Chinese Taipei defeated Qatar in thrilling fashion, eking out a 75-73 victory in their final outing in the preliminary stage of the FIBA Asia Cup to take third place in Group B of the competition Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Chinese Taipei secured the victory on a buzzer-beating dunk by Lei Tien to break the game’s final deadlock.
With the win, Chinese Taipei moves into the knockout quarterfinal round against the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team, which finished in a triple tie for first place with Lebanon and China in Group A. Lebanon ended up with a tiebreak quotient of 1.068, giving it the top seed for the group with the Philippines (1.050) taking second and China (0.891) third.
In case of three-way ties in FIBA competition, tiebreaks are computed using the quotient from total points scored in games among tied teams divided by total points allowed.
SMART-Gilas is no stranger to Chinese Taipei’s top national team, which it defeated in the 34th William Jones Cup in Taiwan last month. After a two-day break, the Philippine team is expected to come out with guns ablaze in the quarterfinals, which begins on Thursday.