China defeated South Korea 61- 54 in the second game of the 26th East Asian Mens Basketball Championships at the Nanjing Olympic Center Stadium.
Meng Duo led China with 14 points, while Su Wei added 11 for the victors.
South Korea kept the game close, trailing 28-26 at halftime in the low scoring affair. They were led by center Oh Se-Keun, who had 12 points. South Korea had a tough time shooting during the game, connecting only once on 18 three point attempts.
Cho Sung-Min, Yang Hee-Jong and Kim Jong-Kyu all fouled out for Korea, in the intense game. South Korea had 32 fouls, while China also had 29.
After China pulled away in the fourth 53-40, South Koreas last attempt at a comeback came up short.
'I asked my players to keep fighting in the macth and they did exactly as I told. We deserve the victory,' said China's assistant coach Li Nan. 'But we still need to prove our passing and picking balls and keep protecting rebounds in the upcoming games.'
China now moves on to play Japan, while Korea now plays Taiwan in the semifinals.