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World Basketball Championship:China Beat Cote D'Ivoire 83-73

08-31-2010 10:31 BJT

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China faced Group B underdogs Cote D'Ivoire at the World Basketball Championship. The match was a must-win game for the Chinese if they were to progress from the group stages.

-midway through the first quarter, Washington Wizards forward Yi Jianlian backed in for a three point play, giving China a 3 point lead.

-Yi drove in for a baseline slam as China traded the lead with Cote d'Ivoire before then pulling away.

-But an ally-oop dunk saw the Africans battle back, making it 4 point game.

-late in the second frame China stretched their advantage thanks to a couple of three pointers by sharp shooters Wang Shipeng and Ding Junhui.

-however, in the third, Yi's thunderous drive-in slam put China up by 14 points, Yi capped 26 points and 9 boards.

-Yi continued to dominate the paint, exploiting poor defence before throwing down another jam.

-Wang converted a couple of free throws as China went on to close out an 83-73 victory.

China faced Group B underdogs Cote D'Ivoire at the World Basketball Championship.
China faced Group B underdogs Cote D'Ivoire at the World Basketball Championship.

Yi Jianlian said, "Our team really did good at controlling the rhythm of the match. As a player, no matter how long we play at the court, we always "try our best."

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