Sat, 02 Dec 2023

HANGZHOU, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia narrowly defeated Hong Kong, China 21-19, while Chinese Taipei sailed past Jordan 21-7 in the men's 3x3 basketball round robin at the Hangzhou Asian Games on Thursday.

Ulzii-Orshikh Myagmarsuren stood out during the game, scoring two consecutive 2-pointers to extend Mongolia's lead to 15-10 with over three minutes to go.

Hong Kong, China fought hard afterwards and pulled within 19-20 with just 15 seconds left on the clock. In a critical moment, Myagmarsuren dribbled and made a game-winning shot, helping Mongolia reach 21 points first to deny any chance of a comeback for Hong Kong, China.

Hong Kong, China remains winless after three matches so far. "We came close after the pause but fell short in the end. The opponents had some quick attacks, and our toughness was not enough. However, I believe that if we can get more training and teamwork, we can achieve better results," Lam Man Kei Anson of Hong Kong, China said after the game.

Chinese Taipei displayed excellent shooting from the outside, making 7 of 15 attempts to notch a comfortable victory over Jordan. Chinese Taipei registered a 3-1 win-loss record in the round robin.

"Jordan had not won before today's game, so we knew they would try their best, but we didn't panic and approached the game with calmness," said Chinese Taipei player Wang Jhe Yu.

In other games, Japan defeated South Korea 21-17, Qatar crushed Kyrgyzstan 21-5, Iran beat Turkmenistan 19-13, and Thailand lost to Kazakhstan 19-16.

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