Guam’s very best-ever operate in intercontinental basketball arrived to a halt Saturday at the University of Guam Calvo Industry Dwelling at the palms of Taiwan.
Taiwan stored Guam at bay in a 85-77 acquire, obtaining revenge from Thursday’s 77-72 loss. Although the groups break up wins, Taiwan had the much better issue differential. Guam received by five. Taiwan won by 8 and as a result took the two-recreation collection.
The victory acquired Taiwan the last place in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 match in Indonesia later on this year. Guam experienced been on that journey since late 2018, when it won an Asia prequalifier in Thailand and went undefeated versus six other teams.
Guam advanced to an additional prequalifier, drawn into another 4-crew team that involved world powerhouses Australia and New Zealand, in addition Hong Kong. Guam took an emphatic 3rd-area finish with two blowout wins around Hong Kong in 2021.
Then Staff Guam confronted Taiwan, which fought to its individual third-area finish in yet another pool. Guam took Game 1. Guam started off Match 2 on hearth, outscoring Taiwan 22-16.
Mark Johnson and Chris Connor scored five each in the initial quarter, primary a balanced scoring attack.
Taiwan roared back and outscored Guam 26-15 in the next quarter. Ting-Chien Lin, who was carried off the ground in Sport 1 after a thigh bruise, began his scoring spree and experienced 21 details by the end of the third quarter.
Taiwan led 42-38 at the 50 % and 69-63 at the finish of the third.
The fourth quarter was a fight and Guam acquired to within just four points early on a Daren Hechanova jumper. But every single time Guam was poised to make a run, a 3-pointer by Taiwan or turnover killed momentum.
Guam shot just 11 of 23 from the no cost toss line.
“Just a large amount of credit rating to Chinese-Taipei for finishing the video game solid,” claimed Guam coach EJ Calvo. “We experienced just about every likelihood to make a operate and get the victory, we just fell short. They strike some massive pictures down the extend that created the distinction.”
Taiwan mentor Charles Henry Parker mentioned that his group fulfilled their mission.
“I also want to thank Taiwan for the prospect. I know immediately after losses you can find criticisms going both of those ways, but our complete thing was, ‘We received future.’ We desired to make the folks happy of Taiwan. and soon after this win, I think the persons of Taiwan enjoy us, and I want to thank them for supporting us the way that they have.”
Chris Connor, a spark plug for Workforce Guam irrespective of foul issues in both equally video games, acquired his fifth foul with four minutes still left. An errant go with five seconds remaining hurt Guam, and Takumi Simon, the Game 1 hero who ongoing to sink important baskets, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“Certainly, a challenging reduction right here. Gotta move up a tiny bit additional subsequent time. Definitely, it’s not one particular participate in. But this game, the total factor, that past enjoy, hurt,” claimed Simon.
Calvo mentioned said the group will continue on to preserve doing the job challenging and improving until eventually the following option arrives.
“We’re coming again superior,” claimed Simon.