Taiwan ninth place in Asian Junior Men

Sorry for late. I have been busy lately. Anyway, Taiwan Junior Men finished for the all-time worst ninth place in the Asian U-18 Championship which took place in Tehran, Iran.

While it’s true that the results, which was the first time in history that Taiwan was out of the final eight, had a lot to do with the epic battle and a loss to the Philippines in two overtimes in the preliminary round, it was also undeniable that Taiwan’s high school basketball has been down a bit these years.

After falling out of the quarterfinal round, Taiwan beat Saudi Arabia, 119-92, and India, 102-89, in the classification games before a 102-89 win over Jordan to finish for the ninth place.

Lee Ming-hui, the leading scorer on the team, had 26 points in the Jordan game while Chang Po-wei scored 19 and Lin Li-jen had 16 points.

Final ranking of the 2008 Asian U-18 Men’s Championship:

1. Iran
2. Kazakhstan
3. Syria
4. Japan
5. China
6. Korea
7. Philippines
8. Lebanon
9. Taiwan
10. Jordan
11. Saudi Arabia
12. Hong Kong
13. India
14. UAE
15. Malaysia

Related links:
Wikipedia – FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship
FIBA Asia – Roster and game stats download (PDF)

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