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Round: 5 (Qualifying Round). Quarterfinalists are known - Nov 22, 2010

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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.


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Asian Games Standings
Group G
 1. Iran 3-0 
 2. Japan 2-1 
 3. China 1-2 
 4. Mongolia 0-3 
Group H
 1. S.Korea 3-0 
 2. Philippines 1-2 
 3. Qatar 1-2 
 4. Kazakhstan 1-2 
Group Places 9-16
 1. Kuwait 3-2 
 2. S.Arabia 2-1 
 3. India 2-3 
 4. Hong Kong 1-2 
 5. Jordan 0-2 
 6. Taiwan 0-2 
 7. Maldives 0-3 
 8. Palestine 0-3 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 22
 1. Nikkhah Bahr., IRI22.0 
 2. Tungalag, MGL16.6 
 3. Moon, USA16.3 
 4. Kanamaru, JPN15.1 
 5. Battuvshin, MGL15.0 
 6. Albaloushi, KUW14.0 
 7. Kolesnikov, AUS13.9 
 8. Singh, IND13.6 
 9. Singh, IND13.4 
 10. Mousa, QAT13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ponomaryov, KAZ9.3 
 2. Kolesnikov, AUS8.1 
 3. Douthit, USA8.0 
 4. Takeuchi, JPN7.9 
 5. Takeuchi, JPN7.9 
 6. Oh, KOR7.6 
 7. Haddadi, IRI7.6 
 8. Yousef, QAT7.3 
 9. Vishesh, IND6.8 
 10. Zhou, CHN6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Bhriguvanshi VISHESH
  Avg: 4
 1. Vishesh, IND4.0 
 2. Nikkhah Bahr., IRI4.0 
 3. Kamrani, IRI4.0 
 4. Hiejima, JPN3.9 
 5. Kim, KOR3.6 
 6. Yang, KOR3.1 
 7. Otgonbaatar, MGL2.8 
 8. Cho, KOR2.6 
 9. Alapag, USA2.6 
 10. Guo, CHN2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Bhriguvanshi VISHESH
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vishesh, IND2.2 
 2. Battuvshin, MGL2.2 
 3. Otgonbaatar, MGL2.1 
 4. Kim, KOR1.9 
 5. AlShammari, KUW1.8 
 6. Yousef, QAT1.8 
 7. Afagh, IRI1.7 
 8. Singh, IND1.6 
 9. Murzagaliyev, KAZ1.6 
 10. Tenorio, PHI1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Zhou, CHN2.3 
 2. Lee, KOR1.9 
 3. Singh, IND1.8 
 4. Singh, IND1.8 
 5. Douthit, USA1.8 
 6. AlRashidi, KUW1.4 
 7. Haddadi, IRI1.1 
 8. Battuvshin, MGL1.0 
 9. Takeuchi, JPN0.9 
 10. Takeuchi, JPN0.9 
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