FIBA Asia Championship: Day two roundup

Naveen Ganglani

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FIBA Asia Championship: Day two roundup
Iran, Japan, China and Kazakhstan picked up wins on day two

Hamed Haddadi of Iran throws down a jam against India. Photo from

MANILA, Philippines – Two days have gone by in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship held in Changsha, China. While Gilas’ victory over Hong Kong was the highlight of the day, there were other matches as well that affected the tournament’s overall landscape.

Here are the other results: 

Iran 88 – 66 India

The defending champions of the tourney improved to 2-0 following a blowout victory over India, who fell to 1-1. Mohammad Hassanzadeh Saberi led the winning side with 18 points and 4 boards, while Amjyot Singh accounted for 26 points and 9 boards for the Indians. 

Japan 119 – 48 Malaysia 

The Japanese won their first game of the FIBA Asia Championship following a dominant showing against. Keijuro Matsui was great for Japan, finishing with 25 points and 4 boards while Malaysia, now 0-2, received 7 points and 6 boars from Lok Seng Mak.

Chinese Taipei 73 – 84 Kazakhstan

Philippines’ rivals Chinese Taipei dropped to 0-2 in the tournament after losing to Kazakhstan, who’s now 1-1. Cheng Liu led the Taiwanese with 21 points and 8 boards while Anton Ponomarev put up 18 points, 14 boards, and 5 steals for the winners.

China 76 – 73 Korea


The Koreans led by as much as 20 before a pair of free throws with seconds to go sealed victory. China is now 2-0 in Group C while Korea drops to 1-1. Zhou Qi led China with 21 points.

Palestine 90 – 69 Kuwait 

A day after slaying FIBA Asia powerhouse Philippines, Palestine remained undefeated in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship with a dominant 90-69 win over Kuwait. Once again spearheading the winning side was Jamal Abu Shamala, who registered 21 points and 6 boards. Sani Sakakini also played well with 25 points and 8 boards. 

Kuwait, now 0-2, was led by Hamad Hasan’s 19 points and 6 boards. They face Gilas on Friday, September 25. 

Jordan 98 – 68 Singapore

Jordan improved to 1-1 in the tournament following a dominant 30-point, 98-68 win over Singapore, who falls to 0-2. Zaid Abbas led the way for the winning side with 15 points and 7 boards, while Shengyu Lim put up 19 points and 4 rebounds for the losing side. 

Qatar 105 – 100 Lebanon

In the most exciting contest of day two, Qatar held off Lebanon after two overtimes, 105-100, to improve to 2-0 in the FIBA Asia tournament. Clinton Johnson led the winning side with 31 point and 7 boards, while Lebanon, who falls to 1-1, received 24 points and 11 boards from Mohamad Ali Haidar.


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