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Asian Championships 2011 - Men Basketball


Play-Off bracket1

Asian Championships Final Standing
1. China
2. Jordan
3. S.Korea
4. Philippines
5. Iran
6. Lebanon
7. Japan
8. Taiwan
9. Syria
10. UAE
11. Malaysia
12. Uzbekistan
13. Indonesia
14. India
15. Bahrain
16. Qatar
Points Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Douthit, PHI21.9 
 2. Wright, JOR19.2 
 3. Ahmad, UAE17.0 
 4. Yi, CHN16.6 
 5. Hoskin, LEB16.3 
 6. Haddadi, IRI15.4 
 7. Koroth, IND15.3 
 8. Daghles, JOR14.8 
 9. Malabes, BHR14.5 
 10. Sitepu, IDN13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Douthit, PHI12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, JPN11.4 
 3. Haddadi, IRI11.4 
 4. Yi, CHN10.8 
 5. Hoskin, LEB10.1 
 6. Li Wei, MAS9.1 
 7. Kazemi, IRI8.9 
 8. Gorges, SYR7.6 
 9. Abbas, JOR7.1 
 10. Indrawan, IDN7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
  (176-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Wuysang, IDN6.4 
 2. Guganeswaran, MAS4.9 
 3. Daghles, JOR4.6 
 4. Malabes, BHR4.0 
 5. Kamrani, IRI4.0 
 6. Yang, KOR3.9 
 7. Akl, LEB3.8 
 8. Shonaka, JPN3.7 
 9. Lee, TAI3.7 
 10. Haddadi, IRI3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  JOR
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Daghles, JOR1.8 
 2. Ahmad, UAE1.8 
 3. Sun, CHN1.8 
 4. Lee, TAI1.7 
 5. Chang, TAI1.6 
 6. Wright, JOR1.6 
 7. Hirose, JPN1.6 
 8. Malallah, BHR1.5 
 9. Salem, UAE1.5 
 10. Kamrani, IRI1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Haddadi, IRI2.9 
 2. Zaghab, JOR1.7 
 3. Douthit, PHI1.7 
 4. Yi, CHN1.4 
 5. Sun, CHN1.4 
 6. Singh, IND1.4 
 7. Kim, KOR1.3 
 8. Sitepu, IDN1.2 
 9. Kim, KOR0.9 
 10. Tseng, TAI0.9 
Asian Championships Standings
Group E
1. Iran 5-0
2. S.Korea 4-1
3. Taiwan 3-2
4. Lebanon 2-3
5. Malaysia 1-4
6. Uzbekistan. 0-5
Group F
1. China 5-0
2. Philippine. 4-1
3. Japan 3-2
4. Jordan 2-3
5. Syria 1-4
6. United Ara. 0-5
Group Places 13-16
1. Indonesia 2-0
2. Qatar 0-0
3. India 0-1
4. Bahrain 0-1
Asian Championships Standings
Group A
1. S.Korea 3-0
2. Lebanon 2-1
3. Malaysia 1-2
4. India 0-3
Group B
1. Iran 3-0
2. Taiwan 2-1
3. Uzbekistan. 1-2
4. Qatar 0-3
Group C
1. Japan 3-0
2. Jordan 2-1
3. Syria 1-2
4. Indonesia 0-3
Group D
1. China 3-0
2. Philippine. 2-1
3. United Ara. 1-2
4. Bahrain 0-3


Team China receive their trophy from FIBA Asia President Sheikh Saud Al-Thani (Photo: wuhan2011.fibaasia.net)


Chinese National Team 2011

2011 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
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Wei Liu
Liu
FangYu Zhu
Zhu
Yue Sun
Sun
Jianlian Yi
Yi
ZhiZhi Wang
Wang
#e#5
4 Ding Jinhui 204-C/F-89 Zhejiang C. China
5 Liu Wei 190-PG-80 Shanghai China
6 Zhang Bo 199-G/F-89 Bayi China
7 Yi Li 203-F/G-85 Jiangsu China
8 Zhu FangYu 201-F-83 Guandong China
9 Yue Sun 206-G/F-85 New York K. USA
10 Zhang ZhaoXu 221-C-87 Shanghai China
11 Jianlian Yi 212-C/F-87 Washington W. USA
12 Yu Shulong 185-G-90 Jilin China
13 Su Wei 212-C-89 Guandong China
14 Wang ZhiZhi 214-C-77 Bayi China
15 Mugedar Xirelijiang 191-G-91

Donewald Bob Head Coach Xinjiang China
Selcuk Ernak Assistant Banvit BK Turkey
Rickaby Daniel Assistant


Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Championships 2011 Awards - Sep 26, 2011

Asia-Basket.com All-Tournament 1st Team 2011
#s#
Jianlian Yi
Yi
Osama Daghles
Daghles
Takuya Kawamura
Kawamura
Samad Nikkhah
Nikkhah
Hamed Haddadi
Haddadi
#e#5

Best Player: Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) of China
Best Guard: Daghles Osama (198-G-79) of Jordan
Best Forward: Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) of China
Best Center: Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Iran
Best Coach: Donewald Bob of China

1st Team
G: Daghles Osama (198-79) of Jordan
G: Takuya Kawamura (193-86) of Japan
G/F: Samad Nikkhah (198-83) of Iran
C/F: Jianlian Yi (212-87) of China
C: Hamed Haddadi (218-85) of Iran

2nd Team
G: Rasheim Wright (192-81) of Jordan
G/F: Yue Sun (206-85) of China
F: Arsalan Kazemi (199-90) of Iran
F: Moon Tae-Jong (199-75) of S.Korea
C/F: Marcus Douthit (210-80) of Philippines

3rd Team
G: Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-88) of Taiwan
PG: Mahdi Kamrani (186-82) of Iran
F: Abbas Zaid (203-83) of Jordan
C/F: Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-86) of Indonesia
C/F: Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) of Japan

Honorable Mention
Ibrahim Ahmad (179-G-79) of UAE
Abdulla Bader () of Bahrain
Hareesh Koroth (185-G-84) of India
Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81) of Syria
Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) of Malaysia
Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79) of Lebanon
Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85) of Taiwan
Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) of S.Korea
Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) of China
Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) of Indonesia


China clinch title in dramatic clash versus Jordan - Sep 26, 2011
FINAL
China - Jordan 70-69
The championship game of the 2011 Asian Championship lived up to the highest expectations. The teams came up with a first class drama and the puzzle was solved in the dying seconds. Abuqoura and Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) missed their attempts and the hosts ran away with the prize. China triumphed at the tournament and got the direct promotion to the 2012 London Olympic Games. China and Jordan exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. China registered a 16:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Jordan surged ahead midway through the second frame. They posted a 36:31 halftime lead. China answered with a 9:0 run at the start of the second half. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) scored seven points in a row to make it 51:42 for China late in the third term. Jordan did not allow the home team to run away as they narrowed the deficit to just three points at the final break 56:59. Jianlian Yi gave China a 66:61 lead midway through the final term. Rasheim Wright answered with five points as Jordan got as close as a single point 66:67. Yi Li hit a jumper bit Rasheim Wright answered with a triple to draw things level 69. Jianlian Yi hit a free throw and then both Rasheim Wright and Abuqoura missed their attempts as China escaped with a narrow win at the end. Jianlian Yi posted 25 points and 16 boards, while Liu Wei contributed 13 points in the win. Rasheim Wright answered with 26 points for Jordan. Abbas Zaid had 13 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
3-4 place
South Korea - Philippines 70-68
South Korea snatched a tough win over Philippines in the consolation final battle at the Asian Championship. Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) scored 20 points to pace the winners. Philippines gained a 14:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Jimmy Alapag (177-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) gave the Filipino team an 18:7 lead midway through the second term. They maintained the lead and arrived at the interval up by as many as 7 points 24:17. Williams made it 30:19 for Philippines early in the third term. South Korea answered with a 9:1 run to cut the deficit. Philippines however picked up the slack and earned a 47:36 advantage at the final intermission. But it was Cho Sung-Min who gave necessary spark for South Korea. He unleashed 15 points in the fourth frame as South Korea pulled ahead and sealed a narrow win at the end. Kim Joo-Sung posted 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Oh Sek-Eun (200-C-87) added 9 points in the win. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) answered with 27 points and 22 rebounds for Philippines. Jimmy Alapag provided 17 points in the loss.
5-6 place
Iran - Lebanon 87-65
Iran celebrated a comfortable win over Lebanon on the final day of the Asian Championship. The former champions cruised past Lebanon to clinch the fifth overall position in the ladder. Samad Nikkhah and Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) posted 18 points each to lead the effort. Lebanon got to a better start to the game. They established a 17:15 lead after ten minutes. But Iran shifted the gear in the second frame. They unloaded 35 points to build a 50:36 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets in the third term. Iran secured a 14-point buffer before the fourth term. Iran limited Lebanon to only 10 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Arsalan Kazemi (199-F-90) provided 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) added 13 points and 15 boards in the win. Ghaleb Rida (192-G-81) answered with 37 points and 12 rebounds for Lebanon. Mohamad Ibrahim netted 11 points in the losing effort.
7-8 place
Japan - Taiwan 81-72
Japan capped their Asian Championship campaign with victory. They outscored Taiwan to clinch the seventh overall position. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) posted 16 points and 22 rebounds to lead the charge. Japan stunned their opponents in the opening frame. They outscored Taiwan 28:9 in the starting ten minutes. Taiwan adjusted their offence in the second frame. They answered with 27 points of their own to cut the margin to 11 points at the interval. But Japan picked up the tempo in the third term. They slowed Taiwan down and maintained the lead well. Japan entered the fourth quarter up by as many as 13 points. Taiwan narrowed the gap to just 6 points 63:69 but Japan hung on to escape with victory at the end. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) posted 14 points, while Keijuro Matsui and Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) added 13 points apiece in the winning effort. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-F/G-82) answered with 18 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng had 17 points in the losing case.


China and Jordan to fight for the title in Wuhan - Sep 24, 2011
Semifinals
South Korea - China 43-56
China overcame South Korea in a low-scoring battle tonight to join Jordan in the Asian Championship title game. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) stepped up with 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace the hosts. South Korea will take on Philippines for the Bronze medals. South Korea ensured a slightly better start to the game. They limited the home team to just 8 points in the opening frame to take a 3-point lead. South Korea led throughout the bigger part of the second frame before China capped the half on a 7:2 run to take a 21:19 lead. The hosts opened the second half with six points in a row to stretch the lead. China maintained the lead and posted a 36:30 advantage with ten minutes to go. South Korea never got closer than four points in the final quarter as China rolled to the victory. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) posted 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Liu Wei (190-PG-80) added 11 points for the winners. Yang Dong-Geun (181-G-81) answered with 17 points for South Korea. Moon Tae-Jong and Kim Yong-Hwan provided 6 points each in the loss.

Jordan - Philippines 75-61
Jordan stayed on fire at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. They saw off Philippines in the semifinal clash tonight. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) stepped up with 24 points to pace Jordan into the championship game. Jordan opened the game with four points in a row but Philippines quickly erased the deficit. Rajko Toroman team capped the period on a strong rally to take an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. Ranidel deOcampo gave Philippines a 20:12 lead early in the second frame. Jordan needed an 8:0 run to surge back in front. Philippines eked out a 28:27 advantage at the interval. The lead changed hands for several times before Jordan capped the third term on a 9:2 rally to take a 49:41 lead. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) dragged Philippines within a single point 48:49 midway through the fourth quarter however Jordan responded with 11 points in a row to clear off. Jordan quickly boosted the margin to 18 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) posted 16 points, while Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) contributed 14 points for the winners. Marcus Douthit replied with 21 points and 15 rebounds for Philippines. Joseph Casio (177-PG-86) provided 15 points in the loss.
5-8 place
Iran - Taiwan 98-66
Iran outgunned Taiwan in the classification round of Asian Championship in Wuhan. Iran will now play for the fifth place at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 21 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to pace the winners. Iran scored 21 points in the starting quarter to surge ahead. They established a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Iran opened the second term on a 15:0 run to clear off. Iran enjoyed a comfortable 48:31 lead at the interval. Iran stretched the gap in the third quarter. They piled up a 25-point lead at the final intermission. Taiwan had no chances in the fourth term as Iran coasted to the victory. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) posted 18 points each for Iran. Arsalan Kazemi (199-F-90) added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) replied with 16 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) netted 13 points in the loss.

Japan - Lebanon 78-80
Lebanon will play for the fifth place at the Asian Championship. They overcame Japan tonight to set up the clash versus Iran. Japan will take on Taiwan for the seventh overall position. Mohamad Ibrahim (195-G-83) drained a late three-pointer to seal the win for Lebanon today. Japan opened the game with a 12:2 run. They maintained the lead throughout the starting frame posting a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. Lebanon narrowed the deficit in the second term. But Japan hung on to post a 42:41 halftime advantage. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) organized an 8:0 run midway through the third term as Lebanon grabbed a 53:48 lead. However Japan regained advantage late in the period after Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) hit a jumper. Japan entered the fourth frame up by a single point 62:61. Japan boosted the gap to 11 points 76:65 midway through the final term. Lebanon answered with a 15:2 run that was crowned by a triple from Mohamad Ibrahim and stole a tough victory at the end. Samuel Hoskin delivered 16 points and 16 rebounds for Lebanon. Elie Estephane (194-G/F-86, college: Alabama So. CC) and Mohamad Ibrahim added 16 points each in the win. Takuya Kawamura responded with 20 points for Japan. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) netted 17 points in the losing effort.
9-10 place
United Arab Emirates - Syria 72-76
Syria ended their Asian Championship campaign in the ninth place. They toppled UAE in their final game at the tournament. Mahmood Osfira (203-F-91) stepped up with 18 points to lead the effort. UAE raced in front early in the game. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Syria stole the advantage late in the first half. They registered a 43:39 halftime lead. Syria stayed in front throughout the third stanza. Goran Milijevic team secured a 6-point lead with ten minutes to go 59:53. The margin grew at 8-point mark early in the fourth quarter. UAE got within a single points midway through the final term but Syria immediately responded with a 10:0 run to clear off for good. Watche Nalabandian (180-PG-83) posted 16 points for Syria. Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81, college: Walsh, OH) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Mohamed AlBraiki (205-C-91) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for UAE. Husain Ahmed (180-G-89) delivered 19 points in the losing effort.
11-12 place
Malaysia - Uzbekistan 82-76
Malaysia finished their Asian Championship campaign on a high note. They overcame Uzbekistan to clinch the 11th overall position. Shee Fai Loh (192-G/F-89) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners. Malaysia grabbed the initiative right from the start. They secured a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Malaysia maintained the lead throughout the second period. The scoreboard read 45:33 for Cheng Huat Goh team at the interval. But Uzbekistan managed to revive the intrigue in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to just 5 points at the final break 59:64. Uzbekistan erased the deficit and eventually pulled in front after a three-pointer from Vyacheslav Denisov (195-G-83) 67:66. The teams traded baskets before Malaysia went on a 9:0 run to take an 81:73 lead with 59 seconds remaining. Vyacheslav Denisov hit another three-pointer but Malaysia hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Li Wei Chee posted 13 points and 14 rebounds for Malaysia. Chuan Chin Wee (180-G-84) and Ng added 9 points each in the victory. Vyacheslav Denisov responded with 21 points for Uzbekistan. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) accounted for 15 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.



China, South Korea, Jordan and Philippines advance into semis - Sep 23, 2011
Quarterfinals
Lebanon - China 48-68
China will play at Asian Championship semifinals. They held off Lebanon in the quarterfinal battle tonight. Liu Wei (190-PG-80) stepped up with 13 points to pace the hosts. China played a terrific defensive game limiting their opponents to just 28% of field goals. China and Lebanon exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. The home team grabbed a narrow 14:12 lead after ten minutes of action. They gradually enlarged the lead throughout the second term. China recorded a 28:22 lead at the interval. China boosted the margin to double figures early in the third term. The home team eventually piled up a 19-point lead with ten minutes remaining. China never loosened the grip in the fourth term. They established a 61:37 lead midway through the period and never looked back en route to the victory. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) and Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) posted 12 points each for China. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) answered with 20 points for Lebanon. Ghaleb Rida (192-G-81) netted 15 points in defeat.

Jordan - Iran 88-84
Jordan came up with a sensational victory over defending champions Iran at the Asian Championship quarterfinal stage tonight. Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) scored 23 points to lead Tab Baldwin team to a stunning come-from-behind victory. Iran opened the game with six points in a row and seemed to be well in control of their fate in this one. But Jordan soon erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Jordan opened the second period with five points in a row to boost the margin. Kazemi triggered an 8:2 run from Iran late in the half as they eked out a 36:35 lead. But Jordan quickly regained the lead in the third period. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third term. The lead changed hands before Haddadi and Samad Nikkhah made it 62:57 for Iran with ten minutes remaining. Haddadi and Samad Nikkhah stretched the gap to 7 points midway through the fourth term 71:64. Iran were still up by four points 76:72 with under four minutes remaining. But Jordan went on an 8:2 run to take an 80:78 lead with under two minutes to go. Daghles Osama then converted eight free throws in the dying minutes to seal the victory for Jordan. Zaid Alkhas posted 14 points, while Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) and Wesam Al-Sous (189-G-83) added 12 points each in the win. Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Iran. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) top-scored with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists in defeat.

South Korea - Japan 86-67
South Korea advanced into the semifinal stage of Asian Championship in Wuhan. They romped past Japan to stay in the title race. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) scored 17 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists to lead the effort. South Korea outscored their opponents 23:11 in the opening quarter. South Korea stayed well in control throughout the second term. They registered a 45:26 halftime lead. Japan poured in 26 points in the third cutting the deficit. But South Korea kept Japan at bay throughout the final stanza. The intrigue was never revived as the Korean team coasted to the victory at the end. Oh Sek-Eun (200-C-87) posted 15 points, while Ha Seung-Jin (221-C-85) added 14 points in the winning effort. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) answered with 16 points and 13 boards for Japan. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) and Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) had 10 points each in the loss.

Philippines - Taiwan 95-78
Philippines made it into Asian Championship semifinals. They outgunned Taiwan in Wuhan today to set up an exciting clash with Jordan tomorrow. MMarcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) was unstoppable with 37 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Taiwan ensured a perfect start to the game. They grabbed a 23:19 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the advantage for some time in the second term but Philippines went on an 11:2 run to take a 42:40 lead. They ensured a 45:42 advantage at the interval. Philippines went on a 12:0 run midway through the third term to gain a 61:48 lead. The margin grew at 13-point mark with one quarter remaining. Philippines opened the fourth term with six points in a row to clear off. Taiwan cut the deficit to just 7 points with under three minutes remaining but failed to get any closer in the reminder of the contest. Ranidel deOcampo (194-F-81) posted 18 points, while Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) added 13 points for the winners. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) answered with 20 points for Taiwan. Chen Hsin-An (198-F/G-80) notched 14 points in the loss.
9-12 place
Malaysia - United Arab Emirates 87-89
UUAE claimed a narrow win over Malaysia in the Asian Championship classification round. Rashed Al Zaabi (189-G-88) scored 21 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the winners. UAE will now take on Syria for the 9th overall position at the tournament. Malaysia will face Uzbekistan in the final game in China. The teams stayed close throughout the first half. UAE eked out a 24:23 lead after ten minutes of action. But Malaysia pulled in front for a narrow 38:37 lead at the interval. Malaysia stretched the gap midway through the third term. However UAE bounced back posting a 64:59 lead at the final intermission. UAE opened an 11-point lead in the fourth period 72:61. Malaysia answered with a 7:0 run to narrow the margin. Shee Fai Loh (192-G/F-89) drained a triple to drag Malaysia within just one point 87:88 with 8 seconds remaining in regulation. Rashed Al Zaabi answered with just one free throw but Malaysia ran out of time for an answer and UAE ran away with victory at the end. Ali Al Hattawi (200-C-79) accounted for 20 points, while Ibrahim Ahmad (179-G-79) added 16 points for the winners. Li Wei Chee (189-F-85) answered with 18 points and 19 rebounds for Malaysia. Shee Fai Loh provided 15 points in the loss.

Uzbekistan - Syria 65-97
Syria registered a comfortable win over Uzbekistan at Asian Championship classification round. Syria will now take on UAE for the ninth overall position in the ladder. Uzbekistan will take on Malaysia. JJoseph Abboud (189-G-89) stepped up with 13 points to lead well-balanced effort from Syria. Syria strongly entered the game. They posted a 21:11 lead after ten minutes. The gap kept on growing in the second term. Syria established a comfortable 46:32 lead at the interval. Syria never slowed down after the big break. They registered a 70:47 advantage at the final intermission. Uzbekistan never came back to life as Syria marched to the victory at the end. Abd Al Wahab Hamowi (217-C-90) delivered 12 points, while Nour Al Saman (189-G-78) posted 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) answered with 14 points for Uzbekistan. Hurmatjon Nuraliev (202-F-81) netted 13 points in the losing effort.


All set for quarterfinals in Wuhan - Sep 21, 2011
Group E
Malaysia - Taiwan 62-109
Taiwan posted yet another win at the Asian Championship. They drubbed Malaysia to improve at 3-2 record in Group E. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-88) came up with 25 points to lead the effort. Taiwan occupied the third spot in the group advancing into quarterfinals. Malaysia on the other hand fell at 1-4 record and came short of reaching the playoffs. Taiwan scored 24 points in the opening frame taking a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Taiwan stayed hot offensively as they unloaded 27 points in the second period piling up a 15-point halftime lead. The third term became decisive in this one. Taiwan outscored their opponents 30:11 to clear off for good. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-F/G-82) posted 21 points for the winners. Chien Chia-Hung (197-F-87) added 16 points for Taiwan. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) answered with 15 points, 4 boards and 4 assists for Malaysia. Li Wei Chee (189-F-85) netted 13 points in defeat.

South Korea - Iran 62-79
Iran registered the sixth straight win at the Asian Championship. They outscored South Korea to enter the quarterfinal stage undefeated. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace Iran. They will now take on Jordan in the playoffs. South Korea suffered the first defeat at the tournament and would now face Japan in quarterfinal. Iran stormed into the game. They outscored South Korea 23:13 in the starting quarter. Iran maintained the lead well enough throughout the second term. They posted a 42:30 halftime lead. Iran boosted the margin to 17 points midway through the third term. But South Korea refused to surrender cutting the gap to 10 points at the final break. But Iran opened the final stanza on a 9:3 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) posted 15 points, while Arsalan Kazemi (199-F-90) added 11 points for Iran. Lee Jung-Suk (183-G-82) and Yang Dong-Geun (181-G-81) responded with 14 points each for South Korea.

Lebanon - Uzbekistan 101-53
Lebanon fired past Uzbekistan on the final day of Second Round of action at 2011 Asian Championship. The victory propelled Lebanon to 2-3 record in Group E. They clinched the fourth position and advanced into quarterfinal stage. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) stepped up with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge. Uzbekistan fell at 0-5 record in the ladder. It was never easy for Lebanon in the opening frame. Uzbekistan jumped to an early lead and maintained it for some time. Lebanon managed to eke out a 24:22 lead after ten minutes. They opened the second period on a 16:2 run to clear off. Lebanon limited their opponents to just 4 points in the second quarter to pile up a 50:26 advantage at the interval. Lebanon enlarged the gap in the third term. They piled up a 40-point lead at the final intermission 75:35. Uzbekistan obviously never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Ghaleb Rida (192-G-81) posted 18 points, while Jean Abed El Nour (198-F/G-83) delivered 16 points in the victory. Vyacheslav Denisov (195-G-83) answered with 19 points for Uzbekistan. Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) netted 11 points in the loss.
Group F
Japan - China 58-84
Japan could not match hosting China on the final day of Second Round at Asian Championship in Wuhan. Yi Li (203-F/G-85) scored 19 points to lead the home team to the sixth straight win at the tournament. Japan fell at 3-2 record in Group F and would now take on South Korea in the quarterfinal. China will play against Lebanon for the spot in the semis. China surged ahead early and posted a 21:16 lead at the first break. China maintained the lead throughout the second term. Moreover the hosts boosted the gap to 14 points at the interval. Japan could not get any closer throughout the third term. China established a 61:46 lead with ten minutes remaining. The margin just kept on growing throughout the fourth period as China cruised to the victory at the end. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) delivered 18 points and 13 rebounds for China. Liu Wei (190-PG-80) had 14 points in the win. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) answered with 24 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Jordan - United Arab Emirates 94-80
Jordan made it into Asian Championship quarterfinals. They overcame UAE tonight to clinch the fourth position in Group F. Jordan will now take on undefeated Iran in the playoffs. UAE fell at 0-5 record in the group. Jordan went on a scoring spree in the opening frame. They unleashed 40 points to build a 20-point lead. UAE stopped the rot in the second term. The teams traded baskets as UAE trailed by 19 points at the interval 38:57. Jordan boosted their lead in the third term. Tab Baldwin team scored 25 points to ensure an 82:58 advantage with one quarter remaining. UAE outscored Jordan 22:12 in the final frame but it did not change the outcome as Tab Baldwin team marched to the win. Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) posted 20 points and 9 assists for Jordan. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) added 16 points in the winning effort. Ibrahim Ahmad (179-G-79) answered with 28 points for UAE. Khalil Salem (178-G-91) netted 23 points in the loss.

Syria - Philippines 52-75
Philippines recorded the third straight win at the Second Stage of Asian Championship. They overcame Syria to enter the quarterfinal stage from the second position in Group F. Philippines will now take on Taiwan in the playoffs. Syria slipped at 1-4 record and would play in the classification round for 9th-12th place. Philippines looked slightly better in the opening frame. They eked out a 14:11 lead after ten minutes. But Syria turned things upside down in the second frame. Goran Miljevic team surged ahead for a 32:23 halftime lead. They maintained the lead for some time in the third term before Philippines pulled their noses back in front. Philippines registered a 49:45 lead with ten minutes to go. They opened the fourth term on a 15:0 run to clear off for good in this one. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) stepped up with 20 points for Philippines. Christopher Tiu (178-PG-85) and Ranidel deOcampo (194-F-81) added 8 points each in the win. Abd Al Wahab Hamowi (217-C-90) responded with 11 points for Syria. Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81, college: Walsh, OH) provided 9 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.


China, South Korea and Iran stay unbeaten in Wuhan - Sep 20, 2011
Group E
Iran - Lebanon 76-45
Iran recorded the fifth straight win at the Asian Championship. They outgunned Lebanon to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group E. Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) stepped up with 16 points apiece to pace Iran. Lebanon fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Iran limited Lebanon to only 7 points in the opening frame to take an 11-point lead. Iran maintained the tempo in the second frame. They established a 32:19 advantage at the interval. Lebanon offensive woes continued in the second half. They scored just 5 points in the third term allowing Iran to pile up a comfortable 49:24 lead at the final intermission. Iran tipped off the final quarter on a 17:6 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Iran. Ghaleb Rida (192-G-81) responded with 16 points for Lebanon. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Taiwan - South Korea 61-82
South Korea registered the fifth straight win in Wuhan. Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) posted 19 points to lead South Korea past Taiwan. The winners improved at 4-0 record, while Taiwan fell at 2-2 in Group E. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Taiwan eked out a 20:18 lead after ten minutes of action. But South Korea opened the second term on a 15:2 run to surge ahead. They fired 25 points in the period to ensure a 43:32 halftime lead. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the third term. South Korea soon boosted to 20+ points and established a 64:40 buffer heading into the fourth period. Taiwan failed to recovered in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) posted 15 points, while Oh Sek-Eun (200-C-87) contributed 14 points for the winners. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.

Uzbekistan - Malaysia 75-80
Malaysia overcame Uzbekistan in the Second Round of Asian Championship. The victory propelled Malaysia at 1-3 record in Group E. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) stepped up with 14 points and 6 assists to pace the winners. Uzbekistan fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Malaysia stormed into the game posting a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Malaysia arrived at halftime up by as many as 11 points 44:33. Uzbekistan went off the dressing room firing from all guns. They went on a 13:5 rally to narrow the gap to just three points. Denisov put Uzbekistan within just two points 62:64 late in the third term. But Uzbekistan answered with a 6:0 run to clear off. Uzbekistan would get as close as two points on several occasions but Malaysia hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Li Wei Chee (189-F-85) posted 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, while Yoong Jing Kwaan (200-C-90) had 12 points for the winners. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Uzbekistan. Gennadiy Zinovyev (198-F-84) netted 15 points in defeat.
Group F
Philippines - Japan 83-76
Philippines handed Japan the first defeat at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) stepped up with 25 points and 18 rebounds to pace the winners to the victory. Philippines improved at 3-1 record and caught up with Japan in the ladder of Group F. Philippines surged ahead 8:2 early in the game but Japan quickly stopped the rot. They capped the term on a 12:0 run to take a 23:18 lead. Japan maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 40:34 advantage at halftime. Philippines needed a 12:1 run in the third term to return the lead. Marcus Douthit and Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) ensured a 60:52 advantage for Philippines with ten minutes to go. Marcus Douthit gave Philippines a double-digit lead at the start of the fourth frame. Japan cut it back to only 5 points with seven minutes remaining. However Philippines never allowed their opponents any closer in the reminder of the encounter. Jimmy Alapag (177-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Marcio Lassiter provided 15 points each in the victory. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Japan. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) netted 14 points in the loss.

China - Jordan 93-60
China kept on piling up victories at home Asian Championship. Jordan became their next victim at the hosts claimed a comprehensive win at the end. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) stepped up with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. China cleared off late in the opening frame to post a 25:15 lead. Jordan cut the deficit in the second term. Tab Baldwin got as close as six points at the interval 34:40. But China opened the second half on a 16:6 run to restore a comfortable cushion. The hosts rallied to a 71:44 lead with ten minutes to go. The margin grew at as many as 30 points midway through the fourth quarter and China cruised to the victory at the end. Yi Li (203-F/G-85) and Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) posted 14 points each for the winners. Abbas Zaid answered with 17 points for Jordan. Islam Abbaas (200-C-80) had 12 points in the loss.

United Arab Emirates - Syria 73-80
Syria registered the first win at the Second Stage of the Asian Championship. They toppled UAE in Wuhan to improve at 1-3 record in Group E. Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81, college: Walsh, OH) stepped up with 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Syria fired 30 points in the opening term to take off. They established a 14-point lead ten minutes into the game. UAE however did not allow their opponents to stretch the lead in the second term. They trailed by 13 points at the interval 35:48. The teams traded baskets in the third term. Syria ensured a 64:51 lead at the final intermission. UAE narrowed the gap back to single digits in the fourth term but Syria hung on to escape with an important win. Mahmood Osfira (203-F-91) posted 14 points, while Giannis Deep (186-G-86) produced 13 points in the victory. Ibrahim Ahmad (179-G-79) answered with 25 points for Syria. Khalil Salem (178-G-91) notched 17 points in the losing effort.
13-16 place
Indonesia - India 84-75
Indonesia recorded the second win in a row at the classification round of Asian Championship in China. They fired past India to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. India slipped at 0-1 record after the defeat. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 7 assists to lead the charge. Indonesia jumped to an early lead and rolled to a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. India cut the deficit in the second term but Indonesia finished the half with a strong rally to establish a 44:37 lead. The margin grew to double digits in the third term. Indonesia ensured a 60:47 advantage midway through the period. They enjoyed a 10-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter 67:57. India tried hard but failed to erase the deficit losing at the end. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) provided 16 points, while Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Hareesh Koroth (185-G-84) answered with 22 points for India. Jagdeep Singh (198-C-86) accounted for 11 points in the loss.


Second Stage starts in Wuhan - Sep 19, 2011
Group E
South Korea - Uzbekistan 106-57
South Korea posted the fourth straight win at the Asian Championship. They coasted past Uzbekistan to improve at 3-0 record in Group E. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) delivered 21 points to lead the charge. Uzbekistan fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Korea marked their ambitions early. They poured in 30 points in the starting period to take a 19-point lead. The margin just kept on growing in the second term. South Korea secured a comfortable 52:24 halftime advantage. They kept Uzbekistan at bay throughout the third term. South Korea established a 74:37 advantage with one quarter remaining. Uzbekistan dropped 20 points in the fourth term but it did not help as South Korea easily matched the effort scoring 32 and celebrating victory. Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) provided 20 points, while Yang Hee-Jong (194-F-84) added 16 points for the winners. Evgeniy Shatrov (192-G-86) answered with 11 points for Uzbekistan. Gennadiy Zinovyev (198-F-84) and Aleksandr Yahin finished with 10 points each in the loss.

Malaysia - Iran 36-121
Iran demolished Malaysia at the start of the second round of action at Asian Championship. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) accounted for 20 points each to pace Iran to 3-0 record in Group E. Malaysia on the other hand slipped at 0-3 record. Iran erupted for 34 points in the opening frame to take a 20-point lead. Iran limited their opponents to just 9 points in the second stanza to establish a massive 56:23 halftime lead. Iran opened the second half on a stunning 19:3 rally to clear off. They never slowed down afterwards marching to a comprehensive win at the end. Arsalan Kazemi (199-F-90) delivered 18 points, while Mahdi Kamrani added 13 points and 8 assists in the victory. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) responded with 13 points for Malaysia. Chee Li Wei had 8 points in the losing effort.

Lebanon - Taiwan 58-60
Taiwan opened the Second Round of Asian Championship with a narrow victory one ambitious Lebanon. Chen Hsin-An (198-F/G-80) scored 15 points to lead the charge. Lebanon ensured the better start. They were up 11:5 midway through the opening quarter. But Taiwan erased the deficit and posted a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout close second term before Chien Chia-Hung (197-F-87) made it 30:30 at the interval. The teams stayed neck and neck in the third quarter as well. Jean Abed El Nour (198-F/G-83) capped the term with a three-pointer and drew thing level at 50. Taiwan finally cleared off to a 60:55 distance however Akl and Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) dragged Lebanon within two points 58:60 with just over a minute to go. The teams went scoreless in the reminder of the battle as Taiwan ran away with a narrow win at the end. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds for Taiwan. Lu Cheng-Ju (194-F-86) netted 10 points in the loss. Samuel Hoskin responded with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Lebanon. Jean Abed El Nour posted 12 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Group F
Jordan - Philippines 64-72
Jordan and Philippines struggled for the second win in Group F of the Asian Championship in Wuhan. Philippines showed their character and trailing in the majority of the game, grabbed 72:64 win. Jordan started the game with 9-2 run and had 20:11 lead after the first 10 minutes. They kept the opponents scoreless for the first five minutes of the second quarter and had 24:11 lead. The teams went to the lockers at 31:26, while the second half belonged to Philippines. They needed 21-16 in the third quarter to tie the game at 47:47 after three quarters and then grabbed the victory due to 25-17 in the last stanza. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) erupted with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) scored 14, while Jimmy Alapag (177-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) netted 11. Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) delivered 18 points in the losing effort, while Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) posted 16. Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) collected 10 points and 12 boards, while Abdallah AbuQoura (203-C-84) had 7.

Japan - United Arab Emirates 101-61
Japan registered another victory at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. They rolled past UAE to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) stepped up with 17 points to lead the effort. Japan started the game with a stifling defence. They limited UAE to just 9 points in the opening quarter taking a 6-point lead. Japan exploded with 41 points in the second term boost the margin to as many as 30 points 56:26. Things went smoothly for the Japanese team afterwards. They controlled the tempo and eased to an 80:43 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Japan never slowed down in the fourth period and rallied to the victory at the end. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Takumi Ishizaki contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Khalil Salem (178-G-91) answered with 14 points for UAE. Rashed Al Zaabi (189-G-88) had 13 points as UAE fell at 0-3 record in the ladder.

Syria - China 71-90
China improved to 3-0 record in Group F at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. The favorites outscored Syria 90:71 to keep them winless with 0-3 record. The host opened the game with 10-2 lead and improved to 24:10 after the first 10 minutes. China led 31:18 after 15 minute and enjoyed 47:28 at the halftime. Syria actually started to play better in the second half and matched well the Chinese squad. The latter managed to add 23-21 in the third quarter, while Syria won the last period 22-20. China scored 16 Fast Break Points, while their opponents only 2. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Su Wei scored 14. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) delivered 9 and Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) as well as Zhang Bo added 8 apiece. Deep Giannis replied with 16 points in the losing effort.
13-16 places
Indonesia - Bahrain 85-62
Poedjakesuma and Sitepu combined for 50 points to edge Bahrain at the Asian Championships. Indonesia overcame Bahrain 85:62 in the Classification Round for 13-16 places. Bahrain shocked the opponents with 10-0 run and kept them scoreless for the first five minutes. Moreover the underdogs enjoyed 17:12 after the first 10 minutes of the game. It looked that Indonesia started to wake up and only 1-point lead remained on the board with 5 minutes left in the half. After 24-17 in the second period Indonesia grabbed 36:34 halftime advantage. In the rest of the game they managed to dominate the court. Indonesia won the third quarter 17-11 and added 32-17 in the last period. Poedjakesuma Andi paced all the winners with 32 points and Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) scored 18. Bader Abdulla Malabes (87) delivered 17 points in the losing effort. Al Tawash Husain scored 11 and Abdulrahman Ghali (197-C-88) added 10.


Preliminary Round comes to an end in Wuhan - Sep 17, 2011
Group A
Malaysia - Lebanon 59-87
Lebanon made it look easy as they recorded the second win at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. Elie Estephane (194-G/F-86, college: Alabama So. CC) posted 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to propel Lebanon past Malaysia. So the winners climbed at 2-1 record in Group A, while Malaysia slipped at 1-2. It was practically all over for Malaysia in the opening frame. Lebanon went on a 27:8 rally to secure a comfortable buffer after ten minutes. Malaysia did not surrender and cut the deficit to 16 points at halftime. But the difference was too obvious as Lebanon regained composure and stretched the gap to 27 points at the final intermission 67:40. Lebanon controlled the game in the final stanza driving to a well-deserved win at the end. Charles Tabet (205-C-88, college: S.Alabama) posted 20 points and 16 boards, while Bassel Bawji contributed 15 points in the winning effort. Yoong Jing Kwaan (200-C-90) replied with 13 points for Malaysia. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) and Shee Fai Loh (192-G/F-89) produced 7 points each in the losing case.

South Korea - India 84-53
South Korea recorded the third win in a row at 2011 Asian Championship. They eased past India to finish the preliminary round at 3-0 record on top of Group A. Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G/F-85) delivered 22 points in the victory. India suffered the third loss in a row. South Korea started the game aggressively. They quickly pulled ahead and built a 27:11 lead after ten minutes. South Korea maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They posted a 46:28 halftime advantage. India had little to answer with after the big break. The Korean side piled up a 66:34 lead with ten minutes to go and never looked back en route to the victory. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) notched 14 points, while Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) accounted for 12 points in the win. Trideep Rai (190-F-83) responded with 11 points for India. Hareesh Koroth (185-G-84) and Yadwinder Singh (197-C-86) had 8 points each in the loss.
Group B
Taiwan - Qatar 94-78
Taiwan recorded the second win at the Asian Championship preliminary round. They outscored Qatar to clinch 2-1 record in Group B. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-88) scored 35 points to lead the effort. Qatar used just five players in the game and suffered the third straight loss at the tournament. Taiwan knocked down 23 points in the opening frame to build an 8-point buffer. They stretched the margin in the second frame. Taiwan ensured a 50:40 halftime lead. Qatar did not surrender cutting the deficit in the third stanza. They got within 7 points at the final break 61:68. But Taiwan quickly stretched the gap to 15 points in the final quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. Lee Hsueh-Lin (176-PG-84) posted 15 points, 7 assists and 5 boards, while Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) added 14 points for the winners. Omer Abdelkader Salem (206-C-83) answered with 30 points and 12 rebounds for Qatar. Erfan Ali Saeed (198-F-83) finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds in the losing case.

Iran - Uzbekistan 132-38
Iran registered the third straight win at the start of 2011 Asian Championship. They drubbed Uzbekistan to clinch the top position in Group B. Seven players scored in double figures for Iran. Arsalan Kazemi (199-F-90) and Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) accounted for 18 points each in the win. Uzbekistan slipped at 1-2 record in the ladder. Iran unloaded 38 points in the opening quarter to take a 24-point lead. The margin just kept on growing in the second frame. Iran erupted for 41 points in the quarter to establish a 79:25 halftime lead. Iran easily reached 100-point mark in the third term posting a 107:34 advantage at the final intermission. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) posted 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Saeid Davarpanah (191-G/F-87) had 14 points in the win. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) answered with 12 points for Uzbekistan. Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) netted 7 points in the loss.
Group C
Jordan - Indonesia 89-59
Jordan celebrated the second victory at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. They prevailed against Indonesia for 2-1 record in Group C. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) led the charge with 18 points. Indonesia suffered the third consecutive loss at the tournament. Jordan quickly surged ahead in this one. They established a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Jordan tipped off the second term with a 13:3 run to boost the lead. They piled up a 44:29 halftime advantage. Tab Baldwin team maintained the pressure in the third stanza. They entered the fourth quarter up by as many as 21 points 65:44. Jordan did not slow down in the fourth period running for a comfortable win at the end. Wesam Al-Sous (189-G-83) and Islam Abbaas (200-C-80) contributed 14 points each for the winners. Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) answered with 15 points for Indonesia. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) posted 12 points in the loss.

Syria - Japan 55-77
Japan registered the third consecutive win at the 2011 Asian Championship. They prevailed against Syria to top Group C ladder. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) posted 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening frame before Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) gave Japan a 17:15 lead. Kosuke Takeuchi ignited a 12:0 run from Japan at the start of the second term as they claimed a 29:15 advantage. Japan ensured a 34:24 lead at the interval. Takuya Kawamura nailed 10 points early in the third term to give Japan a 44:27 advantage midway through the third term. They maintained the lead posting a 57:42 lead with ten minutes to go. Japan never loosened the grasp in the final term rallying to the victory at the end. Takuya Kawamura notched 17 points, while Kenta Hirose (193-G-85) and Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) added 12 points each in the win. Ioanis Deeb (184-G-86) answered with 15 points for Syria. Sameer Al Dags (196-F-84) had 13 points in the loss.
Group D
China - United Arab Emirates 75-60
China registered the third straight win at the 2011 Asian Championship. The hosts overcame UAE to finish the preliminary round undefeated on top of Group D. Zhang Bo (199-G/F-89) stepped up with 15 points to lead the effort. UAE suffered the second defeat in three games played and occupied the third spot in the ladder. China capped the first period on a 10:3 run to post a 22:8 lead. But UAE did not allow the hosts to clear off in the second term. The visitors narrowed the deficit to just 8 points at the interval. China took over in the third term. They limited UAE to just 10 points in the quarter and ensured a 19-point buffer before the fourth term. The home team stayed in charge in the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) posted 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) and Yu Shulong (185-G-90) accounted for 7 points each in the win. Rashed Al Zaabi (189-G-88) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds for UAE. Khalil Salem (178-G-91) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Bahrain - Philippines 71-113
Philippines registered a comfortable win over Bahrain on the third day of action at Asian Championship in Wuhan. Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) stepped up with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Philippines as they improved at 2-1 record in Group D. Bahrain suffered the third loss in a row. Philippines unloaded 30 points in the starting quarter to clear off. They established a comfortable 12-point lead ten minutes into the game. Bahrain however did not allow their opponents to enlarge the margin in the second term. Philippines led by 11 points at halftime 40:51. Philippines opened the third term on a 19:0 run to leave Bahrain behind. Philippines piled up an 86:47 advantage at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the victory. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Joseph Casio (177-PG-86) added 15 points in the victory. Bader Abdulla Malabes (87) replied with 15 points and 7 assists for Bahrain. Hesham Sarhan (92) had 13 points in the losing effort.


Day 2 in Wuhan - Sep 16, 2011
Group A
Lebanon - South Korea 62-80
South Korea became the leader of Group A of the FIBA Asia Championship. The team overcame Lebanon 80:62 and handed them their first loss. Both teams started strong and only 10:9 lead allowed South Korea to lead the game. They also had just 1-point advantage after the first period, 17:16. In the second quarter the things became better for South Korea that after 16-13 increased to 33:29 at the halftime. Moreover due to 20-15 in the third quarter the board showed 53:44. South Korea grabbed 66:48 after 35 minutes of the game and enjoyed the final victory by 18 points. Yang Dong-Geun (181-G-81) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) nailed 18. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Ha Seung-Jin scored 13. Ghaleb Rida (192-G-81) delivered 20 points in defeat, whilst Rodrigue Akl (189-PG-88) added 15. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) netted 12 and Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89, college: Tulsa) had 10.

India - Malaysia 67-71
Malaysia recorded the initial win at the 2011 Asian Championship. They overcame India to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) scored 20 points to lead the effort. India on the other hand slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Malaysia strongly entered the game. They registered a 13:4 lead midway through the opening period. But India gradually picked up the tempo and eventually trailed by just two points 13:15 at the first break. India almost erased the deficit but Malaysia stepped on the gas late in the second term. They poured in 27 points in the second frame to ensure a 42:26 halftime lead. India grabbed the initiative in the third term. They dominated the period cutting the deficit to just 4 points with ten minutes to go 50:54. India finally pulled ahead midway through the fourth frame. But Malaysia answered with a crucial 9:3 outburst that propelled them to the victory at the end. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Malaysia. Tian Yuan Kuek (200-C-91) added 9 points in the win. Japdeep Singh (198-C-86) answered with 25 points for India. Amjyot Singh (185-G-92) finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Group B
Uzbekistan - Taiwan 71-81
Taiwan registered the first win at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. They fired past Uzbekistan for 1-1 record in Group B. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-88) stepped up with 15 points to lead the effort. Taiwan opened the game with nine straight points. They stretched the gap to 10 points 12:2 shortly after. Taiwan secured a 24:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Taiwan kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame. They established a 45:36 halftime advantage. Uzbekistan cut the deficit to just 6 points midway through the third term 45:51. However Taiwan immedialy answered with a 6:0 surge to restore a safe cushion. They entered the fourth quarter up by 17 points 67:50. Taiwan stayed well in charge throughout the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Mao Chia-En (196-F/G-82) finished with 13 points, while Lu Cheng-Ju (194-F-86) and Chen Hsin-An (198-F/G-80) accounted for 11 points each in the win. Gennadiy Zinovyev (198-F-84) responded with 17 points for Uzbekistan. Vyacheslav Belokurov (202-F-77) provided 12 points in the loss.

Qatar - Iran 4-40
Qatar lost another game by default at the Asian Championship in China. The team could not enter the second frame and lost 4:40 with less players remaining in the court then the rules require. Qatar scored the first 3 points in the game. Salem later made it 4:6 and those points were the last for his side. Iran closed the game with massive 34-0 run and grabbed the second straight win. DAVOUDICHEGANI nailed three for the final result. The game was stopped at the end of the first period with 2 minutes left when Saad got his 5th foul. Qatar have only 7 players in this competitions because they hired some American Players to play in their NT team but the rules say each of this players must to spend at least 2 years in this country so that they be able to play for the NT team. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) top-scored for the winners with 10 points.MATALKEH replied with 3 points in the losing effort.
Group C
Indonesia - Syria 61-74
Syria celebrated the first win at the 2011 Asian Championship in China. They overcame Indonesia to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81, college: Walsh, OH) stepped up with 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge. Indonesia fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Syria pulled in front late in the opening frame. They recorded a 17:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Indonesia stepped on the gas early in the second frame. They grabbed a 27:23 lead but could not capitalize. Syria sneaked back in charge taking a 34:33 advantage. Syria strengthened their advantage in the third quarter. They built a 54:45 buffer with one quarter remaining. Syria boosted the margin to 17 points midway through the fourth period and never looked back en route to the victory. Sameer Al Dags (196-F-84) accounted for 14 points for the winners. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) and Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) responded with 11 points each for Indonesia. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) finished with 9 points in the loss.

Jordan - Japan 87-92
Japan celebrated the second win at the 2011 Asian Championship. They prevailed against Jordan in a tough battle in Wuhan to stay undefeated in Group C. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) scored 23 points to pace the effort. Jordan opened the game with a strong 13:2 run. But Japan recovered and surged ahead for a 19:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The lead changed hands before Japan unloaded 8 points in a row and posted a 36:27 lead late in the first half. Japan tipped off the second half with 15 unanswered points to grab a 51:29 lead. Japan stayed in control and entered the fourth stanza up by as many as 18 points 64:46. Jordan got within 6 points with just over a minutes to go 79:85. However Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-PG-81) converted a three-point play and Japan hung on for the victory at the end. Shinsuke Kashiwagi posted 14 points, while Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) added 13 points and 19 rebounds in the victory. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) answered with game-high 30 points for Jordan. Islam Abbaas (200-C-80) delivered 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.
Group D
Philippines - China 60-75
Philippines lost to China in Day 2 of the 26th FIBA Asia Championship 2011. The hosts of the tournament beat the opponents 75:60 in Preliminary Round - Group A. China led 7:6 in the opening tip of the game and improved to 22:13 after the first 10 minutes. The second quarter was a disaster for Philippines that scored only 8 points. China managed to take 43:21 advantage and never looked behind. Philippines however dominated the second half. They won the third frame 19-12 and then tied the score in the fourth quarter at 20-20. That was however enough only to reduce to 15 points. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) led China with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) collected 16 points and 5 rebounds, while Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu had 13 points and 5 assists. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) replied with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Philippines. Christopher Tiu (178-PG-85) added 12 points and 3 assists.

United Arab Emirates - Bahrain 91-53
UAE registered the first win at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. They drubbed Bahrain to climb at 1-1 record in Group D. Ibrahim Ahmad (179-G-79) scored 17 points to lead the effort Bahrain slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Bahrain ensured a brave start. They led 12:7 midway through the starting frame. Bahrain posted a 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. But UAE turned things around in the second frame. They limited their opponents to just 10 points in the quarter to establish a 37:27 advantage at the interval. UAE maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. UAE boosted the gap to as many as 24 points at the final break 70:46. UAE opened the fourth term on a 13:4 rally and never looked back en route to the victory. Rashed Al Zaabi (189-G-88) had 16 points, while Ali Al Hattawi (200-C-79) and Jasim Abdalla (204-C-88) contributed 13 points apiece for UAE. Maitam Isa (182-G-90) responded with 15 points for Bahrain. Husain Al Tawash (174-G-86) and Ahmed Malallah (188-F-73) netted 11 points each in the loss.


Day 1 in Wuhan - Sep 15, 2011
Group A
Malaysia - South Korea 42-89
South Korea earned the opening win at the 2011 Asian Championship. Hur Jae team coasted past Malaysia in Group A action. Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) stepped up with 16 points to lead the effort. South Korea stunned their opponents in the opening period. They held Malaysia to miserable three points in the quarter posting a 29:3 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 30-point mark midway through the second frame. South Korea established a 47:22 lead at halftime. South Korea continued to remain in charge throughout the third frame. They posted a 76:30 lead with ten minutes to go in the game. South Korea did not loosen the grasp and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Oh Sek-Eun chipped in 13 points, while Lee Jung-Suk (184-G-82) and Tae-Jong Moon netted 11 points apiece in the win. Yoong Jing Kwaan (200-C-90) answered with 9 points and 9 rebounds for Malaysia. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) finished with 6 points in defeat.

Lebanon - India 71-68

Lebanon earned the first win at the 2011 Asian Championship. They overcame a major scare from ambitious India to escape with a narrow win at the end.
Jean Abed El Nour (198-F/G-83)
stepped up with eight points in the final moments of the game to propel Lebanon to a tough win at the end. He finished with game-high 24 points to pace Lebanon.
Lebanon ensured a 20:16 lead after ten minutes of action.
Bassel Bawji gave Lebanon a 37:27 lead midway through the second term. Stephan made it 40:27 at halftime. Jean Abed El Nour
stretched the margin to 15 points early in the second half. But India refused to surrender. They ignited a 30:12 run to grab a 59:54 lead with ten minutes to go. Hareesh Koroth (185-G-84)
kept India in charge 64:57 with just over four minutes to go. However Lebanon triggered a 9:2 rally to regain the lead 69:66. Jean Abed El Nour sank two free throws and sealed the victory at the end. Ghaleb Rida knocked down 15 points, while Bassel Bawji contributed 9 points in the win. Hareesh Koroth answered with 20 points for India. Talwinderjit Singh (185-G/F-86) finished with 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss.
Group B
Taiwan - Iran 37-49
Iran earned the first win at the Asian Championship in China. They outmuscled Taiwan in Group B opener. Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Iran opened the game with a 6:1 run to jump in front. Iran stayed in charge posting a 10:8 lead after ten minutes. Taiwan surged ahead late in the second term and posted a 19:17 halftime advantage. Taiwan used an 11:1 run in the third term to post a 30:20 advantage. However Iran reacted with a 19:1 rally of their own to take a 39:31 lead early in the fourth frame. Taiwan cut the deficit back to just two points but Iran answered with ten points in a row and sealed the victory at the end. Hamed Haddadi posted 8 points and 18 rebounds, while Arsalan Kazemi (199-F-90) had 8 points in the winning effort. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Lin Chih-Chieh delivered 8 points in the loss.

Qatar - Uzbekistan 12-27
Uzbekistan started their 26th FIBA Asia Championship with the victory over GCC champions. Qatar lost Group B game by default 12:27. Qatar started the game with five players. They committed five personal fouls in the first six minutes of the game. Denisov opened the scoring account in the game, while Matalkeh gave Qatar 2:1 lead. Saad also remained Qatar in front at 5:3, while Evgeniy Shatrov (192-G-86) scored for 7:5. The latter also brought 11:7, while Juginisov Samender closed an 11-0 run for his side. Saad nailed three for 18:10, while Uzbekistan erupted with another 9-0 run. Matalkeh scored for 27:12 and then he received his last fifth foul. According to Art 21 of Official Basketball Rules 2010, 'a team shall lose a game by default if, during the game, the team has fewer than two players on the playing court ready to play. Evgeniy Shatrov stepped up with 10 points for the winners and Juginisov Samender nailed 9. Yevgeniy Pereverzev (183-G-87) followed them with 4 points. Saad ended up with 8 points in defeat and Hammam posted 4.
Group C
Syria - Jordan 58-71
Jordan opened win count at 2011 Asian Championship in Wuhan. They held off pesky Syria in Group C opener. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) stepped up with 20 points to pace Jordan. Jordan managed to post an 18:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Jacques Nalbandian drained 8 points in a 10:2 run from Syria early in the second term as they jumped into lead. The teams traded baskets before Wael Jlilati (199-G/F-90) knocked down 8 points in a row giving Syria a 36:31 lead at the interval. Wael Jlilati opened the second half with two points as Syria established a 40:31 advantage. But Jordan stepped on the gas late in the period. They capped the period with a 13:1 rally to grab a 56:46 lead with ten minutes remaining. Syria cut the deficit to just two points midway through the fourth frame 58:60. However Rasheim Wright came up with a timely three-pointer and Jordan ran away for the victory in the final minutes. Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) posted 19 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Jordan. Islam Abbaas and Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) added 8 points each in the win. Wael Jlilati answered with 13 points for Syria. Jacques Nalbandian chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Japan - Indonesia 81-59
Japan registered the first win at the 2011 Asian Championship. They bruised Indonesia in Group C opener. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace well-balanced effort from Japan. Japan grabbed the lead early in the game. They limited Indonesia to only 8 points in the starting quarter to build a 7-point lead. However Indonesia went on a 13:2 run in the second frame to take a 21:18 lead. But Japan answered with a 17:2 surge late in the half to establish a 37:24 lead at the interval. Japan stayed in charge throughout the third term. They boosted the margin to 20 points to clear off. Japan entered the fourth quarter up by 22 points 61:39 and never looked back en route to the victory. Takuya Kawamura and Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-PG-81) delivered 10 points apiece in the winning effort. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) responded with 12 points for Indonesia. Christian Ronaldo Sitepu top-scored with 14 points in the loss.
Group D
Philippines - United Arab Emirates 92-52
SEABA champions won over United Arab Emirates at their start of the 26th FIBA Asia Championship. Philippines won all the quarters to taste 92:52 victory. United Arab Emirates surprised the opponents with 5-0 run early in the game, while Barroca scored for 7:7. Philippines celebrated 17:12 after the first 10 minutes and had 29:18 midway through the second period. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) later sent the teams to the lockers at 41:22. The third quarter proved the ambitions of the winners for a bigger advantage as they produced 28-13 in it. Another 23-17 in the last stanza brought the 40-point deficit win for Philippines in the opener. Baracael Marnel stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Douthit also scored 13, while Casio Joseph added 11. Husain Ahmed (180-G-89) replied with 12 points in defeat and Al Hattawi Ali notched 11.

Bahrain - China 49-101
Bahrain returned to FIBA Asia Championship after 14 years and lost the opener of the 26th Asia Championship. China destroyed Bahrain 101:49. Bahrain stayed tough in the opening period and trailed only 13:16 after the first 5 minutes. China grabbed 25:20 lead at the end of 10 minutes and erupted later in the game. The defensive 24-6 in the second quarter was too much for Bahrain. China had 22-0 run and continued their dominance in the second half as well. The board showed 62:35 after 25 minutes of the game and China enjoyed 77:45 after three quarters. Another defensive 24-4 in the last stanza brought the first victory for China. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) and Liu Wei paced all the winners with 15 points each, while Zhu FangYu (201-F-83) netted 13. Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) ended up with 11 points. Bader Abdulla Malabes (87) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Maitam Isa (182-G-90) nailed 9.

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