2014 FIBA Asia Cup Roundup: Day 5

Iran, Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines all advance to the
quarterfinals of the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup!

Day 5 of the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China saw Gilas Pilipinas barely survive a gutsy Jordan crew, while the mighty Iranians had to rally to beat a confident Indian quintet.

In the first game, India showed good form at the star, outscoring the reigning FIBA Asia champions, 20-13, in the first quarter behind the exploits of big man Amritpal Singh, who held his own against Iranian giant Hamed Haddadi with 6 points. Iran gained some ground and cut the deficit to just 3 points at the half, but it was clear that India wasn’t intimidated one bit by their WABA foes. Coach Memi Becirovic’s wards then put the pedal to the metal, opening things up in the third quarter before cruising to their third win in four games. The frontline duo of Haddadi and Arsalan Kazemi shone through here with a combined 29 points, 17 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 blocks. On the other end of the floor, athletic forward Amjyot Singh led the fight for India with 17 points, 5 boards, and 4 assists on 7/9 FG shooting. Iran books the second seed in Group A, while India advances as the fourth seed.

In game #2, Japan wasted no time dismantling Indonesia, 96-56. Behind the scoring punch of the Takeuchi twins, Team Hayabusa forged a 14-point lead in the first quarter that it would not relinquish throughout the game. Coach Kenji Hasegawa’s wards actually built on it even more and carried a commanding 32-point advantage heading to the break. The outcome was pretty much beyond doubt at that point, and all that was left to wonder was the final tally. In the end, Japan finished group play as Group A’s third seed, while the Indons saw themselves booted out of contention. Five Japanese finished in double-figures, led by 15 points each from Yusuke Okada, who drilled 4 triples, and 22-year-old Tenketsu Harimoto. Indonesia, meanwhile, got 13 points from Xaverius Prawiro, while half-Filipino Biboy Enguio tossed in 10 markers.

In the day’s third match, the Filipinos squandered an early double-digit lead and had to go through the wringer to beat the inspired Jordanians, 71-70. Gilas Pilipinas led by as many as 11 points early in the second quarter before hitting a dry spell and allowing Jordan to claw back into the game and tie the score at halftime. Al Nashama then took the initiative in the third period and looked like they might just spring an upset against the World-Cup-bound Pinoys, but big shots by Ranidel De Ocampo, Beau Belga, and Paul Lee doused the flames and restored order in the final frame. Jordan still had a golden chance to steal the victory in the end, though, but Wesam Al-Sous misfired on a potentially game-winning open three. Lee and De Ocampo combined for 30 points to pace Gilas, while big man Marcus Douthit rebounded form a scoreless outing against Singapore by dropping 13 points and 9 boards. Jordan, meanwhile, was led by Al-Sous’s 14 points while young center Ahmad Al-Dwairi impressed with a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double.

The nightcap featured a blowout win for Taiwan over Singapore, 86-65. The Taiwanese started strong here, erecting a 17-point bubble after the first ten minutes and then proceeded to coast the rest of the way, registering their second win in three contests. Taiwan finishes group play as Group B’s second seed, and it will go up against Japan in the crossover knockout quarterfinals. Despite its third straight defeat, Singapore also qualifies by default as the fourth seed, and it will face the hosts, China, in the next phase. Once again, the duo of Hanbin Ng and Wei Long Won starred for Singapore, scoring 17 and 16 points respectively. Taiwan, meanwhile, was led by Chang Jun-Hsuan, who drained 20 points in just 17 minutes of play. He shot 8/12 from the field. Lin Chih-Wei and Chen Ying-Chun also did well for Taiwan with 10 points apiece.

Here are the quarterfinal match-ups:

A1 vs B4: China vs. Singapore
B2 vs A3: Taiwan vs. Japan
B1 vs. A4: Philippines vs. India
A2 vs. B3: Iran vs. Jordan


Day 5:

IRAN over INDIA, 62-49
IRI 62 - Haddadi 16, Kazemi 13, Zangeneh 7, Mashayekhi 6, Jamshidi 6, Veisi 5, Yakhchali 5, Sahakian 4, Arghavan 0, Lalehzadeh 0, Kardoust 0
IND 49 - Singh Amj 17, Singh Amr 11, Bhriguvanshi 7, Singh Y 5, Singh J 3, Pari 3, Pethani 2, Singh P 1, Grewal 0, Mishra 0, Sivakumar 0, Brar 0
QS: 13-20, 26-29, 48-36, 62-49

Amritpal Singh had the hot hand in the first quarter.

Behnam Yakhchali goes up strong against India.

Saman Veisi has taken on primary PG chores for Iran.

JPN 96 - Okada 15, Harimoto 15, Ono 13, Takeuchi J 11, Ishizaki 10, Ota 9, Kikuchi 8, Takeuchi K 4, Tanaka 4, Hiejima 4, Shonaka 3
INA 59 - Prawiro 13, Enguio 10, Dhyaksa 8, Irman 8, Regowo 6, Sanjaya 4, Dimanik 2, Gerungan 2, Effendi 2, Ramadhani 2, Jati 2
QS: 25-11, 56-24, 80-39, 96-59

Daiki Tanaka pulls up against Indonesia.

Muhammad Irman tries to take a shot in traffic.

Ryumo Ono challenges Ferdinand Dimanik.

PHL 71 - Lee 16, De Ocampo 14, Douthit 13, Dillinger 9, Belga 7, Tenorio 4, David 4, Alas 2, Fajardo 2, Aguilar 0, Lanete 0, Washington 0
JOR 70 - Al-Sous 14, Al-Dwairi 13, Wright 11, Al-Awadi 9, Al-Hamarsheh 7, Hussein 7, Eid 7, Abu Ruqayah 2, Abdeen 0
QS: 17-12, 30-30, 49-52, 71-70

Jared Dillinger goes up in transition.

Marcus Douthit gets a slam against Ahmad Al-Dwairi.

Wesam Al-Sous goes hard to the basket.

TPE 86 - Chang 20, Chen Y 10, Lin 10, Chou 8, Peng 7, Hu 7, Liu 6, Lee 6, Lu 4, Chen K 4, Chen H 2, Davis 2
SIN 65 - Ng H 17, Wong 16, Oh 9, Lim 7, Goh 5, Ng J 5, Toh 2, Soo D 2, Ng S 2, Han 0, Soo P 0, Low 0
QS: 28-11, 44-31, 68-44, 86-65

Hanbin Ng rifles one from the perimeter.

Taiwanese big man Lee Te-Wei shows his range.

Lu Chi-Min is not fazed by the Singaporean D.

Unless otherwise specified, all images are from FIBA-Asia.

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