Taiwanese go down to South Koreans, take 4th spot in FIBA Asia
By John Liu ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan was defeated by South Korea 75-57 in the third-place playoff at the FIBA Asia Championship in Manila yesterday, in turn falling just short of advancing to next year's Basketball World Cup in Spain.
August 12, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
In light of the loss, Taiwan placed fourth in the biennial tournament, the country's best performance since 1999 but still a disappointment considering the team's electric 96-78 defeat of China in the quarterfinals.
The top three teams in the competition advance through to the World Cup. The last time Taiwan made it to the World Cup was in 1959 in Chile, competing under the name “Formosa.”
Taiwan, competing in the competition under the name “Chinese Taipei” since 1985, has faced South Korea at almost every edition of the FIBA Asia Championships, meeting a total of 11 times since 1985. Of those encounters, Taiwan has won only twice. The last win was in 2009, with Taiwan defeating South Korea 70-65. The other time was in 1995, when Taiwan defeated South Korea by just one point, 63-62.
Cabinet spokeswoman Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文) said yesterday that while it was a pity Taiwan did not secure its ticket to next year's World Cup, the national team has accomplished its best performance in 14 years. Cheng said the national team's effort deserves recognition and called on the public to continue supporting the national team.
In the competition's championship match, Iran defeated the Philippines 85-71, despite the Philippines enjoying a home-court advantage.