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Asia's best national basketball teams have descended on China for the 5th edition of the Stankovic Cup. Hosts China, opened their tournament against Australia yesterday, looking for their first win at the event after three straight top three finishes.
The Washington Wizards powerforward Yi Jianlian dropped a three pointer for the first score of the game as China took a 3-0 lead.
Later in the second quarter, Yi, taking the feed down low and finishing with the dunk to make it 24-21 China.
Australia's own NBA connection kept things close as Portland's Patrick Mills came the other way, drilling a three pointer to level at 24-24.
But China pulled away heading into the break. The ball, finding marksman Wang Shipeng who knocked down the three to make it 34-26 China as the hosts took a nine-point lead into halftime.
|China's NBA star Yi Jianlian collected a game-high 17 |
points and 10 rebounds.
In the third quarter, it was more Yi Jianlian as he drove then jammed it into the face of David Andersen to give China a twelve point lead 44-32. Yi finished with 17 points and 10 boards.
In the fourth quarter, Australia came back and went ahead by one point with seconds left in the game...but Yi kept his nerve and made two clutch free throws to give China a 63-62 lead.
The Boomers quickly headed back the other way with the clock ticking down. Patrick Mills found a cutting David Andersen to put Australia on top 64-63 with seconds to play.
Australia would hold on, upsetting hosts China 64-63 in their Stankovic Cup opener.