CHINESE and South Korean schoolgirl cagers showed they are in a different league with strong performances at the girls' Asian schools basketball championships held recently in Hong Kong. Both countries breezed past their opponents in the preliminary rounds with China whipping Malaysia 69-35 and South Korea crushing India 107-26 in the two semi-final matches. The title decider was an exciting battle as there was little separating the two teams, but the Chinese held a slim 38-37 half-time lead. The teams were deadlocked at 70-70 with 30 seconds remaining and 16-year-old Wang Yujin became the heroine of the Chinese side with a field basket to give her country a 72-70 victory. Malaysia defeated India 83-70 in the play-off for third place after leading 50-36 at half-time. Hong Kong put up a creditable performance, placing third in their preliminary pool behind China and India to go into the play-off for fifth position against Thailand. The local girls were defeated 45-69 by the Thais to finish sixth in the 10-team tournament ahead of Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau. Japan and Taiwan - two Asian basketball powerhouses - were not represented in the tournament because they are not members of the Asian Schools Sports Association.