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China fight back to beat Syria at FIBA Asia Cup

China produced an epic fightback to beat Syria and reach the quarter-finals of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup in Beirut today.

It came in a topsy-turvy contest at the Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in which the Syrians so nearly captured a shock victory.

Syria put China under huge pressure before eventually being beaten ©FIBA
Syria, already riding a sporting wave after winning a high jump bronze medal at last week's World Athletics Championships, outscored their opponents in the first three quarters.

They led 23-19 after the first before moving eight points clear by half-time.

They still led 68-56 at the end of the third quarter.

But then the Chinese fought back brilliantly.

A rejuvenated performance in the fourth quarter saw them outscore their opponents 25-11 in an 81-79 victory.

China will now face Australia for a place in the last-four.

Hosts Lebanon will play Iran and South Korea will face The Philippines in the other two matches.

Source: http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1054139/china-fight-back-to-beat-syria-at-fiba-asia-cup

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