Iran asserts might over China in FIBA-Asia | Inquirer Sports

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By Celest R. Flores
MANILA, PhilippinesIran asserted its might on reigning titlist China, 70-51, on Saturday in the 27th FIBA-Asia men’s championship at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Iranians, who are undefeated at 3-0 in group C, were in control all throughout and doused any resistance put up by the Chinese in the second half.

China trimmed the lead to 11 a minute into the payoff period, but Iran countered with a 13-2 blast which stretched the lead to its biggest at 22.

“We played a very good game, but we made a lot of mistakes. But I’m still happy we won, the team came out with a lot of will to win and energy,” said head coach Mehmed Becirovic.

Iran, led by center Hamed Hadadi, forced China to earn its points from the stripe for an eight-minute stretch in the fourth quarter.

Hadadi led the Iranians with 15 points and seven rebounds. Oshin Sahakian and Hamed Afagh added 13 and 12, respectively.

China’s next field goal, Wang Ziellin’s fingeroll with 47.1 seconds to go after closing the gap at 43-54 with 9:10 in the game, hardly mattered as the Chinese were down by 20.

China’s main man Yi Jianlian, the MVP in the last FIBA-Asia, didn’t suit up.

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