Kwak Joo-Yeung's buzzer-beater helps South Korea to beat China


Kwak Joo-Yeung hit a buzzer-beater in South Korea's first group match in preliminary round of the 25th FIBA Asia Women's Basketball Championship in Bangkok on Sunday to sink the defending champion China 72-70.

Zhao Shuang, who only scored two points in the previous time of Sunday's match, scored two free throws with 16 seconds to the end to tie the score at 70-70. Kwak then found the basket and made the shot from baseline to avoid an over-time.

China opened the match with a 4-0 but never took the lead from then on. South Korea led as many as nine points in the fourth quarter but China's 8-2 run cut the lead to three. Beon Yeon-Ha's two free throws and Kim Jung-Eun's bank shot brought the lead back to seven but Chen Xiaojia scored all her five points to cut the lead once again to two.

Kim Jung-Eun made another shot but China's veteran center Chen Nan took a shot and then Zhao Shuang tied the score to earn China a possible over-time chance, which was denied by Kwak later.

Rookie Lu Wen led China with a match high 24 points while Kim Jung-Eun led South Korea with 19.

"Being young is not an excuse. It's just a recognition that we don't know things. Like the last play, old player even doesn't do that," said Thomas Maher, head coach of Chinese team.

"I'm more concerned about fixing their mistakes. We have some other players had to go through the nervous experiences like Chen Feng and Liu Xiaojia. They played nervous basketball. Zhao Shuang and Gao Song are also young players. They have to learn to play more quality international basketball."

"One day the basketball world will know Lu Wen's name," added Maher. "She is a best-practice person. She practised like that every day. And for young player, she had a very high IQ. She learns quickly that's why she has come from a low level to high level. I think she will be a big star one day."

In Sunday's other two level one matches, Japan thrashed Kazakhstan 94-59 while Chinese Taipei beat India 85-57.

China will play against Kazakhstan on Monday while South Korea takes on India. Japan will meet Chinese Taipei.

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