DOHA: Korea swept aside hosts Qatar 102-49 at Al Gharafa Stadium here yesterday to set up a meeting with reigning gold medallists China, who beat Philippines, for the top spot in Group E of the 23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship.
Jeon Hyunwoo’s back-to-back treys opened the scoring for Korea in the game against Qatar and the three-time former gold medallists never looked back after that.
Hyunwoo went on to finish with 27 points in the game, which saw every Korean player score.
Mohammad Abdulrahman Saad gave a good presentation of his capabilities while scoring 15 points for Qatar.
China’s clinical performance against Philippines silenced the large Filipino crowd that had gathered to cheer their team.
Kobe Paras’ twin free-throws followed by Mark Dyke’s drive in the lane negated Sun Minghui’s game-opener, but that was the only moment that the Philippines were ahead on the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.
Sun Minghui and Shao Yinglun were to combine and give China a double-digit lead as early as seven minutes into the game and there was no doubting who the dominant side were.
Support for the Philippines grew in sound and size as the game progressed but it was China who saw the swell on the scoreboard.
Zhou Qi joined team-mates Zhao Rui and Yang Kai to run circles around the Filipino defence.