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Asian Games 2010 - Men Basketball



Asian Games Standings
Group E
 1. China 5-0 
 2. S.Korea 4-1 
 3. Jordan 3-2 
 4. North Korea 2-3 
 5. Mongolia 1-4 
 6. Uzbekistan 0-5 
Group F
 1. Japan 4-1 
 2. Iran 4-1 
 3. Philippines 3-2 
 4. Qatar 3-2 
 5. Taiwan 1-4 
 6. India 0-5 

China celebrates the gold medal (Photo: News.Xinhuanet.com)


Wang ZhiZhi is the MVP (Photo: edition.cnn.com)
Points Per Game
 Targuy NGOMBO
  CGO
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Ngombo, QAT19.6 
 2. Afagh, IRI18.9 
 3. Lin, TAI18.4 
 4. Juginisov, UZB18.0 
 5. Pak Un, PRK16.8 
 6. Pak Myong, PRK16.7 
 7. Singh, IND16.6 
 8. Musa, QAT15.2 
 9. Wang, CHN14.5 
 10. Hadrab, JOR13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Asghar KARDOUST
  (210-C-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kardoust, IRI9.1 
 2. Takeuchi, JPN8.6 
 3. Taulava, PHI8.5 
 4. Williams, PHI8.4 
 5. Zaghab, JOR8.3 
 6. Abuqoura, JOR7.8 
 7. Juginisov, UZB7.8 
 8. Musa, QAT7.7 
 9. Takeuchi, JPN7.1 
 10. Ngombo, QAT6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Hsueh-Lin LEE
  (176-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Lee, TAI4.4 
 2. Bhriguvanshi, IND3.7 
 3. Yang, KOR3.6 
 4. Kamrani, IRI3.4 
 5. Casio, PHI3.3 
 6. Kye, PRK2.9 
 7. Tabuse, JPN2.8 
 8. Zhang, CHN2.6 
 9. Abuqoura, JOR2.5 
 10. Abdeen, JOR2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Uuganbayar OYUNTSETSEG
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Oyuntsetseg, MGL2.2 
 2. Afagh, IRI2.1 
 3. Suliman Abdi, QAT2.0 
 4. Davoudi, IRI2.0 
 5. Zhou, CHN1.8 
 6. Musa, QAT1.7 
 7. Kye, PRK1.7 
 8. Sun, CHN1.6 
 9. Ngombo, QAT1.5 
 10. Tabuse, JPN1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ali ZAGHAB
  (204-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Zaghab, JOR2.0 
 2. Kardoust, IRI1.9 
 3. Ballesteros, PHI1.3 
 4. Tien, TAI1.2 
 5. Lee, KOR1.1 
 6. Ndour, QAT1.1 
 7. Wang, CHN1.0 
 8. Wu, TAI1.0 
 9. Zhang, CHN1.0 
 10. Slaughter, PHI0.9 


Chinese National Team for Asian Games in Guangzhou (China)
Starting five
#s#
Jinhui Ding
Ding
Wei Liu
Liu
ShiPeng Wang
Wang
Yue Sun
Sun
ZhiZhi Wang
Wang
#e#5
4 Ding Jinhui 204-C-90 Zhejiang C. China
5 Liu Wei 190-G-80 Shanghai China
6 Zhang QingPeng 189-G-81 Xinjiang China
7 Wang ShiPeng 197-F/G-83 Guandong 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 Zhang Bo 200-G/F-89 Bayi China
12 Tang ZhengDong 213-C-84 Jiangsu China
13 Li Xiaoxu 207-C-90 Liaoning China
14 Wang ZhiZhi 214-C-79 Bayi China
15 Zhou Peng 207-F-89 Guandong China

Donewald Bob Jr. Head Coach Shanghai China
Li Nan Assistant
Selcuk Ernak Assistant Banvit Basketbol Kulubu Turkey


Chinese National Team for World Championships in Turkey 2010
Starting five
#s#
Wei Liu
Liu
ShiPeng Wang
Wang
Yue Sun
Sun
Yi Jianlian
Jianlian
ZhiZhi Wang
Wang
#e#5
4 Ding Jinhui 204-C-90 Zhejiang C. China
5 Liu Wei 190-G-80 Shanghai China
6 Yu Shulong 185-G-90 Jilin China
7 Wang ShiPeng 197-F/G-83 Guandong China
8 Jin Lipeng 190-G-78 Zhejiang G.L. China
9 Yue Sun 206-G/F-85 New York K. USA
10 ZhaoXu Zhang 221-C-87 California USA
11 Yi Jianlian 212-C/F-87 Washington W. USA
12 Guo Ailun 193-G-93 Liaoning China
13 Su Wei 212-C-89 Guandong China
14 Wang ZhiZhi 214-C-79 Bayi China
15 Zhou Peng 207-F-89 Guandong China

Donewald Bob Jr. Head Coach Shanghai China
Guo Shiqiang Assistant Liaoning China
Stefann Robinson Assistant
Selcuk Ernak Assistant Banvit Basketbol Kulubu Turkey


Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Games Awards 2010 - Nov. 30, 2010 
All-Asian Games 1st Team
ZhiZhi Wang
Wang
Seung-Jun Lee
Lee
Hsueh-Lin Lee
Lee
Targuy Ngombo
Ngombo
Kosuke Takeuchi
Takeuchi
 

MVP: Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) of
Best Guard: Lee Seung-Jun (186-G-88) of
Best Forward: Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89) of Qatar
Best Center: Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) of
Best Defensive Player: Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86) of Iran
Best Coach: Donewald Bob Jr. of

1st Team
G: Lee Seung-Jun (186-88) of
G: Lee Hsueh-Lin (176-84) of Taiwan
F: Targuy Ngombo (196-89) of Qatar
C/F: Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) of Japan
C: Wang ZhiZhi (214-79) of

2nd Team
G: Hamed Afagh (190-83) of Iran
F/G: Lin Chih-Chieh (192-82) of Taiwan
F: Yasseen Musa (204-80) of Qatar
F: Jin Pak Myong (191-82) of
C: Asghar Kardoust (210-86) of Iran

Honorable Mention:
Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86) of Iran
Park Chan-Hee (191-G-87) of South Korea
Asi Taulava (206-C-73) of Philippines
Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) of ASU Jordan
Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) of Uzbekistan
Japdeep Singh (199-C-86) of India


China clinch Gold at Asian Games - Nov. 26, 2010 
3-4 place
Japan - Iran 66-74
Iran celebrated the victory on the final day of action at Asian Games in Guangzhou. They held off Japan to step onto the pedestal. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) exploded with 27 points to lead the effort. Iran put their noses in front early in the encounter. They ensured a 5-point lead before Japan stepped up to cut the distance. Led by Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) Japan managed to pull within just two points at the first break 24:26. Iran opened the second frame on an 11:5 run to clear off once again. They raced to a 43:36 halftime advantage. Iran did not slow down in the third period. They were more accurate from the field and secured a 59:50 lead at the final intermission. Iran used all of their experience to keep Japan at bay throughout the final stanza. Iran avoided drama of the final minutes and ensured a comfortable win at the end. Asghar Kardoust notched 13 points and 7 rebounds for Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) and Hamed Sohrabnejad (206-C/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 10 points each in the victory. Takumi Ishizaki replied with 17 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) netted 13 points and collected 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

5-6 place
Philippines - Qatar 71-81
Qatar crowned their Asian Games campaign with victory. They defeated Philippines to finish in the fifth overall position. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) delivered 25 points and 12 rebounds for Qatar in this one. The teams stayed close in the opening frame. They exchanged baskets and the scoreboard read 17:17 at the first break. Qatar pulled ahead early in the second period but not for too long. A roller-coaster action continued as Philippines pulled in front and posted a 39:36 lead at the interval. Philippines maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the fourth stanza up by as many as 4 points 64:60. But a disastrous start to the fourth term did not allow Philippines to succeed. Qatar went on a 16:3 run early in the final quarter to leave their opponents behind. Qatar did not surrender the advantage in the reminder of the contest and raced to the victory at the end. Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) produced 19 points and 10 rebounds for Qatar. Khalid Suliman Abdi (198-F/G-87) netted 17 points in the victory. Kelly Williams (198-F-82, college: Oakland) replied with 20 points for Philippines. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) provided 13 points and 19 rebounds in the losing case.

7-8 place
North Korea - Jordan 74-79
Jordan finished their Asian Games campaign on a high note. They knocked down DPR Korea to occupy the seventh overall position. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) stepped up with 20 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for the winners. DPR Korea raced in front early in the encounter but Jordan quickly denied the effort. They grabbed the lead to post a 23:19 advantage at the first break. Jordan used a 14:2 run in the second quarter to ensure a comfortable 17-point lead at the interval. DPR Korea refused to surrender as they changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. The Korean side increased the tempo and narrowed the gap at only 2 points with one quarter remaining 55:57. Jordan tried to play aggressively in the fourth period as they maintained the lead. Fadel Alnajjar (192-G-85) and Abdullah Abuqoura stepped up for Jordan late in regulation and sealed the winning outcome. Fadel Alnajjar produced 14 points for the winners. Malek Khashan (185-G-85) netted 12 points for Jordan. Byol Sin Kum (191-F-87) responded with 18 points for DPR Korea. Kwang Kye (180-G-84) and Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) had 16 points each in the loss.

FINAL
China - South Korea 77-71
South Korea ended their impressive Asian Games run just a whisker away from the title. Jaehak Yoo team lost to hosting China in the championship clash tonight. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) proved his leading role for the hosts scoring 20 points and pacing China to the triumph. The teams stayed close for some time in the opening frame but the home team stepped on the gas late in the period. China grabbed a 27:21 lead ten minutes into the encounter. South Korea tipped off the second frame aggressively as they went on a 14:4 run to surge ahead. China responded equally as they regained the advantage late in the half. Bob Donewald team secured a 43:37 advantage at halftime. The home team used a 14:4 rally to take a 57:49 lead midway through the third stanza. China arrived at the final intermission up by 8 points 64:56. They boosted the margin to 14 points early in the final quarter and though South Korea went on a desperate rescue rally late in regulation they could prevent the loss. Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) and Ding Jinhui (204-C-90) accounted for 14 points each for China. Yang Dong-Geun (182-G-81) replied with 17 points for South Korea. Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) and Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) chipped in 15 points apiece in the loss.


China and South Korea to fight for the title  - Nov. 25, 2010 

South Korea - Japan 55-51

South Korea made it into the Final of 2010 Asian Games. They toppled Japan in the semifinal battle tonight. Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. It was a tough defensive battle right from the start. The teams teamed up for only 8 points in the first five minutes of the encounter. Korea took the lead but not for too long. Japan went on a 12:3 run to establish a 14:9 lead at the first break. The teams stayed close in the second period. The lead changed hands before South Korea sealed the first half outcome at 27:26. South Korea dominated the boards and it eventually paid off. They went on a spurt late in the third quarter to pile up a 46:38 lead at the final intermission. Japan struggled to get within striking distance in the final minutes. They did so finally but South Korea did not panic and celebrated a historic victory at the end. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) delivered 12 points for South Korea. Lee Seung-Jun (186-G-88) netted 8 points and collected 8 rebounds in the victory. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) answered with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Japan. Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) notched 14 points in the losing effort.

China - Iran 68-65
Three-point loss once again cursed Iran. They lost by three points to Qatar in the semifinal of 2006 Asian Games. This year it happened again this time against China. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds but it did not prevent Veselin Matic team from falling short against the hosts. Iran led by three points midway through the final period but a late rally from China sealed the deal. Iran got to an impressive start. They executed perfectly defensively keeping China silent. Iran ensured a 12:8 lead after ten minutes. China woke up in the second period. Led by Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) the home team erased the deficit and pulled in charge. They eked out a narrow 29:28 lead at the interval. China maintained the lead throughout the tough intense third period. Neither side was able to dominate as China entered the final quarter up by only a single point 48:47. Iran stepped in front early in the fourth quarter and remained in the lead for some time. But it was China who made the final run for the win and snatched a difficult yet so important victory at the end. Wang ShiPeng delivered 20 points to lead China. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) replied with 14 points for Iran. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) finished with 12 points and 8 boards in the losing case.

5-8 place
Jordan - Qatar 52-60
Qatar overcame Jordan in the classification round of Asian Games. Matthew Skillman team will now take on Philippines for the fifth overall position at the tournament. Khalid Suliman Abdi (198-F/G-87) led the effort with 14 points. Jordan will face DPR Korea in the clash for the 7th place. Jordan looked aggressive in the opening frame. They spurred in front and recorded a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Qatar struck back early in the second period. They went on a 13:4 run to take the lead. Qatar arrived at halftime up by two points 33:31. Jordan regained control in the third frame. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) paced the team as they established a 44:42 advantage at the final intermission. Qatar showed character in the final period. Playing without their charismatic leader Yasseen Musa the team however returned into the contest and eked out a tough victory at the end. Daoud Musa (193-G-82), Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) and Souleymane Ndour scored 11 points each for Qatar. Saad Abdulrahman Ali (193-F-85) added 5 points and 5 boards in the winning effort. Nidal Alsharif (190-G-82) replied with 11 points for Jordan. Abdullah Abuqoura and Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) notched 10 points apiece in the loss.

Philippines - North Korea 96-69
Philippines scored a comfortable win over DPR Korea in the classification round of Asian Games. Rajko Toroman team will now try to finish their campaign on a high note when they take on Qatar for the fifth overall place tomorrow. DPR Korea will play versus Jordan. Philippines dominated this one. They erupted for 28 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Philippines unleashed an 18:7 run in the second term to arrive at halftime up by as many as 17 points 54:37. More to come in the third period as Philippines boosted the margin to 20 points and entered the fourth quarter leading by as many as 21 points 76:55. Philippines stayed comfortably in charge throughout the final period and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Greg Slaughter (211-C-88) and Mac Baracael (193-F/G-85) notched 18 points each for Philippines. Chris Lutz (191-G-85, college: Marshall) contributed 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) answered with 17 points for DPR Korea. Kwang Kye (180-G-84) chipped in 16 points in the loss.


Round: 6 (Quarter-Finals) - Nov. 24, 2010 

Japan - North Korea 92-75

Japan made it into the semifinal stage at Asian Games in China. They dealt with DPR Korea in the quarterfinal tonight. Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) and Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) led well-balanced effort from Thomas Wisman team. Japan went on a 12:6 run late in the opening frame to take a 24:16 lead. They stretched the margin to double digits quickly in the second quarter. Japan arrived at halftime leading by as many as 20 points 50:30. Things got even worse for DPR Korea in the second half. Japan maintained the pressure and ensured a comfortable 21-point cushion before the fourth quarter. DPR Korea got within 20-point range in the fourth period but never seriously threaten the deficit. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) finished with 11 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) chipped in 10 points and collected 9 rebounds for the winning side. Byol Sin Kum (191-F-87) responded with 22 points and 6 boards for DPR Korea. Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) and Kwang Kye (180-G-84) delivered 12 points each in the loss. Japan will now take on South Korea in the semifinal tomorrow.

Iran - Jordan 67-43
Iran eased into Asian Games semifinal. They outmuscled Jordan at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament tonight. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) tallied 17 points and 5 rebounds to orchestrate victory for Veselin Matic side. Iran and Jordan traded baskets early in the encounter. Iran however went on a 12:5 run late in the period and grabbed a 20:11 advantage. Hamed Afagh and Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) opened a double-digit advantage for the Iranian side in the second quarter. Jordan accounted for only 6 points in the period allowing Iran to clear off to a 15-point distance 32:17. Iran got a firm grip on the lead. They stayed well in control throughout the third quarter. Iran ensured a 48:33 advantage before the fourth period. Jordan failed to get any closer in the final stanza as Iran breezed to the victory at the end. Mahdi Kamrani produced 16 points for the winners. Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Iran. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds for Jordan. Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) netted 7 points in the loss.

China - Qatar 71-66
Qatar put up a decent fight against China but eventually came up short at the quarterfinal stage of Asian Games. Veteran Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to propel China into the semifinal. It was do-or-die battle for both sides. Both teams played in the Final of 2006 Asian Games with China celebrating victory. Qatar did not manage to avenge the loss this time. Matthew Skillman team got to a nice start as they were up by two 12:10 midway through the opening quarter. But China erased the deficit and registered a 20:16 advantage at the first break. The hosts pulled away late in the first half. They established a 36:25 halftime buffer. The margin grew at 12-point mark in the third period but Qatar did not give it up. They narrowed the distance at 8 points with ten minutes to go. Qatar got even closer late in regulation but China stayed focused and eked out a tough win at the end. Zhu FangYu (201-F-83) had 14 points for China. Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) added 12 points in the win. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Qatar. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) delivered 21 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea - Philippines 74-66
South Korea became the first Asian Games semifinalists. They held off Philippines in the first quarterfinal tonight. Oh SeKeun (201-C-87) stepped up with 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. South Korea pulled in front early in the encounter. They maintained the advantage and finished the opening quarter up by two points 21:19. More to come in the second period as South Korea mounted the pressure. They dominated the boards and looked more focused defensively. The Korean team stretched the margin to 8 points at halftime 44:36. Philippines could not get any closer in the third frame. South Korea wisely kept their opponents at distance posting a 61:51 lead with one quarter to go. The complexion of the game did not change in the fourth frame. South Korea remained calm and determined as they drove to a confident win at the end. Kim Sung-Chul (195-F-76) knocked down 13 points for the winners. Lee Seung-Jun (186-G-88) contributed 12 points for South Korea. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) replied with 23 points for Philippines. JV Casio (177-G-86) had 12 points in defeat.


Round: 5 (Qualifying Round). Quarterfinalists are known - Nov. 22, 2010 
Group E
China - Jordan 101-53
China ensured the fifth straight win at Asian Games. They rolled past Jordan to win preliminary Group E. Zhang QingPeng (189-G-81) unloaded 31 points to lead the hosts. China will now take on Qatar in the quarterfinal on Wednesday. Jordan also made it into the playoffs as they are set to challenge Iran for the spot in the semis. China stunned their opponents in the opening frame. Jordan accounted for only 8 points facing an 18-point deficit at the first intermission. China went on a 9:3 run to boost the lead early in the second term. The hosts ensured a comfortable 47:15 advantage at halftime. China did not loosen the grip in the third term. They entered the fourth period ahead by as many as 43 points 75:32. Jordan did not stand a single chance in the final ten minutes as China coasted to yet another impressive win at the tournament. Zhou Peng (207-F-89) delivered 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists for China. Tang ZhengDong (213-C-84) contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Jordan. Mahd Abdeen (186-G-87) netted 8 points and collected 7 rebounds in the loss.

North Korea - Uzbekistan 81-70
DPR Korea recorded their second win at the preliminary round of Asian Games. They held off Uzbekistan in Guangzhou to improve at 2-3 record in the fourth place in Group E. DPR Korea thus made it into the quarterfinals. They will face Japan on Wednesday. Uzbekistan remained winless at the bottom of the standings. Chol Pak Un (185-G-81) fired 21 points to lead the winners. DPR Korea and Uzbekistan kept it close before the Korean team went on a 9:5 run to take a 17:11 lead at the first break. A high-flying second term saw DPR Korea stay in charge. They ensured a 36:31 lead at halftime. Uzbekistan tipped off the second half on a 7:1 run to surge ahead. DPR Korea answered right back as they triggered a 13:2 rally and secured a 50:40 lead at the final intermission. DPR Korea stretched the lead to double figures at the start of the fourth quarter. Uzbekistan failed to respond and the Koreans gradually took over. They did not slow down and marched to the victory. Kwang Kye (180-G-84) and Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) nailed 16 points each for DPR Korea. Byol Sin Kum (191-F-87) had 15 points in the win. Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Uzbekistan. Hurmatjon Nuraliev (201-F-81) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Mongolia - South Korea 66-115
South Korea celebrated the fourth win at the Asian Games. They breezed past Mongolia to improve at 4-1 record in Group E. The victory allowed the Korean side finished the preliminary round in the second position, while Mongolia slipped at 1-4 record and occupied the fifth spot in the pool. South Korea will now take on Philippines at the quarterfinal stage on Wednesday. South Korea fired from all the guns early in the game. They accounted for 29 points in the first quarter to take an 11-point lead. South Korea opened the second stanza on a 14:4 rally to establish a 21-point lead. They enjoyed a massive 58:29 halftime cushion. Mongolia struggled to keep their defense solid. The Korean team scored eagerly as they piled up an 87:46 advantage at the final intermission. Jaehak Yoo side did not stop in the fourth term as they erupted for 115 points and claimed a comprehensive win at the end. Seven players scored in double digits for South Korea. Park Chan-Hee (191-G-87) and Oh SeKeun (201-C-87) led the effort with 16 points apiece. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) added 13 points in the win. Uuganbayar Oyuntsetseg (183-G-88) answered with 27 points and 10 rebounds for Mongolia. Ikhbayar Ganbaatar (180-G-83) had 14 points in the loss.

Group F
Philippines - Taiwan 82-73
Philippines defeated Taiwan on the final day of preliminary round at Asian Games. The victory allowed Rajko Toroman team climb at 3-2 record in the third place in Group F. Taiwan fell at 1-4 record just outside the quarterfinal selection. Philippines will now face South Korea in the battle for the semifinal appearance. Taiwan entered the game with their backs against the wall. They played aggressively and put their noses in front in the opening frame. Taiwan enjoyed a narrow 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. But Philippines turned the tables in the second frame. They erased the deficit and established a 42:40 lead at halftime. The teams stayed close until Philippines triggered an 11:2 run and piled up a 64:54 lead at the final intermission. The Filipino side kept their opponents at bay throughout intense fourth period and eked out a hard-fought win at the end. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) teamed up for 36 points and 20 rebounds to lead Philippines. Chris Tiu (178-G-85) added 15 points in the victory. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-F/G-82) replied with 21 points for Taiwan. Wu Tai-Hao (203-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) had 20 points in the losing effort.

Qatar - Iran 46-88
Iran cruised past Qatar to wrap up the Asian Games preliminary round in Group F. The victory allowed the winners occupy the second place in the standings. Iran will now take on Jordan in the quarterfinals. Qatar finished in the fourth position and they are going to take on undefeated China on Wednesday. Iran marked their ambitions in the opening frame. They played aggressive defensively limiting Qatar to only 10 points. This allowed Iran to enjoy a 27:10 lead after ten minutes. Iran continued their dominance in the second stanza. Veselin Matic team secured a 51:26 halftime advantage. Qatar scored only 10 points in the third frame and faced an insurmountable 31-point deficit at the final intermission. Iran eased to the victory in the fourth period. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) stepped up with 33 points to pace Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) accounted for 21 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) replied with 18 points for Qatar. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) finished with 13 points in the losing case.

India - Japan 58-85
Japan earned a well-awaited victory over India in the final game of the preliminary round at Asian Games. Japan thus improved at 4-1 record and won Group F. They will now fight with DPR Korea for the spot in the semifinal. India finished the round at 0-5 record at the bottom of the standings. Japan obviously saved energy for the upcoming contest in this one. They started the game slowly allowing India to stick around. Japan led by just four points ten minutes into the encounter. The tempo increased the second frame. Japan managed to boost the lead as they were up by 11 points at halftime. India cut the deficit at just 7 points midway through the third term. They did not allow Japan to clear off trailing by 11 points prior to the fourth frame. But Japan eventually proved the strength. They exploded with 28 points in the fourth quarter and ran away for a comfortable win at the end. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) knocked down 13 points for Japan. Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Ken Takeda (188-G/F-78) added 11 points apiece in the win. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) replied with game-high 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Prakash Mishra (180-G/F-82) accounted for 11 points in the loss.


Round: 4 (Qualifying Round) - Nov. 21, 2010 
Group E
Uzbekistan - Jordan 63-68
Jordan worked hard for the third win at the Asian Games. They finally succeeded edging Uzbekistan in overtime. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) stepped up with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Jordan as they climbed at 3-1 record in Group E. Uzbekistan remained winless at 0-4. Jordan seemed well en route to the victory as they posted a 15:7 lead after the opening quarter. They stretched the margin to double digits in the second frame. Jordan accumulated a 35:22 lead at the interval. But Uzbekistan woke up late in the third quarter. They narrowed the distance to only three points 45:48 with one quarter to go in regulation. Uzbekistan got even closer in the fourth period and finally drew things level at 57. The teams entered overtime where Jordan proved the strength scoring 11 points and tallying the victory. Mahd Abdeen (186-G-87) accounted for 14 points for Jordan. Faisal Khair (204-C-85) added 13 points in the win. Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) replied with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Uzbekistan. Kirill Gusev (185-G-90) dropped 13 points in the loss.

South Korea - China 66-76
South Korea suffered the first loss at the Asian Games in Guangzhou. They surrendered against the hosts. China improved at 4-0 record with the win, while South Korea slipped at 3-1 in Group E. Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) came up with 19 points, 6 boards and 3 assists to lead the winners. China led early in the encounter but could not maintain the advantage. South Korea pulled in front late in the stanza taking a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. China quickly replied early in the second term as they regained the initiative. The hosts arrived at the main break up by three points 38:35. China stretched the lead to 9 points in the third term. The home team enjoyed a 59:53 cushion heading into the fourth stanza. China looked calm as they did not allow South Korea too close in the final period. Robert Donewald team stayed in charge and eventually celebrated yet another victory at the tournament. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds. Ding Jinhui (204-C-90) provided 10 points in the victory. Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) replied with 18 points for South Korea. Lee Seung-Jun (186-G-88) netted 13 points in the losing effort.

Mongolia - North Korea 67-88
DPR Korea rolled past Mongolia in Group E of the Asian Games preliminary round. Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) scored 23 points to lead the effort. DPR Korea improved at 1-3 record after the win. Mongolia on the other hand slipped at 1-3 record. The teams stayed close early on but DPR Korea went on a run late in the opening frame to take a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. DPR Korea maintained a 6-point lead for some time but it was Mongolia who uttered the last word in the first half. They burst out with a bunch of points to trim the deficit at just two points 34:36. DPR Korea went off the dressing room recharged and immediately broke free. They dominated in the period securing a 60:49 advantage with one quarter remaining. DPR Korea stretched the margin at 18-point mark midway through the fourth term and never looked back en route to the win. Chol Pak Un (185-G-81) produced 22 points and 6 boards for DPR Korea. Jin Hyok O (183-G-84) accounted for 10 points in the win. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) answered with 15 points for Mongolia. Sedbazar Shinen (191-F-81) netted 13 points and collected 9 rebounds in the loss.

Group F
Japan - Qatar 87-88
Qatar celebrated a tough narrow victory over Japan at Asian Games. Qatar came from behind in the final quarter and snatched a one-point win to improve at 3-1 record in Group F. They thus caught up with Japan in the standings. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) unloaded game-high 33 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 3 assists to pace the winners. Japan looked well-balanced and organized as always early in the game. They tipped off the encounter with an 18:7 run. Japan maintained the lead as they enjoyed a 26:21 advantage at the first break. But Qatar gradually started to find the rhythm. They narrowed the gap at 4-point mark at halftime 45:49. Qatar got within striking distance in the third term. They trailed by only two points at the final intermission. Japan kept in front for almost the whole final period but it was Qatar who sneaked past their opponents to the final victory. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) delivered 19 points for Qatar. Saad Abdulrahman Ali (193-F-85) contributed 8 points in the win. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) replied with 23 points for Japan. Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) netted 16 points in the loss.

Taiwan - Iran 72-73
Iran survived a big challenge from Taiwan to record the third win at the Asian Games in Guangzhou. Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) came up with 22 points and 16 boards to propel Iran to the victory. Iran are now 3-1, while Taiwan slipped at 1-3 record in Group F. Iran entered the game strongly. They limited their opponents at 14 points in the opening stanza to take a 22:14 lead. Taiwan adjusted both offensively and defensively in the second term. They stayed close throughout the second period. Iran led by just three points at halftime 36:33. Taiwan went on a 15:8 run early in the third quarter to pull in front. Xuelei Zhang team had a firm grip on the lead as they headed into the fourth period up by one point 54:53. Iran managed to turn the tables in the final minutes. They pulled in front and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) netted 19 points for Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) accounted for 11 points in the victory. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-F/G-82) answered with 22 points for Taiwan. Wu Tai-Hao (203-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) delivered 12 points in defeat.

India - Philippines 57-78
Philippines made it look easy as they coasted past India for the second win at Asian Games. JV Casio (177-G-86) scored 18 points as Philippines secured 2-2 record in Group F. India fell at 0-4 after the loss. Philippines surged ahead right from the start. They built a 21:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. India however stopped the rot in the second term. They slowed down Philippines and struck back. Led by Japdeep Singh (199-C-86) India managed to cut the distance to only one point at halftime 30:31. Philippines did not allow their opponents to develop that success. They opened the second half on a 17:4 rally to clear off. Philippines ensured a 22-point lead at the final break and never looked back again. Chris Tiu (178-G-85) provided 13 points for Philippines. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Chris Lutz (191-G-85, college: Marshall) accounted for 10 points each in the victory. Japdeep Singh replied with 14 points and 6 boards for India. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) and Yadwinder Singh (198-C-86) chipped in 10 points each in the loss.


Round: 3 (Qualifying Round) - Nov. 19, 2010 
Group E
China - Uzbekistan 96-31
Uzbekistan suffered a heavy loss to China at Asian Games tonight. The team thus fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of Group E. China stayed unbeaten with a perfect record of 3-0. Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) led the winners with 20 points. Uzbekistan stunned China early in the encounter as they were up by one 10:9 after five minutes of action. But gradually the hosts shook off the sloppiness. China increased the tempo and outscored their opponents 26:15 in the first frame. China limited Uzbekistan to just 4 points in the second period taking a comfortable 48:19 lead at halftime. Things just got worse for Uzbekistan in the second half. China dominated every facet of the game as they piled up a massive 77:29 lead heading into the fourth term. China looked confident as they coasted to the victory in the final quarter. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) knocked down 18 points. Zhang QingPeng (189-G-81) netted 17 points in the winning case. Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) replied with 13 points for Uzbekistan. Artur Sharafutdinov (200-F-90) provided 6 points in defeat.

Jordan - Mongolia 79-64
Mongolia put up a good fight but eventually came up short against Jordan at the Asian Games in China. Jordan thus improved at 2-1 record in Group E. Mongolia suffered the second loss in three games played. Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) was pivotal for Jordan with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Jordan strongly entered the game as they led 12:6 midway through the opening frame. But Mongolia quickly picked up the pace and narrowed the deficit at just three points at the first break 14:17. Jordan opened the second stanza on an 8:2 rally to clear off. They kept Mongolia at bay posting a 35:23 halftime advantage. Jordan boosted the lead in the third stanza. They enjoyed a 16-point advantage before Mongolia turned things around once again. They capped the period with a 14:4 run to narrow the deficit at just 6-point mark. The teams exchanged the baskets in the final term but Jordan made the late run and escaped with a difficult win at the end. Ahmad Alhamarsheh (195-F-90) and Mahd Abdeen (186-G-87) contributed 13 points each for Jordan. Nidal Alsharif (190-G-82) provided 12 points for the winners. Otgonmunkh Munkhtar (191-F-86) and Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) answered with 12 points apiece for Mongolia. Uuganbayar Oyuntsetseg (183-G-88) had 9 points in the losing effort.

North Korea - South Korea 66-96
South Korea claimed the third consecutive win at the Asian Games. Tonight they held off DPR Korea to remain on top of Group E. Their opponents slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat. Lee Seung-Jun (186-G-88) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. South Korea quickly pulled in charge in this one. They erupted for 27 points in the first period taking a 15-point advantage. The margin kept on growing in the second stanza. South Korea dominated the boards and eased to a 25-point lead at the interval 55:30. South Korea increased the tempo even more in the third stanza. They established an insurmountable 35-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. DPR Korea had to digest the third straight bitter pill at the tournament. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) delivered 15 points for South Korea. Lee Kyu-Sup (198-F-77) and Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85) banked 12 points apiece in the win. Chol Pak Un (185-G-81) answered with 20 points for DPR Korea. Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) had 11 points in the loss.

Group F
Philippines - Japan 58-60
Japan claimed another narrow victory at Asian Games in China. They nipped Philippines tonight to stay unbeaten in Group F. Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) knocked down 16 points to lead the winning side. Philippines slipped at 1-2 record. Japan and Philippines teamed up for five points in the opening five minutes of the game. Philippines adjusted late in the frame as they piled up a 14:9 lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter as Japan managed to erase the deficit and pull in front. Thomas Wisman team went into the dressing room leading by a single point 30:29. Japan tipped off the second half with an 8:4 run to open the bigger lead. They maintained well scoring a 48:43 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Japan led by six points midway through the final quarter but Philippines restored the intrigue when they denied the distance. But Japan stayed cool in the dying seconds and escaped with yet another last-second win at the end. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds for Japan. Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) notched 9 points in the victory. Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) replied with 13 points for Philippines. Kelly Williams (198-F-82, college: Oakland) chipped in 12 points and collected 12 rebounds in the loss.

Iran - India 78-63
Iran celebrated the second win at the Asian Games in China. Veselin Matic team held off India to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) accounted for 27 points for Iran. Iran started the game with aggressive defense. They held India to just 14 points taking a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Iran began getting away in the second frame. They established a comfortable 44:29 lead at the interval. India cut the deficit at 11 points early in the third stanza however Iran quickly restored a safe cushion. They accumulated a 19-point advantage with one quarter remaining. India opened the fourth term on an 8:4 run but Iran timely stopped the rot and ran away with the win. Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) provided 17 points for Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) and Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) delivered 8 points each for the winners. Japdeep Singh (199-C-86) replied with 24 points for India. Yadwinder Singh (198-C-86) finished with 17 points and 6 boards in the losing effort.

Qatar - Taiwan 72-70
Qatar withheld a fierce comeback rally from Taiwan to snatch a narrow victory in the third round of action at Asian Games. The win allowed Qatar to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Taiwan are now 1-2 in the standings. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) fired 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Qatari side. Qatar looked better in the first quarter. They surged ahead and rallied to a confident 20:14 lead at the first break. Taiwan adjusted their game in the second frame. They cut the distance to only four points midway through the period but Qatar were ready for the challenge. Matthew Skillman team bounced back taking an 8-point cushion at the big break. The third frame saw an intense battle of two well-matched teams. Qatar remained in charge but led by only a single point 49:50 at the final intermission. Qatar jumped to a 7-point lead in the final period but Taiwan denied the distance setting a mouth-watering finale. Qatar proved calmer as they executed a narrow two-point win at the end. Daoud Musa (193-G-82) and Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) delivered 15 points each for Qatar. Saad Abdulrahman Ali (193-F-85) netted 8 points in the victory. Lu Cheng-Ju (194-F-86) replied with 23 points for Taiwan. Tien Lei (203-F-83) accounted for 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss.


Round: 2 (Qualifying Round) - Nov. 18, 2010 
Group E
North Korea - China 62-98
China cruised past North Korea in Day 2 of the Men's Preliminary Round in Group E. The hosts of the Asian games celebrated 98:62 win at the Guangzhou Int'l Sport Arena. It was an easy start for the favorites as they produced a 25-15 in the opening quarter. In the second period the hosts dedicated more time and effort to defence and limited the opponents to just 9 points. After 21-9 in the second quarter China enjoyed 46:24 halftime advantage. The picture remained the same in the second half with China dominating the court. They added 28-21 in the third quarter and finished with 24-17 in the last period. That victory allowed them to take 2-0 record on top of Group E. North Korea meanwhile dropped to 0-2 in the bottom of the standings. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) stepped up with 14 points for 2-0 record with his side. Ding Jinhui (204-C-90) and Zhang QingPeng netted 12, while Zhou Peng netted 11. In Day 3 North Korea will face South Korea that reached their second straight win at the Asian Games in China. The team improved to 2-0 record in Group E after the win over Jordan 95:49 at the Guangzhou Int'l Sport Arena. China meanwhile will play versus Uzbekistan on November 19th.

Uzbekistan - Mongolia 65-67
Mongolia grabbed valuable win over Uzbekistan in the most interesting game of Day 2 at the Asian Games in Group E. Mongolia celebrated 67:65 thriller to tie their record at 1-1. Uzbekistan meanwhile dropped to 0-2 in the standings. Mongolia started with 18-15 lead after the opening period and nailed another 18 points in the second frame. At that time Uzbekistan managed to provide 13 points and trailed 8 points at the halftime. In the third quarter Mongolia again notched 18 points, while they allowed the opponents to post 14. The last frame however belonged to Uzbekistan that produced 23-13 in it. It was not however enough to celebrate the victory. Bataa Munkhbold paced all the winners with 17 points and Ganbaatar Ikhbayar followed him with 13. Munkhbayar Badrakh notched 11, whilst Sedbazar Shinen (191-F-81) added 9. Denisov Vyacheslav responded with 17 points in the losing effort. Sharafutdinov Artur and Zinovev Gennadiy brought 15 each, while Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) scored 11. In Day 3 Mongolia will face Jordan that lost to South Korea. South Korea reached their second straight win at the Asian Games in China. The team improved to 2-0 record in Group E after the win over Jordan 95:49 at the Guangzhou Int'l Sport Arena. Uzbekistan will take on China on November 19th.

South Korea - Jordan 95-49
South Korea reached their second straight win at the Asian Games in China. The team improved to 2-0 record in Group E after the win over Jordan 95:49 at the Guangzhou Int'l Sport Arena. South Korea started with 28-16 in the first period and never looked behind after. They dominated the court and added 25-12 in the second frame. Moreover the favorites did not even think of slowing down and won both periods in the second half. With 20-12 South Korea finished the third quarter to increase their lead and then ended up with 22-9 in the last quarter. Lee Seung-Jun and Kim Joo-Sung paced all the winners with 14 points each. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) netted 11 and Oh SeKeun scored 10. Mohammad Hadrab (201-F-84) replied with 19 points in defeat and Zaghab Ali scored 10. In Day 3 South Korea will face North Korea that lost the the hosts. China cruised past North Korea in Day 2 of the Men's Preliminary Round in Group E. The hosts of the Asian games celebrated 98:62 win at the Guangzhou Int'l Sport Arena. Jordan meanwhile will play versus Mongolia.

Group F
Japan - Iran 57-56
Japan cruised past Iran in the top game of the Day 2 of the Men's Preliminary Round Group F in China. Japan grabbed 2-0 record on top of the group after 57:56 victory. It was a real thriller in the game and actually both teams deserved the win. Iran opened the game with 19-17 in the start and then added 12-11 in the second frame. Moreover the team celebrated the victory in the third period as well as they needed 16-15 for 4-point advantage before the final stanza. Japan however responded with 14-9 in the last frame to clinch the second win. Ishizaki Takumi stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) followed him with 10.Tabuse Yuta netted 9, whilst Hirose Kenta scored 7. Kamrani Mahdi ended up with 15 points in the losing case as Iran tied their record at 1-1. Kardoust Asghar notched 11 and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) netted 7. In Day 3 Japan will face Philippines that rolled over Qatar at the start of Day 2 of the Men's Preliminary Round Group F in China. Philippines tied both records at 1-1 in after 90:68 win in Asian Games. Iran meanwhile will take on India that lost to Taiwan.

Taiwan - India 93-66
Taiwan won all the periods over India for the total 93:66 success at the end of Day 2 in Asian Games. Taiwan improved to 1-1 record in Group F after the victory at the Ying Dong Gymnasium. Taiwan opened the game with 25-21 after the first 10 minutes and then limited the opponents to just 6 points in the second frame. They added 22-6 for 47:27 halftime advantage. In the third period Taiwan did not slow down and continued to dominate the court. They produced 25-19 in the third frame for the bigger lead and finished the game with 21-20 in the last stanza. Lin Chih-Chieh paced all the winners with 23 points and Tien Lei (203-F-83) nailed 20. Yang Ching-Min followed them with 13 points for the winning side. Singh Japdeep responded with 22 points in the losing case and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) added 14. Koroth Hareesh scored 13, while Singh Yadwinder notched 10. In Day 3 Taiwan will meet Qatar that lost to Philippines.The latter tied both records at 1-1 in after 90:68 win in Asian Games. India will take on Iran that lost the thriller to Japan.

Philippines - Qatar 90-68
Philippines rolled over Qatar at the start of Day 2 of the Men's Preliminary Round Group F in China. Philippines tied both records at 1-1 in after 90:68 win in Asian Games. Philippines started with 23-14 in the opening period and never looked behind after. They produced 26-14 in the second frame for 50:28 halftime advantage. In the second half Qatar however started to play better and managed to show great basketball. Again Philippines celebrated 19-18 win in the third period to increase the lead to 23 points after 30 minutes in the court. In the last quarter both squads nailed 22 points each for the final result. Casio JV top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) netted 13. Tiu Chris and Greg Slaughter (211-C-88) finished the night with 12 points apiece for the winning side. Ngombo Targuy ended up with 18 points in the losing case and Mohammed Baker Ahmad notched 12. In Day 3 Philippines will face Japan that cruised past Iran in the top game of the Day 2 of the Men's Preliminary Round Group F in China. Japan grabbed 2-0 record on top of the group after 57:56 victory. Qatar will play versus Taiwan that beat India.


Preliminary Round - Nov. 16, 2010 
Group A
Hong Kong - North Korea 71-78
HONG KONG lost to NORTH KOREA 71:78 at the start of Asian Games as the latter clinched appearance in Group E. Pak Un Chol stepped up with 19 points and Pak Myong Jin followed him with 18. Liang Man Hung (173-G-86) responded with 12 points in the losing effort.

Group B
Philippines - Kuwait 76-69
PHILIPPINES rolled over KUWAIT 76:69 at the Men's Qualifying Round Group B Game 2. Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Baracael Mac netted 12. Albaloushi Ahmad replied with 21 points in the losing case.

Group C
Turkmenistan - Mongolia 85-90
MONGOLIA grabbed 90:85 over TURKMENISTAN and will start their Preliminary Round on November 16th. Sedbazar Shinen (191-F-81) paced all the winners with 22 points and 9 rebounds, whilst Ganbaatar Ikhbayar scored 15. Pashkov Aleksandr ended up with 25 points in defeat, while Bayriyev Toyli notched 20.

Group D
Afghanistan - India 76-83
INDIA won the last game of the Men's Qualifying Round Group D as they rolled over AFGHANISTAN 83:76. Japdeep Singh (199-C-86) paced all the winners with 22 points and Rai Trideep netted 18. Mojaddidi Safi replied with 25 points in the losing effort.



Round: 1 (Qualifying Round) - Nov. 16, 2010 
Group E
Jordan - North Korea 90-80
Jordan overcame North Korea at the Guangzhou International Sport Arena. In the first game for both teams in Men's Preliminary Round Group E Jordan celebrated 90:80 win. It was an offensive start and both teams scored the majority of their baskets. North Korea started with 26:24 and continued their streak after the win over Hong Kong in the Qualifying Round. Jordan however bounced back with 23-13 in the second period and took the lead at the halftime. Moreover North Korea could score another 13 points in the third period as Jordan held them for 19-13 to take the bigger lead. In the last quarter North Korea celebrated 28-24 win but could not escape the loss. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Hadrab Mohammad netted 19. Abdeen Mahd posted 15, whilst Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) scored 11. Pak Myong Jin erupted with 27 points in the losing effort, whilst Pak Un Chol added 16. Kim Un Chol notched 10 in defeat and Sin Kum Byol scored 9. In Day 2 North Korea will face China and Jordan will play versus South Korea.

China - Mongolia 91-46
China made it look easy as they outscored Mongolia at the start of their Asian Games campaign. Zhou Peng knocked down 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to ensure the first win for China in Group E. China stormed into this one outgunning Mongolia 13:2 in the opening five minutes. China posted a 22:8 lead ten minutes into the game. The defending champions quickly boosted their lead to as many as 20 points in the second period. China established a comfortable 48:21 lead at the interval. Mongolia could not threaten the margin in the second half. The difference between the sides was too obvious as China rolled to an easy victory at the end. Wang ZhiZhi and Tang ZhengDong knocked down 11 points apiece for China. Wang ShiPeng and Li Xiaoxu had 8 points each in the win. Ikhbayar Ganbaatar (180-G-83) answered with 8 points for Mongolia. Sedbazar Shinen (191-F-81) accounted for 7 points in the loss. China will take on DPR Korea next. Mongolia will look for the first win in the group when they face Uzbekistan tomorrow.

South Korea - Uzbekistan 103-54
South Korea opened win count in Asian Games in Guangzhou. They coasted past Uzbekistan for the initial win in Group E. Lee Seung-Jun came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds to pace balanced effort from the Koreans. South Korea did not waste too much time and surged ahead straight away. They accumulated a 25:11 lead ten minutes into the encounter. South Korea maintained the margin well enough throughout the next period. Uzbekistan faced a massive 22-point deficit at halftime. Things got just worse for Uzbeks in the third term. The Korean side quickly boosted the margin to 30+ margin and entered the final stanza ahead by 34 points 74:40. South Korea did not slow down in the fourth term and rallied to an impressive first-day rout. Ham Ji-Hoon (198-C/F-84) netted 15 points for the Korean team. Yang Hee-Jong added 13 points in the victory. Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) responded with 27 points and 9 rebounds for Uzbekistan. Evgeniy Shatrov accounted for 8 points in the loss.

Group F
Qatar - India 97-48
Qatar victoriously opened their Asian Games campaign. The last editions vice-champions fired past India in Group F opener. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the effort. India entered the group stage after beating Agfhanistan in the preliminaries but they could not repeat the trick with much stronger Qatar. The favorites proved the difference in the opening stanza. Qatar cleared off to a 22:9 lead after ten minutes. Qatar fired hard as they opened a 54:20 lead at the interval. They kept India at bay throughout the third term. The scoreboard read 75:38 as the teams headed into the final quarter of action. India never threaten the deficit and had to digest a sour loss at the end. Baker Ahmad Mohammed knocked down 18 points and accounted for 7 rebounds for Qatar. Saad Abdulrahman Ali netted 16 points for the winners. Hareesh Koroth answered with 24 points. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) dropped 12 points in the loss.

Iran - Philippines 65-48
Iran opened their Asian games last night in China. In the opener Iran outscored Philippines 65:48 in the defensive style of the Men's Preliminary Round in Group F. Iran started well and clinched the first victory at the Huangpu Gymnasium. It was a good start for Iran that took 17-10 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. The favorites controlled the half and proved their superiority also in the second frame. After 18-10 the board showed 35:20 at the halftime. Philippines actually scored another 10 points in the third frame as well and again allowed the opponents to go on a bigger advantage. After 12-10 in the period Iran improved to 17-point deficit. In the last quarter both squads nailed 18 points each that brought the total result in the game. Sohrabnejad Hamed poured in 11 points for the winners and Javad Davari (185-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) as well as Davoudi Aren added 10 each. Sahakian Oshin ended up with 9 points for the first win of his team. Tiu Chris responded with 14 points in the losing effort and Williams Kelly collected 8 points and 13 rebounds. In day 2 Iran will face Japan that overcame Chinese Taipei 63:57. Philippines will play against Qatar that rolled over India in the opener.

Japan - Taiwan 63-57
Japan overcame Taiwan in the last game of the first day at the Preliminary Round in Group F of Asian Games. Japan celebrated 63:57 win after trailing in the first quarter at the Ying Dong Gymnasium. Taiwan started better and looked dominant in the game. They grabbed 14:7 lead and rightfully deserved the advantage. Japan however responded with 17-9 in the second frame to take the lead at the halftime. Both teams disappeared in the lockers as Japan enjoyed 24:23 advantage. The third quarter was another battle in the court as the teams stayed close to each other. Japan managed to win the frame 18-17 and increased the lead to 2 points after 30 minutes. Moreover the winners added 21-17 in the last quarter for the final success. Takeuchi Joji paced all the winners with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) notched 12, while Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) and Tabuse Yuta scored 10 each. Tien Lei and Lin Chih-Chieh delivered 15 points each in the losing effort. Lu Cheng-Ju netted 11, whilst Wu Tai-Hao had 8 points and 13 rebounds. In Day 2 Japan will face Iran that overcame Philippines in the opener. Taiwan meanwhile will play against India that lost to Qatar.



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