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

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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.


S. Korea handily beats Mongolia for 2nd straight men's hoops win - 4 hours ago
Defending champion South Korea breezed past Mongolia 108-73 for its second straight victory in men's basketball at the Asian Games on Thursday. Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri), a U.S.-born player who acquired his South Korean citizenship in January this year, scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while only playing in the first half of the Group A game at GBK Basketball Hall. Forward Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) had 17 of his game-high 20 points in the opening quarter alone w...   [read more]
Philippines wins opener over Kazakhstan, 96-59 - 4 hours ago
THE Philippine Basketball Association-powered national team got its 18th Asian Games campaign to a good start on Thursday, defeating Kazakhstan, 96-59, in their preliminary Group D match at the Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia. Got off to a strong start, the Philippine team just built on it the rest of the way, with a balanced and aggressive attack, to hold off the Kazakhs en route to the win. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason), Stanley Pringle (184-PG...   [read more]

Taipei Chinese basketball team bounced back, beating Japan 71-65 - 1 day ago
In the preliminary round of the Asian Games basketball, Chinese Taipei bounced back and defeated Japan, 71-65, to claim an important victory in Group C. Chinese Taipei was the better side in terms of offensive and defense rebounds in the 1st half. Its accuracy of two-point shots was also slightly higher than Japan (47 percent to 44 percent). However, the Taiwanese did not manage to score a single three-pointer in the first 20 minutes, missing all seven of their attempts beyond the three-p...   [read more]

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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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