MANILA, Philippines — China needed a late surge to beat Japan, 90-84, and remain undefeated in Group B of the Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers in Clark, Pampanga.
Down seven with a little over six minutes left, China went on a 17-4 run to turn the game around.
China’s size advantage was too much to overcome for Japan with 7-foot-1 center Zhou Qi leading the way.
Qi imposed his will with 18 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks to help his team go 3-0.
A triple by Zhao Yanhao sealed the game for China, 88-81, with 1:06 remaining. China outrebounded Japan, 37-22.
Yuki Togashi had 17 points for Japan, which slipped to 2-2.
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