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Day 3 (Preliminary Round)

Group A
Indonesia Aug.20 Thailand 95%
Group C
Taiwan 50% Aug.20 Hong Kong
Group D
Philippines 50% Aug.21 China
Round: 3 (Qualifying Round) - Nov 19, 2010


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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.

  



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Asian Games Standings
Group A
 1. S.Korea 2-0 
 2. Thailand 1-0 
 3. Indonesia 0-1 
 4. Mongolia 0-2 
Group B
 1. Iran 0-0 
 2. Syria 0-0 
 3. United Ara. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Taiwan 1-0 
 2. Japan 1-1 
 3. Qatar 1-1 
 4. Hong Kong 0-1 
Group D
 1. Philippine. 1-0 
 2. China 0-0 
 3. Kazakhstan. 0-1 

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