China produced an epic fightback to beat Syria and reach the quarter-finals of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup in Beirut today.
It came in a topsy-turvy contest at the Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in which the Syrians so nearly captured a shock victory.
Syria, already riding a sporting wave after winning a high jump bronze medal at last week's World Athletics Championships, outscored their opponents in the first three quarters.
They led 23-19 after the first before moving eight points clear by half-time.
They still led 68-56 at the end of the third quarter.
But then the Chinese fought back brilliantly.
A rejuvenated performance in the fourth quarter saw them outscore their opponents 25-11 in an 81-79 victory.
China will now face Australia for a place in the last-four.
Jordan beat Iraq 84-70 to determine the last quarter-final place.
They will now be up against New Zealand.
Hosts Lebanon will play Iran and South Korea will face The Philippines in the other two matches.