GALVANIZED:A blowout loss to China in the tournament opener was ‘unsettling,’ but the national team rallied before crushing the defending champions in the final
Date: Jun 08, 2017
By: Jason Pan and Lin Yueh-fu / Staff reporters
Taiwan’s national team yesterday surprised defending champions South Korea with a
77-64 victory in Nagano, Japan, to win the International Basketball Federation’s East Asia Basketball Championship crown for the first time.
South Korea, looking to extend their run of three consecutive titles, began the stronger side, going ahead 20-15 in the first quarter.
However, Taiwan reversed the deficit in the second quarter, with point guard Liu Cheng and center Quincy Davis leading the charge for a 39-34 scoreline at the intermission.
Taiwan put up a solid defense and gradually asserted their dominance, outscoring South Korea 38 to 30 in the second half for a 13-point margin of victory.