China dominate Thailand in basketball opener

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Liu Jiacen (2nd L) of China competes during the women's basketball 5x5 Group B match between China and Thailand at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia on Aug. 15, 2018. China won 110-42. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

China's women's basketball team defeated Thailand 110-42 in the opening Group Y match of the 2018 Asian Games women's basketball tournament at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex (GBK) in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Sun Mengran from China recorded a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds while five of her teammates also scored double-digit points, namely Li Yueru (15), Wang Xuemen (14), Shao Ting (13), Li Meng (13) and Han Xu (11), stamping a resounding victory over Thailand. 

China recorded amazing shooting accuracy throughout the game, with 59 percent shot accuracy for two pointers, 60 percent from three point range and 77 percent from the free throw line.

On the other hand, Thailand recorded 31 percent shooting accuracy from the two point area with Kanokwan Prajuapsook the only player to achieve double digits with 11 points.

China started strong by scoring seven straight points in under 2 minutes. Thailand recorded its first point, via a lay-up, with 8 minutes 19 seconds remaining in the first quarter, bringing the scores to 2-7. However, the less talented Thai squad was unable to stem the pace of China, which closed the first quarter leading 30-7.

Thailand improved its scoring in the second quarter, sinking 12 additional points, but their weak defense was penetrated successfully by China, which scored 23 points and ended the half up 53-19.

China continued to increase its lead in the third quarter, scoring 30 points to Thailand's 14. At the end of the quarter China had a commanding lead with the scores at 83-33.

China did not relent in attack in the fourth quarter recording a final score line of 110-42.

China will meet Japan and Thailand will take on Hong Kong on Friday Aug. 17.

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