Taiwan was once knocked out of the FIBA Asia Cup in an agonizing one-point loss to Jordan due to a buzzer beater in a interesting quarterfinal qualifier on Monday.
Competing beneath the title Chinese Taipei, the Taiwan crew gave up a lead of 9 factors with simply over a minute left to fall 97-96 to Jordan in their matchup to qualify for the quarterfinals, which used to be performed at Istora Stadium in central Jakarta.
Despite having led for most of the game, at one factor by way of as a whole lot as eleven points, Taiwan ran out of steam in the 0.33 quarter, which allowed Jordan to go on a 26-20 run.
Moving forward, Taiwan managed to reach a nine-point lead, 91-82, after a bounce shot by way of defend Chen Ying-chun (陳盈駿) with simply a little over a minute left in the game.
However, simply when Taiwanese followers thinking their crew would in all likelihood seal the win, chaos erupted as Taiwan middle William Artino made his fifth private foul and fouled out with fifty five seconds left in the game, whilst attempting to protect towards Jordanian sharpshooter Freddy Ibrahim.
Ibrahim went on to rating 9 of his 19 points, inclusive of the game-winning three-point buzzer beater, sending Jordan to their 2d consecutive Asian Cup quarterfinal and shattering the desires of Taiwan making it to their first quarterfinals in the regional championship due to the fact that 2013.
At the postgame press conference, Taiwan’s head train Charles Parker stated his crew “played their hearts out” and it was once an evenly matched recreation that was once received by means of a buzzer-beater.
“I have nothing poor to say about our team, nothing poor to say about Jordan. I suppose it was once an evenly-matched sport and it got here down to an tremendous shot,” Parker said.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s 211cm-tall naturalized American-born center, Artino, stated he individually deserved a lot of the blame for the loss.
“I have to discern out a way to proceed to continue to be in the recreation and now not take myself out of the recreation and make free throws. And I experience like I let down my crew and I experience like I let down a total nation, so I make an apology and I’ll proceed to work higher at being greater managed and on my free throws as well,” stated Artino, who shot 3-8 from the free-throw line.
Jordan capturing defend Dar Tucker led all scorers with 36 points, capturing 66.7 percentage from the floor, along with 10-12 two-pointers, whilst Chen led the Taiwan crew with 20 points.
As the Taiwan squad has been in a transition period, they started out the Asia Cup Qualifiers at sixty two in the FIBA world rankings and have for the reason that dropped seven spots to 69.
Many basketball followers in Taiwan nevertheless be mindful the FIBA Asia Cup in 2013 when Quincy Davis and Lin Chih-chieh (林志傑) led the Taiwan group in coming again from being down by way of as a lot as 17 factors to win by using 18 in the quarterfinals towards defending champions, China.
However, with most of the veterans on that squad no longer on the country wide crew roster, Taiwan’s cutting-edge crew is distinctly younger with large footwear to fill.
A pioneer of Asian basketball, Taiwan used to be one of the seven nations that performed in the first Asia Cup in 1960, when it completed 2d to the Philippines.