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Wang's 35 Points Storms China to Third Win


China's top center Wang Zhizhi, who serves for the Dallas Mavericks of America's National Basketball Association (NBA), scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to storm China to a 96-75 victory over Greece in the final game in the first round on Friday.

China, who wrapped up the round-robin matches with three wins to top Group A, is bracketed with Group E winner Canada, Group C second-placed Ukraine and Group G runner-up the Czech Republic, in the 1-16 finals second round of the men's basketball competition.

Wang, 2.14 meters, scored 12 points in straight, 5-5 in the field, to put China at 39-25 at the start of the second quarter to have the good of the game.

China's another promising center Yao Ming, a 21-year-old of 2. 25 meters, held down 17 rebounds in addition to his 19 points.

Kyritisis Alexander led Greece with 28 points when he was 8-18 in the field though the team was only 23-77.

The Greeks trailed from the very start of the game but hung around with a loosing chase, finishing the first quarter at 27-21 to the host team.

Wang's amazing successive baskets put the game out of touch in just 3:40 minutes in the second quarter before Chinese called the break at 49-30.

In the middle of the third quarter, Greece drove for a 15-5 run to come close to a 10-points deficit at 65-55 in a period when the Chinese bench players made only one basket in five minutes.

The Greeks had a good opportunity to steal the lead from the title favorites when they put up another eight straight points to get as close as 73-66 with 5:50 minutes left in the final quarter.

But Yao scored 10 points down the stretch to leave the Greeks in despair.

(Xinhua News Agency 08/25/2001)







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