China failed to defend the title they won at home back in 2009 after blowing out a huge lead in the quarterfinals of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship on Friday in Manila, Philippines.
Chinese Taipei pulled tricks after tricks from their bags to pull off a gigantic 96-78 upset victory over China in their quarterfinal showdown in front of a sellout crowd at the Mall Of Asia Arena in the Philippines.
Naturalized player Quincy Davis had his best game of the tournament for Chinese Taipei as he racked up 26 points on 12-for-13 shooting from the field, while also grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking three shots, withstanding the challenge of NBA player Yi Jianlian.
“It’s a big challenge but that’s when I play my best game. It started with Qatar, they’ve got some big boys, some big strong guys in there. That’s when I play my best performance, when I see big guys, I get excited, No matter how tall or how strong they are. If they’re big, I want to outrun them and just play tougher than them,” Davis said after the game.
China came out firing in the game and led by as much as 17 points in the first half, which ended with them on top by 10 points. However, Chinese Taipei got into their rhythm in the second, stopping the offensive onslaught of China to turn the table around into their favor.
“I just said one thing at the beginning of the tournament. I told the players to play hard, play smart, and play together. Today, I only wanted my players to do one thing — focus,” said Hsu on their second-half performance.
Tsai Wen-Chang had 21 points and seven rebounds, while hotshot Lin Chih-Chieh posted 17 points and seven assists for Chinese Taipei, which shot 10-for-20 from the three-point region.
With the win, Chinese Taipei finally ended their long drought against China, winning for the first time in 10 games against the perennial champions in FIBA Asia competitions.