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Standings

1.Australia 5-1
2.Canada 4-1
3.SINA 4-2

4.Russia

3-3
5.Japan 2-3
6.Philippines 2-3
7.S.Korea 1-4
8.Taiwan 1-5
 

 2002 Jones Cup awards - Jul 22, 2002 - by Chris Wang
Tournament MVP: Butch Hays, Australia
Scoring Leader: Takahiro Kita, Japan
Rebounding Leader: Nick Maglisceau, Canada

 Final Day - Australia beat Canada for Jones Cup title - Jul 22, 2002 - by Chris Wang
(Taipei, Taiwan - July 22) Experience is everything. Australia's Great Mates proved it in defeating Canada's Univ. of Alberta, 76-68, in Jones Cup finals tonight with a group of seasoned veterans who averaged over 33 years-old.
Great Mates used its effective defense and balanced attack to outscore Canada's youngsters 20-10 in the final quarter. Michael Kinoma led the way with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Trau Lindsiran had 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Willie Simmons also had 13. Tournament MVP Butch Hays had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Australia head coach Tom Wisman said they would love to be able to come back and defend the title next year. Great Mates also want to participate the local charity events, like what they did in Kaohsiung, if they come back next year.
Canada battled the Great Mates in the first three quarters, leading 40-39 in halftime and 58-56 in the end of third quarter. The Golden Bears used athletic ability and stamina to their advantage, with Ryan Baldry and Nick Maglisceay doing most of the damage and Phil Scherer shooting from outside.
Baldry led Canada with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Maglisceau contributed 13 points and 7 rebounds. Phil Scherer had 15 points.
*Game Summary
Australia 76-68 Canada(39-40)
Aus - Michael Kinoma 14p+6rb, Trau Lindsiran 13p+10rb, Willie Simmons 13p+6rb, Butch Hays 12p+5rb+3a, Chris Brown 9p, Paul Vendenbergh 9p
Can - Ryan Baldry 15p+10rb+5s, Nick Maglisceau 13p+7rb, Phil Scherer 14p+5rb, Stephen Parker 10p+4s

 Final Day - Japan edges Philippines 65-63 to finish 4th - Jul 22, 2002 - by Chris Wang
(Taipei, Taiwan - July 22) Japan withstood Philippines' furious rally in the last minute in a  65-63 victory tonight to finish 4th place in 25th Jones Cup tournament. This is probably one of the most exciting games in the tournament which neither team led by more than 5 points for the whole game.
Japan is 4-3 in 7 games, while Philippines finishes 3-4.
*Game Summary
Japan 65-63 Philippines(30-32)
Jap - Takahiro Kita 14p, Atsushi Ono 12p+5rb+6a, Takashi Shinohara 5p+11rb, Takahiro Setsumasa 11p+4a
Phi - Jeffrey Flowers 20p+15rb, Romel Adducul 8p, Edgar Echavez 7p, Bruce Dacia 7p


 Final Day - Taiwan beat S. Korea 84-72 to avoid last-place - Jul 22, 2002 - by Chris Wang
(Taipei, Taiwan - July 22) Led by 202cm center Wu Chih-wei's 23 points and 10 rebounds, Taiwan NT saved the best performance for last, defeating South Korea 84-72 in a convincing win. Taiwan(2-5), who failed to defend its title, finished 7th place.
Taiwan outscored South Korea 28-14 in the 4th quarter to pull the game away. South Korea(1-6), last year's runner-up, dropped all the way to the last place. After the opening win, South Korea lost six straight.
Criticized by local fans for his soft play in the tournament, Wu Chih-wei was a changed man tonight, making 9 of 12 shots from the field and pulled down 10 boards. Chen Hsin-an also walked out from the slump and had a great game that includes 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. His ability to drive by defenders and pass to the open man proved to be one of the keys for the victory.
Forward Lee Chi-yi is still the most reliable big man for Taiwan NT, scoring 15 on 5-9 shooting, making all three of his free-throw attempts, plus 7 baords and 3 assists.
17-year-old little guard Lee Chi-ming successfully replaced two injured point guards, Yen Shin-shu and Chen Chih-chun, in 30 minutes of play. Lee, who had 9 points, 5 assists and 2 steals, withstood Koreans' full-court pressure beautifully.
Inspired by the rivalry with South Korea and the final chance to prove themselves in Jones Cup, Taiwan NT dominated the boards 45-30, shot 56% from the two-point range and limited South Korea to 33.3% shooting. Taiwan NT trailed 42-44 in halftime.
Lee Kyu-sup led South Korea with 22 points. Lim Jae-hyun was one of two double-digit scorers with 12 points.
*Game Summary
Taiwan 84-72 South Korea(42-44)
Tai - Wu Chih-wei 23p(9-12, 5-8)+10rb, Chen Hsin-an 14p+7rb+6a+1blk, Lee Chi-yi 15p(5-9, 3-3)+7rb, Yang Yu-ming 9p, Lee Chi-ming 9p+5rb+2a+2s, Chou Shi-yuan 8p+3s
Kor - Lee Kyu-sup 22p(6-14, 10-11), Lim Jae-hyun 12p, Sin Ki-sung 3p+3rb+4a+6s


 Day 9 - Lo's 28 couldn't save SINA - Jul 21, 2002 - by Chris Wang
(Taipei, Taiwan - July 21) SINA's age showed in their Jones Cup finale. Lo Hsin-liang's game-high 28 points couldn't prevent SINA from losing to Philippines, 75-80. SINA lost two straight to finish the Jones Cup at 4-3. Philippines will meet Japan, who beat Russia 79-62, tomorrow, the last day of the tournament.
Canada beat South Korea 83-72 and will face Australia tomorrow in the title game. South Korea has lost five straight and will be looking to stop the losing streak when they meet Taiwan NT in the closing game of the 25th Jones Cup.
*Game Summary
Canada 83-72 South Korea
Can - Stephen Parker 22p+8rb, Nick Maglisceau 18p+12rb, Phil Sherer 17p, Reuben Hall 10p, Mich Melnychuk 10p
Kor - Cho Sang-hyun 21p(7-13 3PT), Yoon Young-pil 17p
Philippines 80-75 SINA
Phi - Eddie Laure 18p, Romel Adducul 16p+14rb, Edgar Echavez 15p+7a, June Simon 12p
SINA - Lo Hsin-liang 28p(9-19), Huang Chun-hsiung 6p+13rb, Hsiung Jen-jen 10p
Japan 79-62 Russia
Jap - Takuma Watanabe 12p, Takuya Kita 11p, Kensuke Sato 10p+8rb
Rus - Vladimir Pronin 15p, Evgeni Shatokhin 10p

 Day 8 - Russia surprises SINA - Jul 20, 2002 - by Chris Wang
(Taipei, Taiwan - July 20) Russia finally found the ryhthm in the 4th quarter to knockout SINA, 72-64, this afternoon to win its second straight in the 25th Jones Cup Tournament. Russia is now 3-3 and SINA dropped to 4-2.
Australia edged Philippines in another exciting game, 96-91, to stand atop the standings with five wins and one loss. Meanwhile, Taiwan NT was again humiliated by Canada, 71-96. Taiwan NT is now in the last-place with only one win in six games.
*Game Summary
Canada 96-71 Taiwan NT
Can - Stephen Parker 26p(11-18), Phil Sherer 17p, Reuben Hall 17p+14rb, Nick Maglisceau 13p+12rb
Tai - Chen Hsin-an 19p, Yang Yu-ming 14p, Tien Lei 10p+6rb, Wu Dai-hao 6p+4rb+3s
Russia 72-64 SINA
Rus - Andre Endropov 17p, Alexandre Chernov 16p+6a
SINA - Lo Hsin-liang 16p, Lai Kuo-hong 12p, Yang Che-yi 11p
Australia 96-91 Philippines
Aus - Chris Brown 27p+6rb+4a, Butch Hays 17p, Trau Lindsiran 16p, Dave Simmons 11p+6rb, Willie Simmons 10p+7rb
Phi - Eddie Laure 26p(11-19)+10rb, Jeffrey Flowers 15p, Bruce Dacia 11p, Romel Adducul 10p, Billy Mamaril 8p+7rb

 Day 7 - SINA beat Taiwan NT in weird game - Jul 20, 2002 - by Chris Wang
(Taipei, Taiwan - July 19) Veteran SG Lo Hsin-liang scored 20 points as SINA Lions beat Taiwan NT 78-71 in the most anticipated game in the tournament. SINA is now 4-1 and ties for the first place with Australia, who was upset by Russia, 69-77, in an earlier game. Philippines edged South Korea 97-92, giving Koreans their 4th straight defeat.
In a game where you can see several fans waving protest posters, Taiwan NT was BOOED thruout the whole game. Home crowds are obvious upset with NT's performance, and opted to cheer for SINA, which features several former NT players like Lo Hsin-liang, Chou Jun-san and Huang Chun-hsiung.
The majority of Taiwanese fans are not satisfied with the NT's play in the tournament. Many ofthem urged CTBA to include SINA veterans to the Asian Games roster and showed concerns of current players' lack of experience will hurt them in the Asian Games.
With its balanced inside and outside offense, SINA led 49-39 in halftime and maintained the small-margin lead in the second half. Lo Hsin-liang made 4 of 6 three-pointers. 200cm F Huang Chun-hsiung, who had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the game, sealed the win with another three-pointer in closing minute, lifting SINA to a 5-point lead with the score of 71-66.
195cm F Shan Wei-fan, a loan from A-League's Jutai Tech, also had 14 and 7. Yang Yu-ming scored 18 points to lead Taiwan NT. Shen Hsin-an and Chiu Chi-yi had 14 each. Tien Lei came up with 4 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.
*Game Summary
SINA 78-71 Taiwan NT
SINA - Lo Hsin-liang 20p(8-14, 4-6 3PT), Huang Chun-hsiung 14p(6-8)+7rb, SHan Wei-fan 14p(5-10)+7rb
Tai - Yang Yu-ming 18p, Chen Hsin-an 14p, Chiu Chi-yi 14p(9-10 FT)
Russia 77-69 Australia
Rus - Alexandre Chernov 24p(10-17)+6rb+4a, Maxim Pertsev 14p, Denis Sevastianov 12p+8rb, Vladimir Pevnev 12p+6rb
Aus - Walter Brown 16p+7rb,  Michael Kinoma 15p, Dave Simmons 8p+9rb
Philippines 97-92 South Korea
Phi - Edgar Echavez 22p+7rb+4a, Jeffrey Flowers 12p, Billy Mamaril 11p+7rb, Bruce Dacia 10p, Romel Adducul 10p+6rb

 Day 6 - Canada edge Japan; Taiwan will meet SINA - Jul 18, 2002- by Chris Wang
(Taipei, Taiwan - July 18) In the only men's game tonight. Canada's University of Alberta  edged Japan NT, 74-72, to boost their record to 3-1. Canada once again show their poise in beating Japan, who erased a 12-point deficit and almost took the win from Canada.
Canada(3-1) is now tied with SINA at second place, trailing only to Australia(4-0). Japan dropped to 2-3 but still holds on to the 4th spot.
Taiwan NT(1-3) will meet SINA tomorrow at 7:30PM in the most anticipated game of the tournament. And no matter who wins,the game will be seen as the biggest game of the year in Taiwanese basketball.
Many fans think that Chou Jun-san, Lo Hsin-liang and Huang Chun-hsiung, all are not selected to the national team, should be included in the NT roster for the upcoming Asian Games. The drama of this game also rises to an uncommon level not only because Taiwan NT's slump and SINA's brilliant play, but also because SINA left Taiwanese A-League last year to play in China's CBA.

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