Nha Trang City, Vietnam – The quarterfinal cast of the 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championships is complete after the last day of competitions in the second round. Here the results and recap of the games today:
The WABA U16 Champions Iraq got the final quarterfinal seat from Group E as they beat India and their boy giant Satnam Singh Bhamara, 72-64. After being down in the first quarter, Iraq outscored the South Asian representative 26-15 in the second quarter to take a 40-30 lead. They never looked back as they quelled repeated rallies by the motivated Indian five. Ahmed Razzaq and Karrar Hamzah both scored over 20 points to neutralize the 32 point effort by Bhamara. Bamara actually dominated the shaded lane as he finished with a 13/17 shooting. His efforts though at the charity line needs to improve as he only made 6 of 14 attempts. With better FT shooting, he could be unstoppable. With the loss, India is relegated to the consolation phase.
Taipei won the only no-bearing ball game of Day 6. Lebanon was assured of the 3rd spot of Group E regardless of the result. The victory still was important for Taipei as they are reeling from a pretty rough tournament. After trailing in the first half, Taipei unleashed their offense in the 3rd period outscoring Lebanon 22-14. Taipei was leading 53-48 going to the last 10 minutes of the game. They held on for the win as coach Joe Moujaes of Lebanon observed the lack of effort of his boys. The lackluster play cost them some momentum going to the quarterfinals. Lu Kuan-Shiuan was amazing as he scored 16 points in the 3rd quarter to finish with game high 24. Lebanon’s Gerard Hadidian was limited to 10 markers to lead Lebanon in scoring along with 2 players.
The battle of the undefeated teams of Group E ended in a rout in favor of China. Zhou Qi, touted as the future of Chinese basketball, took the game seriously as he dominated the inside to finish with 19 points. Overall, China had a 52% shooting compared to Korea’s 25%. The snipers of Korea were limited to 4 triples in the game. China even held Korea to 5 points in the second quarter to take a 38-15 halftime lead. Heng Yifeng and Liu Bo scored 11 and 10 respectively for the defending champions. Korea’s top gunner Heo Hoon was limited to 2 points. Kim Nakhyeon scored 13 to pace the lackluster effort by Korea in what some people dubbed as a finals preview. China is the top team in Group E after handling the first loss of its East Asian rivals.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 63 – 53 Vietnam
Hosts Vietnam were in a tight game for the second straight night only to falter at the endgame against Saudi Arabia. Vietnam was leading in the first 20 minutes at 34-31. The game was still tied at the end of the 3rd period before Saudi Arabia stepped on the pedals to outscore the host team 19-9 for the 10 point win. The Saudi U16 once again relied on their star Abdulaziz Sakar who finished with 32 points to clinch 4th place in Group F. Tu Nguyen Minh top scored with 18 markers for Vietnam, who were so close to getting their maiden victory in the tournament. They will have a chance in the consolation phase, while Saudi Arabia will advance to face Asian superpower China.
The 2-man tandem of Qatar had a spectacular effort only to fall short against a more balanced Indonesian team. Abdulrahman Saad (27) and Mohamed Abdelkawy (21) scored all but 6 of Qatar’s 54 point output. Their stellar performance was not enough to rally the surprising Indons. Indonesia were leading 34-25 at halftime before allowing Qatar to creep back into the game. They held a comfortable 53-44 advantage with less than 4 minutes left in the game. Saad suddenly strung up 7 straight points to cut the lead to 6 at 51-57 with 1:32 remaining in regulation. Indonesia failed to score in their next few possessions before conceding a 3-point basket from Abdelkawy with 32 seconds left, 57-54. Luckily, Qatar was not able to stop the clock or grab the rebound as Indonesia got the win and finish at 3rd place in Group F. The SEABA U16 runners-up were led by the 13 points of Hans Abraham with 3 other players scoring in double figures. They earned a date with Korea in the quarterfinals.
The final match of the night pitted the undefeated teams of Group F. The game was a nip and tuck affair from the get-go as Japan managed to grab a hairline lead, 22-21, after the first 10 minutes of play. The game was a close affair in the second period before the Philippines made a decisive 18-6 run after a 30-all deadlock. Skipper J-Jay Alejandro starred on that run with 10 points. That proved to be the turning point of the game as SEABA Champions Philippines doused every Japan rally in the second half. Alejandro topped the scoring with 34 points while Yusei Sugiura of Japan scored 30. With the win, the Philippines will face Iraq in the last 8 while Japan will play Lebanon.
Here is the final Round 2 Group Standings:
The teams will have a rest day tomorrow before resuming the competitions on Wednesday.
0900 Hrs: 9-12 Placings: India Vs. Vietnam
1100 Hrs: 9-12 Placings: Ch. Taipei Vs. Qatar
1300 Hrs: Quarterfinal 1: Japan Vs. Lebanon
1500 Hrs: Quarterfinal 2: Saudi Arabia Vs. China
1700 Hrs: Quarterfinal 3: Korea Vs. Indonesia
1900 Hrs: Quarterfinal 4: Iraq Vs. Philippines
All times Nha Trang Local (GMT +0700 Hrs)
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