China star center Zhou Qi put up an impressive all around showing with 28 points, 17 rebounds, nine blocks and two assists in leading his team to a 61-59 win over Russia in Group D.
The Chinese wasted a 15-point third quarter lead as the Russians went on a 22-6 run to take the lead with less than two minutes left. But Zhou nailed a turnaround jumper with 28 seconds to give his team the lead and then blocked Rotislav Karenin’s shot with 16 seconds to play before Wu Qian made three foul shots in the final 14 seconds to secure the win.
The top scorer of the day was Kang Sang Jae of Korea, who tallied 35 points. But it was not enough as Dario Saric produced a monster triple-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in Croatia’s 106-89 win in Group B.