NATURALIZED player Quincy Davis said he may never be able to feel what his Chinese-Taipei teammates felt after pulling the rug from under mighty China, 96-78 in their Fiba-Asia men’s basketball quarterfinal duel on Friday night.
Nevertheless, the 6-8 big man is over the mood after playing a big role for the Taiwanese, pumping in 26 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and adding three shot blocks in the biggest upset by far in the tournament.
“I’m very happy for the win. I think Taiwan is celebrating right now because we kept fighting and it’s just something we did. We didn’t give up,” said a beaming Davis, who outdueled his more illustrious counterparts led by China’s NBA veterans Yi Jian Lian and Wang Zhizhi both on the offensive and defensive ends.
“Yi’s a great player. He did a great job today. By far, the toughest match-up I’ve had as I play for Taiwan because he did a very good job for China,” explained the 30-year-old Davis, who emerged as the 2012 SBL (Super Basketball League) MVP in Chinese-Taipei last year.
The victory towed Chinese Taipei to a semifinal collision with former two-time Asian champion Iran where Davis looks forward to matching up with Iran’s bruising big men led by former two-time Fiba-Asia MVP Hamed Hadadi, Asghar Kardoust and Hamed Afagh.