FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup Recap Day 3: Lebanon Perfect in Forfeit, Kazakhstan, Philippines & Taipei 2 for 3

Posted: 10/08/2010 by Joe in A Bit of Basketball
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Since the opener of the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup, a lot of things have changed. All teams who lost their debuts haven’t lost since, such as the Philippines and Chinese Taipei, while other teams won their first games and are still winning, Lebanon and Kazakhstan.

The hosts Lebanon remained perfect in the competition, and did not need to break a sweat as Syria refused to play the game, hence losing its third game in a row while giving the Lebanese their second win with a score of 20-0. However, the Syrian team will be punished for this as they will not receive the group point that the team gets if defeated, hence making its chances to qualify very difficult, with its last game against defending champs Jordan, also winless until now.

Day 3 started in a very exciting way with an exciting game with a come-from-behind 86-77 win for the Chinese Taipei over Iraq. The Chinese Taipei started the first half strong and finished the first half leading by 11 points. Yet the Iraqi team wouldn’t sit quiet, and proved that despite their 23 year absence, they can play any team and went on 30-7 quarter, ending it with a 23-0 run. Yet it seemed the Iraqi team ran out of gas and could no longer run, as a solid effort by Mohammad Majdi, 27 points and 10 rebounds, was not enough to keep Iraq on top, leaving Taipei to come back into the game for once and for all and win their second game in three tries. Chen Shih-nien led an excellent team effort for the Taipei with 16 points, with Chien Chia-hung having a good all-around game with 14 points, 8 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds. The Chinese Taipei will be facing Iran on the last day of group play while Iraq will play Iran tomorrow.

Kazakhstan achieved its second straight win in the tournament by surprisingly defeating Iran 80 -67. Kazakhstan was in control from the beginning and never let go, with the lead reaching as much as 22 points. Dmitry Gavrilov was once again The Man for Kazakhstan, leading them with 22 points and 11 rebounds with the help of Vassily Savchenko’s 20 points. Iran, fielding their reserve team as they get ready for the World Cup, were led by Mohammad Hassanzadeh’s 20 points in a losing effort.

In a game that was changing hands frequently, the Philippines proved that their first win wasn’t a fluke as they came back from a not-so-good first half to beat the defending champs Jordan, handing them their second loss 75-71. Marnel Baracel led the Philippines with 16 points, with help form his teammates, Pauliasi Taulava’s 13 points and 12 rebounds and Christopher Tiu’s 13 points while Rashem Wright had 17 points for the Jordanians in the loss.

Sorry for the late post. Due to personal reasons, it had to come out a bit late. Cheers 🙂

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