Iran wins West Asia Basketball Championship
- Jun 26, 2011
Iran wins West Asia Basketball Championship as the team won all three
games at the tournament. Iran finished undefeated after 93:52 win over
Iraq in the last day. The favorites opened the game with 29-12 and never
looked behind. Iraq meanwhile finished with 0-3 record and could not
qualify to the 26th FIBA Asia Championship. Only three top teams joined
Lebanon as WABA representatives in the 26th FIBA Asia Championship to be
held in Wuhan (China) from Sept 15-25.
Jordan finished second at the West Asia Basketball Championship due to
the win in the last day. Jordan edged Syria 92:75 to grab 2-1 record on
the second place, while Syria finished third with 1-2 record. The
winners started with 22-19 in the first frame and added 23-13 in the
second. Syria won the third period but could not come closer. Both teams
as well as Iran joined Lebanon as WABA representatives in the 26th FIBA
Asia Championship to be held in Wuhan (China) from Sept 15-25.
Day 1 and 2 in Dahuk - Jun 25, 2011
Four teams compete for top three teams will join Lebanon as WABA
representatives in the 26th FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Wuhan
(China) from Sept 15-25.
Iran won first two games in Dahuk at the West Asia Basketball
Championship. In Day 1 Iran overcame Jordan 72:70. They started with
21-11 and then added only the victory in the last period.
Syria won over the hosts, Iraq 92:85 in the opener. Iraq opened the game
with 26-21, but was stormed by the opponents in the second frame 16-27.
Moreover Syria won the third quarter 29-27 and sealed the first victory.
In Day 2 Iran overcame Syria 83:62. Trailing 13-16 after the first
period, Iran needed 23-11 in the second to take control in the game.
Jordan outscored Iraq 79:77 in a real thriller. The hosts started well
and took 21-13 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added 21-14 in
the second frame to enjoy 42:27 halftime advantage. Jordan however
looked great int he second half and after the victories in the third and
the last periods won the game.
Duhok all set for high voltage WABA action
- Jun 20, 2011
Expect quite a few sparks to fly, some of them at a high voltage as four
WABA contenders vie for the three available qualifying spots in the 11th
WABA Championship starting in the Kurdish town on Thursday.
The top three teams will join Lebanon as WABA representatives in the
26th FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Wuhan (China) from Sept 15-25.
Lebanon qualified directly for Wuhan, having won the 3rd FIBA Asia
Stankovic Cup at home last year, and have chosen to stay from the Duhok
action citing fatigue to many of their top players but there is a lot at
stake for the others in fray.
For one, twice defending FIBA Asia champions Iran, face the embarrassing
but mandatory task of having to qualify to defend their gold medal at
Wuhan, but coach
Veselin Matic has announced a full-fledged squad to ensure there are
Barring Memphis Grizzlies center
Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85, agency:
Agency No 10), Matic will field the best of the talents available at
his disposal, including the irresistible Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and the
crafty Mahdi Kamrani.
Iran open the proceedings on June 23 with a game 2009 FIBA Asia
Championship bronze medalists Jordan.
Jordan, themselves have shown they mean business, when they roped former
Lebanon NT coach
Thomas Baldwin to steer their campaign.
Further, with the presence of
Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college:
Midwestern St.) and
Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) in the line-up, Jordan are sure to start as
one of the favorites to qualify.
Hosts Iraq will play in the game that follows on the opening day against
Going by the results in the recent past, Iraq have shown that they
possess the wherewithal to match up with the best in the region if not
FIBA Asia and given the home advantage Iraq will enjoy, the task is cut
out for Syria.
Syria have the experienced Bosnian
Mensur Bajramovic as their coach, and given the guile with which the
coach handles his wards, the foursome is complete.
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