Date: Jul 20, 2017
By: Staff reporter
South Korea battled to an impressive 83-72 victory over the Philippines in a key match-
up yesterday, while top-ranked Canada and Lithuania picked up wins to stay on top of the table at the 39th William Jones Cup tournament in Taipei.
The result put South Korea, Canada and Lithuania into a tie for first place to vie for the title this weekend. The three teams have a 4-1 win-loss record.
Taiwan Blue yesterday lost to Iraq 80-76 in a game where punches were thrown in the scrum for a rebound under the board. In the closing seconds, the hosts narrowed it down to one point, but Iraq made their shots and held on for the three-point victory.
Taiwan White came close to their second triumph in the competition when they played Japan, with the game hanging in the balance late in the fourth quarter.
However, White faltered as Japan rallied to take a 91-86 win. Japan’s power forward Yusei Sugiura sank a three-pointer and then, in a change of possession, guard Shuta Hara drained another trey for Japan to reverse the deficit and take the lead.