2013 East Asian Basketball Championships Roundup: Day 2

The Koreans continued to roll, while Japan and Hong Kong earned their first wins in Day Two of the 2013 EABA Championships in Incheon, South Korea.

Lee Jong-Hyun slams one home against the Taiwanese.

In the first game, the hosts bucked a slow start to dispose of the pesky Taiwanese, 78-56. Taiwan, led by big man Tseng Wen-Ting and swingman Tsai Wen-Cheng, had a fast start, leading the Koreans, 21-15, after the first quarter. That advantage didn’t last very long, however, as Heo Il-Young and Doo Kung-Min spearheaded a second quarter rally that saw SoKor take the lead into the half, 37-31. Taiwan continued to struggle in the second half as the Koreans pulled away for their second win in as many games. Taiwan, meanwhile, fell to 1-1. Heo hit 3 triples and led SoKor with 13 points, while Doo added a dozen markers. 21-year old 6’7 reserve big man Lee Seoung-Hyun contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tsai was the only one to score in double-figures for the losing side with 13 markers.

Park Chan-Hee tastes the defense of
Taiwan's Tseng Wen-Ting.

The second game saw a blow out as Japan ran roughshod over Macau, 101-53. 19-year old 6’7 combo forward Yuta Watanabe led the way for Team Hayabusa with 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Watanabe, who is bound to play for St. Thomas More Prep School in Connecticut, shot 11-of-15 from the field. The Japanese connected on 40% of their attempts from beyond the arc, with Kosuke Kanamaru and Naoto Tsuji hitting 3 and 2 treys respectively. Star center Kosuke Takeuchi was rested in this match. On the other end of the floor, the Macanese were led by Lai Kai Tong’s 15 points, while Cheong Tong Fai had 14.

A Japanese fan brought drums to try and
drum up his team.

In the third and last match, Hong Kong had to withstand a late rally by Mongolia to bounce back with their first win, 76-73, after losing badly to China yesterday. As expected, Lo Yi Ting top-scored for HK with 25 points. He was ably supported by Lee Ki and Cheng Kam Hing with 18 and 17 markers respectively. Sanchir Tungalag scored a tournament-high 39 points on 14-of-22 FG shooting to pace the Mongolians’ losing effort. This win virtually assures Hong Kong of advancing to the next round and gaining a ticket to Manila, unless, of course, Mongolia pulls off a miracle and beats the Chinese tomorrow. Fat chance that will happen.

Lo Yi Ting's hot shooting was on
display against Mongolia.

Despite the loss, the Mongolian fans cheered their team on.

All images are from Jumpball.co.kr.
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