China's basketball team earned the right to start in next year's Los Angeles Olympics when they retained the Asian Basketball championship title in Hong Kong.
TV Chinese in white, Japanese in dark blue. Chinese player passes to other who scores
SV Scorers and officials
TV Chinese players pass to each other and Kuang Lubin (No. 8) score, crowd applauds (2 shots)
TV Chinese player Guo Yonglin (No. 7) passes to No. 8 who scores
SV Players run past officials
TV Chinese players. Liu Janli (No. 13) scores
TV Japanese player No. 10 intercepts ball and scores
TV Chinese player Guo Yonglin (No. 7) takes penalty shots, scores two points. Japanese players take ball, attack and No. 10 scores; final whistle blows and Chinese players congratulate each other
GV ZOOM INTO SV Scoreboard China 95-Japan 71.
SV Chinese players Mu Tiezhu and Guo Yonglin with trophy and cup
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Background: China's basketball team earned the right to start in next year's Los Angeles Olympics when they retained the Asian Basketball championship title in Hong Kong. The Chinese men's team dominated their match against Japanese players at the Hong Kong Coliseum on November 29, winning 95-71. Japan's sharpshooter Korihiko Kitahara was hampered by the tight marking of the Chinese team. China shot to a 14-4 lead after only five minutes of play, and with a series of scoring shots from Kuang Lubin (No. 8) they moved steadily ahead. At half time the score stood at 49-32 to China. After the interval, China's Guo Yonglin (No. 7), later named "Player of the Championship", added 20 points to his personal 25 point match total. The disorganised Japanese defence was unable to counter China's superior running, shooting and passing. Five Chinese players were included in the Asian All-Stars, a team nominated by the coaches of various participating countries and the press.