CHANGCHUN, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese men's basketball survived Team American United's test to win the first friendly between them 81-77 here on Wednesday after three key players, Yi Jianlian, Guo Ailun and Zhou Qi returned.
Li Gen's two free-throws with 2.2 seconds left sealed the win for China. The American United took a 7-0 run the final minutes to cut the host's lead from nine points to only two at 79-77. Joey Williamson then stole the ball from Guo Ailun but Micthell Anderson failed to make the lay-up. With 3.1 seconds to go, Li Gen drew the foul and delivered the two free throws.
The Chinese team opened the match with 7-2 but their opponent threw in three three-pointers in the first period to stay in the match. Li Gen led China to a 11-0 run in the beginning of the second quarter. Wang Zhelin, who returned from injury for just a short time, gave the Team American United chances to narrow the gap. China led by five at half time.
""Wang Zhelin still need time to recover fully. And we decided to give him time to find his form,"" said Gong Luming, head coach of Chinese team. ""He's far away from his best. And we will give him more time.""
John Taylor scored eight of his match-high 26 points in the third quarter and the Team American United tied the score at 63-63 before the final period. Zhou Qi and Guo Ailun led the Chinese team in the final quarter, leading as many as nine points before their opponent clawed back.
""We failed to do well in defence, protecting rebounds and reducing turnovers."" said Gong. ""I asked my players to focus on defence but we still were outrebounded 36-48. We also had 20 turnovers. We got advantage in height but we didn't take good use of it.""
Guo Ailun led China with 16 points while Zhou Qi took 15. Yi Jianlian contributed 11 in less than 11 minutes.
""Zhou Qi played well tonight. But I think he can do better than this."" added Gong.
The two teams will play their next two matches in Henan Province's Jiaozhuo and Luoyang on Friday and Sunday. Enditem
BEIJING Jeremy Hill Jersey , March 26 (Xinhua) -- Cross-Strait economic cooperation should not to be disturbed by disputes about a service trade pact, which the mainland considers "mutually beneficial."
"From the mainland's perspective, the cross-Strait service trade pact is well drafted and mutually beneficial. We did what we should do (in the negotiation of the pact) Cyrus Jones Jersey ," said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman with the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, at a press conference while commenting on protests against the pact in Taiwan.
Hundreds of college students have occupied the island's legislative chamber in Taipei since Tuesday last week to protest against ratification of the pact.
The two sides of the Taiwan Strait signed the pact as a result of economic liberation and globalization Danny Etling Jersey , Ma said, adding that neither Taiwan nor the mainland can avoid the process of economic integration.
Ma reminded the people of Taiwan of the positive effects of cross-Strait economic cooperation to economic growth and people's livelihoods on both sides over the past two decades.
"We do not want the economic cooperation to be affected," he said.
The mainland and Taiwan should not dismiss the progress made in cross-Strait relations since 2008 Jordan Richards Jersey , he said.
"No one would like to see cross-Strait relations return to the tension and confrontation before 2008," he said. "For the sake of people on both sides, no one wants to see peaceful development disturbed."
He urged the people of Taiwan to look carefully at the pact and to clarify their misunderstandings.
A follow-up agreement to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement Malcom Brown Jersey , the service trade pact was signed in June 2013 and promises to open up 80 of the mainland's service sectors to Taiwan and 64 of Taiwan's sectors to the mainland.
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