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China finishes third in 2014 Stankovic Continental Cup

English.news.cn   2014-08-04 19:32:48

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 minutes.

"We felt much pressure in the post in terms of their height and weight," Angolan head coach Emanuek Trivoada commented on the hosts' advantage.

Braulio Morais had team-high 16 points. Hermenegildo Mbunga added 12.

Angola will feature in the FIBA World Cup which kicked off on August 30 in Spain. Enditem

Editor: Xiang Bo
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