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Day 3 (Preliminary Round)

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China Wins Asian Games Title With 59-44 Rout of Qatar - Dec 15, 2006


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Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) scored 28 points and Yi Jianlian grabbed 15 rebounds as China defeated host Qatar today 59-44 to win the championship of the Asian Games.
China's women's team also won Asian Games gold with a 90-59 rout of Chinese Taipei yesterday.
In a defensive contest, China shot only 40 percent against Qatar but 33 percent against China. Qatar outrebounded China 36-33 but China scored 11 points from turnovers to only 4 for Qatar. China led 20-16 after the first quarter and 34-25 at the half. The score was 47-39 after three quarters. China outscored Qatar 12-5 in the fourth quarter.
China won its three medal-round games by 15 points or more -- 16 over Korea, 28 over Jordan and 15 over Qatar -- showing the same dominance over Asian competition that it exhibited in the Asian Championship two years ago, when it played with Yao Ming. The only game in which it had difficulty was in the meaningless game against Lebanon.
The starting five of Liu Wei, Wang Shipeng, Zhu Fangyu, Yi Jianlian and Wang Zhizhi played the bulk of the game. Sun Yue, Li Nan and Mo Ke were the only other players who saw action.
Qatar was led by Omar Abdelkader Salem who had 16 points and 15 rebounds.
In the Bronze Medal game Iran defeated Jordan 84-78 behind 19 points from Mahdi Kamrany and 9 rebounds from 217 cm Hamed Ehadadi. Ehadadi appears to be a good rebounder and shot blocker but is offensively challenged. However players that size often develop late and Ehadadi is only 21 years old.
Yesterday 209 cm 18-year-old Anton Ponomarev scored 25 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out 4 assists to lead Kazakhstan to a 100-74 win over Chinese Taipei. In their first meeting Taipei won by two and Ponomarev shot 3 for 18. So Ponomarev can adjust his game, an indication of his potential. Yesterday Borat got a Golden Globe nomination for best comedy. Ten years from now Ponomarev may be more famous.
Wang Zhizhi averaged 19.0 ppg for fifth place in scoring for the tournament. Yi Jianlian averaged 16.8 ppg for 8th place. Ponomarev averaged 17.4 ppg for 6th place. Yi averaged 10.3 rebounds for third place. Ponomarev averaged 9.0 rebounds for 8th place. Liu Wei averaged 3.0 assists for 10th place. Ehadadi led the tournament in blocked shots with 3.1 per game.
Wang led the tournament in shooting percentage with 55.8 and Yi finished second with 54.1. Wang finished second in free throw shooting with 78.0 percent. Mo Ke finished fifth in three-point shooting with 50 percent and Zhu Fangyu finished 10th with 47.1. Wang finished first in two-point shooting with 62.8 and Yi finished 8th with 54.1. No Chinese player was among the top ten in turnovers.

Games Yesterday:
11th place: Uzbekistan 92 Bahrain 73
9th place: Lebanon 88 Syria 82
7th place: Kazakhstan 100 Taipei 74
5th place: Korea 87 Japan 76

China 59
Liu Wei 28min+0p (0/4)+2a, Wang Shipeng 7p+1r+2a, Zhu Fangyu 10p+6r+2a+2s, Yi Jianlian 8p (3/9)+15r+2a+2s+1bl, Wang Zhizhi 28p (13/20)+6r+2s+2bl
Qatar 44
Saad Abdulraham Ali 7p+4r+2a+1s, Ali Turki Ali 5p+4r+1a, Yaseen Ismail Musa 6p+2r+2a, Omar Abdelkadar Salem 16p+15r+2s+1bl, Daoud Musa Daoud 8p+4r  



S. Korea handily beats Mongolia for 2nd straight men's hoops win - 4 hours ago
Defending champion South Korea breezed past Mongolia 108-73 for its second straight victory in men's basketball at the Asian Games on Thursday. Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri), a U.S.-born player who acquired his South Korean citizenship in January this year, scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while only playing in the first half of the Group A game at GBK Basketball Hall. Forward Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) had 17 of his game-high 20 points in the opening quarter alone w...   [read more]
Philippines wins opener over Kazakhstan, 96-59 - 4 hours ago
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Taipei Chinese basketball team bounced back, beating Japan 71-65 - 1 day ago
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Asian Games: South Korea earn title in Incheon
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Asian Games Standings
Group A
 1. S.Korea 2-0 
 2. Thailand 1-0 
 3. Indonesia 0-1 
 4. Mongolia 0-2 
Group B
 1. Iran 0-0 
 2. Syria 0-0 
 3. United Ara. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Taiwan 1-0 
 2. Japan 1-1 
 3. Qatar 1-1 
 4. Hong Kong 0-1 
Group D
 1. Philippine. 1-0 
 2. China 0-0 
 3. Kazakhstan. 0-1 

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