Hosts China heavily favored as they took on India in the Quarter-Finals of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, dominated all the four quarters of the quarterfinal and registered a 104-58 triumph yesterday in Changsha Hunan, China. They now set up a Semi-Final showdown with Iran.
India began well to lead 7-4 three minutes into the game after a basket from Amritpal Singh when China took over. In the first quarter, China led 36-17. Soon Zhou Peng and Yi hit jumpers to start a 15-4 run that put the tournament hosts in command for good. With Yi Jianlian pouring in 18 of his 21 points in the first half when the score was 69-31. The Chinese made quick work of their opponents and remained in the lead at the end of the third quarter also by 90-54. They added another 14 points as against 4 of Indian in the last quarter and remained undefeated in the tournament.
China had many more weapons, including those that came off the bench to contribute 22 points before the break. India’s defense had no answers against China, who put the result beyond doubt in the first half when they were 17 of 23 from the floor, including five of 10 from the arc, and a perfect seven of seven at the free-throw line.
Yi was a dominant player at the tournament and he was unstoppable against India, especially in the first two-quarters when making seven of his nine shots from the field and all four of his free throws. He had three thunderous dunks in the first half. Yi made a brief appearance early in the second half before sitting out the remainder of the contest. Zhao with his three of six efforts from the arc and 13 points in just 13 minutes was the other good contributor for China. For India Bhriguvanshi was the main scorer with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5assists.
Since first joining the tournament in 1975, China has been dominant, missing the Quarter-Finals only once. India, meanwhile, hasn’t reached this stage of the competition since 2003, when they finished eighth. India proved a pretty big team this time around, but nobody is bigger than the Chinese, who boast of four players taller than 2.10m.
They will now play for 5th-8th place match