LUOYANG, China, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- China finished the third
place after a 74-58 rout of Angola in 2014 Stankovic Continental
Cup here on Monday.
China led by as many as 20 points with 3:53 remaining, a
comfortable lead enough to seal the win.
Zhao Tailong finished with game-high 18 points. Zhou Peng helped
with 15 points.
"We had a wonderful start, but the opponents posed some problems
in the second period, which was a good opportunity for us to make
adjustments. We've learned a lot through these 10 games
(Sino-European Basketball Championship and Stankovic Continental
Cup)," said Chinese head coach Gong Luming.
China stormed to a 10-2 start and built a double-digit lead
after the first quarter.
Angola opened the second period with a 9-0 lead after Braulio
Morais' three-pointer, before Wang Zhelin had a basket on second
chance five and a half minutes into this quarter. Angola led by
27-26 with 3:43 to go on Morais' one of two free throws, their
first since the tip-off.
Then Zhou Peng grabbed the spotlight after hitting two
three-pointers in a row, including a buzzer beater to help the
hosts lead by 40-32.
Angola took a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to just one point
midway through the third quarter, before China took over the game
again with another 8-0 surge and led by 56-45 into last 12
"We felt much pressure in the post in terms of their height and
weight," Angolan head coach Emanuek Trivoada commented on the
Braulio Morais had team-high 16 points. Hermenegildo Mbunga
Angola will feature in the FIBA World Cup which kicked off on
August 30 in Spain. Enditem