China’s men’s basketball team defeated Bahrain 80-67 in the FIBA World Cup (WC) Asian qualifiers in Nur-Sultan on Monday evening. Zhou Qi led China with 22 points and seven rebounds, followed by 14 points from Zhu Junlong. Hu Mingxuan added 12 points. Mustafa Husein Ali Ahmad Rashed had a team-high 24 points for Bahrain. China started the game with a 6-0, followed by a 15-2 run to finish the first quarter on 25-11. Bahrain took a 9-0 sprint in the second quarter to cut the deficit to five points on 31-26 before China answered with a 9-0 to usurp the lead on 42-33 at the break.