2013 East Asian Basketball Championships Roundup: Day 4

The Koreans and the Chinese are set to face off against each other in the Finals, while the Taiwanese clinched the last slot in the 2013 FIBA Asia Tournament after surviving a determined Mongolian side in today’s 2013 EABA Championship action.

Park Chan-Hee helped the hometown team push though
to the championship game.

In the first game, Taiwan had to lean on streaky shooting in the second and third quarters before pulling out a closer-than-expected 94-86 win over a vastly improved Mongolian quintet. 5’11 Pure Youth guard Ke Chi-Hao shot a perfect 5-of-5 from rainbow country in this game, including 4 important triples in a pivotal second period that saw the Taiwanese lead after the Mongolians outscored them in the opening canto, 22-21. Overall, Taiwan connected on 59% of its treys, with Doug Creighton and Lin Kuan-Lun hitting 2 and 1 respectively. Curiously enough, star big man Tseng Wen-Ting didn’t score in this game. Heck, he didn’t even attempt any shots, though he did grab 11 boards, and he blocked 3 shots. Jet Chang led the way for Taiwan with 19 points and 9 rebounds. The Mongolians started really well here, with Sanchir Tungalag and Bilguun Battuvshin combining for 14 points in the first period. They struggled in the middle two quarters before mounting an ill-fated rally in the fourth. The 6’2 Sanchir finished with a game-high 30 points, while the 6’5 Bilguun scored 24 markers on top of 11 rebounds.

Tseng Wen-Ting and Bilguun Battuvshin
battle for position.

Jet Chang led Taiwan with 19 points.

The second game saw a rout as Korea destroyed Hong Kong, 105-62. In another strong showing, 22-year old Kim Jong-Kyu scored 20 points in 20 minutes, while Park Jae-Hyun shot 6-of-8 from the floor to end up with 15 points. The 6’2 off-guard from the Seoul Samsung Thunders also had 3 assists and 2 steals for the home team, which will play for the title against China tomorrow. Hong Kong had no answer from the get-go, as they were outscored, 32-9, in the first quarter. It was all downhill from there. Liang Man Hung led the losing side with 15 points, hitting 3 triples, while 6’9 Duncan Reid scored 13 markers and hauled down 8 boards. Despite the loss, Hong Kong still qualified for the 2013 FIBA Asia tourney in Manila.

Kim Min-Goo puts the pedal to the metal in transition.
Coach Cho Bo-Young of Kyung Hee University
is calling the shots for Team Korea.
In the third and last match, the Chinese used a crippling second quarter surge to distance themselves from Japan and eventually win, 83-68. Guo Ailun and Zhai Xiaochuan combined for 18 of China’s 25 points in that period, which opened things up for Team Big Red in a big way. Japan and China fought to a standstill in the first quarter, 15-15, before the Chinese made their move. Guo ended up with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals in an eye-popping display of talent, while Zhai combined with Wang Zhelin to anchor the Chinese frontline. Zhai and Wang paired up for 26 markers and 20 boards, helping coach Fan Bin’s squad advance to the Finals against Korea. Kosuke Kanamaru of the Panasonic Trians led Japan with 18 points, hitting 4 of his 10 triples, while big men Kosuke Takeuchi and Yuya Nagayoshi each scored a dozen points.

Coach Fan Bin has been doing well coaching
the young and talented Chinese. 
Kosuke Kanamaru led Japan's losing effort.
(image from the JBA website)

Yuya Nagayoshi is a young 6'7 stretch forward
for Team Hayabusa.
(image from the JBA website)

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