WUHAN, China (26th FIBA Asia Championship): China opened up the game right at the start of the second half, and then held fort to stop a feisty Korea in their tracks with a 56-43 verdict that put the hosts in their second successive – and 16th overall – appearance in a FIBA Asia Championship gold medal game.
An 8-0 across the first half break pulled China away from an even-keeled rivals and thenceforth Bob Donewald’s team had to just hold on to that lead.
Veteran Wang Zhizhi struck on the paint for China to close the first half 21-19 ahead. Sun Yue opened the scoring for the second half with a blazing long ranger and Yi Jianlian capped the run with a clever three-point play.
And China were well on course for their place in the final.
In all, Yi Jianlian scored 5 points of his team-high 17 for the game and pulled down 4 of his game-high dozen rebounds in the third quarter.
Wang Zhizhi went on to finish with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
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