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FIBA Asia Cup Final Standings
 1. Iran
 2. Japan
 3. Qatar
 4. Philippine.
 5. China
 6. Taiwan
 7. Lebanon
 8. Uzbekistan.
 9. Macau
 10. India
FIBA Asia Cup Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. China 3-1 
 2. Lebanon 3-1 
 3. Philippine. 3-1 
 4. Uzbekistan. 1-3 
 5. Macau 0-4 
Group B
 1. Iran 4-0 
 2. Japan 3-1 
 3. Taiwan 2-2 
 4. Qatar 1-3 
 5. India 0-4 

Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  LEB
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Khatib, LEB28.3 
 2. Bhriguvanshi, IND17.8 
 3. Johnson, QAT17.3 
 4. Nik Khahbahr., IRI17.1 
 5. Douthit, PHI15.2 
 6. Kozlov, UZB15.1 
 7. Zhao, CHN15.1 
 8. In, MAC14.8 
 9. Rikin, IND14.8 
 10. Abdel Nour, LEB14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 AmritPal SINGH
  IND
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Singh, IND11.5 
 2. Douthit, PHI11.3 
 3. Wang, CHN10.4 
 4. Takeuchi, JPN9.7 
 5. Khatib, LEB9.7 
 6. Rikin, IND8.5 
 7. Thompson, LEB8.4 
 8. Sakuragi, JPN8.0 
 9. Ali, QAT7.9 
 10. Sahakian, IRI7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vishesh BHRIGUVANSHI
  IND
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Bhriguvanshi, IND6.5 
 2. Khatib, LEB4.7 
 3. Johnson, QAT4.3 
 4. Cheong, MAC4.0 
 5. Lee, TAI3.7 
 6. Sakuragi, JPN3.6 
 7. Wang, CHN3.4 
 8. Davoudichega., IRI3.2 
 9. Tenorio, PHI3.0 
 10. Kozlov, UZB2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Vishesh BHRIGUVANSHI
  IND
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bhriguvanshi, IND2.0 
 2. Afagh, IRI2.0 
 3. Sui, CHN1.7 
 4. Sahakian, IRI1.7 
 5. Kozlov, UZB1.7 
 6. Thompson, LEB1.6 
 7. Nik Khahbahr., IRI1.6 
 8. Cai, MAC1.5 
 9. Khatib, LEB1.4 
 10. Sakurai, JPN1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  PHI
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Douthit, PHI1.7 
 2. Tseng, TAI1.1 
 3. Takeuchi, JPN1.1 
 4. Arghavan, IRI1.1 
 5. Sun, CHN1.0 
 6. Ali, QAT1.0 
 7. Wang, CHN0.9 
 8. Wu, TAI0.9 
 9. Thompson, LEB0.8 
 10. Singh, IND0.8 

Iran celebrate title in Tokyo (Photo: tokyo2012.fibaasia.net)
 
Iranian 2012 National Team
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
Mohammad Jamshidi
Jamshidi
Hamed Afagh
Afagh
Asghar Kardoust
Kardoust
Samad Nik Khahbahrami
Nik Khahbahrami
Amir Sedighi
Sedighi
4 Amir Sedighi 203-F-93 Mahram Iran
5 Aren Davoudichegani 185-PG-86 Zanjan Iran
6 Farid Aslani 183-PG-88 Mahram Iran
7 Sajjad Mashayekhi 180-PG-94 Mahram Iran
8 Behnam Yakhchali 191-G-95 Shahrekord Iran
9 Mohammad Jamshidi 197-SF-91 Azad Iran
10 Hamed Afagh 190-SG-83 Mahram Iran
11 Oshin Sahakian 200-F-86 Foolad Mahan Iran
12 Asghar Kardoust 212-C-86 Foolad Mahan Iran
13 Saleh Foroutannik 203-F/C-94 Petrochimi Iran
14 Samad Nik Khahbahrami 198-F-83 Mahram Iran
15 Rouzbeh Arghavan 214-C/F-88 Petrochimi Iran

Boban Becirovic Head Coach
Safa Ali Kamalian Assistant Petrochimi Iran

Asia-basket.com All-FIBA Asia Cup Awards 2012 - Sep 23, 2012

All-FIBA Asia Cup 1st Team 2012
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Samad Nik Khahbahrami
Nik Khahbahrami
Hamed Afagh
Afagh
Ryota Sakurai
Sakurai
Kosuke Takeuchi
Takeuchi
Asghar Kardoust
Kardoust
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MVP: Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) of Iran
Best Guard: Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) of Iran
Best Forward: Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) of Iran
Best Center: Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) of Iran
Best Coach: Boban Becirovic of Iran

1st Team
SG: Hamed Afagh (190-83) of Iran
G: Ryota Sakurai (194-83) of Japan
F: Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-83) of Iran
C/F: Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) of Japan
C: Asghar Kardoust (212-86) of Iran

2nd Team
PG: Lee Hsueh-Lin (176-84) of Taiwan
G/F: Zhao TaiLong (193-90) of China
F: Fadi Khatib (199-79) of Lebanon
PF: Wang Zhelin (215-94) of Chiba
C/F: Marcus Douthit (210-80) of Phillippines

Honorable Mention
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (193-G-91) India
Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) of Uzbekistan
Fu In (178-SG-88) of Macau
Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) of Qatar
Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84) of Taiwan
Garnett Thompson (206-C/F-80) of Lebanon


Iran celebrate title in Tokyo - Sep 22, 2012

FINAL
Japan - Iran 51-53
Iran clinched the crown at the Fiba Asia Cup. They upset Japan in Tokyo today to celebrate success at the tournament. Aren Davoudichegani (185-PG-86) drained a triple with 19 seconds remaining in regulation to seal the victory for Iran. The victory also means automatic qualification at 2013 Fiba Asia Championship for Iran. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) finished with 14 points to lead the winners. Iran enjoyed a slim 13:11 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. The visitors arrived at the interval up by 7 points 30:23. But Japan turned things around in the third frame. The hosts finally picked up the right tempo and fired 21 points to pull ahead. Japan entered the fourth frame up by 4 points 44:40. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Furukawa drained a triple to make it 51:47 for Japan with just over a minute to go. Asghar Kardoust pulled Iran within one 50:51. Then Aren Davoudichegani hit his three-pointer to make it 53:51 for Iran. J.R. Sakuragi and Furukawa had chances to save the game for Japan but missed their attempts. Mohammad Jamshidi, Hamed Afagh and Asghar Kardoust accounted for 8 points each for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) answered with 16 points for Japan. J.R. Sakuragi added 10 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Philippines - Qatar 63-79
Qatar clinch Bronze at the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. The GCC champions repeated of their bronze medal success from two years ago, having beaten Philippines at the similar stage at the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup. Tonight they needed 79:63 to finish on the third place. Qatar started the game with 12-8 lead and added 23-18 in the second period. Norwood Gabe reduced to 55:47 at the end of the third period as Philippines won the quarter 22-20. Qatar however needed a 24-15 surge in the last stanza to win bronze at Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. Mohammed Yousef (204-C-82) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Clinton Fihnoir Johnson (193-G-84) had 16. Suliman Khalid posted 14, while Ali Erfan had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) replied with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while David Gary notched 15. Dillinger Jared scored 12 and Norwood Gabe added 10.

5-6 Place
China - Taiwan 67-63
China defeat Taiwan for the 5th place at the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup. The Chinese team grabbed 67:63 win in the last game to take the higher step. Taiwan meanwhile ended up on the 6th place. China won the first period 18-16 and added 11-8 in the second frame. Duan JiangPeng nailed three to send the teams to the lockers for 29:24. Taiwan however was too far to give up and Tseng Wen-Ting tied the game at 42:42 midway throughout the third period. China meanwhile led 49:47 at the end of the third period and then needed 18-16 to seal the victory. Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) posted 14. Duan JiangPeng scored 11 and Wang Zirui delivered 6. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) replied with 20 points in the losing case and Tseng Wen-Ting posted 12. Mao Chia-En brought 10, while Wu Tai-Hao had 9.

7-8 Place
Lebanon - Uzbekistan 84-73
Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) leads Lebanon to the 7th place at the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup He erupted with 44 points as his team won over Uzbekistan 84:73 in the last game. The latter finished on the 8th position. Lebanon scored the first 8 points in the game and never looked behind after. They won the first period 28-15 and added 21-16 in the second frame. Moreover Lebanon was stronger in the third quarter with 18-17 for 67:48 lead after 30 minutes. Uzbekistan replied with 25-17 to reduce to 11 points at the end. Elie Estephane (193-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) scored 14 points for the winners and Roustom Elie posted 11. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) finished the game with 24 points in defeat and Juginisov Samender delivered 17. Kadirov Nail and Yahin Aleksandr scored 8 points each in a loss.


Japan and Iran advance into Final in Tokyo - Sep 21, 2012

Semifinals
Japan - Qatar 73-66
Japan will play for the title at Fiba Asia Cup. The hosts held off Qatar tonight to set up the clash versus Iran for the trophy. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) accounted for 18 points to lead the winners. Qatar will now take on Philippines for the Bronze medals. The teams got to a slow start. They combined for only 21 points in the opening quarter as Qatar enjoyed a 3-point lead. Japan however turned things around in the second period. They went on a 21:5 run to crown the first half and secured a 30:19 halftime advantage. Japan kept Qatar at safe distance throughout the third term. The hosts ensured a 12-point lead before the fourth frame. Qatar got within 6 points with under two minutes remaining but Hiejima and Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87) went deadly from the stripe to seal the victory for Japan. Takatoshi Furukawa accounted for 15 points, while J.R. Sakuragi added 12 points for the winning side. Mohammed Yousef (204-C-82) answered with 22 points, while Erfan Ali had 15 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Iran - Philippines 77-60
Iran are the first finalists of Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. They held off Philippines in the first semifinal of the day today. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) provided 14 points to lead the winners. Philippines enjoyed a slim lead at the end of the opening quarter 17:16. The teams stayed neck and neck in the second frame. Iran managed to level things up at 30 at the end of the first half. The third term saw Iran surge ahead. They fired 23 points and established a 6-point advantage before the final stanza. Iran opened the fourth frame on a 9:2 run to take a 13-point lead. The margin soon grew at 18-point mark as Philippines struggled to stay in the game. Iran dominated throughout the rest of the encounter and posted a comfortable win at the end. Mohammad Jamshidi (197-SF-91) and Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) provided 13 points each for the winning side. LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) and Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) responded with 13 points apiece for Philippines.
5-8 Place
Uzbekistan - Taiwan 70-86
Taiwan will play for the fifth overall position at Fiba Asia Cup in Japan. They held off Uzbekistan in the classification round tonight. Chen Shih-Chieh (176-G-84) posted 13 points to lead the winners. Taiwan erupted for 30 points in the opening quarter to clear off. They posted a 12-point lead at the first break. Taiwan kept Uzbekistan at bay throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 47:33 halftime advantage. Uzbekistan slowed their opponents a bit in the third stanza. Oleg Levin team got within 13 points at the final intermission. But it was too small a success to hope for a positive outcome. Taiwan regained control in the fourth quarter and rallied to the win at the end. Lee Hsueh-Lin (176-PG-84) chipped in 12 points, while Tseng Wen-Ting, Tien Lei and Creighton Douglas had 10 points each in the victory. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) answered with 21 points for Uzbekistan. Vyacheslav Denisov netted 11 points in the loss.

Lebanon - China 63-78
China earned the right to fight for the fifth place at Fiba Asia Cup. They fired past Lebanon tonight to set up the clash versus Taiwan in Tokyo tomorrow. Lebanon will take on Uzbekistan for the 7th position. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) stepped up with 27 points to carry China to the victory. China stormed into the game leaving Lebanon behind. They posted a 23:11 lead after ten minutes. China maintained the pressure in the second quarter. They accumulated a 45:31 halftime advantage. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third period. China were able to secure a 14-point lead into the fourth frame. China limited Lebanon to only 12 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) netted 15 points, while Wang Zhelin added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) answered with game-high 34 points for Lebanon. Garnett Thompson netted 7 points in the loss.


Iran, Philippines, Qatar and Japan remain in title race - Sep 20, 2012

Quarterfinals

Philippines - Taiwan 75-68
Philippines made it into the semifinal stage of Fiba Asia Cup. They toppled Taiwan in the quarterfinal today. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) stepped up with 19 points and 18 rebounds to pace the Smart Gilas. Taiwan started the game with a near perfect defence. They limited their opponents to 10 points in the opening quarter and posted a 3-point lead. But Philippines adjusted their offence in the second quarter. They unloaded 28 points to surge ahead for a 38:32 halftime lead. Taiwan refused to give up and increased the pressure in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to a single point with one period remaining 53:54. But Philippines opened the fourth frame on a 12:2 run to clear off and never looked back en route to the win. Gary David (188-G/F-78) posted 14 points, while Ranidel deOcampo contributed 10 points in the victory. Creighton Douglas (196-F-85) answered with 21 points for Taiwan. Lin Chih-Chieh answered with 12 points in the loss.

Lebanon - Qatar 72-79
Qatar clinched Fiba Asia Cup semifinal birth. They shocked Lebanon to stay in the title race. Clinton Fihnoir Johnson (193-G-84) fired 28 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Qatar surged ahead early in the game. They secured a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Lebanon slowed their opponents down in the second frame. They denied the deficit as the teams were tied at 35 heading into the second half. Qatar used a 6:0 run midway through the third term to open a 7-point lead. Soon Clinton Fihnoir Johnson opened a 10-point lead for Qatar 54:44. Lebanon narrowed the gap at 4-point mark at the final intermission. Qatar triggered a 9:0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to gain a 12-point advantage. They kept Lebanon at bay throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Mansour Atif (177-PG-90) accounted for 14 points, while Mohammed Yousef added 13 points for the winners. Garnett Thompson (206-C/F-80, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Providence) answered with 26 points and 16 boards for Lebanon. Jean Abdel Nour had 24 points and 12 caroms in the loss.

Japan - China 60-50
Japan ensured the semifinal birth at home Fiba Asia Cup. The hosts toppled China in Tokyo to set up the clash versus Qatar. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) accounted for 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. China led by a single point ten minutes into the game 16:15. But Japan stiffened defence and held their opponents to just 9 points in the second quarter. The hosts pulled ahead for a 31:25 halftime advantage. Japan kept a tight grip on the lead in the second half. The home team accumulated a 7-point lead heading into the fourth frame. China cut the deficit at 3-point mark but it was as close as they could get. The hosts quickly boosted the lead to double-digits and rolled to the victory. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) posted 13 points, while Kosuke Kanamaru added 10 points in the win. Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) answered with 15 points and 14 boards for China. Guo Ailun and Zhao TaiLong had 10 points each in the loss.

Iran - Uzbekistan 79-37
Iran eased into Fiba Asia Cup semifinal stage. They thumped Uzbekistan in the first quarterfinal of the day in Tokyo. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) posted 12 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Uzbekistan tried to stay close throughout the first frame. They trailed by just four points after ten minutes 13:17. But Iran held their opponents to just 3 points in the second quarter and boosted the gap. They ensured a 32:16 halftime advantage. Iran increased the tempo in the third term. They unloaded 27 points and piled up a 34-point lead before the fourth quarter. Iran never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Aren Davoudichegani (185-PG-86) posted 11 points, while Mohammad Jamshidi added 10 point for Iran. Vyacheslav Denisov (195-G-83) responded with 9 points for Uzbekistan. Aleksandr Yahin netted 8 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.


The Quarterfinals are set in Tokyo - Sep 18, 2012

Group A
China - Macau 106-46
China edge Macau in Day 5 opener of the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. The Chinese team improved to 3-1 record after 106:46 win. China started the game with 24-17 and added 23-13 in the second frame. The second half was a nightmare for Macau that saw 59 points in their basket. China won the third period 32-9 and finished the game with 27-7 in the last stanza. Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) was the last to score in the game for 60-point victory. Yan Cao (196-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94), Ailun GUO and Duan JiangPeng had 13 each. Tailong ZHAO poured in 12 points in the winning effort. Fu In LAO replied with 12 points in the losing case and Ka Kin IONG as well as Hip Meng LO nailed 9 apiece.

Lebanon - Uzbekistan 84-49
Lebanon wins Group A of the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup. The team smashed Uzbekistan 84:49 to finish with 3-1 record on top. Uzbekistan finished the group with 1-3 record on the 4th position. Lebanon started the game with 24-9 and never looked behind after. The favourites added 17-14 in the second period and led 41:23 at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to Lebanon. The latter won the third period 25-15 and added 18-11 in the last stanza. Khatib Fadi erupted with 37 points and 11 rebounds, while Tabet Charles had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Nadim Souaid (192-F/G-86) and Elie Roustom (197-F-87) followed them with 10 points each. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Juginisov Samender had 7.

Group B
Qatar - Taiwan 73-75
Taiwan edge Qatar in a thriller at the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup. Taiwan grabbed 75:73 win to finish the group with 2-2 record on the third place. Qatar meanwhile ended up with 1-3 record on the fourth position. Qatar won the first period 22-17 but led only 1 point at the halftime as Taiwan needed 18-14 to reduce the score. Moreover Taiwan grabbed the lead after 18-15 in the third quarter and had 53:51 advantage. Both teams scored 22 points in the last stanza for the final result. Tien Lei (202-F-83) made the final dunk with 1 second to go to give his side the necessary win. Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Chen Shih-Chieh (176-G-84) as well as Wu Tai-Hao posted 15 each. Tien Lei followed them with 11 points in the winning effort. Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) posted 17 points in defeat and Johnson Clinton Fihnoir had 15. Ahmad Baker nailed 12, while Abdelkader Omar notched 7.

Iran - Japan 71-65
Iran conquered Group B of the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup. The team overcame the hosts, Japan 71:65 in the decisive game to remain undefeated. Japan meanwhile suffered the first loss and finished the group with 3-1 record on the second place. Both teams entered the game undefeated and showed a great game. The hosts started with 17-13 and added 18-12 in the second frame. A 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter brought however Iran back into the game. Iran added 25-14 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Mohammad Shahsavand (210-C-77) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83), Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86) and Kardoust Asghar posted 12 each. Davoudichegani Aren followed them with 11 points in a win. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kanamaru Kosuke delivered 10, while Furukawa Takatoshi had 9.


Results and Stats from Day 4 in Tokyo - Sep 17, 2012

Group A
Macau - Philippines 46-98
Philippines smashed Macau in Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. The team improved to 3-1 record in Group A after 98:46 victory, while Macau fell at 0-3 record. Philippines started the game with massive 33:14 burst and added 22-19 in the second period. Moreover the second half also belonged to the winning side. Philippines won the third period 28-8 and finished the game with 15-5. Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Jay-R Reyes (200-C-84) as well as Gary David (188-G/F-78) had 12 each. Ganuelas Matt and Dillinger Jared delivered 11 points each in a win. Fu In (178-SG-88) posted 14 points in the losing effort and Tong Fai Cheong (190-PG-93) scored 12. Lo Hip Meng collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Cai Shao Bing nailed 6. Tomorrow Philippines will have a Day-off, while Macau will face China.

Uzbekistan - China 47-107
China improve to 2-1 record in Group A after the victory over Uzbekistan at the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup. The Chinese team won 107:47 and sent the opponents to 1-2 record. China started the game with 21-11 and never looked behind after. They added massive 31-8 burst to take a 52:19 halftime advantage. Moreover China continued to dominate the second half as well. China won the third period 30-19 and finished the game with 25-9 in the last stanza. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) notched 17. Wang Zhelin delivered 16, while Wang Zirui had 14. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) ended up with 11 points in defeat and Juginisov Samender finished the game with 10.

Group B
Japan - India 90-72
Japan posted the third straight win at the start of Fiba Asia Cup. The hosts tamed India in Tokyo to remain on top of Group B. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) posted 26 points to lead the hosts. India suffered the fourth loss in a row. Japan exploded with 28 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They accumulated a 6-point lead at the first break. India managed to slow the home side down in the second quarter. India got within 3 points at halftime 41:44. But the third term proved the difference. Japan ignited a 23:13 rally to clear off to a 13-point distance. They maintained the lead throughout the fourth frame and sealed the victory at the end. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76, college: UCLA) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Ryota Sakurai added 12 points for Japan. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (193-G-91) answered with 21 points for India. Pethani Rikin netted 16 points in the loss.

Taiwan - Iran 63-71
Iran had to fight hard to achieve the third straight victory at Fiba Asia Cup. They survived a tough challenge from Taiwan to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group B. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) was a usual contributor for Iran scoring 24 points. Taiwan fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Taiwan enjoyed a 20:17 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Taiwan accumulated a 39:29 halftime lead. But Iran turned things around after the big break. They went on a storming 27:12 rally to ensure a 5-point lead at the final intermission. Iran held Taiwan to 12 points in the fourth frame and claimed the third straight win at the tournament. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) delivered 13 points, while Oshin Sahakian added 7 points and 10 rebounds for Iran. Tien Lei (202-F-83) answered with 17 points for Taiwan. Tseng Wen-Ting had 11 points in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Tokyo - Sep 16, 2012

Group A
Philippines - Uzbekistan 85-50
Philippines registered the second straight win at the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. They outgunned Uzbekistan to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Uzbekistan fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Philippines set the tone early in the clash. They outscored Uzbekistan for a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Philippines limited their opponents at 5 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. Smart Gilas Pilipinas accumulated a 39:21 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead well enough throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) produced 10 points, while Marcus Douthit added 9 points for the winners. Vyacheslav Denisov (195-G-83) answered with 16 points for Uzbekistan. Samender Juginisov had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

China - Lebanon 69-89
Lebanon clinched the second win at the Fiba Asia Cup. They taught a young Chinese team a good lesson beating those by 20 points. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) and Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83) posted 25 points each to lead the winners. China looked better in the opening quarter. They jumped to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. But Lebanon took over pretty quickly in the second frame. They went on a 25:8 rally to establish a 40:30 halftime lead. China tried to return into the contest in the third term. They narrowed the gap at 9-point mark before the fourth frame. However Lebanon went on a 12:2 run midway through the fourth period and cleared off for good. Elie Estephane had 14 points for the winners. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) and Zhang Dayu (210-C-91) recorded 12 points apiece for China. Duan JiangPeng netted 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Iran - Qatar 85-75 OT
Iran earned the second win at the Fiba Asia Cup. They needed overtime to defeat pesky Qatar for 2-0 record in Group B. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) posted 27 points to lead the winning side. Qatar silenced Iran in the opening frame. They went on a 23:12 run to take a comfortable lead. Qatar boosted the lead in the second quarter. They accumulated a 45:26 halftime advantage. But Iran turned things upside down in the second half. They held Qatar to 6 points in the third frame to narrow the gap at 4-point mark. Iran surged ahead for a 64:57 lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But Daoud Mousa and Mansour Atif (177-PG-90) drew things level at 69 at the end of normal time. Iran fired 16 points in the extra period and eked out a sweat-breaking victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) accounted for 18 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan added 11 points in the win. Mansour Atif responded with 21 points for Qatar. Daoud Mousa contributed 16 points in the loss.

India - Taiwan 88-113
Taiwan celebrated the first win at the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. They overwhelmed India to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners. India suffered the third straight loss at the tournament. Taiwan unloaded 31 points in the opening quarter to gain a 7-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the second quarter. Taiwan ensured a 58:41 halftime lead. Taiwan fired 33 points in the third term to build a massive 33-point lead before the fourth quarter. India did not surrender scoring 30 points in the final frame but it was too late to save the game. Creighton Douglas (196-F-85) netted 15 points, while Lin Chih-Chieh added 13 points for the winners. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (193-G-91) answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds for India. AmritPal Singh and Pethani Rikin netted 18 points apiece in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Tokyo - Sep 15, 2012

Group A
Lebanon - Philippines 68-78
Philippines clinched the first win at Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. They held off Lebanon to gain 1-1 record in Group A. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) stepped up with 25 points and 21 rebounds as Philippines caught up with Lebanon in the ladder. It was a tough battle from start to finish. Lebanon snatched a 20:19 lead ten minutes into the game. Lebanon stretched the margin in the second frame. They accounted for a 41:38 halftime lead. But Philippines turned things around in the third quarter. Marcus Douthit and Norwood put Philippines in front. They recorded a 59:53 lead at the final break. Garnett Thompson put Lebanon within two points midway through the final frame but Philippines quickly restored a safe cushion and never looked back en route to the win. Gary David (188-G/F-78) and LA Tenorio (177-PG-84) provided 11 points each for the winners. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) answered with 24 points and 15 boards for Lebanon. Garnett Thompson had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Uzbekistan - Macau 81-61
Uzbekistan celebrated the first win at the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup in Japan. They rolled past Macau in Group A. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Macau fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Uzbekistan held their opponents to 11 points in the first frame to take a 3-point lead. Macau however surprised Uzbekistan in the second term and earned a 27:26 halftime lead. Uzbekistan made some necessary arrangements during the big break and fired from all guns in the third quarter. They easily cleared off to a 17-point distance before the fourth quarter. Uzbekistan erupted for 29 points in the final term and sealed the victory at the end. Vyacheslav Denisov (195-G-83) delivered 19 points, while Aleksandr Yahin added 14 points for the winners. Fu In (178-SG-88) answered with 12 points for Macau. Shao Bing Cai had 10 points in the loss.

Group B
Qatar - India 84-63
Qatar posted the first win at the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. They held off India to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Mohammed Yousef (204-C-82) scored 13 points to lead the winners. Qatar limited India to just 6 points in the starting quarter and gained a 9-point lead. India did not allow their opponents to clear off in the second quarter. India cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the interval 25:31. Qatar increased the tempo in the third term. They capitalized firing 27 points and opening a 14-point advantage at the final break. Qatar did not look in the fourth quarter and rallied to the victory. Omar Abdelkader (206-C-83) posted 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Yasseen Ismail added 12 points for Qatar. Narender Kumar (195-G/F-88) and Pethani Rikin (206-C-90) answered with 14 points each for India.

Taiwan - Japan 78-90
Japan registered the second straight win at the Fiba Asia Cup. They knocked down Taiwan in Group B. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76, college: UCLA) posted 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the hosts. Taiwan slipped at 0-1 record after the loss. Japan set the tone early in the encounter. They dropped 27 points in the opening quarter to ensure a 13-point lead. Japan stretched the lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 53:34 halftime advantage. Taiwan started to find their game in the second half. They cut the deficit at 18-point mark in the third term and went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth stanza. But the gap proved too deep to overcome as Japan rolled to the victory. Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87) notched 16 points, whie Kosuke Takeuchi added 15 points in the win. Tien Lei (202-F-83) answered with 19 points for Taiwan. Tseng Wen-Ting had 15 points in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Tokyo - Sep 14, 2012

Group A
Philippines - China 68-71
China victoriously opened their 2012 Fiba Asia Cup campaign. They held off ambitious Philippines in Group A action. Guo Ailun (192-SF-93) scored 18 points to lead the winners. It was a close battle from start to finish. China managed to eke out an 18:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Philippines denied the deficit midway through the second quarter. But China surged ahead and recorded a 40:33 halftime lead. Guo Ailun made it a 10-point lead for China midway through the third quarter. However Philippines recovered and went on a 19:7 run to take a 56:54 lead with ten minutes remaining. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) erased the deficit and drew things level at 64 with three minutes to go. Wu Ke and Zhao TaiLong gave China a 71:68 lead with 49 seconds remaining. Tenorio and Chan had a chance to save the game for Philippines but missed their attempts. Zhao TaiLong posted 11 points, while Sui Ran and Wu Ke added 7 points each for the winning side. Ranidel deOcampo (195-F-81) answered with 11 points for Philippines. Marcus Douthit and Larry Fonacier provided 10 points each in the loss.

Macau - Lebanon 51-120
Lebanon clinched the first win at the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup. They knocked down Macau in preliminary Group A. Elie Estephane (193-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) posted 24 point to lead the defending champions. Lebanon unloaded 32 points in the opening quarter to take a comfortable 15-point lead. They held Macau to just 8 points in the second quarter and stretched the lead. Lebanon ensured a 62:25 halftime advantage. The third term was a repetition of the second as Lebanon went on another 30:8 rally and secured a massive 59-point advantage before the fourth frame. They did not slow down and cruised to the victory at the end. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) accounted for 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Elie Roustom added 15 points for the winners. Hip Meng Lo answered with 14 points for Macau. Fu In Lao netted 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Japan - Qatar 73-69
Japan claimed the initial win at the home 2012 Fiba Asia Cup. They held off Qatar in Tokyo for 1-0 record in Group B. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) and Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) posted 14 points each to lead the hosts. Japan jumped to an early lead. They established a 24:15 advantage after ten minutes of action. Qatar bounced back in the second frame. The visitors narrowed the margin and got within 5 points at halftime 36:41. Japan boosted the margin once again in the third term. The home side accumulated a 61:50 lead with one period to go. But Qatar refused to give up. Musa put Qatar within two points 69:71 with 28 seconds remaining. Kosuke Takeuchi sank two free throws then and sealed the victory for Japan. J.R. Sakuragi notched 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) answered with 21 points for Qatar. Yasseen Ismail added 13 points in the losing effort.

India - Iran 71-83
Iran clinched the first win at the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup. They held off India in Tokyo tonight. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) scored 23 points to lead the winning side. Iran strongly entered the game. They posted a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. India cut the deficit in the second quarter. They got within three points at the interval 37:40. Iran quickly opened an 11-point buffer in the third period. But India refused to give up. They cut the distance to just 6 points heading into the fourth frame 58:64. Iran needed a 12:2 run at the start of the final frame to cool off their opponents. Iran coasted to the victory afterwards. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) posted 16 points, while Asghar Kardoust added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (193-G-91) answered with 21 points for India. AmritPal Singh netted 15 points in the loss.



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