China wins men's basketball title by beating Korea 77-71 at Asiad
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China defeated Korea 77-71 to claim their seventh Asian Games men's basketball gold medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games on November 26, 2010.

The awarding ceremony for Asian Games men's basketball gold medal. China won over Korea 77-71.(photo by Wang Ru)

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China retains men's basketball title at Asian Games

Defending champions China beat Korea 77-71 to defend their men's basketball title at the Asian Games on Friday (Nov 26).

The two sides played a close game from the very beginning which marked several lead changes before China, who defeated Korea 76-66 in the preliminary round, finished the first quarter 27-21.

Korea opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run and took the lead 37-31 with 5:10 minutes left in the quarter. Wang Shipeng's consecutive three jumpers and Sun Yue's one three point play and one 3-pointers put China 43-37 ahead at the end of the first half.

Teams shot a high percent with Korea 67 (13-for-19) and China 59 (17-for-29), but China outscored the Korean in 3-pointer shooting 5-4.

Korean twice trimmed the deficit to five in the third quarter before entering the fourth 56-64.

The hosts used an 8-2 spurt to expand the lead to 72-58 capped by Sun Yue's jumper. But the Korean fought back with a 13-2 charge, which included two 3-pointers, with 2:15 minutes remaining.

Trading back to back no baskets for both sides, Wang Zhizhi, who scored 20 points for China, tipped in a second chance with 50 seconds left for a 76-71 edge before Ding Jinhui hit one of two free throws to seal the victory.

Wang Zhizhi, who led all Chinese starters to score double-digit, nailed in six of his 11 in the second half. Ding Jinhui and Sun Yue each added 14 while Wang Shipeng, who hit a key 3-pointer in the last seconds to help China beat Iran 68-65 in semifinal Thursday night, and Liu Wei got 10 apiece.

Korea had three players scoring double-figure with Kim Joo Sung and Cho Sungmin each 15 points, and guard Yang Donggeun 17.


China's Wang Shipeng (L) passes the ball during the men's final of basketball against Korea at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, Nov. 26, 2010. China won over Korea 77-71. (photo by Wang Ru)

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