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    Blatche-less China club proves too strong, takes out PH in Champions Cup title contention

    Sep 28, 2017
    Isaiah Austin's double-double was not enough against a superior Chinese club. Photo from Fiba

    CHINA Kashgar hardly needed Andray Blatche as the host team broke free in the final period to hack out a win over the Philippine team in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup quarterfinals at the Chenzhou Sports Center in Thursday.

    Playing without the Gilas Pilipinas naturalized player, China leaned on Darius Adams and Mugedaer Xirelijiang to lead a fourth quarter outburst gave the team an insurmountable 84-63 lead.

    Adams and Xirelijiang proved to be the thorns in the side of the Philippine squad, hitting the biggest baskets on the way to 23 and 20 points, respectively.

    China will face BC Astana in the semifinals on Friday.

    Isaiah Austin posted a double-double outing of 16 points and 11 rebounds, but was a non-factor when the Chinese team started to pull away in the fourth period.

    Kiefer Ravena also chipped in 16 points, while Carl Cruz and Jett Manuel added 10 markers each.

    Chooks managed to stay within stay within striking distance for the most part before China made a flurry of long bombs early in the fourth period.

    China made 14 three-pointers, 11 of which from Adams and Xirelijiang, while the Philippine team shot 5-of-23 from long range.

    Chooks-To-Go can still salvage a fifth place finish in the Chenzhou, China showpiece when it takes on Al Ahli-Dubai at 4:45 p.m. on Friday.

    The Scores:

    CHINA KASHGAR 86 - Adams 23, Xi Re Li Jiang 20, Yu 11, Wang 8, Makan 7, Sun M 6, Li 4, Tang 3, Liu 2, Sun T 2.

    CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 70 - Austin 16, Ravena 16, Cruz 10, Manuel 10, Jose 5, Torres 5, Jero. Teng 4, Tamsi 2, Vosotros 2, Revilla 0, Jeri. Teng 0.

    Quarterscores: 24-17, 45-39, 68-57, 86-70.

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    Isaiah Austin's double-double was not enough against a superior Chinese club. Photo from Fiba
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