WUHAN, China (26th FIBA Asia Championship): Naturalized forward Moon Tae Jong nee Jarod Stevenson scored a game-high 21 points all in the first half – 15 of them in the first quarter to put Korea in control right from the start, from where the East Asian team just rolled on to maintain their unbeaten status beating Uzbekistan 106-57 in Group E on Monday.
Cho Sungmin took over Korean scoring for the rest of the game firing in a staggering six long rangers – in 9 attempts – for 20 points.
“The team is coming together alright, but we haven’t been tested at all,” said Korea coach Hur Jae.
“I think our real competition begins tomorrow,” Jae said.
Korea, who failed to make the semifinals a FIBA Asia Championship for the first time in the competition’s history at the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship at Tianjin, line up against fellow East Asian team Chinese Taipei on the morrow before taking on twice defending champions Iran in the final Group E game on Wednesday.
“These kind of games can get tricky. We got our plans working. I hope we can maintain the momentum,” he said.
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