Igor Smygin and Andrey Mateyunas erupted for 14 points apiece, while day-one hero Anatoly Kashirov, who has 31 points and 13 rebounds against Australia on Monday, finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, helping Russia snatch a 2-0 to take the top spot in the tournament.
The Russian University, who are gearing up for the upcoming World University Games, dominated the entire opening half, building a comfortable 15-point lead at the half. The break didn’t cool them down as Russia led by as much as 18 points in the final period. China threatened to comeback with 8-2 run in the final period, but Russia slammed the door for them with a 7-0 run to remain unblemished in the tournament.
Washington Wizards forward Yi Jianlian, who didn’t play in their opening game due to an injury, finished with six points on 2-for-10 shooting from the field.
“Yi hadn’t found his pace and he need time to reach his shape,” China coach Bob Donewald said. “I am not concerned with his form; he will be good in the near future.”
Wang Shipeng had 17 points, while Sun Yue added 12 points for the Chinese Team, who remained winless in the tournament after absorbing a tough 67-64 loss against Angola in their tournament-opener on Monday.
China, who is preparing for the FIBA Asia Championship, will face defending champions Australia on Wednesday, while Russia will go for a sweep when they go up against Angola.