China News Service, Beijing, July 4th. On the afternoon of the 4th, Beijing time, the Chinese men's basketball team defeated the Chinese Taipei team at 97:56, ending the first round of the 2023 Men's Basketball World Cup Qualifiers Asia Region (Asia/Oceania region). Advance to the second round with 4 wins and 2 losses.
The 2023 Men's Basketball World Cup qualifier continued in Melbourne, Australia in the third window of the Asian region. The Chinese men's basketball team and the Chinese Taipei team started the second round of this qualifier.
In the first-round contest between the two sides three days ago, the Chinese team won 94:58.
In this rematch, the Chinese team made a slight adjustment. Guo Ailun stopped the game after starting three consecutive games.
Sun Minghui from Guangsha team made his debut for the first time in this window competition.
After a short tug-of-war at the beginning, the Chinese men's basketball team showed the strength to crush their opponents, leading by 20 points at 34:14 in the first quarter, laying the foundation for the victory.
The Chinese team took care of both inside and outside this section, and blossomed in more points-Zhou Qi on the inside outperformed with 7 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists, and the Chinese team made 7 three-pointers on the outside.
Afterwards, the Chinese team fully controlled the rhythm of the game and continued to expand the point difference. In the last three quarters, they played 21:12, 19:16 and 23:14 respectively, and finally won by an absolute advantage of 41 points (97:56) ahead of their opponents. While the Chinese Taipei team won two consecutive victories, it also successfully concluded the first round of the World Preliminary Asian Region.
In this game, the Chinese team showed absolute dominance inside. "Twin Towers" Zhou Qi and Wang Zhelin jointly contributed 32 points, of which Zhou Qi had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, and Wang Zhelin had 16 points and 5 rebounds.
In addition, Sun Minghui had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, and Zhao Rui had 8 points and 5 rebounds.
A total of 16 teams from the Asian Region of the Men's Basketball World Preliminary Tournament participated and were divided into four groups. The Chinese Men's Basketball Team was in Group B with Australia, Japan and Chinese Taipei.
According to the relevant rules, the top three of each group in the first round of the Asia-Pacific qualifiers will advance to the second round of qualifiers.
After the promotion, the 12 teams are divided into two groups, and the best 5-6 teams will qualify for the 2023 Men's Basketball World Cup.
In the first round of the qualifiers, the Chinese team won two consecutive victories against Japan and Chinese Taipei, but suffered a two-game losing streak against Australia and advanced to the second round with Australia and Japan with 4 wins and 2 losses.
After the third window of the World Preliminaries, the Chinese men's basketball team will move to Indonesia to participate in the 2022 Men's Basketball Asian Cup, which will open in Jakarta on July 12.
In this competition, the Chinese team is in Group B with South Korea, Chinese Taipei and Bahrain.