2016 #FIBAAsiaU18 Roundup - Day 1

Josh Sinclair (PHL)
Batang Gilas faltered in their opening game, succumbing to sweet-shooting Taiwan, 88-74. Our boys will try to bounce back on Day 2 against dangerous Iraq.

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A big third quarter was enough for Korea to roll to a Day 1 victory over Japan, while hosts Iran and the other favourites eased to comfortable wins as the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship tipped off. 


Korea led 37-29 at half time but then out-scored Japan 35-9 in the third quarter and eased to a 92-72 triumph in Group B. Shin Min-Suk nailed five three-pointers and tallied 24 points while Yang Jae-Min hit for 19 points and Han Seung-Hui chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

Shin Min-Suk (KOR)
The other two games in Group B saw blowouts. Hosts Iran blasted Indonesia, 106-40, as Mohammad Jafari collected 21 points and 9 nine rebounds to lead six players in double-figures. Lebanon, meanwhile, brushed aside Kazakhstan, 97-37, in the tournament opener, with Salim Alaaeddine scoring 23 points and Mark Alkhoury collecting 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Mohammad Jafari (IRI)
Naji Ozeir (LIB)


In Group A, Taiwan ended up breezing past Philippines, 88-74, as Kao Kuo-Hao and Ting Sheng-Ju both picked up 16 points and Tseng Hsiang-Chen had 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. 

Chen Yu-Wei (TPE)


The reigning champions China were never threatened in a 93-28 victory over Iraq with Liu Zeyi (16 points), Fan Ziming (14) and Wang Zixu (13) combining for 43 points while hitting 73 percent from the field.

Liu Zeyi (CHN)

The closest game of Day 1 was also the highest scoring one as India out-lasted Thailand 100-93. Sahil scored 25 points to go with 8 rebounds while Baladhaneshwar Poiyamozhi had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Vishal Kumar Gupta collected 16 points and 14 rebounds. Justin Bassey paced Thailand with 20 points in the loss.

Sahil (IND)

Box scores here:

Lebanon beat Kazakhstan, 97-37

China beat Iraq, 93-28

Korea beat Japan, 92-72

India beat Thailand, 100-93

Iran beat Indonesia, 106-40

Taiwan beat Philippines, 88-74


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