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    Chinese-Taipei storms back late for first win, keeps Japan winless in qualifiers

    by the web
    Feb 22, 2018
    Chinese-Taipei's Chou Yi-hsiang goes up for the shot. Photo from Fiba

    CHINESE-Taipei rode a sizzling fourth-quarter rally then held off a late fightback to stun Japan, 70-69, in the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers on Thursday at Yokohama.

    Trailing 56-51 with over seven minutes to play, Chinese-Taipei went on a 14-2 run to take a 65-58 lead at the 3:21 mark. The Japanese, though, refused to fold and fought back to get within two, 68-66, with 16 ticks to go.

    Chinese-Taipei guard Chen Ying-chun, however, made just one of two free throws for a 69-66 lead in the next play. But Japanese point guard Ryusei Shinoyama missed both charities before another split from the stripe from Huang Tsun-han put Chinese Taipei ahead by four with six seconds left.

    Japan shooter Naoto Tsuji then hit a triple, but Chinese Taipei ran out the clock to seal its first win in the World Cup qualifiers while keeping the Japanese winless.

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      Ying-Chun Chen and Long-Mao Hu led Chinese Taipei with 15 points apiece, while naturalized player Quincy Davis III had a double-double of 12 markers and 11 boards.

      Tsuji had a game-high 26 points, while Makoto Hiejima scored 14 for Japan and naturalized player Ira Brown added 12 markers and eight rebounds.

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      Chinese-Taipei's Chou Yi-hsiang goes up for the shot. Photo from Fiba
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