Taiwan beats China, wins basketball gold in Tianjin
CNATIANJIN -- Taiwan rallied late to defeat China 82-79 and win the gold medal in men's basketball in the East Asian Games yesterday, the country's second stunning win on the hardwood over its arch-rival in just over two months.
October 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Point guard Ke Chi-hao gave Taiwan a two-point lead on a three-pointer with 25.7 seconds left, and after China's Zhai Xiaochuan failed to convert a three-pointer of his own as time wound down, Tseng Wen-ting converted one of two free throws to seal the victory.
Taiwan earned the gold after China dominated most of the game. It led 40-33 at halftime and was ahead by as many as 13 in the third quarter, before Taiwan fought back.
Free throws by Quincy Davis, Tsai Wen-cheng and Tseng, and five points by Liu Cheng narrowed China's lead to 59-56 by the end of the third quarter.
Lin Chih-chieh, who led Taiwan with 21 points, had seven points in a seesaw fourth quarter, setting up the dramatic finish.
Davis was Taiwan's only other scorer in double figures with 13 points, and he added 13 rebounds, including six at the offensive end.
It was the third time Taiwan men's basketball team has won gold at the East Asian Games and the first since 2005. It first won in Busan, South Korea in 1997.
It was also the second pulsating victory by Taiwan's national team over China in recent months, after Taiwan rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to rout China 96-78 in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asian Championships in Manila on Aug. 9.
Taiwan's East Asian Games team consisted mostly of players involved in that triumph, while China fielded its Olympic team, with little carry-over from the Asian Championships.
Taiwan met the Chinese in the gold-medal game after beating Japan 103-74 in the semifinals Sunday. In the other semifinal game, China beat South Korea 61-52.