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    Wang leads way as China edges Jordan 

    Aug 10, 2013

    DEPOSED champion China barely escaped past Jordan, 79-76, less than 24 hours after it was shown the door in the 27th Fiba-Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The Chinese leaned on the endgame heroics of veteran Yi Jianlian and Wang Zhizhi to pull off the win Saturday and avoid suffering the embarrassment of a rare back-to-back loss in a tournament they’ve long dominated.

    The 15-time champion went down against Chinese-Taipei in their knockout quarterfinal match the night before, 96-78, in a loss that denied them for a shot at a 16th tournament title.

    “Today was a difficult situation for us. We lost our mind last night,” admitted China’s Greek coach Panagiotis Giannakis.

    “But we played better today, and we want to play better tomorrow (today),” he said as the Chinese await the winner between Kazakhstan and Qatar and battle them in the consolation match for fifth place Sunday.

    The Jordanians rallied back from as much as a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter and grabbed the upperhand, 74-73, on Wesam Al-Sous’ fifth and final three-pointer in the final minute of the match featuring the two teams that fought in the finals of the 2011 edition of the Fiba-Asia meet in Wuhan, China.

    But Wang completed a three-point play at the other end to give the lead back to China, 76-74, before Yi converted three straight points from the foul line to decide the outcome of the game, 79-74.

    Wang finished with 33 points for his best game in the tournament, while Yi added 18.

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    Jordan will now meet the loser of the Qatar-Kazakhstan match in the battle for seventh place.

    Earlier, India turned back Bahrain, 75-65, to clinch 11th place, while Japan routed Hong Kong, 79-50, and salvaged 10th place.

     

    The scores:

    First game

    India (75) – Bhriguvanshi 19, Pratham 16, Amuyot 9, Yadwinder 7, Joginder 7, Bharama 6, Pethani 6, Amritpal 2. Singh A. 1, Grewal 0.

    Bahrain (65) – Altawash 20 Kawaid 12, Alderazi 11, Azzam 8, Akber 5, Alderazi A. 5, Kawaid M. 4, Aman 0.

    Quarterscores: 27-13; 40-39; 53-51; 75-65.

     

    Second game 

    Japan (79) – Kanamaru 25, Ota 15, Watanabe 13, Ichioka 10, Tsuji 4,Sakurai 4, Kurihara 2, Takeuchi 2, Matsui 2, Tanaka 0, Sakuragi 0.

    Hong Kong (50) – Reid 18, Lee 8, Li 8, Lau 6, Chan 5, Wong 2, Chan SW 2, Szeto 1, Lam 0, Lau TL 0.

    Quarterscores: 17-16; 38-29; 53-38; 79-50.

     

    Third game

    China (79) – Wang Zhizhi 33, Yi Jianlian 18, Zhou 13, Wang Zhelin 8, Wang Shipeng 6, Zhu 1, Guo 0, Liu 0, Chen 0, Sun 0, Li 0, Zhang 0.

    Jordan (76) – Al-Sous 17, Baster 13, Hadrab 13, Alfaraj 7, Hussein 7, Alhamarsheh 6, Zaghab 5, Abdeen 5, Abu 2, Al Dwairi 1, Abuqoura 0, Alnajjar 0.

    Quarterscores: 18-12; 32-27; 55-52; 79-76.

     

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