The Great Wall of China, which Korea could face at the Hangzhou Asian Games, has beaten arch-nemesis New Zealand to claim third place in the tournament behind the performance of naturalized players.

The Chinese national basketball team defeated New Zealand 69-68 in the third-place game at the 2023 Basketball Super Cup in Hamburg, Germany, on Wednesday (Feb. 13) to take third place behind Canada and Germany.토토사이트

After dropping the first quarter, 16-22, the Chinese squandered an eight-point lead in the second quarter, 15-17. But behind Kyle Anderson’s 10 points in the third quarter, China pulled within four points, 50-54, and eventually scored the game-winning basket in the fourth quarter for a thrilling one-point victory.

The key was Kyle Anderson. Starting with his 10 points in the third quarter, he finished with a team-high 18 points, four steals, five rebounds, and two assists. His most notable performance came in the fourth quarter, when he drew a foul on his opponent and made a clutch play that set the stage for his team’s come-from-behind win.

Overall, Kyle Anderson has been stellar in the Super Cup, averaging 13 points, 5.6 rebounds, and two steals in three games.

Not to be outdone by Anderson, the 6-foot-10 Zhou Qi added 15 points, four rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

Korea last played the Netherlands in the FIBA Asian Cup quarterfinals on July 21, 2022, in Jakarta, Indonesia, losing 88-78, by 10 points.

At the time, Korea led 46-40 at halftime, but while the Dutch struggled without Heo Woong and Lee Dae-sung, their opponents showed overwhelming firepower with their rebounding-oriented under-the-basket tactics, overturning a six-point deficit and opening up a 10-point lead. That’s the kind of opponent our national team will have to face.

Back in China, the team will prepare for a friendly against Serbia scheduled for late August in Shenzhen.

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