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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

China advanced to the quarter-finals in men's basketball

Asian powerhouse and current champion China stormed into the quarter-finals of the Doha Asian Games men's basketball tournament after beating Chinese Taipei 101-65 on Wednesday.

It's great to see that NBA prospect Yi Jianlian produced his best performance so far, scoring 28 points to lead the Chinese secure its third straight victory and a top four finish from its round-robin group with two matches remaining.

Actually Chinese Taipei fought bravely in the first quarter, jumping to a 12-6 lead and held it to 13-11. China overtook the lead 24-23 at the end of the quarter before pulling away with a 19-0 run early in the second quarter to go up 45-25.

Yi, the 2.12-meter power forward who had announced for the next year's NBA draft, shot 9-for-10 from the field in 16 minutes to rise China to a 52-33 lead at the half time.

We must consider that as his side improved to 80-46 at the end of the third quarter, China head coach Jonas Kazlauskas rested his starters in the fourth.

In the end, the records say that Zhu Fangyu and Hu Xuefeng added 18 and 16 points respectively for China.

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