone with first silver in FIBA Asia Cup

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Chinese Taipei team for the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup secured a second place win yesterday, a team milestone as it is the best result Chinese Taipei has ever secured in the bi-annual basketball tournament.

After defeating China 84 to 73 in the semifinals on July 18, Chinese Taipei advanced to take on Iran in the championship game of the tournament yesterday. The tournament marked the fifth FIBA Asian Cup since its creation in 2004, and was hosted by mainland China at the Wuhan Sports Center Stadium (武漢體育中心). After an intense 40 minutes, Chinese Taipei took home a silver medal with a final score of 89 to 79, loosing 10 points to reining champion Iran.

Featuring the first naturalized Taiwanese national player Quincy Spencer Davis III (戴維斯), who is originally from the United States, the team at one point led the game during the first quarter at 15 to 10 with Davis personally securing 12 points. The team ended the quarter losing to Iran 21 to 16.

Chinese Taipei built up momentum in the second quarter, with Chou Yi-hsiang earning six points to aid the team in catching up to Iran. The score was tied at 42 all right before halftime when Chou performed a behind-the-back dribble and then a three-pointer right after the buzzer went off. The first half of the game for Chinese Taipei was led by Davis with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists, followed by Chou with eight points.

After falling slightly behind Iran, the third quarter saw Liu Cheng (劉錚), who had led the team to triumph over China the night before, to put in a three-pointer right before the buzzer to take the score closer to Iran at 66 to 62, featuring Chen Ying-chun (陳盈駿) scoring six points for the team.

The fourth quarter was a lot tougher for Chinese Taipei, with the 218-centimeter Hamed Haddadi leading the Iran defense. The team was 11 points behind Iran at one point during the fourth quarter, but was able to keep the point difference under 10 with two three-pointers from Peng Chun-yen (彭俊諺). Though losing to Iran 89 to 79 and forfeiting the chance of obtaining a golden ticket to the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, Chinese Taipei took home a personal best for the team, making it to the finals for the first time, as well as taking home its first silver in the championship.

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