2014 FIBA Asia U18 Championships: Day Two

The Philippines opened Day 2 of the 2014 FIBA Asia U18 Championships with a big blowout victory over Jordan. China, Iran, Japan, and Taiwan, meanwhile, also registered impressive triumphs.

Action continued to heat up as the favorites continued to
roll in the 2014 FIBA Asia U18 Tournament.


Day Two:

Radge Tongco caught fire in this one, making 11 of his 17 field goals to finish with a game-high 24 points. Los Angeles-based Kobe Paras, for his part, anchored the middle for Batang Gilas with 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Andrei Caracut, Paul Desiderio, and Renzo Mosqueda all scored in double-figures to backstop Tongco and Paras. On the other end, Khaled Abu-Aboud had 11 points and 22 rebounds in 35 minutes for Jordan, while Mohammad Al-Abet Al-Lat put in 21 markers and 9 boards. Both of these teams automatically move to the second round.  
World U18 3x3 Slam Dunk Champion
Kobe Paras gets up against Jordan.

Yazeed Hijazi challenges Paul Desiderio's defense.

INDIA over MALAYSIA, 73-64
Malaysia started this game strong, but India played better in the latter three periods to prevail. Gurvinder Gill paced India with 24 points, 17 rebounds, and 3 blocks while Mahipal Singh tossed in 22 markers in support. The Indians won the battle of the boards, 45-37, and outscored the Malaysians in the paint, 46-28. Yo Hou Wong was the lone double-figure scorer for the losing side with 17 points. India bounces back from its opening day loss, while Malaysia sinks to 0-2.

Gurvinder Gill goes up strong for India.

Yo Hou Wong snipes for Malaysia.

JAPAN over HONG KONG, 96-71
The Japanese led from start to finish in dominating fellow East Asian team Hong Kong. Shooting guard Taichi Aoki did pretty much everything in this one, scoring 19 points, hauling down 14 rebounds, and shooting 7/11 from the floor. Playmaker Shota Tsuyama backed him up effectively with 18 markers on the strength of 2 triples. 6’7 center Taiga Watanabe played just 11 minutes and tallied a dozen points, while star wingman Ryogo Sumino didn’t even need to play. Hong Kong, meanwhile, got a combined 42 points from Ka Chung On and Wai Hang Yip.

Shota Tsuyama lays it in against Hong Kong.

Wai Hang Yip tries the undergoal stab against Japan.

IRAN over KUWAIT, 132-43
Iran opened its account in this tournament with an intimidating 89-point win over a clearly overmatched Kuwaiti squad. Team Melli outscored Kuwait, 33-10, in the first period and never looked back, leaning on the 20 points and 9 steals of Abdul Sammad Soroodi to lead the way. Ali Reza Ghamari and Ali Allah Verdi dropped 22 and 18 points respectively to underscore the Iranians’ unperturbed dominance. As for Kuwait, Sultan Al-Mutairi was the only one to score in double-figures with a dozen markers.

Abdolsamadd Soroodi takes it strong to the basket.

Mohammad Jawhar breaks away from the Iranian D.

CHINA over QATAR, 89-18
China was pure fury here, never letting the hosts score more than 6 points in any one quarter. Coach Fan Bin’s wards let from the get-go and were relentless in churning out this statement game. Zuo Zhennian reeled in a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds in 22 minutes, while Zou Yuchen added 14 markers, 11 boards, and 2 blocked shots. China put the shackles on Abdulrahman Saad, who netter 40 points in Qatar’s first game but managed only 3 points on 1/13 FG shooting here.

Abdelrahman Abdelhaleem gets into trouble around the hole.

Zuo Zhennian led the Chinese assault on the hosts.

TAIWAN over IRAQ, 122-61
With 6’2 Sun Yung-Cheng asserting his dominance from the perimeter and 6’5 Ke Yen-Chen effectively patrolling the paint, Taiwan had an easy time routing Iraw. Sun had 22 points in 8/15 FG shooting while Ke grabbed 15 rebounds in just 14 minutes of action. Lee Kuan-Yi also impressed with three treys on his way to 18 markers. 6’1 Abdullah Al-Bayati was the best Iraqi player here with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocked shots.

Hassan Al-Zubaidi shows some air time.

Sun Szu-Yao goes for the easy twinner versus Iraq.

Images are from FIBA Asia.

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