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Day 3 (Preliminary Round)

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China Blasts Jordan 86-58 -- To Face Qatar in Asian Games Final - Dec 13, 2006

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Playing a dominant game, while still giving plenty of rest to its starters, China trounced Jordan today 86-58. China started slowly, falling behind Jordan 26-21 after the first quarter. But then China started demonstrating its superior basketball talent, outscoring Jordan 20-6 in the second quarter. It maintained its advantage over Jordan in the third quarter with a 23-10 spread and outscored Jordan 22-16 in the fourth. Jordan finished with a 4-1 record for second place in Group E and yesterday defeated Kazakhstan 99-91in overtime.
Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) led China with 20 points and 3 blocked shots. Yi Jianlian had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Mo Ke scored 13 points and Zhu Fangyu scored 12. China shot 52 percent from the floor to 35 percent for Jordan. It grabbed 38 rebounds to 33 for Jordan. It scored 11 points from turnovers to 5 for Jordan. Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) led Jordan with 27 points and Islam Abbas had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Qatar defeated Iran today 67-64 to qualify for the Friday final against China. Qatar was led by 23 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals by Ali Saad Abdulrahman.
In other games, Anton Ponomarev had one of those games that show his youth and inexperience as he shot 2 for 10 in Kazakhstan's 94-74 loss to Korea. He grabbed 5 rebounds and had 2 assists and 2 turnovers. Ha Seung Jin only played 15 minutes for Korea and had 1 point and 5 rebounds.

Other games:

9th-12th classification:
Lebanon 90 Bahrain 65
Syria 111 Uzbekistan 104

5th-8th classification:
Japan 78 Chinese Taipei 67
Korea 94 Kazakhstan 74

China 86
Liu Wei 14min+2p+3r, Wang Shipeng 3p+2r+3a, Zhu Fangyu 12p+6r+2a+1s, Yi Jianlian 22min+17p+10r+2a+3bl, Wang Zhizhi 25min+20p+2r+2a+1s+3bl, Sun Yue 29min+5p+3r+3a+3to+1s, Li Nan 8p+7r+3a+1s, Mo Ke 25min+13p (5/5)+3r+1a+2s, Tang Zhengdong 6min+6p+3r+1a
Jordan 58
Fadel Al Najjar 8p+6r+2a, Enver Soobzakov 6p+2r+2a, Zaid Al Khas 27p+5r+1a+2s, Islam Abbas 12p+12r+3a+1s  

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
THE Philippine Basketball Association-powered national team got its 18th Asian Games campaign to a good start on Thursday, defeating Kazakhstan, 96-59, in their preliminary Group D match at the Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia. Got off to a strong start, the Philippine team just built on it the rest of the way, with a balanced and aggressive attack, to hold off the Kazakhs en route to the win. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason), Stanley Pringle (184-PG...   [read more]

Taipei Chinese basketball team bounced back, beating Japan 71-65 - 1 day ago
In the preliminary round of the Asian Games basketball, Chinese Taipei bounced back and defeated Japan, 71-65, to claim an important victory in Group C. Chinese Taipei was the better side in terms of offensive and defense rebounds in the 1st half. Its accuracy of two-point shots was also slightly higher than Japan (47 percent to 44 percent). However, the Taiwanese did not manage to score a single three-pointer in the first 20 minutes, missing all seven of their attempts beyond the three-p...   [read more]

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Asian Games: South Korea earn title in Incheon
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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