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Japan dominates Chinese Taipei in ACQ

Chinese Taipei struggled to find its groove against Japan on both ends of the floor. FIBA/Paul Ryan Tan
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Japan handed Chinese Taipei another bad beat in the third window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers through a 98-61 rout on Friday at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.

Japan gradually pulled away from Chinese Taipei in the first half before sealing the blowout with a 28-10 third quarter.

Gavin Edwards bounced back from his rough debut against China on Wednesday by making 21 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two blocks for Japan, which is now at 2-1 in Group B.

Makoto Hiejima went for a perfect 5-for-5 from the field including 3-of-3 from three-point range and made both his two free throws for 15 points with two rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

Ku Mao Wei Chia led Chinese Taipei, which fell to 1-3, with 11 points.

Box Scores:

Japan 98-Edwards 21, Hiejima 15, Kanamaru 14, Schafer 11, Shinoyama 7, Tsuji 6, Vendrame 5, K. Takeuchi 5, J. Takeuchi 5, Chambers 3, Tanaka 3, Harimoto 3

Chinese Taipei 61-Ku 11, Su 8, Lu 8, Gadiaga 7, C. Wu 6, Morrison 5, S. Wu 5, Hsieh 4, Li 3, Lin 2, Fan 2, Chen 0

Quarterscores: 25-16, 52-38, 80-48, 98-61

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