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China downs Qatar to top group C at FIBA Asian Championship
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16:05, August 09, 2009

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Host China added another win to their kitty here on Saturday after beating 2005 Asian Championship bronze medal lists Qatar 92-61 to top Group C of the 25th Asian men's basketball championship.

After winning the first two group matches without much ado, China ranked first in Group C and made it to the eight-final round on their way to regain their top place in Asia after finished only10th at last edition in Japan 2007.

China reeled off a 9-0 early in the first quarter that set the tone for the game and only went on to outscore their opponents over the remainder.

Wang Zhizhi came off the bench to collect a game-high eight rebounds with his 15 points. Liu Wei also scored 15 points, hitting the mark thrice in five attempts in three-pointers in the 6-of-9 shooting record, along with a team-high four assists.

New Jersey Nets forward Yi Jianlian scored 12, with a 55% shooting percentage in field, failing to convert his lone three-pointer attempt.

Zhu Fangyu contributed 12 points and Wang Shipeng added 14 points, seven of which came in at the final quarter.

China's advantage in scoring kept increasing as the game progressed. Not that Qatar didn't run the floor hard, but just that they were pitted against a much better-equipped outfit.

Mustafa Elsayed led the scoring for the game with 16 points, and pulled down seven rebounds while Omar Salem had 13.

Qatar outrebouned China 39-36, which made Chinese head-coach Guo Shiqaing quite unhappy.

"Our players did quite good in both offense and defence, just as what we told them to," said Guo. "But they still paid little attention to push opponents out of the paint zone and we had three rebounds less than Qatar had."

Veteran Wang Zhizhi didn't consider the three-in-a-row wins a good thing for China.

"We won the previous three matches but we are still not in the best form and problems came out," said Wang. "Now we should pay more attention for upcoming opponents."

China will play against United Arab Emirates on Monday.

Source: Xinhua

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