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Basketball: Iran beat China to top Group C at FIBA Asia Championship

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August 3, 2013: Iran (pictured) beat defending champions China 70-51 at the Mall of Asia Arena to finish top of a competitive Pool C at the FIBA Asia Championship in Manila.

 

Iran, champions in 2007 and 2009, had crushed Malaysia on the first day and then beat Korea on Friday, a day after the Koreans had shocked China on the tournament’s opening day.

 

Iran then completed a clean sweep against a China side missing ailing star Yi Jianlian. Iran started well, taking a 26-15 lead in the first quarter before finishing the half with a 41-24 edge.

 

China looked to make a move in the second half, cutting the deficit to just 13 points heading into the final period, but Iran opened the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run to prevent any comeback and seal an impressive victory.

 

Iran, Korea and China will now move into Group F with the top three teams from Group D – Lazakhstan, Bahrain and India. Malaysia and Thailand finished bottom of pools C and D respectively, so are knocked out.

 

Meanwhile, Qatar beat Hong Kong to top 87-64 to top Pool B. Qatar, Japan and third-placed Hong Kong all progress to Group E as the only three teams in their group.

 

In Pool A, Chinese Taipei edged hosts the Philippines 84-79 in a thrilling encounter on Saturday evening to top the group with three wins. Saudi Arabia were playing Jordan in a late match.

 

Photo: FIBA Asia / Nuki Sabio

 

2013 FIBA Asia Championship, Manila, Philippines

 

Group A

August 1: Jordan 87-91 Chinese Taipei

August 1: Saudi Arabia 66-78 Philippines

August 2: Chinese Taipei 90-67 Saudi Arabia

August 2: Jordan 71-77 Philippines

August 3: Philippines 79-84 Chinese Taipei

August 3: Saudi Arabia v Jordan

 

Group B

August 1: Japan 74-75 Qatar

August 2: Japan 76-59 Hong Kong

August 3: Hong Kong 64-87 Qatar

 

Group C

August 1: Iran 115-25 Malaysia

August 1: China 59-63

August 2: China 113-22 Malaysia

August 2: Korea 65-76 Iran

August 3: Malaysia 58-80 Korea

August 3: Iran 70-51 China

 

Group D

August 1: India 80-82 Bahrain

August 1: Kazakhstan 81-67 Thailand

August 2: Kazakhstan 79-76 (OT) Bahrain

August 2: Thailand 65-89 India

August 3: India 67-80 Kazakhstan

August 3: Bahrain 86-62 Thailand

 

Group E (A+B): August 5-7

 

Group F (C+D): August 5-7

 

Quarter-finals: August 9

 

Semi-finals (1-4, 5-8): August 10

 

Final playoffs: August 11

 

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