Taiwan places Second, while Philippines' UE places 3rd.
Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia --- Guangdong University of China scored a masterful 95-66 victory over National Taiwan University of Arts in the finals of the 8th Asian University Basketball Championship held at the Binutlu Municipal Stadium in Sarawak, Malaysia.
With 6-foot-8 twins Ren Jun Fei and Ren Jun Wei, 6-9 Li Yuan Yu and 6-11 Da Lai Wu combining for 53 points, the Chinese totally dominated the Taiwanese from start to finish to capture the AUBC title once held by Hua Qiao University of China in 2007.
Da Lai Wu, a native of Mongolia, and brothers Ren Jen Fei and Ren Jen Wei will see action in the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China in August where the Philippines is one of 24 participants in men’s basketball.
Taiwan was overwhelmed by China’s tremendous height advantage and was unable to keep pace with its opponents. The Taiwanese were bannered by Lai Kuo Wei, who scored 21 points, and Hsiao Shun Yi, who added 19.
Meanwhile, the University of the East (UE) of the Philippines routed Malaysia, 85-67, to grab third place in the prestigious tournament held annually.
Paul Zamar topscored for the Philippines with 20 points, including a pair of three-point shots that allowed his team to pull away from the Malaysians, who had beaten the Filipinos in first-round action.
Three other players scored in double digits for the Jerry Codiñera-coached UE Red Warriors – Adrian Santos, 18,Benjamin Zosa, 11, and John Michael Noble, 10.
UE’s trip was made possible by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)and the Federation of School Sports Association (FESSAP), the latter of which is the local university sports body recognized by the Federation of International University Sports (FISU), the organizer of the Summer Universiade and World University Championship.
Attending the 8th AUBC closing ceremonies were AUBF and BAP secretary general Graham Chua Lim, who represented BAP President Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and AUBF president Shin Dong Pa of Korea, Malaysian Education Deputy Minister Dato' Saifuddin Bin Abdullah, Bintulu Basketball Association (BBA) chairman Wong Hong Gouk and president Lawrence Hii, organizer Tan Kee Hian and Malaysia Basketball Association (MABA) vice president Ling Kuok Kai.
The tournament was further boosted by the support of FIBA-Asia officials.
With the event's successful staging in Sarawak, Minister Bin Abdullah has already informed the Asian University Basketball Federation (AUBF) through secretary general Graham Chua Lim of Kuala Lumpur's intention to host the 9th AUBC competitions early next year.
Philippines (85) – Paul Zamar 20, John Michael Noble 15, Adrian Santos 12,
Christopher Javier 8, Benjamin Zasa 7, Jhon Sumido 7, Ronnie de
Leon 4, Lucas Tagarda 4, Shej Roi Sumang 4, Erwin Duran 2, Jairold Flores 2, Mark Esclamado 0.
Malaysia (67) – Temitope Ahmed 18, Ceola d’ Brown Folarin 15, Michael
Ovoke 15, Ng Sing Tee 12, Wong Wee Seng 2, Amirui Effrendy 2,
Hadzri Bin Harman 2, Tan Cheng Kiat 1, Sassinferan Selvaraja 0, Riza Bin Ahmad 0.
Quarter Scores: 22-21; 41-39; 64-50; 85-67
China (95) - Yu Guang Long 19, Ren Jun Fei 17, Li Yuan Yu 16, Chen Da Peng 13,
Da Lai Wu 12, Ren Jun Wei 11, Qing Cong 5, Zhang Zhan 2, Lu Zhen Yu 0.
Chinese-Taipei (66) – Lai Kuo Wei 21, Hsiao Shun Yi 19, Chang Po Wei 9, Lu
Kuan Liang 6, Yao Shen Han 5, Liang Chen Yu 3, Hung Wei Chun 2, Chung Chih Pang 2, Yu Wei Chen 0, Tsai Ho Lin 0.
Quarter Scores: 20-13; 47-22; 72-53; 95-66