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Semifinals. Day 7 - Nov 26, 2009


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Semifinals
China U16 - Philippines U16 85:66
China became the first finalist of the U16 Asia Championship. They held off brave Philippines in the first semifinal clash tonight. China thus guaranteed their ticket to the 2010 U17 World Championship.
Philippines threw all they had to challenge undefeated China in this one. Philippines managed to get to the fast start as they grabbed a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. China reacted stiffing their defence in the second period. They limited Philippines to 13 points and earned a 36:32 lead at halftime. The teams kept it close throughout the third frame however China arrived at the final break ahead by 8 points. Philippines ran out of steam in the fourth stanza. China poured in 30 points in the last ten minutes and celebrated a comfortable success at the end.
Ju Mingxin (200-F-93) top-scored with 18 points and 7 boards. Xiaochuan Zhai had 15 points and 14 boards for the winners. Jeron Alvin Teng responded with 18 points for Philippines. Kiefer Isaac Ravena finished with 17 points in the loss.

China: Ju Mingxin 18, Xiaochuan Zhai 15+14 boards, Zirui Wang 13
Philippines: Jeron Alvin Teng 18, Kiefer Isaac Ravena 17

South Korea U16 Iran U16 82:81
South Korea eked out a heart-breaking late win over Iran in the second semifinal at the U16 Asia Championship. Lee Jong-Hyun scored a bucket late in regulation propelling South Korea into the championship game. Mirmohammad Mir Fattahi had a chance to save the day for Iran but wasted his attempt. South Korea entered the Final and booked the spot at the 2010 U17 World Championship at the same time.
South Korea grabbed the lead in the opening quarter. They enjoyed a 24:18 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Iran slowed down their opponents in the second frame but could not get closer. Korea earned a 42:35 lead into the main break. But Iran were not about to surrender. They unloaded 30 points in the third quarter erasing the deficit and heading into the fourth frame up by 2 points. It all came down to the final seconds when Jonghyun Lee stepped up with his heroics to win the battle for South Korea.
Jong-Hyun Lee finished with 19 points and 10 boards to pace Korea. Hyo-Sub Shin added 14 points in the winning effort. Amir Sedighi knocked down 30 points and pulled down 18 rebounds for Iran. Mirmohammad Mir Fattahi had 21 points and 12 boards in defeat.

South Korea: Lee Jong-Hyun 19+10 boards, Hyo-Sub Shin 14, Seung-Wook Choi 13
Iran: Amir Sedighi 30+18 boards, Mirmohammad Mir Fattahi 21+12 boards

5th-8th spot
Japan U16 - Jordan U16 100:57
Japan recorded a confident win over Jordan at the U16 Asia Championship. Japan will now face Taiwan for the fifth overall position. Jordan will play against Syria for the seventh spot.
Japan stunned their opponents in the opening quarter winning it by 17 points 26:9. Jordan never came back to life in the reminder of the contest lacking defensive aggressiveness. Yuto Aratani scored 28 points to pace Japan. Taiki Uehara and Ryo Tawatari added 18 points each for the winners. Majdi Al-Ghzawi responded with 19 points for Jordan.

Japan: Yuto Aratani 28, Taiki Uehara 18, Ryo Tawatari 18
Jordan: Majdi Al-Ghzawi 19

Taiwan U16 - Syria U16 75:50
Taiwan overcame Syria in the last but one game at the U16 Asia Championship. Thus Taiwan set up the clash with Japan for the fifth overall spot at the tournament. Chen Ying-Chun knocked down 18 points, grabbed 6 boards and dished out 4 assists to pace Taiwan.
Taiwan built a 12-point lead ten minutes into the game and extended the gap at 19 points at halftime. Things hardly changed after the major break as Taiwan maintained their pressure and rallied to the victory at the end.
Yang Hsing-Chih contributed 14 points for the winners. Muhammad Otabachi delivered 15 points and 9 rebounds for Syria.

Taiwan: Chen Ying-Chun 18, Yang Hsing-Chih 14
Syria: Muhammad Otabachi 15

13th-14th spot
Kuwait U16 - Singapore U16 66:60

Kuwait U16 National Team recorded victory in their final game at the Asia Championship. They held off Singapore to wrap up the tournament in the 13th position. Kuwait took the lead right from the start. They won the opening quarter by 5 points 13:8. The margin grew at 10 points at the interval. Singapore managed just nine points in the third frame allowing Kuwait to clear off beyond reach.
Hussain Shuaib scored 18 points, grabbed 7 boards and issued 4 assists for Kuwait. Mashari Abu Dhom and Mohammad Aloun added 17 points each for the winners. Russel Low responded with 14 points and 12 boards for Singapore.

Kuwait: Hussain Shuaib 17, Mashari Abu Dhom 17, Mohammad Aloun 17
Singapore: Russel Low 14+12 boards

15th-16th spot
Saudi Arabia U16 - Thailand U16 72:61
Saudi Arabia finally snapped the losing skid posting the initial win at the U16 Asia Championship. They defeated Thailand to finish the competition at the 15th spot. Thailand slipped at the very bottom of the ladder taking the 16th position.
Saudi Arabia opened the game with a 9:0 surge and built a 22:12 lead at the first break. Thailand refused to fold as they answered with a 15:0 run in the second quarter to level things up 34:34 at halftime. Saudi Arabia stepped back in charge in the third quarter and eked out a tough win at the end. Ahmed Almukhtar delivered 22 points and 7 rebounds for Saudi Arabia. Nassir Abo Jalas added 16 points for the winners. Loephong Kongtawee had 22 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Thailand.

Saudi Arabia: Ahmed Almukhtar 22, Nassir Abo Jalas 16
Thailand: Loephong Kongtawee 22
  



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Men Women

Asian Championships U16 Final Standings
 1. Australia
 2. China
 3. N.Zealand
 4. Philippine.
 5. S.Korea
 6. Japan
 7. Iran
 8. Lebanon
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Matin AGHAJANPOUR
  (199-PF-1)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Aghajanpour, IRI23.2 
 2. Singh, IND22.7 
 3. Sun, CHN20.6 
 4. Zanbaka, LEB20.1 
 5. Lin, TAI17.7 
 6. Tominaga, JPN17.5 
 7. Sotto, PHI16.8 
 8. Moon, KOR15.9 
 9. Dance, NZL15.8 
 10. Bhati, IND15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kai SOTTO
  (216-C-2)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Sotto, PHI13.5 
 2. Singh, IND13.0 
 3. Jackson, AUS10.8 
 4. Tomar, IND10.0 
 5. Chen, TAI9.7 
 6. Moon, KOR8.9 
 7. Liang, MAC8.7 
 8. Lin, TAI8.7 
 9. Aghajanpour, IRI8.4 
 10. Cha, KOR8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Junseok YANG
  (179-G-1)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Yang, KOR5.4 
 2. Vahedi, IRI5.2 
 3. Kawamura, JPN4.3 
 4. Padrigao, PHI4.2 
 5. Derakhshi, IRI3.8 
 6. Wigness, AUS3.8 
 7. Yokochi, JPN3.7 
 8. Nakamura, JPN3.7 
 9. Travers, AUS3.6 
 10. Chen, CHN3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lin LIN
  (180-PG-1)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Lin, TAI4.3 
 2. Derakhshi, IRI3.3 
 3. Wigness, AUS3.0 
 4. Vahedi, IRI2.8 
 5. Chang, TAI2.7 
 6. Sun, CHN2.6 
 7. Bahram, IRI2.6 
 8. Kim, KOR2.4 
 9. Zanbaka, LEB2.3 
 10. Noroozi, IRI2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kai SOTTO
  (216-C-2)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sotto, PHI2.5 
 2. Travers, AUS1.6 
 3. Yokochi, JPN1.2 
 4. Williamson, AUS1.2 
 5. Bhati, IND1.0 
 6. Singh, IND1.0 
 7. Agha, IRI1.0 
 8. Lazaro, PHI1.0 
 9. Swaka, AUS0.8 
 10. Cortez, PHI0.8 
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