Taiwan Wins Basketball Gold in Tianjin
Taiwan defeated China 82-79 and won the gold medal in men's basketball in the East Asian Games on October 14th. Taiwan earned the gold after China dominated most of the game. It was the third time Taiwan men's basketball team has won gold at the East Asian Games and the first since 2005. It was also the second pulsating victory by Taiwan's national team over China in recent months, after Taiwan rallied from a 10-point deficit to rout China 96-78 in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asian Championships in Manila on August 9th. Taiwan's East Asian Games team consisted mostly of players involved in that triumph, while China fielded its Olympic team, with little carry-over from the Asian Championships.