Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo from FIBA Asia Cup

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Jonah Morrison relished match-ups against China’s, Japan’s elite bigs

Like the majority of the seven teams that competed in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers’ Clark window, Chinese-Taipei brought a young team to the tournament in hopes of gaining experience for the future. 

Chinese-Taipei, which has Charles Parker, had an average age of 24 years old with some players still playing in the University Basketball Alliance. However, the Chinese-Taipei 12 only stood at an average of 6-foot-2.

The team then instilled 6-foot-8 Jonah Morrison as its de facto center. He played two years for the University of British Columbia, before turning pro last year with P.League+ team Formosa Dreamers.

It then faced off against the likes of Japan’s Avi Schafer and Gavin Edwards and China’s Zhou Qi, Liu Chuanxing, and Shen Zijie — all of whom are pro players in their respective leagues.

“In the past year playing pro, I’ve been playing with some of the biggest bigs in basketball like [Hasheem] Thabeet. So coming here, it was a new thing to me, but it took a toll because I was the only big in the team,” said Morrison.

“It fatigued me a lot so I know that I have to build my stamina more so I can support my team better.”

Morrison, 21, averaged 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in three games played.

Their naturalized player Mohammad Al Bachir Gadiaga, better known as Abbasi, also got a better view of Asian basketball.

Abbasi is still in his third year with Shih Hsin University, and only made his national team debut in the tournament. And he felt overwhelmed by it all; the 6-foot-2 guard only averaged 5.0 points and 1.7 boards in 11.5 minutes of game time.

2021-fiba-asia-cup-qualifiers-japan-def-chinese-taipei-Abbasi Jonah Morrison relished match-ups against China's, Japan's elite bigs 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Basketball News  - philippine sports news

Photo from FIBA Asia Cup

“He started pretty late.

“When he was in college, he did not have that much opportunity to develop serious skills and elite basketball training. In the future, we need to develop his knowledge of basketball concepts,” said Chinese-Taipei assistant coach Cheng Chihlung.

#ReadMore  PSC on lockdown due to COVID-19

Chinese-Taipei unfortunately ended their Qualifiers campaign with a 1-4 slate. However, they still have a chance to break into the Asia Cup proper this August.

They join Indonesia and Guam in Group A of the second round, with either the Guamanians or the Taiwanese punching their ticket to the Asia Cup.

Morrison knows that the experience they gained will be of huge help entering the next round.

“For this game, I thought we improved a lot compared to the first day. In the first day, we were still getting used to how to play as a team. But now, after two games, our chemistry is building up and we will play better in the future.”

Written By

You May Also Like


The numbers did not fall in favor of Gilas Pilipinas Women. The Philippines not only fell to host Chinese-Taipei Blue, 66-82, but also fell...


Naomi Panganiban’s debut with Gilas Pilipinas Women was spoiled by Chinese-Taipei B, who secured a 73-60 victory to kick off the 43rd William Jones...

3x3 Basketball

Gilas Pilipinas Women bowed to China at the close of the pool phase of the 2024 FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series – Wuhan Stop, losing...

3x3 Basketball

Gilas Pilipinas Women’s journey in the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup concluded on Sunday. The Philippines was overwhelmed by Chinese-Taipei, falling 19-9 in the quarterfinals...


In a highly anticipated comeback to the home court, Justin Brownlee, undeterred by his recent suspension, orchestrated a dazzling performance that underscored his unwavering...

19th Asian Games

Gilas Men’s U23 team downed Chinese Taipei, 17-12, to remain unscathed in the 19th Asian Games 3×3 basketball competitions, Tuesday at the Deqing Geographic...

2025 FIBA Asia Cup

The Philippines is set to face an old tormentor once again following the completion of the FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Qualifiers Draw on Tuesday...


Once again, a slow start proved detrimental to Rain or Shine as they succumbed 79-89 to Chinese-Taipei White in their second game of the...