The semifinals of the 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championships will feature 3 East Asian teams and a lone representative from the South East Asia. Traditional powerhouses China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines make up the Final 4. The final 4 teams are the teams that dominated Asian basketball before the emergence of the Middle East basketball powers. Iran was supposed to figure well in the competition but they were absent this year. Here is how the quarterfinal matches went:
Japan 71 – 52 Lebanon
Japan used a 25-8 first quarter to vault them to the semifinals. Reliable big man Yusei Sugiura led the scoring for the boys from the Land of the Rising Sun with 24 points. The physical Sugiura will now have a chance to bang bodies with China’s Zhou Qi. Japan’s tempo was too much for the Lebanese as the taller squad from the Middle East was left panting and trailing big early. Daiki Kaneko played 40 minutes and score 16 behind a 4/7 shooting from the 3-point land. Jimmy Salem was the lone bright star for Lebanon as he finished with 24 points.
China 100 – 19 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
China gave Saudi Arabia a sound beating with a 100-19 domination of their quarterfinal match. 5 Chinese players scored in double figures led by Heng Yifeng. Star player Zhou Qi played just 10 minutes and finished with 8 points. The Group E top seeds held the Saudis to 2 points in the 2nd quarter. The halftime score was 53-7. China will battle Japan for a spot in the finals and a slot to the 2011 FIBA U17 Championships.
Korea 107 – 48 Indonesia
Indonesia was toe to toe with Korea and the first 5 minutes of the game as they just trail by 2 at 4-6. Korea found its bearing at the later part of the first period as they capped the quarter with 13-0 run to lead 19-4. From there, the South Koreans just coasted for an easy 107-48 victory. The blowout gave coach Kim Dongsoo a chance to rest their starters and gave the second stringers a chance to build their confidence going to the more important and challenging games in the tournament. Substitute Shin Mincheol led the scoring 22 points along with 2 three-point baskets. Starter Kim Gookchan had 17. Taufik Ramadhan’s 13 points led the Indons.
Philippines 82 – 69 Iraq
Just like the previous games, the SEABA U16 champions Philippines just needed a strong first period to win against its opponent. This game however tested their resolve as the WABA U16 champions Iraq threatened to steal the game midway in the final period. The Philippines opened the game with a 13-2 lead before settling for a 30-9 lead after the first quarter. Iran slowly ate up the lead as it was down to 17 at halftime and to 10 at the end of the 3rd period. Iran made a run early in the 4th canto to cut the lead to just six, 60-66. The Philippines, however, held on with the help of clutch hits from Henry Asilum. Iraq ran out of time as they were forced to foul to stop clock and Philippines made enough free throw despite shooting a horrendous 15 for 32 from the charity stripe. Michael Jay Javelosa led 3 other Filipinos in double figures. Ahmed Razzaq led the Iraqis with a game high 20 points propelled big 6 long range bombs. Razzaq made 6 of the 9 3-point shots by Iraq. The other 3 were made by Karrar Hamzah who finished with 19. The Philippines’ victory set them up to a mouth-watering match against long-time rivals Korea. Quarter by Quarter details
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