Iran, Chinese Taipei shine in Round 2 openers
MANILA, Philippines -- What started out as a close contest turned into a rout as Qatar turned up the heat in the second half on their way to an emphatic 75-61 win over Jordan to open the second round of competitions in the 2013 FIBA Asia Men's Championship.
With their 3s falling, the Jordanians of coach Vangelis Alexandris kept within striking distance of Qatar in the first two quarters, which ended with Al Annabi slightly ahead, 42-38.
It was a very different story in the last two periods, though, as Jordan's guns fell silent and Qatar's players became more aggressive.
Led by Daoud Musa Daoud and former NBA player Jarvis Hayes, the Qataris of coach Tom Wisman outscored their WABA foes, 33-23, in the second half to up their second round slate to 3-0.
Jordan, meanwhile, fell to 0-3 in Group E.
Hayes and Daoud combined for 28 points to lead Qatar, while old-timer Yaseen Ismail Musa added 14 markers on top of 7 rebounds.
Former back-up PF Mohammad Hadrab continued to shine for Jordan with 16 points, while Wesam Al Sous added 14 markers. Jimmy Baxter, Jordan's naturalized swingman, shot just 5/17 from the field on his way to a dozen points.
Qatar (75) - Hayes 15, Musa 14, Daoud 13, Saeed 11, El Hadary 10, Ali 5, Yousef 3, Abdi 2, Abdullah Mo 2, Abdullah Ma 0
Jordan (61) - Hadrab 16, Al Sous 14, Baxter 12, Al Faraj 5, Zaghab 4, Abu Ruqayah 3, Hussein 3, AL Hamarsheh 2, Al Dwairi 2, Al Najjar 0, Abdeen 0
Quarters: 23-23, 42-38, 61-52, 75-61
Iran (102) - (58) India
Iran was never troubled in this encounter with the young India squad. The WABA champions rolled to their 4th win in as many games, playing well straight out of the gates and never letting up the pressure.
Once again, it was the terrific trio of Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, Hamed Haddadi, and Mahdi Kamrani that sparked the offensive charge for the Iranians as they raced to a commanding 29-point halftime lead. Those three hardly played in the second half as coach Memi Becirovic didn't really need them back anymore.
Afagh led the scoring for Iran with 16 points on the strength of 4 triples, while Hamed Sohrabnejad had 14 markers and 7 boards. For its part, India was paced by 15 points and 7 assists from Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, who shot just 3/17 from the field
Iran (102) - Afagh 16, Bahrami 15, Sohrabnejad 14, Haddadi 12, Kardoust 12, Kamrany 8, Davari 8, Jamshidi 7, Davoudi 7, Veisi 2, Arghavan 1, Sahakian 0
India (58) - Bhriguvanshi 15, Grewal 10, Singh Amj 10, Singh Amr 5, Singh P 5, Singh Y 4, Pethani 4, Singh J 3, Kaushik 2, Singh Arj 0, Bhamara 0
Quarters: 25-12, 51-22, 78-39, 102-58
Chinese Taipei (94) - (55) Hong Kong
Somehow, Hong Kong was able to hang tough against the undefeated Taiwanese in the first quarter, but they just couldn't sustain it throughout the rest of the game.
Banking on its bench, Chinese-Taipei cruised to win #4 in the tournament, and upped their Group E standing to 3-0 before facing a very dangerous Japan squad tomorrow. Back-up PG Chen Shih-Chieh led TPE with 13 points on 4/5 FG shooting, while Tien Lei continued his hot shooting with 12 points.
As a team, Taiwan shot 58% from the floor and 52% from beyond the arc. They also outrebounded HKG, 40-34, and doubled up on their EABA rivals' assists, 24-12. Fong Shing Yee was the only bright spot for Hong Kong with 13 markers. They take on the Jordanians tomorrow in a battle of winless Group E teams.
Chinese Taipei (94) - Chen 13, Tien 12, Lu 11, Creighton 11, Yang 10, Davis 9, Hung 7, Chou 7, Tsai 6, Lin 6, Tseng 2
Hong Kong (55) - Fong 13, Chan Y 9, Reid 9, Lee 5, Li 4, Lau 4, Lam 3, Lau Ts 3, Chan S 3, Wong 2
Quarters: 19-19, 43-32, 74-43, 94-55 - Rappler.com