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China beats Lithuania ahead of the Stankovic cup

07-19-2010 11:17 BJT

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In Basketball, China and Lithuania went head to head in the second of three warm up games ahead of the Stankovic cup. As in the first game, China staked victory on a four point winning margin with Ding Jinhui scoring a team high 15 points.

Both teams lined up as they did in the first match with an emphasis placed upon defense. As a result the crowd were not treated to end to end action and actually saw a very low percentage of shots. It was 3-3 after 3 minutes.

China made use of a Lithuania defensive flaw to deliver their best attack in the first quarter with this cut-in. But an embarrassing forced mistake for the host gifted Lithuania an easy basket. China were ahead 10-8 by the end of 1st quarter.

In the second, the visitors caused China problems and the home side found the Lithuanians very difficult to break down. However,long-range efforts from the Chinese guards saw four shots out of eight three-point attempts go in, China led 30-25 to end the first half.

The young Lithuanian team impressed with their tactics and teamwork. Moreover in the third, they suddenly broke their 2 for 13 three-point drought to make five three-pointers and a comeback to lead 55-53.

With Wang Zhizhi not appearing on court, Su Wei shouldered the inside burden. And though Su ended up with a foul out with 4 minutes left, a soaring Chinese outside force marked by Wang Shipeng's three consecutive three-pointers managed a Chinese comeback and the home side won 81-77.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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