Day 4 of the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup

Jeff Chan continued to find his range against the
overmatched Macanese.

After going through the wringer in its first two assignments, the Philippines ended their elimination round in a breeze, blasting Macau a day after dumping Uzbekistan. Matt Ganuelas Rosser continued to shine for Coach Chot Reyes, as the Fil-American from Cal Poly Pomona produced a near-triple-double line. In other games, China got its second win at the expense of the Uzbeks, Japan leaned on a strong second half to beat India, and Iran had to scramble to win against Taiwan.

Marcus Douthit sat out this match, but his teammates never needed him anyway. With Jeff Chan continuing to sizzle from long range, Jay-R Reyes holding his own down low, and Matt Rosser posting eye-popping numbers, the SMART-Gilas boys of Coach Chot Reyes coasted in their conquest of the Macanese. Chan converted 7 of his 11 field goals, including 4 triples, to lead all scorers with 18 points, while Jay-R Reyes ruled the paint with 12 markers and 9 boards. Rosser, for his part, scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and had 9 dimes for an incredible almost-triple-double performance. He’s been given the green light to make plays by Coach Chot, and the youngster has clearly made the most of his opportunities. Macau was led by the double-double performance of Lo Hip Meng, who ended up with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Matt Rosser and Lao Fu In battle for the rebound.

Gabe Norwood stuffs an alley-oop jam!
PHI 98 – Chan 18, Reyes 12, David 12, Dillinger 11, Rosser 11, Norwood 9, Tenorio 7, Thoss 6, Fonacier 6, De Ocampo 4, Villanueva 2
MAC 46 – Lao FI 14, Cheong 12, Lo 10, Cai 6, Lai 4, Wong 0, Iong KK 0, Iong NS 0
QS: 33-14, 55-33, 83-41, 98-46

JAPAN over INDIA, 90-72
Kosuke Kanamaru and JR Sakuragi continued to form a potent inside-outside pair as Japan bucked a tough challenge from the Indians to post their third win in as many games. Kanamaru, who plays for the Panasonic Trians in the Japanese pro league, rained 7 treys on India to finish with a game-high 26 points. Sakuragi and former Aisin Seahorses teammate Kosuke Takeuchi paired up for 28 points and 24 rebounds to win the battle in the paint, while NT veteran Ryota Sakurai manned the PG spot well with a dozen points, 3 dimes, and 3 steals. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi continued to be India’s best scoring option with 21 points, while the duo of Amritpal Singh and Rikin Pethani combined for 29 points and 29 rebounds for Coach Keshav Chansoria. India ends its campaign with a dismal 0-4 slate.

Rikin Pethani shoots over Sean Hinkley.

Ryota Sakurai and the Japanese have a
chance to top their group.

JPN 90 – Kanamaru 26, Sakuragi 18, Sakurai 12, Takeuchi 10, Furukawa 7, Watanabe 6, Ichioka 5, Tanaka 3, Kurihara 3, Hiejima 0, Ota 0, Nagayoshi 0
IND 72 – Bhriguvanshi 21, Pethani 16, Singh J 13, Singh Al 13, Grewal 9, Singh At 0, Philip 0, Singh Y 0
QS: 28-22, 44-41, 67-54, 90-72

IRAN over TAIWAN, 71-63
For the second straight game, Iran fell behind by double-digits at halftime, and for the second straight game, they rallied to win in the end. The Taiwanese posted a 10-point lead at the break, but they were outscored, 27-12, in the third period as the Iranians came back strong to remain undefeated in Group B action. Once again, the duo of Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and Hamed Afagh did the most damage for Coach Memi Becirovic. Bahrami and Afagh scored 24 and 13 points, respectively, while Oshin Sahakian and Rouzbeh Arghavan effectively manned the interior with a combined output of 13 points and 18 rebounds. Tien Lei led Taiwan with 17 points, while Tseng Wen-Ting tallied 11 markers and 10 boards. This was Taiwan’s second loss. The result of their match with Qatar on Day 4 decides who will be 3rd and 4th in their group going into the second round.

Amir Sedighi finally saw action on Day 3
for Team Iran.

Chen Shih-Chieh wiggles his way
to the basket.

IRI 71 – Bahrami 24, Afagh 13, Sahakian 7, Kardoust 6, Arghavan 6, Davoudi 5, Aslani 3, Jamshidi 3, Sedighi 2, Foroutan 2, Mashayekhi 0
TPE 63 – Tien 17, Tseng 11, Lee 8, Mao 8, Wu 6, Chen SC 6, Lin 4, Lu 3, Su 0, Chang 0, Chen HA 0, Creighton 0
QS: 17-20, 29-39, 56-51, 71-63

Guo Ailun sat out this match as Coach Fan Bin let most of his younger guys take over. They didn’t disappoint as the Chinese ran roughshod over the hapless Uzbeks. Fresh from losing to Lebanon, and facing the prospect of finishing third in Group A, China unleashed their fury on the unfortunate CABA representatives. Zhao Tailong and Duan Jiangpeng combined for 8 triples to finish with 20 and 17 points respectively, while Wang Zhelin unloaded 16 markers to go along with 9 rebounds. Wang Zirui and Yu Changdong rounded out the double-figure scorers for China with 14 and 12 points respectively. Only two guys finished in twin digits for Coach Oleg Levin – Aleksandr Kozlov with 11 points and Samender Juginisov with 10. China will next face the loser of the Iran-Japan match-up, while Uzbekistan will next play the winner of that same contest.

Zhao Tailong scored twenty big ones
to lead China past Uzbekistan.

Aleksandr Yahin tries a J over
Wang Zhelin of China.

CHN 107 – Zhao 20, Duan 17, Wang ZL 16, Wang ZR 14, Yu 12, Zhang 9, Wu 7, Sui 4, Cao F 4, Cao Y 4, Sun 0
UZB 47 – Kozlov 11, Juginisov 10, Denisov 7, Rahimov 4, Safarov 4, Tngrikulov 3, Nuraliev 3, Shatrov 3, Yahin 2, Nabiev 0, Timofeev 0, Kadirov 0
QS: 21-11, 52-19, 82-38, 107-47

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