Taiwanese face knockout battle they fear most

With the unexpected turn of events that went against its way yesterday, Chinese Taipei has no other choice but to write its own piece of history to progress in the 27th Fiba-Asia Championship.

“We have never beaten China’s A-Team before,” a Chinese Taipei reporter told the Inquirer  moments after his national side fell  to Qatar, 71-68, and sent the Taiwanese on a collision course with the Chinese in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

“CT (Chinese-Taipei) has beaten many (second-tier) Chinese teams before, but the team they have here is their A-Team,” continued the journalist in halting English. “If we want to make (the World Championship), we must make history.”

There was so much pain in the voice of the reporter, a familiar fixture that follows the Taiwanese national team in its games all over Asia.

The journalist said that Chinese-Taipei’s campaign here already marked a first after the Taiwanese enlisted the services of a naturalized player in Quincy Davis III for the first time in a Fiba-Asia event.

Like the rest of the Taiwanese journalists, he felt miserable  that Lin Chi-chieh, Chinese-Taipei’s top outside gun, reinjured his tender right ankle in a 79-76 victory over Japan Tuesday night.

“Had he (Lin) played, he would have made a lot of difference for us,” he said.

The journalist confirmed that Lin is the most popular player back home, enjoying a massive following from fans who are as young as 5 years old to senior citizens.

Lin earned the nickname “The Beast” back in Taiwan after dunking in one game and bringing down the entire backboard. It is this same “Beast” that the journalist is counting on to lead Chinese Taipei to its own piece of Fiba-Asia history on Friday. Musong R. Castillo

  • oh_noh

    *haha* good luck!!!

    名) 祝您好运

    (感叹) 祝您好运

  • bit coin

    China is beatable.

  • pogiako

    chee bye

  • jojo webmail

    the heartless philippine coast guards must be celebrating now. shame no you!

    • justjarred

      anong kinalaman ng PCG sa basketball?

      • Ace

        OO nga, me masabi lang e!

    • disqus_m9QKlBe6Ns

      You’re mother should have swallowed you.

  • sanjuan683

    Maganda ang labanan ito ng China versus Chinese-Taipei pustahan silang dalawa. Sabi ng Chinese-Taipei kapag natalo nila ang China magiging kanila na ang main China, at kapag natalo naman ng China ang Chinese-Taipei babalik na ang Chinese-Taipei sa mainland China at kasama yun Panatag Shoal. heheheheheheheheheheheheh

  • philspratly

    this chinese taipei team can beat china … hope they do .

  • Tommy

    Doesn’t really matter to the Philippine team who wins (as if we win against Kazakhstan and Korea/Qatar we make the World Championships), but this should be REALLY good television.

  • Dadi Jordy

    With Yi Jinlang injured and Yao Ming not around anymore, China is beatable in Fiba-Asia.

  • indiosbravos2002

    China is beatable by a disciplined, consistent and well oiled team. The RP team is neither of the 3… sa HK nga hirap pa. Lol.

  • styx

    matindi sked ng international game…..araw-araw maylaban……sablay ka pag wala ka sa condition sa atin si rdo.douhit biktima…..full blast ang laro every game….isang kamali todas kaya buhos ang laro….risk sa injury talaga….

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