Friday’s Group F results
· Qatar bt Chinese Taipei 72-70
· Japan bt Philippines 60-58
· Iran bt India 78-63
Ch. Taipei 1-2
GUANGZHOU, China (2010 Asian Games): Japan and Qatar scored thrilling wins over fancied rivals as FIBA Asia Champions Iran had another day in office against India in Group F of the men’s basketball competition of the 16th Asian Games on Friday.
Japan’s win against the spirited Philippines gave them their third win from as many games in this Group of Death, while Qatar and Iran shrugged off their defeat in the previous outings to move to 2-1.
Seasoned campaigner Daoud Musa’s 3/4 in free-throws in the dying moments did the trick for Qatar.
Musa (pic above) eventually ended up with a 15-point game as did another veteran Yaseen Ismail, the latter also collecting a dozen rebounds.
Targuy Ngombo led Qatar’s scoring with 23 points, and also collected 11 rebounds.
Lu Cheng Ju’s 23 points was the highest for Taipei.
“It was tough. They were quick and fast,” Ismail said.
“They were good at shooting from the outside. The last few minutes made the turning point. We did our best to stop their outside shooting. We defended their attack well,” he added.
Ishizaki lead Japanese march
Japan played a clinical game and eventually eked out the crucial win against the speedy Philippines.
For the second game running, Takumi Iszhizaki was the highest scorer for Tim Wisman’s team with 16 points.
Kosuke Takeuchi the only other Japanese to score in double-digits also returned a double-double – scoring 11 points and collecting as many rebounds.
Marcio Lassiter was Philippines’ highest scorer with 13 points and Kelly Williams