2013 East Asian Basketball Championships Roundup: Final Day

The Koreans completed a sweep of the tournament after beating the Chinese in the Finals, 
while the Japanese had to keep a pesky Hong Kong team at bay in the battle for third place.

Wang Zhelin (L) found the going tough against
Korea's Lee Jong-Hyun (R).

In the first game, Japan found itself in a dogfight against a very determined Hong Kong five. The game was pretty tight all throughout till the Japs extended the lead into double-figures in the fourth quarter. Kosuke Kanamaru connected on 5 triples on his way to a team-high 28 points. The Panasonic Trian shot a total of 52% from the floor and also grabbed 8 rebounds. Kosuke Takeuchi, meanwhile, anchored the middle for coach Kimikazu Suzuki. Takeuchi finally broke out big time by scoring 22 points and hauling down 15 rebounds in an almost no-relief performance. Hong Kong, for its part, was led by CBA player Lo Yi Ting’s game-high 31 markers. Despite the loss, HK will still advance to the 2013 FIBA Asia Men’s Tournament in Manila.

Kosuke Takeuchi broke out against Hong Kong.

That's Duncan Reid trying to shoot
over Takeuchi.

Lo Yi Ting was the lone bright spot today.

The second game saw a resolute Korean home team slow down China’s imposing frontline and win the title, 79-68. In the much anticipated match-up between Korea’s Kim Jong-Kyu and Lee Jong-Hyun going up against China’s Wang Zhelin and Li Muhao, the Koreans came out on top. Kim and Lee had more combined points, and though Wang and Li have more rebounds, Kim and Lee outhustled them on defense as proven by the combined 7 blocks of those two boys. Kim Min-Goo led the way with 18 points on 6-of-12 FG shooting, including 3 treys. Min-Goo also grabbed 12 rebounds. Another Korean hero was Park Chan-Hee, who netted 15 markers, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. Guo Ailun led the Big Red with 17 points while nailing just 7 of his 17 field goal attempts. Sun Tonglin, Wang, and Li all scored 11 or more points for Team China.

Kim Jong-Kyu (L) takes it strong against China's Li Muhao.

Kim Min-Goo tries from in close.

Yoon Ho-Young shoots the trey. 

*All images are from Jumpball.org

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sir enzo, did any of the teams had a full lineup? i mean were there any key players who did not play here but will be expected to be here in Manila in August? more power to hoopnut!!!:)


China and Korea sent primarily their B Teams composed mostly of U22 stars and a sprinkling of veterans. Japan was probably the most veteran-laden team with Takeuchi, Sakurai, Kanamaru et al. Taiwan missed many of its stars, too.