Cinderella Chinese Taipei upsets China.

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We’ve all heard the story of the little brother, bullied his entire life by big brother until one day little brother grows up. He would stand tall next to big brother, building enough power and determination to finally give him what he deserves; an old fashion beating.

Well, that day has come for China. Little brother Chinese Taipei (ranked #42 in FIBA)  stepped up to the table and delivered a smack down on big brother China (ranked #11 in FIBA) 94-72.

China leads the entire first half. At one point, the Chinese built a 17 point lead.

Sometimes all it takes is a stellar halftime speech from the losing team’s coach to give the team a spark. Nobody is sure what Taipei coach Hsu Chin-Che said but it was sure to be magical.

Taipei roared out of halftime taking full control of the game. Their first lead of the game would come with just under seven minutes to go in the third quarter when Tien Lei cashed in on a three-point shot.

Chinese superstar Yi Jianlian desperately tried to get China back on track. His long jumper in the fourth quarter was answered immediately by an and-1 from Taipei’s Quincy Davis.

Davis would finish with a monster stat line: 26 points and 10 rebounds.

It was the kind of night for China. It was that kind of party for Taipei.

Eliminated from the FIBA Asia tournament is China. Moving on to face Iran in the semi-finals is Chinese Taipei.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.

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