In Taipei, 2,000 people turned out on Tuesday (26 July) to see the first match between the visiting John F.
In Taipei, 2,000 people turned out on Tuesday (26 July) to see the first match between the visiting John F.Kennedy College basket-ballers and a Taiwanese side. The four-day tour by the American girls was sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
The Americans had a decided height advantage over their Taiwanese opponents -- two team members are 6ft 2ins tall. According to Taiwanese commentators, the height disadvantage made it difficult for the local side to play systematically and catch the rebounds.
At the end of the first quarter, the Americans held a 31-23 lead. but after the break, they began to tire under pressure from the Taiwanese girls, who scored with several good long shots. This brought roars of approval from the crowd, and improved their morale even further.
They took the lead for the first time in the opening minutes of the final quarter. The Americans couldn't control the rebounds and generally were careless in their game. Nonetheless, the match was closely-fought to the end. The final score was 58-51, in favour of the Taiwanese side.
SYNOPSIS: The long and short of the basketball world met for the first of four matches in taipei, Taiwan, on Tuesday.
The long -- from the John F. Kennedy College, in the United States -- have been sponsored on the tour by the State Department. The short are a local Taiwan team, known as Taiyuan.
The American girls really had the height advantage. Two players in the team are 6ft 2ins tall.
The J.F.K. girls started out well, taking control of the match and using their height well. At the firs break, they led 31 points to 23.
But as the game progressed, the Americans seemed to tire. Several good long shots from the Taiwan girls boosted their morals, and the 2,000-strong crowd roared its support.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the taiwanese were in the lead, and they retained it. The final score was Taiwan 58, J.F.K. 5.