2014 FIBA Asia U18 Championships: Day Four

The Philippines had to scramble in the fourth quarter before scraping by host Qatar on Day 4 of the 2014 FIBA Asia U18 Championships. Meanwhile, Iran, China, Taiwan, and Korea all remained undefeated.

Paul Desiderio slumps to the bench after his team pulled off
a roaring comeback to beat Qatar in Group E.


Day Four:
TAIWAN over KUWAIT, 94-65
Taiwan outscored Kuwait, 29-7, in the third quarter to open up a tight game and  eventually gain its fourth win in as many games. Point guard Lin Ming-Yi led the victors with 17 points, while Hsu Hsuan-Yu and Tu Su-Han scored 16 and 15 respectively. All those three guys combined for 9 of Taiwan’s 12 three-point bombs. The Tseng boys (Po-Yu and Pin-Fu) combined to tally 23 points and 15 boards in support. Kuwait, meanwhile, was paced by the 19 markers and 12 rebounds of Hamad Hasan.

This was a see-saw game throughout, with Japan holding the lead at the half only to lose it in the third and Kazakhstan holding a 5-point edge in the fourth only to succumb to some endgame lapses. The Kazakhs held a five-point lead with under 4 minutes to go before Yuki Mikami and Shota Tsuyama conspired in a crucial 8-2 spurt that gave Team Hayabusa the lead, 79-78, with 1:37 to go. Igor Tinyayev then split his free throws to tie the game before Akito Uchida hit the go-ahead basket, 81-79. Alexandr Danilchenko had a chance to tie the game with 28 ticks to go, but he split his freebies. After a Tsuyama miss, the Kazakhs had one final opportunity to steal the game, but Balabiy Agabek misfired on an alley-hoop shot as time expired. Tsuyama led Japan with 27 points on the strength of 4 treys while Mikami tallied a dozen markers. Danilchenko had 23 points and 11 boards for Kazakhstan.

IRAN over HONG KONG, 107-42
Iran had no problems disposing of Hong Kong to open its account in Group F. Team Melli utilized its inside muscle, outrebounding Hong Kong, 63-29, and scoring 76 points in the paint. Mohammad Yousofvand led Iran with 18 points and 7 rebounds in just 13 minutes, while Arash Banimahdi and Armi Nazarian each tallied 15 markers in support. No Hong Konger scored more than 8 points, with Ho Man Cho, Wai Hang Yip, and Yee Fu Ho each dropping that much.

CHINA over JORDAN, 97-55
It took more than 5 minutes before Jordan could score its first points of the game, underscoring the dominance of China throughout this whole contest. China led by 19 at the end of one, more than doubled Jordan’s score at halftime, and never looked back in running away with win #4. Sun Minghui paced coach Fan Bin’s squad with 17 points, while Wang Zhengbo added 15. Both paired up for 7 of China’s 12 triples. Four other Chinese finished in double digits. They take on the dangerous Filipinos and then the Koreans in their next two assignments. Jordan saw three players break through the ten-point barrier, with Zeyad El Ayan’s 13 markers leading the way.

One day after choking in the fourth quarter and losing to Malaysia, Qatar choked yet again and dropped an otherwise won game against another SEABA side, the Philippines. Qatar led for the better part of this match before key errors in the endgame sealed their collapse. Not even the superb 35-point effort of pro player Abdulrahman Saad could turn the tide permanently in the hosts’ favor. Coach Jamike Jarin leaned on his bench to deliver the goods in this one. With usual reliables Radge Tongco and Andrei Caracut struggling with their shots, the second-stringers came in and stole the show. Dave Yu, Paul Desiderio, Richard Escoto, and Renzo Mosqueda conspired to power Batang Gilas’s 46-point bench output, helping the Filipinos climb out of a deficit that ballooned to as many as 15 markers. Yu, who plays for the NU Bulldogs in the UAAP, led the scoring with 16 points on the strength of 4 treys, while Tongco, Desiderio, and 6’6 Kobe Paras each registered 13 points. The Pinoys take on powerhouse China next and then conclude Group E play against Malaysia.

KOREA over MALAYSIA, 104-61
Korea never let its foot off the pedal, blasting an overmatched Malaysian quintet with superior strength in the paint and firepower from the perimeter. As expected, big men Kim Kyung-Won and Song Kyo-Chang had little trouble around the basket, finishing with a combined 26 points. Jeon Hyun-Woo and Yang Jae-Hyuk, meanwhile, rained bombs on the Malaysians, pairing up for 10 of Korea’s 16 triples. Jeon ended up with a game-high 22 points, while Yang added 14. Malaysia, for its part, was paced by 14 points each from Heng Yee Tong and Wong Yi Hou. Hotshot Wee Joon Lock was limited to only 6 points on 2/11 FG shooting.

Images are from FIBA Asia.

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