Before the start of the 27th Fiba-Asia men’s tournament here in Manila, I had a firm belief that Iran, the two-time Asian champion and reigning basketball king China will finish one-two in this biennial meet that serves as a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in Spain.
That belief though was shattered when China bowed to a tough fighting Chinese Taipei side. The Taiwanese mercilessly gunned down the Chinese with their running game, outside shooting and the gung-ho effort from naturalized big man Quincy Davis.
The result was an unbelievable 96-78 win over the deposed Asian champion China.
With a team built on NBA veterans Wang Zhizhi, Yi Jian Lian and a host of Chinese veterans, I really thought the Chinese could pick up the energy to barge into the semis, especially when they erected an 18-point spread over the Taiwanese midway in the second period.
But the Taiwanese showed what “puso” is all about in essaying the tournament’s biggest comeback while pulling off what is probably the biggest upset win of the tourney.
I couldn’t remember a time that China was beaten by a Chinese Taipei team ever in an Asian basketball team since I was born, so certainly, what I saw Friday night was historic to the Taiwanese.
I think when we look at our lives today, there are “Chinas” that stare at us at times. “Chinas” that seem too big, too imposing or too intimidating that we would rather accept our fate.
The 6’8″ Davis said in the post-game interview that he likes the challenge of beating the likes of Yi, Wang and the rest of the Chinese in a win-or-go-home quarterfinals situation. He said as a team, they had to face their fears.
Like these gutsy Taiwanese, we all need to face the “too imposing, too intimidating and too big” situations in life as well.
And the great thing about this is what Romans 8:31 says, What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
You are not alone as you face your “Chinas”. God is at your side.
For when we face them,