Iran Defeats China to Win Asian Under-20 Tourney - Oct 8, 2004
Iran team belongs to the tallest at the tournament
Kazakhstan - Saudi Arabia game (Photo: Ali Rafiei)
Iran was crowned at the Asian Under-20 Basketball Championships on
Friday, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported, according to
The home team stunned the powerful China as it snatched a 75-50 victory
on the court of Azadi Sports Complex in western Tehran. China had
beaten Iran 85-71 in the second round of the tournament, but seemed to
be uninterested in this game, having clinched a spot in the 2005 world
tournament in Argentina with a semifinal win over South Korea.
Earlier today, Qatar came from behind to defeat South Korea for third
According to dashayu66 of
www.yaomingmania.com/forum/index.php the chinese news agency Sina
reported that China beat South Korea yesterday 94-83 and to reach the
finals and guarantee a spot in next year's world tournament. Iran
defeated Qatar 57-46 in the other semifinal.
Pryuen of yaomingmania, also translating from a sina.com source, states
Wang Lei (200-F-86), China's outstanding young perimeter
player, has been averaging over 20 points in the tournament.
But the star of the semifinal match was
Chen Da Wei (203-F-85) . He had been playing this tournament with a
fever, but excelled in the final 5 minutes of this match. South Korea
got close, narrowing the Chinese lead to 69-67 with a 3-pointer, after
being behind for most of the game.
Then Chen was sent in from the bench and scored 6 consecutive points,
and led his team to eventual 11 point margin. He was the top
scorer with 25 points and also grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes of play.
reached to the final - Oct 8, 2004
Iran got a place in the world U20 in Argentina
Surprisingly Iran will fly to Argentina when the other 15 teams will be
second time in a tournament Iran met Qatar in the semi final. Both have
met already in the first round where Qatar bowed the Iranian giants
63-60 and it happen one more time when Hamed Ehdadi fired them by his 32
It was 5 in the afternoon. No way for kidding. It was the last chance
for reserving a place in the WU21. Who do you think may ignore this
chance? Surely anyone. That’s why both side start the game seriously.
But the question was that: who could stop giant Hamed Ehdadi? It’s the
secret of the game. Hamed made head coach Ali Fakhroo speechless. Hamed
got 32 points and showed his ability to every one in the Azadi gym.
Giant Hamed fired Qatar
The first 2 quarters was absolutely in control by him. He was the super
star of the game. He earned all 12 points of the first quarter. The best
moment was when he scored at the buzzer! 12-12 is the final result of
the first quarter.
Ali Baheran; Star of the future
Without any doubt the future is belong to Ali Baheran, who plays as a
guard in the Iran NT’s. When he came in the court, he changed the
atmosphere of the game. He scored in the first minute of the 2-quarter
and led Iran 41-38.His brilliant pass and steals helped Iran, by the way
he defended really fine.
In the second quarter the fight continued between Hamed and Malek Salem
Abdulla who was the best player of the Qatar. But Hamed pushed him back
The Qatari’s side tried the best and reduced the distance. In the 4:25
when they scored another 3 points shoot, Vladimir Bosnjak asked his
second time out. The result was 26-21 at the end.
Qatar backed to the game and put Iran under pressure. A 3 points shoots
by Saad Abdul Rahman, let them feel better for a moment: 29-28 and a
minute later, with a nice lay up he scored another valuable 2 points and
equaled the score: 30-30.
When Khaled Suleyman scored 3 points shot, for the first time they lead
Iran; 33-30. Then Hamed scored to close the gap; 32-33.
It was 2.54 to go in this quarter when Syavash Monavari scored a 3
points shot and exploded the gym; 35-33. With a great display of Mojtaba
Bordbar and Ali Shamsedin Saeed Iran finished this quarter;39-35.
Qatar put the pressure on the defense, but the Iranian giants who was on
the right track, came back to the game and got the benefit of Qatar’s
team fouls. In the 13:7 seconds Hamed did the slam-dunk and Eoshin
Sahakian completed the celebration of going to the World U21 Basketball
in the second game of semi final, China defeated korea 94-83 and take a
seat in the final.
The latest result:
Malaysia 74 Kazakhstan 88
Lebanon 62 Jordan 69
Kazakhstan ended by 10th - Oct 7, 2004
Although Kazakhstan was very good team, they didn't find better place
than 10th. With the great performance of Roman Muravyov the blue side of
central Asia won Malaysia today 88-74. He got 25 points while Anton
Kotenko added 20.
In the game for 13th place Japan just disappointed Kuwait. They
dominated from the first minutes. In the half time Japan was in front
39-30 and at the end they cheered by 79-60.
Let's talk about Chinese Taipei who defeated Jordan on Wednesday night
87-60 for playing in the qualification match. To day they crashed the
aggressive Iraq. When Lee Hsueh Lin showed unstoppable, the Iraqis just
raised their hand as he got 21. In the other court Mohammad DH was the
best as usual. He got 20 points for Iraq while Rahman Soleeman added 11
and Sefan Yilda had 10.
For Jordan playing against Lebanon wasn't difficult. They have a
clever coach named Onika. Jordan who surprised Qatar 2 days ago, in the
qualification match against Lebanon backed to the game and managed it up
to end. 6-17, 23-13, 19-27 and 21-21 was the final result. When Roy
Samaha put his ball in the Jordan Hoop the game was over, he got 2 more
points for Lebanon to the locker room 62-69. Now they have to fight for
place 7th with Iraq while Jordan should meet Chinese Taipei tomorrow.
Here is the schedule of tomorrow's game.
Makes Semifinals of Asian U-20 Tourney - Oct 6, 2004
China beat Iraq today 79-58 to win its second-round group in the Asian
Under-20 tournament and advance to the semi-finals. It will likely
play South Korea which lost to Qatar today 74-68. In the other
semi-final Qatar will play host Iran.
This is all the information I could glean from the FIBA website.
If you read the FIBA site, its article states that China will be playing
China. But a look at the scores of the previous matches related by
our Iranian correspondent Mahin Gorgy, indicating Korea's 77-55 defeat
of Chinese Tapei, indicates that China will be playing South Korea.
But since I do not have all the scores in this group, and contradictory
scores for the Jordan-Qatar match on our site, I cannot be absolutely
certain of China's opponent.
won Lebanon, this time with the U20 - Oct 5, 2004
Once more Iran crashed the Lebanese this time in the Asian U20; 82-52.
It is the third time in a year that the Iranian giants passed the
traditional rival. For making a good day, Hamed Ehdadi did his best when
he got 25. In the other court Roy Samaha was the best scorer although he
took early 4 personal fouls.
1 Quarter: Lebanon played aggressively and led the game. In the 7:23
Michel Hakim put his ball in the Iran's hoop and led his team 6-2. 20
seconds late jabber scored and then it was Hamed turn's to score for
Iran: 6-6. The real fight starts between Hamed and Roy Samaha. 2 big
guys tried to control each other. At last the fight was finished by a
slam-dunk of Hamed.
2 Quarter: the fight continued this time by Jabber. He got 2 points and
received a foul from Roy Sama, which let Iran to lead the game 18-15. In
this quarter surprisingly Syavash Monavari found the way of hoop and
scored his first 3 points shoot: 23-22 and one minute later Ali
Baheran got a very valuable 3 points that led Iran: 26-22.
In the 3:37 Ali Shamsedin Saeed grabbed a ball and put it in the basket;
31-23.And again Hamed end to the fight by his nice lay up: 35-24
3Quarter: A long distance shoot by Syavash Monavari was a good start in
the third period. He scored his second 3 points shoot. Although
Lebanon played strongly, they couldn't put the ball in Iran hoop. They
hardly lost the road of victory. Even giant Roy Samaha who is the most
experienced player in the Lebanon camp. When he received his 4th
personal foul in the 2 minutes of this quarter
he stayed at back. Let say Ali Baheran and Eoshin Sahakian was the best
star of Iran in this 10 minutes.
4Quarter: Again Hamed was the starter of the battle. He scored a 2
points shoot and led Iran 64-39. Head coach Vladimir Bosnjak was so
lucky this night as he had a sharp player like Ali Baheran. He played
very well and Iran a lot. In the Lebanon side Alain Boustani and Samer
Anouti but they didn't save enough to rescue the country.
Team Statistics: Iran: 12 TO, 7 ST, 2 AS, 3 BS, 17 OR, 31 DR, 6 3P, 26
2P, 11 FT, 26 PF
Lebanon: 10 TO, 8 ST, 2 AS, 3 BS, 10 OR, 19 DR, 2 3P, 16 2P, 14 FT, 18
Best Scorer: Hamed Ehadadi 25, Syavash Monavari 15, Ali Baheran 7,
Eoshin Sahakian 8 (Iran)
Roy samaha16, Roubert Bou Dagher 9, Rached habil 9
Japan 70 Kazakhstan 89
Kuwait 64 Saudi Arabia 70
Jordan 58 Qatar 71
Korea 77 Taipei 55
defeated the Champion - Oct 5, 2004
In a shocking day, the motivated Jordanian side just made Qatar to
respect them when they won 81-78.
At the beginning it was a normal game and Qatar was in front as it was
expected. They won the first 2 quarters easily but Fredrik Onika's side
backed to the game in the last minute of the 3rd quarter, when Hamza Al
Khalil put his 3 points shoot in the hoop: 29-32 Jordan.
While the 5 players were trying really hard in the court, the rest 7 on
the bench shouted DEFENSE…DEFENSE. This word worked for the last 10
minutes. Then Musa Al Awadi scored another 3 points for Jordan; 56-59.
Later on Saad Abdul Rahman scored another sensitive 3points shoot;
59-60. Without any words Jordan was dominated to the game up to the end.
By the time the Jordanian side was in the right way, Musa Al Awadi got 2
points by his penetration. All the Iranian
Were cheering for Jordan.
Finally Jordan could make the champion of Asia to respect them by the
best performance of Omar Oliver.
Musa Al Awadi 24, Mohammad Hadrab 22, Omar Oliver 15(Jordan)
Mohammad Salaheldin 28, Saad Abdul Rahman 20, Baker Ahmad Mohammad
Jordan: 13 TO, 11 ST, 2 AS, 8 OR, 18 DR, 9 3P, 20 2P, 14 FT
Qatar: 19 TO, 11 ST, 7 AS, 19 OR, 17 DR, 6 3P, 26 2P, 8 FT
Defeats Lebanon and Iran in U-20 Second Round - Oct 4, 2004
China today beat Iran 85-71in the second round of the Asian Under-20
Championships, according to
www.iranbasketball.org . The box score is not yet available.
According to dashayu66 of
beat Lebanon 100-83 yesterday in what sina.com describes as their "worst
game of the tournament". Head coach Zhang Yongjun blasted his team after
the game for lack of concentration as the players committed 17 turnovers
and gave up many easy baskets on defense.
The score of this game is not available on the Iranian site, even though
it was played yesterday. Nothing about either game is currently
available on www.fiba.com, which is inexcusable.
China will play Iraq on October 5.
pushed back Iran - Oct 4, 2004
China 85 Iran 71
In a day that non of the Iranian forward couldn't do their job
correctly, the veteran China just passed the host easily and take a big
step to the final four.
For Iran Amir Amini (185-G-84) did his best but it wasn't enough to
rescue Iran of a defeat but in the other side of the court well-known Yi
Jian Lian (186-C/F-87) played very well and scored 21.
Iran was happy in the first 2 quarters because they played in the right
way. They were in front from the first minute and dominated the game by
Hamed Ehdadi (217-C-85) and Amir Amini. A wrong decision from the Iran
staff made Zhang Yong Jun the head coach of China happy. Iran head coach
sent his twin tower to the game and it was the best time for China to
use counter attack. The trick was effective and let them back to the
game and at the end passed Iran in front of his spectators.
This victory let Chin to think seriously about going to the final as the
first team of the group but Iran have to fight so hard tomorrow against
Iran: 16 TO, 13 ST, 4 AS, 4 BS, 19 OR, 19 DR, 2 3P, 25 2P, 15 AF
China: 21 TO, 13 ST, 7 AS, 5 BS, 10 OR, 27 DR, 5 3P, 25 2P, 20 FT
Kazakhstan 74 Philippines 60
Malaysia 78 Kuwait 61
India 72 S.Arabia 86
Iraq 40 Lebanon 62
U-20: Taiwan tops Group D after 75-67 win over Iraq - Oct 3, 2004
Taiwan U-20 NT used 2-3 zone defense to frustrate Iraq from outside
shooting and emerged with a 75-67 victory in the final prelim. Taiwan
finished as Group D leader with three wins and advanced to the second
Second round bracket:
Group I – Iran, Lebanon, China, Iraq
Group II – Qatar, Korea, Jordan, Taiwan