Iran celebrate WABA title in Tehran - Feb 10, 2013
Iran - Lebanon 100:86 (OT) Iran clinched the WABA Championship title. They held off Lebanon in overtime battle in Tehran to take the honours. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) came up with 10 points in the extra period to seal the win for the hosts. Iran started the game strong. They quickly cleared off to a 14:4 lead. Lebanon did not allow the hosts to run away as they cut the deficit at 4-point mark 19:23. Iran stayed in front throughout the second term. The home team accumulated a 45:33 halftime advantage. Lebanon struggled to get any closer in the third term. They trailed by 7 points heading into the fourth frame 57:64. However Lebanon managed to come back into this one. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) stepped up with 9 points late in regulation to help Lebanon draw things level at 80 forcing overtime. But Asghar Kardoust made sure Iran clinch the trophy. He poured in 10 points in the extra period and led his team to the summit. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners. Asghar Kardoust added 22 points for the home team. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) answered with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Reyshawn Terry led all scorers with 29 points in defeat.
Jordan - Iraq 86:80 Jordan claimed the crucial win in the final round of the WABA Championship. They overcame Iraq to occupy the third position and thus sealed their ticket to the Fiba Asia Championship. Wesam Al-Sous (183-PG-83) stepped up with 30 points to pace the winners. Iraq finished in the fourth position with no wins in three games played. Jordan put their noses in front early in the game. They secured a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. Iraq however turned things around in the second quarter. They upend the tempo and pulled ahead for a 42:40 halftime lead. Jordan relied heavily on Wesal Al-Sous and managed to regain a 55:54 lead with one quarter remaining. Jordan opened the fourth frame on a 23:10 run to pile up a comfortable lead. Iraq fought bravely cutting the margin but stopped short of victory at the end. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) netted 9 points, while Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 15 boards for Jordan. Michael Shamon (192-F-84) answered with 21 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Iraq. Mohammed Mahdi (204-F/C-80) had 18 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Results and Stats from Day 1 in Tehran - Feb 8, 2013
Lebanon - Iraq 106:72 Lebanon victoriously opened their WABA Championship campaign. They knocked down Iraq in the opening encounter. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) provided 20 points to lead the winners. Lebanon started the game strong posting a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. They dominated in the second quarter. The gap grew at 27-point mark at halftime 27:54. Lebanon stretched the margin in the third quarter. They kept Iraq at bay accumulating an 84:40 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Lebanon did not slow down in the fourth frame. They easily broke 100-point mark and cruised to the victory at the end. Cheikh Hussein El Khatib (186-PG-86) knocked down 16 points, while Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) added 15 points for the winners. Michael Shamon (192-F-84) responded with 19 points for Iraq. Jenero Raad chipped in 15 points in the losing effort.
Iran - Jordan 93:55 Iran opened the home edition of the WABA Championship in style. They rolled past Jordan for the first victory. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) stepped up with 6 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Iran shocked Jordan with a 16:0 run to start the game. They rallied on to ensure a 26:10 lead after ten minutes. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 46:30 halftime advantage. The home team dominated in every facet of the battle to pile up a 71:39 lead at the final intermission. Iran did not look back in the fourth frame and coasted to the victory at the end. Aren Davoudichegani (185-PG-86) posted 14 points, while Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) and Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) added 13 points each for the hosts. Mohammad Shaher (210-C-90) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Jordan. Mohammad Hadrab (202-PF-84) and Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) netted 7 points each in the loss.
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