Hosts Jordan achieved the twin-fold objective of the 14th WABA Championship in style beating Iraq 65-54 on Wednesday, and in a show of strength a rejuvenated Al Nashama achieved that with a round to spare.
Jordan, who now have won all their four games so far in the competition, have a game against Palestine on Thursday and the hosts are assured of the top place in the competition irrespective of the result of that game.
This means two things.
Firstly looked from a historical perspective, this top-finish fetches Jordan their first WABA Championship in more than a decade the last time Jordan finished on top in the subzone competition was when they won it in the second round of games in 2002.
Secondly, the triumph also qualifies Jordan to represent WABA at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup to be played in Wuhan (China) from July 11-19. The 14th WABA Championship is the qualifying event to identify the one WABA representative.
Iran, however, have already qualified for the premier FIBA Asia event by virtue of their gold medal at last years 27th FIBA Asia Championship at Manila (Philippines).
In other action of the penultimate day, Iran fielding a U18 squad with an eye on the 23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship to be played in Doha (Qatar) from Aug 19-28, defeated Syria 77-74 to secure the No 2 spot.
Palestine, meanwhile opened their account in the competition after three losses beating Yemen 75-54
Source: FIBA Asia
Unbeaten record marks Jordans first title after a decade - May 30, 2014
Jordan finished on top of a WABA Championship for the first time in more than a decade after finishing the 14th WABA Championship winning all their five games, the latest being the 74-57 whipping of Palestine on Thursday.
Jordan, who had last finished on top in the second round of competition in 2002, also qualified to represent WABA in the 5th FIBA Asia Cup to be played in Wuhan (China) from July 11-19.
Iran, who had already qualified for the premier FIBA Asia event by virtue of winning the 27th FIBA Asia Championship at Manila (Philippines) last year finished second to Jordan beating Iraq 69-58 . Iran were fielding a U18 squad with an eye on the 23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship to be played in Doha (Qatar) from Aug 19-28.
Syria's 103-46 rout of Yemen completed the final day's proceedings.
Source: FIBA Asia
WABA Championships: Day 3 - May 28, 2014
Hosts Jordan overcame a young, but enthusiastic Iran 69-57 on Tuesday for their third win in as many games, also handing the latter their first defeat in three games.
With games Iraq and Palestine in hand, Jordan look well on course to their first ever WABA title and also earn the lone WABA berth for the 5th FIBA Asia Cup to be played in Wuhan (China) from July 11-19.
The 14th WABA Championship is the qualifying event to identify the one WABA representative for the 5th FIBA Asia Cup to be played in Wuhan (China) from July 11-19.
Iran, however, have already qualified for the premier FIBA Asia event by virtue of their gold medal at last year's 27th FIBA Asia Championship at Manila (Philippines).
Jordan cut all frills and flamboyance for their game against Iran and went about their business without much ado. Rasheim Wright, in his first tournament for Jordan in more than two years, was the leading scorer for the hosts with 21 points.
In other action of the day, Iraq and Syria kept their hopes each posting their second win in three games. Iraq routed Yemen 90-49 and Syria overcame Palestine 97-81. Yemen and Palestine have both lost all their three games so far.
WABA Championships: Day 1 - May 27, 2014
Hosts Jordan fielded their strongest ever roster in an international competition in recent times and reaped a rich 98-38 win over Yemen on the opening day of the 14th WABA Championship on Sunday.
In other games of the day, Syria overcame Iraq 72-68 and Iran fielding an U18 team defeated Palestine 59-56.
Legendary coach Rajko Toroman, in his first international game on the Jordan bench, fielded each of the players in his roster for more than 10 minutes apiece and all, barring Abdullah Abu Quora scored five of them in double-digits.
Source: FIBA Asia
WABA Championships: Day 2 - May 27, 2014
Hosts Jordan took a comfortable lead in the first three quarters which carried them enough cushion to ward off a late Syrian challenge and win 82-71 for their second successive win in the 14th WABA Championship on Monday.
Iran, fielding an U18 team, too registered their second win as many games handing Yemen their second successive defeat in a 76-39 rout. Iran had beaten Palestine on the opening day.
Iraq who had lost to Syria on the opening day, meanwhile, opened their account beating Palestine 75-55.
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