Host Chinese men's basketball team started its way to take back the Asian Champions title after they beat Bahrain 101-49 in first group match at the 2001 FIBA Men's Basketball Asia Championships in Wuhan on Thursday.
All 12 Chinese players scored in the match. Liu Wei and Yi Jianlian contributed 15 points apiece to lead the Chinese team while veteran Wang Zhizhi, who only played 11 minutes and had six points, is the only starter who didn't score in double-digits.
"Today we are just to get our foot wet," said Robert Donewald Jr, China's head coach. "My players are dancing on the court. And I think the real Asian Championship only start after other five group matches."
Bader Malabes led the Bahrain team with a game-high 17 points, 15 of which came from the first quarter. China led 25-20 after the first quarter but only let Bahrain take four points in the second quarter to build a 27-point lead.
China enlarged its lead to 32 points after the third quarter and once again only let Bahrain score four points in the final quarter. The host outerbounded Bahrain 64-25. Zhang Zhaoxu grabbed a match-high 15 rebounds.