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Second Round

Group I

1. China 3-0
2. Lebanon 2-1
3. Japan 1-2
4. India 0-3

Group II

1. Korea 3-0
2. Qatar 2-1
3. Iran 1-2
4. Kazakhstan 0-3

Group III

1. Jordan 3-0
2. Taiwan 2-1
3. Uzbekistan 1-2
4. Malaysia 0-3

Group IV

1. Syria 2-1
2. Kuwait 2-1
3. Hong Kong 2-1
4. Philippines 0-3


Group A

1. Lebanon 3-0
2. Kazakhstan 2-1
3. Uzbekistan 1-2
4. Hong Kong 0-3

Group B

1. Korea 3-0
2. India 2-1
3. Kuwait 1-2
4. Malaysia 0-3

Group C

1. China 3-0
2. Iran 2-1
3. Taiwan 1-2
4. Syria 0-3

Group D

1. Qatar 3-0
2. Japan 2-1
3. Philippines 1-2
4. Jordan 0-3

Yao Ming lead China to the title

  Winning Team stats:
Fan Bin: 10.3 mpg, 2.7 ppg, 2.3 apg
Liu Wei: 16.3 mpg, 6.75 ppg, 1.88 apg
Guo Shiqiang: 15.2 mpg, 5.88 ppg, 2.12 apg
Jiao Jian: 8.9 mpg, 5.8 ppg
Zhu Fangyu: 20.6 mpg, 9.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Zhang Jinsong: 23.4 mpg, 9.38 ppg, 2.25 apg, 1.38 spg
Li Nan: 25.1 mpg, 16.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2 apg
Li Ke: 18.1 mpg, 8 ppg, 4.12 rpg
Sun Jun: 14.7 mpg, 4 ppg, 1.75 apg
Yao Ming: 25.7 mpg, 22.62 ppg, 13.13 rpg, 2.75 bpg, 2 apg
Mengke Bateer: 14.9 mpg, 9 ppg, 5 rpg
Du Feng: 23 mpg, 12.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 apg

  Finals - October 1, 2003
1st Place China 106 South Korea 96
China beat South Korea 106-96 in its first close match of the ABC tournament to win the Asian Championship. Yao Ming scored 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds playing all 40 minutes to lead China to victory.
China jumped out to a 24-9 fourth quarter lead and ended the quarter ahead 24-15. Korea kept answering China with its 3-point shooting, hitting 17 of 40 three-pointers in the game. China grabbed its biggest first-half lead at 34-15 and ended the half leading 50-36. It extended this lead to 54-45 early in the third quarter. Then the game became interesting.
Korea forged back on the strength of its three-point shooting, narrowing China's lead to 72-64 by the end of the third quarter. Then the game became even closer. Korea cut China's lead to one point, 83-82, and it appeared that China might fall apart just as it did in last year's Asian games.
But this year's team was made of sterner stuff. China fought back, extending its margin to 88-82 and then 94-86. Korea narrowed the margin to 96-90, but could never get closer than six points and finally succumbed 106-96.
Yao Ming led China with 12-16 two-point shooting and 6-7 free throws to amass his 30 points. Mengke Bateer did not play, nor did Zhu Fangyu. Li Ke played less than 3 minutes.
Li Nan scored 26 points for China in 36 minutes, hitting 7-9 two pointers, 3-5 three-pointers and 3-4 foul shots. Zhang Jinsong had 12 points in 38 minutes and Fan Bin had 11 points in 15 minutes as China went to its veterans in this critical game. Liu Wei had 9 points 2 assists and 2 turnovers, but fouled out in less than 19 minutes. Du Feng had 7 points in 25 minutes and Jiao Jian had 9 points in 12 minutes.
China outrebounded Korea 39 to 24. China had 24 assists to 14 turnovers while Korea had 13 assists to 14 turnovers. China hit 31 of 46 two-pointers, 6 of 12 three-pointers and 26 of 32 free throws. Korea hit 17 of 34 two pointers, 17 of 40 three-pointers and 11 of 17 free throws.
Lee Kyu-sup scored 28 points for Korea. Moon Kyung Yoon added 18, Lee Sang Min had 14 and Bang Sung Yoon scored 12 points. 17-year-old seven-footer Ha Seung Jin had 4 points and 4 fouls in 4 minutes.
3rd Place Qatar 77 Lebanon 67
5th Place Iran 67 Japan 61

Iran Defeated Japan (67-61) to place 5th in Asia after almost 6 years of absence in Asian Basketball Championship games and Japan Remained the 6th team of Asia. Karam Ahmadian scored 25 points while the other Iranian players could not score more than 10 and none of Japan Basketball players more than 15. Also Qatar won Lebanon by 10 points (77-67) to rank 3rd in Asia for the first time in Qatar basketball History.
7th Place Kazakhstan 84 India 82
9th Place Syria 92 Jordan 75

Jordan lost to Syria 75-92 in the match that took place on Tuesday within the Asian Basketball Championship held in China -SUJ
Jordan lost to Syria 75-92 in the match that took place on Tuesday within the Asian Basketball Championship held in China.
As a result of this loss Jordan was intitled to the 10th place while Syria came in the 9th place.
Jordan lost all four quarters: 16-26, 39-48, 57-71 and 75-92.
Zeid Al Khas was the best scorer for Jordan after scoring 20 points, while Fadi Abu Sa'ada of Syria scored 27 points for his team.
This loss was the 4th for Jordan in this championship: 35-66 to Qatar, 59-63 to Japan, 67-83 to Philippines.
However in the teams' arrangement Jordan beat Uzbekistan 86-83, Malaysia 69-58 and beat China Taipei 83-72.
11th Place Taiwan 102 Kuwait 81
At least, Taiwan NT left everyone with a good impression in their last game. NT rookie Che Yi Yang (193-G-78) (Yang Che-yi)had 26 points and 7 rebounds to lead a balanced attack as Taiwan pounded Kuwait 102-81 last night to finish the 11th-place before saying goodbye to the disappointing Asian Championship.
Taiwan’s frontline exploded on the shorter Kuwait team. Wu Dai-hao and Tien Lei saved their best performance for the last game. Wu tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds, Tien added 21 points and 14 rebounds. Tsun Wen-din scored 17. PG Yen Shin-shu had 8 assists.
Alsarraf led Kuwait, which trailed 31-49 in halftime, with 25 points.
In the other actions, Korea edged Lebanon 85-83 in overtime to advance to the championship game. Korea will meet China, which breezed past Qatar 86-61, today in the most anticipated finale in the tournament.
13th Place Hong Kong 106 Uzbekstan 85
15th Place Philippines 78 Malaysia 63

  Final Round Day 1 - September 30, 2003
China - Qatar 86-61

China defeated Qatar 86-61 today while South Korea edged Lebanon 85-83 in overtime. China will face Korea tomorrow for the Asian Basketball Championship and a trip to the Athens Olympics. China hopes to avenge its defeat by South Korea in last year's Asian games. China defeated Lebanon in the second round of this tournament 110-71, so if you look at the games against this strong mutual opponent China appears to be far more powerful than Korea.
China led Qatar 23-17 at the end of the first quarter. Then it stretched its lead to 46-31at the half as it outscored Qatar by 9 in the second quarter. The lead was extended to 63-41 at the end of the third quarter. China relaxed a bit in the fourth quarter, perhaps looking toward the final against Korea. It only outscored Qatar by 3 points as it proceeded to its 25 point win.
Du Feng Feng Du (203-C/F-81) led China with 17 points and 4 rebounds, replacing starter Li Ke in the first quarter. Li Nan, who replaced starter Zhu Fangyu in the first quarter, had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Yao Ming had 16 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes as he shared the center position with Mengke Bateer, who had 9 points and 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Zhang Jinsong scored 13 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in 32 minutes while Liu Wei Wei Liu (190-G-80) had 12 points, 4 assists and no turnovers in 27 minutes. Yasseen Ismail of Qatar led all scorers with 22 points. He also grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes.
S.Korea - Lebanon 85-83
The Lebanese NT lost in the semi-final of the Men Asian Championship held in China against South Korea (85-83) after an over time.
Lebanon who advanced for the 2nd consecutive time to the semi-final of the Asian Championship was too close to get the win especially in the regular time but many missed Free Throws & easy shoots gave preference to South Korea over Lebanon in the over time.
The Lebanese NT played in this championship without the Lebanese League best scorer Fadi el_Khatib “ due to NBA try-outs”, Paul Khoury- a tremendous player under the basket- “ due to injury”, in addition of Charles Bardawil & Bryan Bchara.
This result may be convenient under these circumstances but Lebanon's aim & goal was for sure more, especially that reaching the final was about to be realized.
Lebanon will be automatically qualified to the next Asian Championship & now will play on the 3rd place against Qatar tomorrow.
Best scorers: Elie Mechantaf (193-F-70): 22 pts. Ghaleb Rida: 17 pts.

  Second Round Day 3 - September 28, 2003
Group I
China - Japan 88-60

China destroyed Japan today 88-60, and will face Qatar Tuesday in an ABC Championship semi-final. Korea will oppose Lebanon in the other semi-final.
This was another huge win for China in a game where they were merely looking ahead to the big games on Tuesday and Wednesday. So there is no point in analyzing the performances of particular players -- everyone plays well when you win by 28. However, Yao Ming had 26 points and 21 rebounds in 27 minutes and Mengke Bateer had 17 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Li Nan added 24 points in 29 minutes. Du Feng returned from his minor injury and scored 3 points in 16 minutes.
China won group AA with a 3-0 record while Lebanon, which defeated India 117-82, finished 2-1. Japan had a 1-2 record while India was 0-3, and showed it was not yet ready to compete against better teams.
Korea finished 3-0 to win group BB, defeating Kazakhstan today 99-88. Qatar was second in the group with a 2-1 record, defeating Iran today 72-64. Iran finished with a 1-2 record while Kazakhstan was 0-3.
China appears to be by far the strongest team in the tournament, crushing every opponent that it has played. Korea looks like the second-best team, but it had to rally in the fourth quarter to beat Qatar by seven. But games are played on the court, so we will see if China maintains its strength under the pressure of the semi-final and final, to determine the one Asian team that goes to the Athens Olympics next year.
Lebanon - India 117-82
The Lebanese national team has qualified to the semi-final game of the 22nd asian basketball championship after smashing India (117-82) by a (35 pts) difference yesterday, Lebanon has been led by their brave heart Ghaleb Rida (25 pts), and each of Joe Vogel (16 pts), Mhammad Ibrahim (15 pts) & Rony Fahed (12 pts). The Lebanese NT was able to control the game from the second it started till the second it ended...
Lebanon will face tommorrow (9/30) South Korea at 9 am (Beirut Time) in a game where the Lebanese NT is hoping to repeat what he has accomplished in 2001 when he won over South Korea (75-72) also during the semi-final game of the previous ABC, although this time Lebanon will loose the efforts of his "TIGER" Fadi El-khatib who has signed lately a contract with the NBA team LA Clippers, however the Lebanese NT still have lot of talented players such as Joe Vogel, Ghaleb Rida, Rony Fahed, Sabah Khoury and lot more who can get the job done...
Group II
Korea - Kazakhstan 99-88
Qatar - Iran 72-64
Group III
Taiwan - Jordan 72-83

Taiwan lost to Jordan 72-83 today as they finished 2-1 in the second round group in the Asian Championship. Taiwan will meet Kuwait in the 11th-place game. And no matter what the outcome may be, this is going to be Taiwan's worst outing in the Asian Championship history.
Taiwan trailed thru the whole game, once again dominated by Jordanians in the paint. They pulled down 22 less rebounds (19:37) and had 22 less tries (3:25) on the free-throw line than its opponent, which was totally unacceptable.
Tien Lei led the team with 18 points and 6 boards. Tsun Wen-din had 12 points. Chen Chih-chung and Yen Shin-shu added 12 and 11 respectively.
Y.A. Baker led Jordan, which will meet Syria in the 9th-place game, with 23 points. Z.A. Khas had 20 points and 14 rebounds. H. Abshir had 18.
Uzbekistan 98-76 Malaysia
Group IV
Hong Kong 79-77 Kuwait
Syria 95-77 Philippines

  Second Round Day 2 - September 27, 2003
Group I
China - Lebanon 110-71

China overwhelmed a strong Lebanon team, 110-71, as Yao Ming scored 33 points and hauled down 16 rebounds in 35 minutes. China's coach said that he was playing his starters longer as the opposition was growing stronger. Lebanon is one of the four strongest teams in the tournament, along with China, Korea, and Qatar. Korea rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Qatar today 87-80.
Zhu Fangyu added 20 points for China in the rout of Lebanon. Guo Shiquang had 16 points, Li Ke 13 points and Li Nan added 11. Du Feng missed the game with a minor injury but is expected to be available for the semi-finals Tuesday. China plays Japan tomorrow and then there will be a rest day, another reason why China could afford to give Yao more minutes in this game.
Lebanon played next against the titleholder China & the favorite for the title this year & lost (71-110); this result was expected due to 2 reasons: Lebanon had to save its power for the last game against India which will be decisive & Lebanon missed a lot of important & main players like: Fadi el_Khatib, Paul Khoury & Brian Bchara while on the other side Yao Ming was present….
Best Scorers: Lebanon: Joe Vogel (210-C-73, college: Colorado St.) (19 pts); China: Yao Ming (33 pts & 16 Rbs)
Japan - India 103-74
Group II
S.Korea - Qatar 87-80
Iran - Kazakhstan 92-85

It was a great performace from Iman Zandi (F/ 1981/ 190/ 85/ ZobAhan) and Saman Veissi (G/1973 /190 /86 /Sanam) against Kazakhstan in order to get close to the semi final. While Iran were in high pressuer by getting the point of the game
these guys were excellent and could let Iran go on. Each scored 17 points while Pouya Tajik( F /1980/ 202 /98/ Paykan) added 14 and Karam Ahmadian (F/1976/ 198/ 82/ Saba) got 10 in 25 minutes. Now the only way to go through four teams in the semi- final is pushing Qatar, who is hungry for do it as well. Although two teams met each other in the July friendly tournament in Doha, it seems the match is like a fight for life for both sides. I, as a Iranian do wish that today be our day as Iran deserves for playing in semi final. All the best on your way boys.Let's all pray to gether for them.
Group III
Taiwan - Uzbekistan 115-74

Lei Tien (202-F-83) had 22 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks and led Taiwan to a 115-74 victory over Uzbekistan in the second round of the Asian Championship today. With two wins in hand, Taiwan is looking to a 3-0 record in the second round, which will clinch their spot in the 9th-place game.
Taiwanese players obviously were more loosened up after the disappointing preliminary round. Taiwan NT dominated the tempo in each period, leading 59-32 in halftime, and won by more than 35 points for the second consecutive game. They beat Malaysia 101-63 in the previous game.
Taiwan used its three-point attack to open up the game. Lei Tien (202-F-83) made 6-of-10 three-pointers. Lin Chi-jay made 5 out of 10 en route to his 18 points. Chen Chih-chung had 14 points and 4 assists. Chiu Chi-yi and Tsun Wen-din each had 12, while Lee Chi-yi had 11.
S. Kvchin and H. Nurajyev paced Uzbekistan with 18 points each.
Jordan - Malaysia 69-58
Group IV
Syria - Hong Kong 109-77

  Second Round Day 1 - September 26, 2003
Group I
China - India 117-62

China blasted India today 117-62 as Yao Ming had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Zhang Jinsong added 17 points. Du Feng with 12 points, Li Ke with 12 points Mengke Bateer with 11 points, Zhu Fangyu and Liu Wei with 10 points, also scored in double figures. All twelve players got into the game as China defeated India easily.
Lebanon - Japan 76-63
A Big step to the Semi-Finals for the Lebanese NT after beating Japan (76-63) in the 2nd round.
The Lebanese NT team made a big step to the Semi-Finals after beating Japan in the 2nd round.
Score by quarters: 22-25, 19-15, 12-12, 23-11.
Group II
S.Korea - Iran 105-81

Iran NT Lost the 1st game of Quarter finals against South Korea (105-81) but they still have a strong chance to Advance to Semi-Finals. They have to face Kazakhstan on sept. 27th and Qatar on sept. 28th. The record for Iran vs Kazakhstan is 1-1 (win for Iran in 13th Hiroshima Asian Olympic games and lost in 14th Bangkok Asian Olympic Games). Also Iran has won Qatar at Doha Friendly games less than one month ago.
I know this for sure which the game is Basketball and it's unpredictable!!! But at least I can wish you success and the best of Luck kids!
After playing brilliantly against China, I was supposed to hear good news form Iranian players, but they raised the hands in front of South Korea!
It seems playing against the bronze holder of Asia wasn’t easy as they were much aggressive than Iran.
Clearly there are a lot of differences between the way that Iran styles while meeting a team from Far East. The Eastern teams are quick, fast and reasonable with the great back round in Basketball. They have rout in Basketball, but what about Iran?
The truth is that the Iranian players were out of the Asian championship for the last 6 years. No ways of improving when the sport organization is only think about soccer, Volleyball and wrestling. I mean no one cares them in the country. In this situation the basketball staffs are working. Definitely they are under pressure. Any way they have to be brave to accept the result:81 - 105 Now if they want to take breath in between the last four, they have to play with their hearts in the remains games against Kazahkstan and Qatar.
Qatar - Kazakhstan 83-61
Group III
Taiwan - Malaysia 101-63

Finally you could see some smiles on Taiwanese players’ faces. Lin Chi-jay had 24 points to power Taiwan past Malaysia 101-63 in the first game of the second round, where Taiwan is placed in the same group with Jordan, Malaysia and Uzbekistan.
Every game in the second round matters for Taiwan NT. If they finish 3-0, they will have a chance to go for 9th-place with the winner of the other group. With every loss, their final ranking will be lower.
Already knocked out of the final eight, Taiwan NT was highly motivated facing the weaker Malaysia. Lin Chi-jay made 6-of-11 three-point tries. Tien Lei came away with 20 points and 9 boards, while Chiu Chi-yi had 16 points and 4 assists.
For the first time in the tournament Taiwan outrebounded its opponent, leading 39-20 on rebounding with 17 coming from the offensive end.
However, this is expected to be the easiest game for them. The next two opponents will be Uzbekistan and Jordan.
Jordan - Uzbekistan 86-83
Group IV
Hong Kong - Philippines 66-58

Forward Tam Wei Yeung led Hong Kong with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Kuwait 80-75 Syria

  Preliminary Round Day 3 - September 25
Group A
Kazakhstan - Hong Kong 86-82
Lebanon - Uzbekhstan 88-60

3-0 record for Lebanon in the first Round after beating Uzbekistan (88-60).
Lebanon already advanced to the 2nd round of ABC.
Lebanon will play in the same group with China, Japan & india in the 2nd round.
Best Scorer: Joe Vogel " Lebanon" 19 pts.
Group B
S.Korea - India 121-76
Kuwait - Malaysia 86-81
Group C
China - Iran 93-69

China defeated Taiwan 121-61 yesterday and blasted Iran 93-69 today to take an unbeaten 3-0 record into the second round. China will face India tomorrow. China crushed Taiwan by 60 points as Yao Ming scored 29 points and had 13 rebounds in 20 minutes. Du Feng added 25 points in 27 minutes, including 3 dunks. Others in double figures were Li Nan with 11 points, and Sun Jun, Li Ke and Zhu Fangyu with 10. Bateer is apparently playing with an injury that is gradually healing, which may account for some sub-par performances.
China beat Iran by 24 points in a game that was not as close as the score indicated. China led 77-54 after three quarters. The fact that Iran outscored China by 10 points in the fourth quarter, but never got closer than 20 points, indicates that China is pacing itself for playing 8 games in 9 days.
Li Nan Nan Li (198-F-74) led China against Iran with 23 points in 30 minutes. Yao Ming had 15 points in 20 minutes, and Guo Shiquang played 24 minutes at point guard scoring 14 points. Du Feng had 9 points in 25 minutes at the power forward slot, sharing the position with Li Ke who had 9 points in 15 minutes.
In both games, China had more assists than turnovers, indicating that its ballhandling is improving.
After 3 tough games, Iran National Basketball Team found the way to Advance to Quarter Finals of the "22nd FIBA-Asia Championship games in Harbin-China" by Deafeating C-Taipei (83-74) for the first time in the history of the games and Syria (82-67) which ranked 4th in the previous championship games of Asia and a reasonable resistance against China (69-93) in which the match-up between Yao Ming (226 cm) - NBA All star center of Houston Rockets - and Jaber Rouzbahani (223 cm) - Iranian 17 years old center - was very interesting. Now Young Iranian Players (Average age:22, Average height:197) have to face Korea, Kazakhstan and Qatar in Second Group of Quarter Finals to make history.
M. Madanli led Iran with 22 points. M. Lmam followed with 20 points and 9 boards.
Local fans are very disappointed with the performance once again. Taiwanese media isn’t hesitant to blast the basketball association either. Several columnists expressed their disgust for the highest basketball governing body today.
Taiwan - Syria 94-84
Combo guard combination Yen Shin-shu exploded for 28 points and Chen Chih-chung scored 17 as Taiwan beat Syria 94-84 today for the first win in the Asian Championship today. However, the victory doesn’t mean anything, since Taiwan is out of the final eight after two losses.
In the final preliminary game, Taiwan NT finally sees some light. Yen Shin-shu (12-17 FG) tallied 21 points in the first half, Chen Chih-chung (6-9 FG) took over in the second half, when he scored 15 of his 17 points and helped Taiwan to bounce back from the 50-51 halftime deficit and changed the momentum in the last 20 minutes.
Wu Dai-hao had 16 points and 7 rebounds for the Taiwanese, while Tien Lei turned in an outstanding game with his 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals.
Group D
Qatar - Japan 68-47
Philippines - Jordan 83-67

Jordan's national basketball team lost to the Philippines 83-67 in its third match in arrow at the Asian Basketball Championship that is currently taking place in China -SUJ
Amman-- Jordan's national basketball team lost to the Philippines 83-67 in its third match in arrow at the Asian Basketball Championship that is currently taking place in China.
As a result of the these losses Jordan will be competing on the places between 8 and 16 and will play Uzbekistan on Friday.
Philippines won the first quarter 18-14, and kept leading the match in the second half especially when Jordan's players lost confidence of their abilities to end it with 42-31.
In the third quarter Philippines players succeeded in increasing the points' difference to 20 and guaranteed the quarter with 65-45 win over Jordan.
On the other hand Qatar led group 4 after winning three matches in arrow and Lebanon led the first group with three consecutive wins.

  Preliminary Round Day 2 - September 24
Group A
Kazahkstan - Uzbekistan 86-66
Lebanon - Hong Kong 90-67

The Lebanese National Team has qualified to the 2nd round of the 22nd ABC after beating HongKong (90-67) early today, the quarters results came as following (1Q: 23-16, 2Q: 25-15, 3Q: 19-18, 4Q: 23-18), best scorer of game was Sabah Khoury with 28 pts, and with Lebanon (79-70) win yesterday against Kazakstan (1Q:20-21, 2Q:23-23, 3Q:22-10, 4Q:14-16), Best Scorer: Joe Vogel: 30 pts, 12 reb (7 off.), Ghaleb Rida:18 pts & Rony Fahed 11 pts, Lebanon have assured his qualification to the 2nd round despite the result of his 3rd & final game in the 1st round tommorrow @ 11 am (Lebanon time) against Uzbekistan...
Group B
S.Korea - Kuwait 95-71
India - Malaysia 81-62

So far India has been the surprise team of the tourney, winning its games by 19 points and 20 points. We'll see exactly how strong India is when it faces South Korea tomorrow.
Group C
China - Taiwan 121-61

Taiwan was officially out of the quarterfinal today as they suffered another blow, losing to China 61-121 in the Asian Championship. The 60-point margin marks the biggest defeat in the head-to-head history for both sides.
With Iran defeating Syria, the Group C winners are set. China and Iran will advance to the second round. The best finish for Taiwan NT will be 9th-place, the lowest in history.
The game is a no-match. China is too strong for Taiwan NT to handle. Just check the quarter score: 28-16, 30-12, 29-9, 34-24. However, the performance of Taiwan NT is still disappointing. It seems every time they face the Chinese, they give up the game from the first minute.
Yao Ming had 29 points (13-16 FG) and 13 rebounds in less than 21 minutes. Li Nan had 11. Li Ke, Sun Jun and Zhu Fang-yu scored 10 apiece.
Taiwan was led by Tsun Wen-din's 10 points. Lin Chi-jay and Yang Che-yi both had 9 points. Yen Shin-shu had 7 points and 4 assists. Tien Lei only managed to score 7 points.
Iran - Syria 82-67
Group D
Japan - Jordan 63-59

After winning the close game yesterday against Phillipines, 66-64, Japan NT made 63-59 win over Jordan. With these 2 consecutive wins in the Preliminary Round and Quatar's win over Phillipines today, Japan NT will advance to the next round for 1th-8th places. Japan Basketball Association brought the new headcoach from Croatia in April and the new National Team was formed mainly with "relatively young" and "tall" players. The new headcoach Zeljko Pavlicevic has been emphasizing the importance of experiencing hte international games outside. The team has travled around in Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia for a month in June, invited Portugal NT in July and traveled again to Spain in August just before this Asian Championship. Even a little by little, the results from those international experiences are seemed to be coming out. Japan NT will meet the last opponent Quatar for the 1st-2nd place in Group D tomorrow.
Qatar - Philippines 77-69

  Preliminary Round Day 1 - September 23
Group A
Uzbekistan - Hong Kong 68-64
(M. Shaffnkov 19, V. Beloklirov 19 ; Poon Chi Ho 11, Li Wai Lun 11)
Lebanon - Kazakhstan 79-70 (Joe Vogel 30+12, G. Rida 18 ; Y. Issakov 16, S. Vdovin 13+10, A. Yemelyanov 9+15)
Group B
India - Kuwait 94-74
(S. Robinson 21+18, Desraj 26 ; O. Moubarak 17, H. Babroun 18)
S.Korea - Malaysia 103-72
Group C
China - Syria 103-51
(Zhu Fangyu 19, Yao Ming 18+12 ; Michel Madanli 17)
Home favourites China beat Syria 103-51 in the 1st day of the Asian Championship held at the city of Harbin. Chinese NT opened a 32-9 lead in the 1st quarter and run away the game easily. The scores in the 4 quarters are 32-9, 22-19, 23-9, 26-14. The starting 5 are led by Ming Yao (226-C-80) at the center position with Wei Liu (190-G-80) and Jinsong Zhang (198-F-73) at guards, Fangyu Zhu (200-F-83) and Ke Li (208-C-81) at forwards. Zhu led a balanced team scoring effort with 19 points on 2/3 at 2-pointers and 5/10 at 3-pointers. Yao added 18 points on 7/9 at 2-point shooting and 4/6 at free throw shooting with 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 blocks and 3 dunks in 20 minutes of playing time.
But the player I am impressed the most is young PF Ke Li (208-C-81). What I love the most in the game tonight was his fearlessness under the basket. From what I saw, he looked to go inside every time when he got the ball under the basket. For this game, he had 14 points on 7/11 2-point shooting, 4 offensive rebounds, 3 defensive rebounds, 2 assists and 1 dunk. Li has ideal PF height at 2.07 cm. He looks to have good post moves under the basket as well as a very reliable jump shot which is out to 18-20 feet. The outside shooting ability can especially pay great dividends when the other teams double team Ming Yao (226-C-80) inside. He sure looks like a great compliment to Yao in China's inside game. He still needs to add more weight and muscle but his taller height and comparatively stronger body give him an advantage over rivals like Feng Du (203-C/F-81) at the same position in the NT right now and in the future. Regardless, Li is the type of power forward the Chinese NT are looking for in the future.
In a thorough dominant peformance, it is hard to point out any weaknesses in China's game. But here are a few points China may need to improve in future game:
1. Turnovers. China still had 18 turnovers against such weak opponents. They need to improve in this area against stronger teams especially in crunch time.
2. PG play. Wei Liu (190-G-80), Shiquang Guo (192-G-75) and Bin Fan (178-G-70) split minutes fairly equally in the game vs Syria. None of them played more than 20 minutes. It shows that their play was inconsistent at best and also the coach might still be unsure of a PG he trust in the clutch. The 3 PGs combined for only 4 assists but had 6 turnovers in total. Their playmaking and ballhandling skills must improve for China to go furthur, maybe not totally necessary in this competition but sure essential in future Olympics games.
3. Playing without Ming Yao (226-C-80). China dominated in the 1st quarter with Yao in the lineup. But when Yao didn't play in the 2nd quarter, China only won the quarter 22-19. They improved slightly in the 4th quarter when Yao also didn't play but still only won 26-14, far less than the score with their starting center being on the court. In short, China allowed only 18 points with Yao but 33 points without. Yao also had 5 of 8 China's block shots. It not only showed the importance of the star center, but also the reliance on him in the Chinese team, especially on the defensive end. The NT need to learn to play better without their center and in fact anyone else to truely improve as a national team, especially against such weak competition.
Taiwan - Iran 74-83
Taiwan’s dream of making to the final eight in the Asian Championship takes a big blow in the first day, when they lost to Iran 74-83. With China and Syria the remaining opponents in the preliminaries, Taiwan’s chance of making the quarterfinal is approximately to zero.
Taiwan NT again and again failed to keep Iran off the backboard, trailing by a humiliating 20-44 on the boards. Iran used its ferocious inside attack and led almost the entire game. The halftime score was 38-34, Iran.
Tien Lei led Taiwan with 20 points (5-12 3PT). Yang Che-yi had 13 on 5-for-7 shooting. Chiu Chi-yi and Lin Chi-jay had 7 points each. Ironically, Yang, Chiu and Lin all didn’t start. That tells you how the starters did in the game. Yen Shin-shu dished for 6 assists though.
Karam Ahmadian and Iman Zandi had 17 each for the Iranians. Mohammad Samad Nikkh had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Group D
Japan - Philippines 66-64 (M. Takahashi 24 -)
Qatar - Jordan 66-53 (Daoud Mousa 17, Yasseen Ismail 16 ; Zaid Al Kahs 12+12)
Best scorer in jordan:Eyad Abdeen (195-F/C-80) 12 points,Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) 11 points

Yao Ming 226 cm 137 kg
Li Nan 198 cm 96 kg
Fan Bin 178 cm 86 kg
Liu Wei 190 cm 86 kg
Jiao Jian 202 cm 95 kg
Guo Shiquang 192 cm 80 kg
Zhu Fangyu 200 cm 100 kg
Zhang Jinsong 198 cm 95 kg
Li Ke 207 cm 100 kg
Sun Jun
Mengke Bateer 210 cm 135 kg
Du Feng 202 cm 96 kg
S Robinson
S Gopinath
S Sridhar
Gagnesh Kumar
Parminder Singh
Snehpal Singh
Murli Krishna
Trideep Rai
Mihir Pandey
S P Kadam
Standby: Tinu Joseph and Binod Chowdhury
Javad Davari PG 1983 183 77 ZobAhan
Mehdi Kamrani G 1983 183 78 Saba
Iman Zandi (186-G-79) F 1981 190 85 ZobAhan
Karam Ahmadian F 1976 198 82 Saba
Pouya Tajik F 1980 202 98 Paykan
Hamed Afagh F 1983 190 77 Saba
Samad Nikkhah F 1983 200 96 Sanam
Saman Veisi G 1973 190 86 Sanam
Behzad Afradi C 1971 197 95 Saba
Jaber Rozbehani C 1986 221 117 ZobAhan
Hamed Sohrabnezhad C 1984 205 100 Saba
Mehdi Asgarnezhad C 1970 201 90 Folad Saba
FURUTA, Satoru/PF/199/95/71.08.03/Mitsubishi
TAKAHASHI, Maikeru/SF/198/92/74.09.05/Niigata
NAKAMURA, Naoto/SG/192/83/76.07.14/Panasonic
ISHIZAKA, Hidekazu/PF/198/92/76.07.26/Panasonic
HOTTA, Takeshi/SF/196/83/78.02.13/Niigata
WATANABE, Takuma/SG/188/83/78.10.07/Toyota
AONO, FumihikoC/210/118/78.10.20/Panasonic
ITO, ShunsukeC/202/98/79.06.27/Toshiba
KASHIWAKURA, Hidenori/PG/173/64/80.08.09/Mitsubishi
AMINO, Tomoo/SF/196/88/80.09.25/Toyota
SATO, Hirotaka/PF/204/98/81.12.08/Senshu Uni
IGARASHI, Kei/PG/180/67/1980.5.07/Hitachi
Headcoach : Zeljko Pavlicevic
Faisal Nsour (175-G-75) Fastlink
Zeid Alk Guezira (EGY)
Fadi Saqqa
Ashraf Samara (201-F-76) Orthodox
Eyad Abdeen (195-F/C-80) Orthodox
Musa Bashir (206-C-78)
Yousef Abu Baker (193-G-74) Fastlink
Hussam Lutfi (200-F/C-73) Al Riyadi/Aramex
Alaa Bilbessi (197-F-79) Al Riyadi/Aramex
Khaldoon Abo Rukayeah (C-78)  Wehdat
Ayman Dies (205-C-78)  Fastlink
Joe Vogel (210-C-73) (Champville)
Rony Fahed (184-G-81) (Blue Stars)
Yasser el Hajj (198-F/C-70) (Riyadi)
Ghaleb Rida (190-G-81) (Riyadi)
Mohammad Ibrahim (Riyadi)
Ali Fakhreldin (202-C-83) (Riyadi)
Hussein Tawbe (82) (Riyadi)
Badr Makki (179-G-70) (Riyadi)
Bassem Balaa (198-F/C-80) (Sagesse)
Sabah Khoury (196-G-82) (Sagesse)
Elie Mechantaf (193-F-70) (Sagesse)
Yeravant Avakian (185-G-80) (Café’ Najjar)
Head Coach: Sarkis Ghassan
C Tsun Wen-din  204/90 1984/7/6 19 Yulon
C Wu Chih-wei  202/94 1976/7/31 26 Yulon
G Chen Chih-chung  182/80 1977/3/2 26 Yulon
G Hong Chi-chao  187/78 1982/2/13 21 Yulon#
G Yen Hsin-shu  183/75 1976/9/8 26 BCC Mars
F Lee Chi-yi  198/88 1978/10/27 24 BCC Mars
G Chen Huei  185/85 1978/4/17 25 BCC Mars#
F/G Yang Che-yi  193/85 1976/10/2 26 BCC Mars#
G Yang Yu-ming  180/73 1979/10/22 23 Jutai Tech
C/F Wu Chih-yuan  200/77 1983/10/24 19 Taiwan Beer#
F Lin Chi-jay  192/88 1982/6/11 20 Taiwan Beer
F Tien Lei 202/86  1983/6/1 20 Dacin Construction
C Wu Dai-hao  202/100 1985/2/7 18 Dacin Construction
G Chiu Chi-yi  180/78 1975/10/6 27 Military
F Ho Sho-jen  195/88 1983/2/15 20 Bank of Taiwan
Head coach: Lee Chin-chi(Military)
Assistant coach: Chou Hai-jun(Mars)


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