The game was won by Chinese Taipei in overtime after the two teams recorded a draw of 73-73 during the normal playing time at the Basket Hall in Bung Karno Sports complex, Senayan, Jakarta.
The second victory for the Chinese Taipei team, which was trained by coach Albert Wagner, gave it a big boost to qualify for the knockdown stage, especially if it could out-play India on Sunday and host Indonesia two days later.
In the meantime, Korea, which has earned one victory and one defeat, still has a chance to qualify if it is able to overcome its rivals in the next two meets with India on Monday (Aug 20) and Kazakhstan on Tuesday (Aug 21).
In the preliminary round of the Asian Games basketball, Chinese Taipei defeated Japan, 71-65, to claim an important victory in Group C on Tuesday.
Chinese Taipei was the better side in terms of offensive and defense rebounds in the 1st half. Its accuracy of two-point shots was also slightly higher than Japan (47 percent to 44 percent).
However, the Taiwanese did not manage to score a single three-pointer in the first 20 minutes, missing all seven of their attempts beyond the three-point line. They did not perform well in free throws either, scoring only two out of six.
Chinese Taipei was behind Japan for most of the time in the first two quarters, trailing by six to seven points in general. Things got worse for Taiwan, as Japan reeled off a 12-6 string and led 49-36 about six minutes into the 2nd half.
Being 13 points behind, however, the Taiwanese suddenly bounced back by capping a 23-4 run and took a 59-53 lead in the latter half of the 3rd period. Cheng Liu stole the ball from Japan and drove a fast-break, igniting the surge. Three-pointers made by Yingchun Chen, Yihsiang Chou, Chunyen Peng, and Douglas Creighton further helped the team get back into the game.
Reporting by Gilang Galiartha
Editing by Andi Abdussalam