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TOKUSHIMA (FIBA Asia Championship) - East Asian powerhouse Chinese Taipei posted a business-like 98-81 win against Hong Kong to book their place in the Quarterfinal round, even as Korea remained as one of the unbeaten teams, with an 89-win triumph over Syria, on Monday.
Taipei didn't waste much time in getting into the top gear. Wu Tai-Ho - who top scored with 24 points along with five assists and four rebounds - and Lin Chih-Chieh who matched him in almost every move put Taipei on the road to their destination, the latter adding some precise perimeter shooting to the cohesive inside successes.
"We were far better in getting our balance today," said Taipei coach Chung Kwak-Suk said.
"I was not impressed with our inside shooting yesterday. But I think we got a real good mix of both. That should give us confidence going into the next rounds," said the coach of Korean origin.
Taipei 98 (Wu Tai-Ho 24, Lin Chih-Chieh 23, Chen Hsin-An 17) bt Hong Kong 81 (Li Kim Wong 18, Lo Yi Ting 12). Quarterwise: 29-15, 56-35, 76-56.