2013 FIBA Asia Championship: Results Between China and Kazakhstan — China wins despite a late rally by Kazakhstan, with the former forging a 73-67 win, Monday at the MOA Arena, Philippines, in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship’s second round.
China headed into the second quarter with a leading of 12 points but Kazakhstan took a 14-2 run to cut the lead to only four. Zhu Fangyu stood up and made in three triples before the halftime, at which China led 42-30.
Zhu scored 17 points in the game, 12 of those coming in down the stretch. Wang Zhizhi added 14 points while Zhu Fangyu notched 15 though most of those came in the first half. “It’s been a difficult game for us. Right now our team is in a difficult time. We will be better. We will show everyone in our nation that we will be back,” vowed Zhou after leading his team with 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
“I have to congratulate our players they played a very good game and a lot of focus and desire to win the game, it was a very difficult game,” said China’s coach Panagiotis Giannakis. “They surprised us in the last few minutes.”
Kazakhstan outscored China 16-8 in the third quarter but Wang Shipeng’s two triples early in the final quarter kept China in a leading position with 10 points. Then Kazakhstan, who won all three group matches in the preliminary stage, had a 10-1 run in the middle of the fourth quarter but still denied by Zhou Peng.