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Chinese Taipei topples Rain or Shine

Ange Kouame and the rest of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters struggle against the host team. (Photo from Bayan Ng Rain or Shine)

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chinese Taipei A took full advantage of Rain or Shine’s slow start en route to a 98-79 win at the start of the Jones Cup at the Taipei Heping Gymnasium.

The Taiwanese, cheered on lustily by the home crowd, caught fire in the opening frame, exploding for 40 points to take a commanding 17-point lead behind Senegalese-Taiwanese Mohammad Al Bachir Gadiaga and 6-foot-11 naturalized player William Artino.

The two punished the Rain or Shine defense with Artino banging in 23 points and nine rebounds while Gadiaga added 22.
Chien Ting Lin also fired 16 points as Chinese Taipei built a lead that went to as high as 31 points in the third frame.
Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao felt that the sluggish start spelled doom for the Elasto Painters although he was not all too worried after they dropped the first game.

“Our first quarter was bad. We gave up 40 points in the first quarter, from there we could not catch up,” said Guiao.

Andrei Caracut tried to carry the fight for the Filipinos with 18 points while Ange Kouame had a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Nick Evans, after being held scoreless in the first half, still finished with 14 points and 11 boards.

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