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Korea and Chinese Taipei join Japan and China to qualify for FIBA Asia Cup 2017
In the first game of the day, Korea bounced back from their Day 1 defeat to hosts Japan by routing Macau, 109-58. Coach Hur Jae's squad led by double-figures early on and never allowed Macau to mount any comeback.
Lee DaeSung had a great performance for Korea with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 triples. Jeon JunBeom also impressed with 16 points and 4 three-pointers of his own. The Koreans waxed hot from long range, hitting a total of 21 three-point bombs compared to only 3 for Macau.
In the final game of the first round, Chinese Taipei made short work of Hong Kong, 92-57, thanks to some really tight defense. Coach Chou Chun-San's wards limited the Hong Kongers to under 30% field goal shooting and out-rebounded them, 49-28. Chou Yi-Hsiang led the victors with 13 points on 6-of-11 field goal shooting, while Liu Cheng and Yu Huan-Ya each tallied 12 points.
Chinese Taipei next face undefeated home team Japan in the Semi-Final.
Japan, China, Korea and Chinese Taipei have formally booked their spots at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 and the Asia Qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. Whoever finishes at 5th place between Macau and Hong Kong will be the final team to represent East Asia in both those tournaments.
Korea beat Macau, 109-58
Chinese Taipei beat Hong Kong, 92-57