China beat Indonesia by 50 points to reach FIBA ​​Asia Cup quarters

China’s Zhou Qi (C) fights for a rebound during their clash with Indonesia in the FIBA ​​Asia Cup at Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 18, 2022. /CFP

China’s Zhou Qi (C) fights for a rebound during their clash with Indonesia in the FIBA ​​Asia Cup at Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 18, 2022. /CFP

China booked their place in the quarter-finals of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asian Cup as the 16-time champions gave a masterclass at the Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta with a 50-point victory over the Indonesia Monday evening.

The 108-58 rout came on the heels of Saturday’s comprehensive victory over Chinese Taipei, who suffered an early exit from the tournament after a devastating one-point loss to Jordan later in the day.

With a star roster that included former NBA player Zhou Qi, the Chinese outclassed the Indonesians in every department.

China’s Zhao Rui (R) dribbles the ball against Indonesia during the FIBA ​​Asia Cup at Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 18, 2022. /CFP

China’s Zhao Rui (R) dribbles the ball against Indonesia during the FIBA ​​Asia Cup at Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 18, 2022. /CFP

Zhou, who currently plies his trade for the South East Melbourne Phoenix of Australasia National Basketball League, had 13 points and 9 rebounds, while four of his teammates scored in double figures.

Indonesia kept pace with China early on, trailing just 5 points in the first period, but the Asian giants pulled away to build a comfortable 59-21 cushion at halftime of the lopsided encounter.

China did not slow down after the break and forced the Indonesians to cough up several turnovers in the closing stages of the game.

China’s Gu Quan holds an MVP (Most Valuable Player) trophy for the match against Indonesia during the FIBA ​​Asia Cup at Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 18, 2022. /CFP

China’s Gu Quan holds an MVP (Most Valuable Player) trophy for the match against Indonesia during the FIBA ​​Asia Cup at Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 18, 2022. /CFP

Gu Quan was the star of the game for the Chinese team, leading the field with 23 points, including five three-pointers. Hu Mingxuan scored 14 points, Zhao Rui had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Xu Jie added 11 points.

Marques Bolden led the way for Indonesia with 21 points and 6 rebounds, but lacked offensive support to stem the tide of China’s overwhelming threat on the counter.

At his post-match press conference, Chinese coach Du Feng took time to praise his team’s overall effort. “All the players are working very hard tonight. To their credit, it’s absolutely exceptional,” he beamed.

China will face a tougher test on Wednesday against top-flight Lebanon, who earned their place in the quarters with a scintillating 104-63 win over India on Sunday.

Chinese coach Du Feng during the FIBA ​​Asia Cup match against Indonesia at Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 18, 2022. /CFP

Chinese coach Du Feng during the FIBA ​​Asia Cup match against Indonesia at Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 18, 2022. /CFP

As for Indonesia, their latest setback means Milos Pejic’s side have not reached the Asian Cup quarter-finals and therefore missed out on next year’s World Cup, which the country co -will organize with Japan and the Philippines.

“We don’t want to be sad now,” Pejic told reporters. “We don’t want to be disappointed now. We want to continue our program. We want to continue our hard work.”

“After a few months, maybe a year, of hard work, we can say that we did a great job. We represented Indonesian basketball in the right way,” he added. “We don’t want to stop now. We have just taken a step. Every big goal starts with a small step.”

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