The 5th day competitions here in Nha Trang City, Vietnam were marked by 2 exciting games that went to extra periods. The top teams remain undefeated but there is a tremendous competition for the final quarterfinal spots. Here are the results of Day 2 of the 2nd round of the 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championships:
Lebanon 42 – 88 China
Big man Zhou Qi scored 16 points to lead 4 other Chinese youth players in double figures in routing the high-scoring Lebanon. Lebanon had a hard time coping with the size of China as only Jimmy Salem scored in double figures with 14. Gerald Hadidian had an anemic 4 point effort despite being on court for 35 minutes. China zoomed to a 22-5 first quarter lead and never looked back.
Iraq 78 – 73 (OT) Chinese-Taipei
Iraq finally broke out of its slump as they barely beat a pesky Chinese-Taipei team. Iraq was leading the whole game and they were leading by 8, 63-55, after Ahmed Razzaq scored with 4:55 left in the 4th period. Taipei unleashed a 12-4 blitz capped by a field goal by Lu Kuan-Shiuan with 7 seconds left in the clock to bring the game to overtime. In overtime, Taipei was able to grab the lead at 71-70 after a Wang I-Fan free throw. Iran though closed the game with an 8-2 run for the win. Ismael Ismael started the rally before Farid Mahdi made enough free throws to seal the game. Karrar Hamzah paced the winners with 24 points. He got supported by Mahdi and Ismael who finished with 19 and 14 respectively. Taipei was led by the 15 points of Pan Siang-Ting.
Korea 76 -68 India
India almost gave Korea its first loss in the tournament as they led by halftime and were toe to toe with East Asian powers at the end of the 3rd period. Korea suddenly woke up an unleashed a 19-10 run at the start of the final period to win the game. Heo Hoon, who was supposed to be rested in the game due to an ankle injury, made a gallant effort to lead Korea with 31 bug points. He was outscored by Indian behemoth Satnam Bhamara who finished with 41 but Korea managed to remain undefeated in the tournament so far. Kim Gookchan backstopped Heo with 18 points. Korea will next face China to determine the top seed for Group E.
Vietnam 66 – 69 Qatar
The hosts Vietnam lost to a heartbreaker against Qatar. It took 45 minutes before Qatar vanquished the fighting Vietnamese squad. The match was see-saw battle all throughout as both winless teams took turns in taking the lead. Vietnam was down by 5, 47-52, with 6:12 left after Mohamed Abdelkawy made a shot beyond the arc. They made 9-4 wind up to bring the game to extra period at 56-all. Thong Nguyen Duy had 4 points to start the run while Jason Tran completed the comeback by making a shot with 19 seconds to tie the game. Mohammed Dawoud conspired with Abdelkawy to take control of the overtime period and give the win to Qatar. Abdelkaway finished the game with 30 points for the winners while Tran was Vietnam’s leading scorer with 23.
Indonesia 46 – 77 Japan
Japan outscored Indonesia by 31 points in the middle quarters to win its 5th straight game in the tournament. Indonesia’s record fell to 2-2. Taishei Shirato paced Japan with 21 points behind 4 three-pointers. Hans Abraham was the scoring leader for the Indons with 13 markers.
Philippines 100 – 42 Saudi Arabia
The Philippine Youth team won their 4th straight game by strolling past Saudi Arabia. All 11 players fielded played at least 11 minutes and scored at least a basket. Rashleigh Paolo Rivero scored 17 points for the Philippines. Henry Asilum, Jordan Heading, and Rev Diputado also finished in double digits. Saudi was lead by Abdulazis Sakar’s 11.
The final second round games will be played today as the teams will be battling for slots and positioning in the quarterfinal round. There will be 2 games pitting undefeated teams.
Standings after Day 2 of the second round:
- 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championships: 2nd Round Day 1 Recap, Philippines win big again (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- Energen Pilipinas beats Qatar 107-28; Diputado scores 14 (cebulive.wordpress.com)
- 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championships Day 3: China, Korea, Japan, and Philippines are undefeated after the first round (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship: Philippines toys with host Vietnam, Asilum plays most minutes (cebulive.wordpress.com)