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William Jones Cup Standings
 1. Iran 7-0 
 2. Taiwan 5-2 
 3. S.Korea 5-2 
 4. USA 4-3 
 5. Egypt 4-3 
 6. Lebanon 2-5 
 7. Jordan 2-5 
 8. Japan 1-6 
 9. Taiwan B 0-7 



Iran clinch William Jones Cup (Photo: Fibaasia.net)
2013 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
Mahdi Kamrani
Kamrani
Oshin Sahakian
Sahakian
Hamed Afagh
Afagh
Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami
Nikkhah Bahrami
Hamed Haddadi
Haddadi
4 Mohammad Jamshidi 199-SF-91 Azad Iran
5 Aren Davoudichegani 184-PG-86 Zanjan Iran
6 Javad Davari 185-G-83 Foolad Mahan Iran
7 Mahdi Kamrani 185-PG-82 Foolad Mahan Iran
8 Saman Veisi 189-G-82 Foolad Mahan Iran
9 Oshin Sahakian 200-F-86 Foolad Mahan Iran
10 Hamed Afagh 193-SG-83 Petrochimi Iran
11 Hamed Sohrabnejad 205-PF-83 Petrochimi Iran
12 Asghar Kardoust 212-C-86 Champville Lebanon
13 Rouzbeh Arghavan 214-C/F-88 Petrochimi Iran
14 Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 199-F-83 Foolad Mahan Iran
15 Hamed Haddadi 218-C-85 Phoenix Suns USA

Mehmed Becirovic Head Coach Mahram Iran
Mehran Shahintab Assistant Azad Iran
Safa Ali Kamalian Assistant Foolad Mahan Iran

Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup Awards 2013 - Jul 16, 2013

Asia-Basket.com All-William Jones Cup 1st Team 2013
Mahdi Kamrani
Kamrani
Hamed Haddadi
Haddadi
Quincy Davis
Davis
Chih-Chieh Lin
Lin
Eric Hicks
Hicks

Best Player: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran
Best Guard: Chih-Chieh Lin (192-G-82) of Taiwan
Best Forward: Eric Hicks (198-F-83) of USA
Best Center: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran

1st Team
PG: Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) of Iran
C: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran
F/C: Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83) of Taiwan
G: Chih-Chieh Lin (192-G-82) of Taiwan
F: Eric Hicks (198-F-83) of USA

2nd Team
F: Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) of Iran
G/F: Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83) of USA
F: Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) of Iran
G: Sun-Hyung Kim (187-G-88) of S.Korea
G: Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) of USA

Honorable Mention
Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) of Egypt
Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) of Japan
Mychal Kearse (195-G-83) of USA
Sung-Min Cho (197-F-83) of S.Korea
Haywood Owens (204-F-79) of USA
Wen-Ting Tseng (203-F/C-84) of Taiwan

All-Defensive Team
G: Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) of USA
F/C: Wen-Ting Tseng (203-F/C-84) of Taiwan
F/C: Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83) of Taiwan
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82) of USA
C: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Iran



USA, Japan and Taiwan record wins on the final day of action in Taipei - Jul 14, 2013

USA - Jordan 81:71
The USA wrapped up their William Jones Cup campaign with victory. They knocked down Jordan to improve at 4-3 record in the fourth place in the ladder. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) posted 18 points to lead the winners. Jordan fell at 2-5 record and finished 6th at the tournament.
The USA surged ahead early in the game. They recorded a 23:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Jordan cut the deficit in the second period. The Asian team narrowed the gap at 8-point mark at halftime 41:33. Jordan denied the deficit in the third period. They sparked with a 24:12 rally to clinch a 4-point lead at the final intermission. The North American team responded with a 28-point outburst in the final term and escaped with the victory at the end. Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, college: N.Carolina St.) finished with 13 points, while Ed Horton (190-G-85, college: Murray St.) and Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) netted 10 points each for the winners. Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) and Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83) responded with 15 points each for Jordan.

USA: Eric Hicks 18, Marcus Melvin 13, Ed Horton 10, Jermaine Dailey 10
Jordan: Mahmoud Abdeen 15, Wesam Al-Sous 15

Japan - Taiwan B 96:81
Japan registered the first win at the William Jones Cup. They defeated the Taiwanese B National Team on the final day of the tournament. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) nailed 20 points to lead Japan.
The visitors snatched a narrow 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Japan stretched the gap in the second frame. They accumulated a 36:30 halftime lead. Japan erupted for 31 points in the third frame posting an 18-point lead before the fourth period. Taiwan nailed 32 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Yuta Watanabe (201-SF-94) had 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) netted 18 points in the victory. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Taiwan B. Kuo-Wei Lai chipped in 18 points in the loss.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 20, Yuta Watanabe 18+14 boards, Makoto Hiejima 18
Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 22, Kuo-Wei Lai 18

Taiwan - South Korea 73:60
Taiwan occupied the second position at the William Jones Cup. They beat South Korea to finish second at the tournament. Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) tallied 26 points and 17 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Taiwan ignited a 20:8 run in the opening quarter. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second period. Taiwan ensured a 16-point halftime lead 33:17. South Korea finally picked up the tempo in the third term. They fired 23 points to narrow the deficit at 14-point mark at the final break. The visitors kept the pressure on the hosts throughout the fourth frame but Taiwan stayed calm and raced to the victory at the end. Tien Lei (202-F-83) posted 21 points, while Wen-Cheng Tsai delivered 10 points in the victory. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) responded with 18 points for South Korea. Tae-Sul Kim chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Davis Quincy 26+17 boards, Tien Lei 21, Wen-Chend Tsai 10
South Korea: Cho Sung-Min 18, Tae-Sul Kim 9


Results and Stats from Day 8 in Taipei. Iran clinch top position - Jul 13, 2013

USA - Lebanon 109:66
The USA claimed the fourth victory at the William Jones Cup in Taipei. They stormed past Lebanon to improve at 4-3 record. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) nailed 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Lebanon fell at 2-5 record at the tournament.
The USA grabbed the initiative early in the game. They exploded with 28 points in the opening frame to take a 19-point lead. The USA stretched the gap in the second quarter. They piled up a 52:28 halftime lead. The USA kept Lebanon at distance throughout the third term. The North American team ensured a comfortable 77:46 advantage before the fourth term. The USA exploded with 32 points in the final stanza and sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) nailed 18 points, while Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 16 points in the victory. Amir Saoud (187-G-91) responded with 21 points for Lebanon. Tarek Ammoury (196-G, college: Marymount) and Ali Haidar (201-F-90, college: Michigan Tech) had 14 points each in the loss.

USA: Eric Hicks 23, Haywood Owens 18, Jermaine Dailey 16
Lebanon: Amir Saoud 21, Tarek Ammoury 14, Ali Haidar 14

Egypt - Taiwan B 81:69
Egypt claimed the fifth win at the William Jones Cup. They held off the Taiwanese B National Team to gain 5-3 record. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) posted 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winning side. Taiwan B fell at 1-6 record after the defeat.
Egypt secured a quick start to the game. They registered a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. The African team maintained the lead throughout the second term. They ensured a 42:32 halftime advantage. Taiwan narrowed the margin in the third term. The hosts got within a single point before the fourth period. But Egypt poured in 27 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Assem Marei (206-F-92) netted 18 points and grabbed 13 boards for Egypt. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) chipped in 10 points in the win. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 26 points for Taiwan. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) had 18 points in the loss.

Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 27+11 boards, Assem Marei 18+13 boards, Sherif Gindy 10
Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 26, Chang Chia-Jung 18

Jordan - Japan 74:65
Jordan clinched the third victory at the William Jones Cup. They overcame Japan behind 19 points from Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida). Japan suffered the seventh straight defeat in Taipei.
Jordan and Japan stayed close throughout the first half. Jordan eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame as Jordan ensured a 35:34 halftime lead. Japan denied the deficit in the third period. They leveled things up at 56 heading into the fourth frame. But Jordan used an 18:9 run in the final quarter to win the game. Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83) posted 10 points, while Fadel Al-Najjar (192-G-85) added 9 points in the victory. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) responded with 28 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 13 points in the loss.

Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 19, Wesam Al-Sous 10, Fadel Al-Najjar 9
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 28, Kosuke Takeuchi 13

Iran - Taiwan 72:67
Iran clinched the William Jones Cup title. They knocked down Taiwan and secured the top position with one round left to play. Iran improved at 7-0 record in the ladder. Taiwan fell at 4-3 record after the loss.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the starting quarter. Iran and Taiwan were knotted at 17 after ten minutes. Iran pulled ahead in the second quarter. They eked out a 36:32 halftime lead. Iran boosted the gap in the third term. The visitors fired 23 points and accumulated a 16-point buffer before the final frame. Taiwan went on a strong comeback rally in the fourth term but came up short of victory at the end. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Iran. Oshin Sahakian (200-F-86) added 14 points, while Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) and Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83) netted 11 points each in the win. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) and Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) netted 12 points apiece in the defeat.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 17+11 boards, Oshin Sahakian 14, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 11, Hamed Afagh 11
Taiwan: Lin Chih-Chieh 12, Davis Quincy 12


Results and Stats from Day 7 in Taipei - Jul 12, 2013

Jordan - Lebanon 69:67
Jordan narrowly defeated Lebanon at the William Jones Cup in Taipei. Both teams are now tied at 2-4 record in the standings. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) recorded 13 points and 6 boards to lead Jordan.
Jordan held Lebanon to just 6 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. Lebanon improved their offensive effort in the second frame. They cut the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime 23:32. Lebanon unloaded 29 points in the third term to deny the deficit. They entered the fourth frame up by 4 points 52:48. Jordan however managed to turn things around in the final period. They erased the deficit and snatched a thrilling victory at the end. Mohammad Ali Zaghab (195-PF-89) produced 11 points, while Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh (199-F-86) contributed 9 points for the winning side. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) answered with 23 points for Lebanon. Amir Saoud (187-G-91) netted 15 points in the loss.

Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 13, Mohammad Ali Zaghab 11, Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 9
Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 23, Amir Saoud 15

Iran - USA 86:62
Iran gained the sixth straight win at the William Jones Cup. They thrashed the USA to remain undefeated at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) scored 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winning side. The USA fell at 3-3 record after the defeat.
Iran silenced their opponents in the first ten minutes. The Asian powerhouse went on a 26:11 rally to clear off. The tempo slowed down a bit in the second quarter. Iran maintained the lead as they piled up a 41:26 halftime lead. The Asian team nailed 25 points in the third to accumulate an 18-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Iran went on a 20:14 run in the final quarter to seal the victory. Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83) netted 17 points, while Aren Davoudichegani (184-PG-86) added 9 points in the win. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) answered with 19 points for the USA. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) netted 12 points in the losing effort.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 25, Hamed Afagh 17, Aren Davoudichegani 9
USA: Curtis Marshall 19, Eric Hicks 12

South Korea - Japan 75:66
South Korea continued their fight for the William Jones Cup trophy. They defeated Japan today to improve at 6-1 record in the standings. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) posted 16 points to lead the charge. Japan fell at woeful 0-6 record at the bottom of the ladder.
South Korea eked out a narrow 18:16 lead after the opening quarter. The Korean team stretched the lead in the second frame. They accounted for a 40:26 halftime advantage. The Korean team kept Japan at bay throughout the third term. South Korea built a comfrotable 21-point buffer at the final break. Japan dropped 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the loss at the end. Seung-Jun Lee netted 12 points, while Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) chipped in 11 points for the winning side. Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) responded with 20 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) had 13 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 16, Seung-Jun Lee 12, Cho Sung-Min 11
Japan: Makoto Hiejima 20, Kosuke Takeuchi 13

Taiwan - Egypt 62:72
Egypt clinched the fourth win at the William Jones Cup. They stunned hosting Taiwan to improve at 4-3 record. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) nailed 20 points to lead the African team. Taiwan fell at 4-2 record after the defeat.
Egypt started the game with almost a perfect defence. They held Taiwan to 7 points in the opening quarter to build a 5-point lead. Egypt maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. The visitors secured a 28:17 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Egypt entered the fourth quarter up by 11 points. Taiwan tried to restore the intrigue as they fired 24 points in the final frame but Egypt shielded off the challenge and secured the victory. Assem Marei netted 18 points and pulled down 13 boards for Egypt. Ramy Abdalla (185-G-81) added 8 points in the win. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Tien Lei (202-F-83) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Tsai Wen-Cheng 15, Tien Lei 11
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 20, Assem Marei 18+13 boards, Ramy Abdalla 8


Results and Stats from Day 6 in Taipei - Jul 11, 2013

USA - Egypt 88:83
The USA claimed the third consecutive victory at the William Jones Cup. They defeated Egypt for 3-2 record in Taipei. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) posted 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
The USA exploded with 25 points in the first frame to take a 5-point lead. Egypt matched the effort in the second period. The African team unloaded 30 points in the quarter and tied things up at 50-all. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the third term. The USA eked out a 71:70 lead heading into the fourth stanza. The North American side held Egypt to just 13 points in the final period and snatch victory at the end. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) and Mychal Kearse (195-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Mt.St.Mary's) delivered 15 points apiece for the winners. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) answered with 28 points for Egypt. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) had 18 points in the loss.

USA: Curtis Marshall 22+10 boards, Eric Hicks 15, Mychal Kearse 15
Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 28, Sherif Gindy 18

South Korea - Jordan 67:57
South Korea claimed the fifth win at the William Jones Cup. They overcame Jordan in Taipei today. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) nailed 15 points to lead the winning team. Jordan fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
South Korea silenced their opponents in the opening frame. The Korean team went on an 18:6 run to clear off. Jordan stopped the bleeding in the second period. They adjusted their offence and cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 21:29. South Korea did not allow Jordan to take over in the third term. The Korean team established a 9-point cushion at the final intermission. They exploded with 22 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Kim Mingoo (189-G-91) produced 10 points, while Seung-Jun Lee dropped 9 points for the winners. Mahmoud Abdeen (191-PG-87) responded with 14 points for Jordan. Mohammad Ali Zaghab (195-PF-89) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 15, Kim Mingoo 10, Seung-Jun Lee 9
Jordan: Mahmoud Abdeen 14, Mohammad Ali Zaghab 10

Iran - Japan 60:55
Iran kept their perfect record intact at the William Jones Cup. They prevailed against Japan to earn the fifth straight victory. Japan on the other hand suffered the fifth straight defeat at the tournament.
Iran and Japan traded baskets throughout intense first quarter. The teams were locked at 20-all after ten minutes. Iran stiffened defensively in the second frame. They limited Japan to 7 points in the period and grabbed a 6-point halftime lead 33:27. Iran maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They rallied into the fourth frame up by 7 points 47:40. Japan managed just 15 points in the final quarter which was not enough to recover. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 14 points for Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) added 12 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88) had 9 points and 10 boards for the winning side. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) responded with 13 points for Japan. Yuta Watanabe (201-SF-94) had 10 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 14, Mahdi Kamrani 12, Rouzbeh Arghavan 9+10 boards
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 13, Yuta Watanabe 10

Taiwan - Taiwan B 90:89
Taiwan recorded their fourth victory at the William Jones Cup. They snatch a narrow win over their B selection. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) nailed 24 points and issued 7 assists to lead the effort. Taiwan B slipped at 1-5 record.
Taiwan B National Team got to the better start. They ensured a 16:13 lead after the opening stanza. Taiwan drained 28 points in the second frame to cut the deficit at a single point at halftime 42:41. The B selection exploded with a 28-point effort in the third term to ensure a 5-point lead before the final frame. But it was not enough. Taiwan National Team triggered a 25:19 run in the fourth period to snatch a tough victory at the end. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) had 14 points, while Yang Chin-Min (189-G-84) added 12 for the winners. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 26 points for Taiwan B. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) tossed in 15 points in the losing case.

Taiwan: Lin Chih-Chieh 24, Tsai Wen-Cheng 14, Yang Chin-Min 12
Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 26, Chang Chia-Jung 15


Results and Stats from Day 5 in Taipei - Jul 10, 2013

Egypt - Lebanon 64:62
Egypt eked out a narrow win over Lebanon to improve at 3-2 record at the William Jones Cup. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) stepped up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge. Lebanon fell at 2-3 record after the loss.
Lebanon got to a confident start to the game. They accumulated a 19:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Egypt took over in the second frame. The African powerhouse held Lebanon to just 9 points in the period to claim a 30:28 halftime lead. Lebanon regained the lead in the third period. They snatched a 48:45 advantage before the fourth quarter. But Egypt recovered well once again. They dropped 19 points in the fourth stanza and snatched a tough win at the end. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) and Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) notched 12 points each for the winners. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Lebanon. Ali Haidar (201-F-90, college: Michigan Tech) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 14, Sherif Gindy 12, Haytham Kamal 12
Lebanon: Ali Kanaan 13, Ali Haidar 12

Taiwan B - Jordan 77:86
Jordan finally opened win count at the William Jones Cup. The team snapped three-game losing skid and toppled Taiwanese B National Team. Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh (199-F-86) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Jordan.
Jordan claimed a 20:16 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. Jordan ensured a 41:33 halftime advantage. Jordan kept Taiwan at distance throughout the third term. The visitors accumulated a 12-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Taiwan exploded with 31 points in the final period but came up short of victory at the end. Mohammad Hadrab (203-PF-84) nailed 11 points, while Hani Al-Faraj (194-SG-87) netted 10 points for the winners. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) responded with 26 points for Taiwan. Chen Ying-Chun (183-G-93) had 19 points and 7 assists in the loss.

Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 26, Chen Ying-Chun 19
Jordan: Ahmed Al-Hamarsheh 13, Mohammad Hadrab 11, Hani Al-Faraj 10

USA - Japan 64:56
The USA earned the second straight win at the William Jones Cup. They prevailed against Japan to improve at 2-2 record. Jermaine Dailey (203-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) stepped up with 14 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Japan fell at 0-4 record after the defeat.
The North American team was in control throughout the first half. The USA posted a 16:11 lead at the first break. They boosted the gap in the second period. The USA accounted for a 35:25 halftime advantage. Japan finally adjusted their defence in the third term. They cut the deficit at 7-point mark heading into the fourth period. But the USA did not allow their opponents to capitalize. They fired 18 points in the final ten minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) delivered 10 points and 10 rebounds for the USA. Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) added 9 points for the winning team. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) responded with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Makoto Hiejima (190-G-90) had 10 points in the loss.

USA: Jermaine Dailey 14, Eric Hicks 10+10 boards, Haywood Owens 9
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 17+10 boards, Makoto Hiejima 10

Iran - South Korea 71:68
Iran stepped closer to the William Jones Cup title. They sneaked past South Korea in the top-of-the-ladder clash tonight. Iran improved at 4-0 record, while South Korea fell at 4-1 record in the standings. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) stepped up with impressive 34 points and 15 rebounds to pace Iran.
Iran jumped to an early lead. They stayed aggressive throughout the starting quarter to build a 26:16 advantage into the second frame. Iran maintained the lead throughout the second period. They secured a 44:33 halftime buffer. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Iran led by 11 points entering the final frame. South Korea went on a furious comeback rally in the final quarter but came up just short of win at the end. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) netted 10 points, while Hamed Sohrabnejad (205-PF-83) added 7 points for the winners. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) responded with 14 points for South Korea. Seung-Jun Lee chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 34+15 boards, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 10, Hamed Sohrabnejad 7
South Korea: Kim Joo-Sung 14, Seung-Jun Lee 11


Results and Stats from Day 4 in Taipei - Jul 9, 2013

Taiwan B - USA 69:101
The USA claimed the first win at the William Jones Cup. They defeated the Taiwanese B National Team to improve at 1-2 record. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) netted 18 points for the winners.
The USA got to a very strong start. They went on an affirmative 24:11 run in the first period. The USA boosted their lead to 21 points at halftime 53:32. The North American side stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. They accounted for a 25-point cushion before the fourth frame. The USA went on a 24:17 run in the final period to seal the victory. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) nailed 14 points, while Cervante Burrell (177-PG-89, college: Seattle) added 12 points in the victory. Huang Chen-Jing (190-G-78) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Taiwan B. Yu-An Chiang had 11 points in the loss.

Taiwan B: Huang Chen-Jing 18, Yu-An Chiang 11
USA: Eric Hicks 18, Curtis Marshall 14, Cervante Burrell 12

Iran - Egypt 90:54
Iran claimed the third straight win at the William Jones Cup. They knocked down Egypt to remain perfect. Hamed Afagh and Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88) posted 12 points each for the winners.
Iran led from the start. They built a 19:8 lead after the opening quarter. The Asian team exploded with a 25:9 run in the second period to post a 44:17 halftime lead. Iran easily maintained the lead throughout the second half. They established a 63:32 advantage at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the victory. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) finished with 11 points for the winners. Ahmed Tawfik responded with 16 points for Egypt. Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Afagh (193-SG-83) 12, Rouzbeh Arghavan 12, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 11
Egypt: Ahmed Tawfik 16, Haytham Kamal 9

South Korea - Lebanon 61:52
South Korea extended their perfect run at the William Jones Cup. They held off Lebanon in Taipei today to stay on top of the ladder. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) scored 12 points to lead balanced effort from the Korean team. Lebanon fell at 2-2 record at the tournament.
South Korea claimed a 12:5 lead after ten minutes of action. They stayed aggressive defensively in the third period. South Korea claimed a 34:18 halftime advantage. Lebanon stopped the bleeding in the third term. They cut the distance at 13-point mark at the final intermission. Lebanon went on a 17:13 run in the fourth frame but came up short of victory at the end. Yang Dong-Geun (181-G-81) nailed 8 points, while Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) chipped in 7 points for the winners. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) responded with game-high 23 points and 10 boards for Lebanon. Mohammed Ibrahim (196-G-83) delivered 11 points in the defeat.

South Korea: Cho Sung-Min 12, Yang Dong-Geun 8, Kim Joo-Sung 7
Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 23+10 boards, Mohammed Ibrahim 11

Taiwan - Jordan 91:61
Taiwan posted the third win at the William Jones Cup. The hosts outgunned Jordan for 3-1 record. Lu Cheng-Ju (194-F-86) notched 16 points to lead the charge. Jordan suffered the third loss in a row.
Taiwan eked out a narrow 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. The hosts secured a 32:26 halftime advantage. Taiwan exploded with a 31:15 rally in the third term to clear off. Jordan conceded 28 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84) produced 13 points for the hosts. Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) had 14 points in the win. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) responded with 16 points for Jordan. Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83) had 12 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Lu Cheng-Ju 16, Tsai Wen-Cheng 14, Tseng Wen-Ting 13
Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 16, Wesam Al-Sous 12


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Taipei - Jul 8, 2013

Egypt - Japan 64:59
Egypt celebrated the second consecutive victory at the William Jones Cup. They held off Japan in Taipei for 2-1 record. Japan slipped at 0-3 record at the start. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) stepped up with 20 points and 5 steals to lead the African team.
Egypt eked out a 24:21 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Egypt arrived at halftime up by five points 38:33. The African team kept Japan at distance throughout the third term. Egypt piled up a 7-point lead heading into the fourth period. Japan tried to turn things around in the fourth quarter but came up short at the end. Mouhanad El Sabbagh (182-PG-88) chipped in 13 points, while Ramy Abdalla (185-G-81) added 10 poitns for the winners. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) responded with 14 points and 9 boards for Japan. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) had 13 points in the loss.

Egypt: Ibrahim El Gamal 20, Mouhanad El Sabbagh 13, Ramy Abdalla 10
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 14, Kosuke Kanamaru 13

Iran - Taiwan B 77:64
Iran claimed the second consecutive win at the William Jones Cup. They overcame Taiwanese B National Team to gain 2-0 record. Taiwan B fell at 1-2 record. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) posted 17 points and 10 boards for the winning side.
Iran eked out an 18:16 lead after the starting quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Iran accumulated a 38:31 halftime lead. Taiwan cut the deficit in the third term. The hosts got within 3 points at the final intermission. But Iran reacted with a 25-point outburst in the fourth stanza to seal the victory. Mohammad Jamshidi (199-SF-91) netted 15 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88) had 11 points and 11 boards in the win. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) answered with 12 points for Taiwan. Kuo-Wei Lai netted 18 points in the losing case.

Iran: Asghar Kardoust 17+10 boards, Mohammad Jamshidi 15, Rouzbeh Arghavan 11+11 boards
Taiwan B: Kuo-Wei Lai 18, Liu Cheng 12

South Korea - USA 85:79
South Korea kept their record perfect at the William Jones Cup. They held off the USA for the third consecutive victory. Kim Sun-Hyung (187-G-88) nailed 14 points to lead the winners. The USA fell at 0-2 record at the tourney.
The Korean team eked out a 17:14 lead at the first break. The Asian team cleared off in the second frame. South Korea piled up a 41:29 halftime lead. The Korean team stayed aggressive throughout the third term. They knocked down 25 points in the quarter to secure a 13-point lead at the final intermission. The USA poured in 26 points in the fourth period but just narrowed the gap at the end. Seung-Jun Lee nailed 13 points, while Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) added 12 points for the winners. Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the USA. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) and Ed Horton (190-G-85, college: Murray St.) provided 14 points each in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Sun-Hyung 14, Seung-Jun Lee 13, Cho Sung-Min 12
USA: Haywood Owens 16, Curtis Marshall 14, Ed Horton 14

Taiwan - Lebanon 63:83
Lebanon gained the second win at the William Jones Cup. They upset the hosts to catch up with Taiwan at 2-1 record in the ladder. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) nailed 18 points to pace the charge.
Taiwan led by two points after ten minutes of action 19:17. But Lebanon turned things around in the second frame. The visitors sparked with a 23:8 rally to build a 40:27 halftime lead. The tempo grew higher in the third period. The teams traded baskets as Lebanon ensured a 13-point cushion before the final period. Lebanon unloaded 20 points in the fourth frame to seal the win. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83) had 12 points, while Mohammed Ibrahim (196-G-83), Ali Haidar (201-F-90, college: Michigan Tech) and Amir Saoud (187-G-91) netted 11 points each in the victory. Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Taiwan. Hsun-Chuang Tsung (191-F) tossed in 15 points in the losing effort.

Taiwan: Davis Quincy 23, Hsun-Chuang Tsung 15
Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 18, Ali Mahmoud 12, Mohammed Ibrahim 11, Ali Haidar 11, Amir Saoud 11


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Taipei - Jul 7, 2013

Egypt - Jordan 89:65
Egypt recorded the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. They overcame Jordan for 1-1 record. Haytham Kamal (207-C/F-87) came up with 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners. Jordan slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Egypt raced to a 25:13 lead after the opening quarter. Jordan slowed the African team in the second period. The Asian team cut the deficit at 11-point mark at the interval 37:26. But Egypt were back in the drivers seat in the third term. They triggered a 24:13 run to open a 20-point advantage before the fourth frame. Jordan conceded 28 points in the final period and had to yield at the end. Sherif Gindy (181-PG-93) netted 18 points, while Mohamed Ellethi tossed in 15 points for the winners. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) responded with 19 points for Jordan. Wesam Al-Sous (187-PG-83) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Egypt: Haytham Kamal 23+15 boards, Sherif Gindy 18, Mohamed Ellethi 15
Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 19, Wesam Al-Sous 15

Lebanon - Japan 79:72
Lebanon gained the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. They held off Japan for 1-1 record. Jean Abdel Nour (198-G/F-83) stepped up with 21 points to lead the Lebanese team. Japan slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Lebanon eked out a 23:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Japan did not allow their opponents to clear off in the second frame. Japan narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval. Lebanon stretched their lead in the third stanza. They held Japan to 12 points to take a 5-point advantage into the fourth frame. Lebanon maintained the lead throughout the final term and sealed the winning outcome. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) notched 18 points, while Elie Estephane (193-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) added 13 points for the winners. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) responded with 19 points and 14 boards for Japan. Daisuke Noguchi (196-F-83) contributed 14 points in the losing effort.

Lebanon: Jean Abdel Nour 21, Fadi Khatib 18, Elie Estephane 13
Japan: Kosuke Takeuchi 19+14 boards, Daisuke Noguchi 14

Taiwan - USA 89:84
Taiwan registered the second consecutive victory at the start of the 2013 William Jones Cup. The hosts shot down the USA selection tonight. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) nailed game-high 30 points to pace the winners.
The North American team led by one point after the starting quarter 23:22. But Taiwan adjusted defensively in the second frame. They held the USA to 13 points to ensure a 42:36 halftime lead. The home side maintained the lead throughout the third period. Taiwan enjoyed a 63:57 advantage heading into the fourth frame. The USA exploded with 27 points in the fourth term but Taiwan withheld the challenge to escape with the victory. Hsun-Chuang Tsung (191-F) nailed 14 points and collected 14 boards, while Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane) added 11 points and 11 boards for the winners. Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the USA. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Cincinnati) had 23 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Lin Chih-Chieh 30, Hsun-Chuang Tsung 14+14 boards, Davis Quincy 11+11 boards
USA: Curtis Marshall 24, Eric Hicks 23+14 boards

Taiwan B South Korea 60:81
South Korea recorded the second win a row at the start of the William Jones Cup. They knocked down Taiwanese B National Team to remain perfect. Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) provided 18 points to lead the Korean side. Taiwan B slipped at 1-1 record.
South Korea gained an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. The Korean team exploded with 26 points in the second frame to boost the gap. They established a 44:27 halftime advantage. Taiwan shifted the gear in the third term. They dropped 24 points to cut the deficit at 13-point mark. But South Korea answered with a 17:9 run in the final period to claim the victory. Seung-Jun Lee nailed 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91) added 10 points for the winners. Chou Po-Chen (196-SG-90) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Taiwan. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Taiwan B: Chou Po-Chen 15+10 boards, Liu Cheng 13
South Korea: Cho Sung-Min 18, Seung-Jun Lee 17, Kim Jong-Kyu 10


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Taipei - Jul 6, 2013

Taiwan B - Lebanon 70:66
Taiwanese B National Team opened their 2013 William Jones Cup campaign with victory. They held off Lebanon in the opener. Liu Cheng (192-F-90) nailed 20 points to pace the winners.
Taiwan eked out a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The hosts kept Lebanon at distance throughout the second frame. Taiwan secured a 35:30 halftime lead. Lebanon however picked up the tempo in the third term. They adjusted offensively and erased the deficit. The teams were tied at 54-all heading into the fourth frame. Taiwan limited Lebanon to 12 points in the final ten minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Chang Chia-Jung (194-F-88) knocked down 18 points for the winners. Chou Po-Chen (196-SG-90) had 10 points in the victory. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) responded with 20 points and 7 boards for Lebanon. Jean Abdel Nour (198-G/F-83) added 14 points in the loss.

Taiwan B: Liu Cheng 20, Chang Chia-Jung 18, Chou Po-Chen 10
Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 20, Jean Abdel Nour 14

South Korea - Egypt 80:63
South Korea opened win count at the William Jones Cup. They shot down Egypt to improve at 1-0 record. Kim Sun-Hyung (187-G-88) led balanced effort with 17 points.
South Korea unloaded 25 points in the opening frame but Egypt stayed close. The Asian team led by just two points at the first break. The Korean team pulled ahead in the second stanza. They established a 43:32 halftime advantage. South Korea extended the lead in the third period. They held Egypt to 13 points and posted a 16-point lead into the fourth frame. The Asian team maintained the lead throughout the final quarter and raced to the victory at the end. Kim Mingoo (189-G-91), Seung-Jun Lee and Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) accounted for 11 points each in the win. Ibrahim Abou Khadra (187-G-88) answered with 20 points and 18 rebounds for Egypt. Ibrahim El Gamal (188-G-88) netted 12 points in the loss.

South Korea: Kim Sun-Hyung 17, Kim Mingoo 11, Seung Jun Lee 11, Kim Joo-Sung 11
Egypt: Ibrahim Abou Khadra 20+18 boards, Ibrahim El Gamal 12

Iran - Jordan 64:57
Iran opened the William Jones Cup with a tough win over Jordan. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) and Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) netted 15 points each to lead the winners.
Iran got to a confident start. They stayed aggressive defensively in the first half. Iran posted a 17:11 lead after the opening frame. Iran stretched the lead in the second frame. They registered a 35:25 halftime advantage. Jordan came back right into the contest in the third term. They picked up the tempo pouring 25 points. Jordan cut the deficit to a single point with ten minutes to go. But Iran responded with a 14:8 run in the fourth frame to secure the victory. Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-F-83) posted 9 points for the winning side. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Florida) responded with 23 points for Jordan. Ahmad Al-Dwairi (209-C/F-93) chipped in 8 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 15, Mahdi Kamrani 15, Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 9
Jordan: Jimmy Baxter 23, Ahmad Al-Dwairi 8

Taiwan - Japan 70:62
Taiwan registered the first win at the 2013 William Jones Cup. The hosts shot down Japan behind 18 points and 12 boards from Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Tulane).
The hosts got to a brisk start. They nailed 22 points in the opening frame to gain a 10-point lead. Japan stiffened defensively in the second quarter. The visitors held Taiwan to 9 points in the next ten minutes to cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the interval 31:25. However Taiwan picked up the tempo in the third term. They maintained the lead throughout the stanza and entered the final quarter up by 8 points 51:43. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter but Taiwan did not allow their opponents to challenge their advantage. Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) netted 13 points, while Tsai Wen-Cheng (190-G/F-85) and Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84) contributed 8 points each for the winners. Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) responded with 15 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) netted 14 points and pulled down 9 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Davis Quincy 18+12 boards, Lin Chih-Chieh 13, Tsai Wen-Cheng 8, Tseng Wen-Ting 8
Japan: Keijuro Matsui 15, Kosuke Takeuchi 14



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