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China clinch Gold at Asian Games - Nov 26, 2010


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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.

  



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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
 Mohammad Samad NIKKHAH BAHRAMI
  (199-F-83)
  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
 Anton PONOMARYOV
  (210-C/F-88)
  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
  (192-G-91)
  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
  (192-G-91)
  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
 Qi ZHOU
  (217-C-96)
  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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