After a stunning setback to South Korea on opening day, defending champion China bounced back as it drubbed Malaysia, 113-22, in second day action Friday in the 27th FIBA-Asia Men’s Basketball Championship at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“You know, we have to play quality minutes all the time. This is a long tournament anyway,” said China head coach Panagiotis Giannakis of Greece.
China, which lost to South Korea, 59-63, on Thursday, is within striking distance of the leader South Korea in Group C with a win and a loss. Malaysia suffered its second devastating
setback following a 115-25 rout by Iran on Thursday.
“What matters for us is the playoff. Whoever our opponent would be our most concern,” added Giannakis.
The 91-point margin is a point shy pf the FIBA World record of 92 points set by the former Soviet Union national team over Central African Republic, 140-48, in 1974.
Zhelin Wang led China with 21 points, while Wang Zhizhi had 17 points.
Chinese-Taipei demolished Saudi Arabia, 90-67, for its second straight win following its 91-87 win over Jordan on Thursday.
Lin Chi-Chieh led the Taiwanese rampage to hand the Saudis their second loss. The Saudis lost to host Philippines, 66-78, the other night.
With the win, Chinese-Taipei leads Group A with 2-0 card, while the Filipinos had 1-0.
Gilas Pilipinas will play Jordan later on Friday.
Naturalized player Quincy Davis and Tien Lei led a well-balanced 9-0 attack by the Taiwanese.
The Philippines faces Chinese-Taipei Saturday at 8:30 p.m.