Taiwan out of Asian junior men quarterfinal

Taiwan U-18 NT lost 95-80 to Lebanon today in Tehran, Iran and was knocked out of the quarterfinal round of FIBA Asian U-18 Men’s Championship for the first time in history.

Taiwan finished with one win and two losses in its preliminary games and failed to qualify. It lost a double-overtime heartbreaker to the Philippines 106-105 in the opening game and routed UAE 89-54.

Lin Li-jen paced Taiwan with 20 points while Chou Po-cheng and Lee Ming-hui each socred 18 but Taiwan was unable to match up with Lebanon, which has five players over 200cm on its roster. Taiwan trailed 46-33 at halftime.

In the 35-point win over UAE, Lee Ming-hui led Taiwan with 18 points and Shih Chin-yao had 15 points.

Taiwan now as to play in the 9-15 classification games. Teams advancing to the guarterfinal are: China, South Korea, Lebanon, Japan, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Syria and host Iran.

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