Russia conquers China
July 31, 2012 by Benjie Cruz
We here in the Philippines look at China as basketball powerhouse and somewhat invincible. But facing world-class basketball team, China looked normal, if not sloppy.
That’s the case when Russia beat China in Group B preliminary play, 73-54.
Russia’s defense completely overwhelmed China, both in the perimeter (closing out on shooters and guarding passing lanes) and interior defense as well. They also out-rebounded China, 46-29.
The Russians were faster, bigger, stronger and more accurate. On offense, they overpowered China using balanced inside and outside game. Russia’s key players were Kirilenko (16 points) and Shved (15 points), both newly signed players of the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was 40-25 at the half and Russia was not threatened the rest of the game.
China now in the brink of not advancing if they can’t find support for their main guy Yi Jianlian. Meanwhile, Russia improved 2-0.