FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup Recap Day 6: Lebanon Sweeps in Preparation for Rematch with Phillipines, Japan Lone Qualifier of Group A in Semis & will Face Qatar

Posted: 14/08/2010 by Joe in A Bit of Basketball

In the quarterfinals of the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup taking place in Ghazeer, Lebanon, the Lebanese national team once again showed who’s boss on the court by ending the first quarter on a 30-0 run, eventually beating the young Kazakhstan 101-57. It will play in a rematch of the Opening Day with Philippines, who beat Iran 79-67 behind a strong 4th quarter. On the second face of the semifinals, Qatar avenged its loss last year to the Chinese Taipei by defeating them 86-78, and will face the only team that managed to make it to the semis out of Group A, Japan, who in their turn ran over a 9 man Jordan 94-80.

Staring the game trailing 8-0, Kazakhstan scored seven straight points, only to find itself suddenly trailing by 31 points after the FIBA World Cup-bound Lebanese team scored 30 uninterrupted points, mostly by Jackson Vroman and Fadi El Khatib. Since the end of the 1st quarter, the game was completely out of hand, as Kazakhstan never found its rhythm back in the game while the Lebanese kept on pressuring and increasing the gap. Vroman led the hosts with 24 points in addition to El Khatib’s 16 points and Rony Fahed’s 13 while Dmitry Kilmov had 12 points for the Philippines.

Facing Lebanon will be the Philippines, who rid on an excellent 4th quarter behind Joe Casio’s 12 points and Chris Tiu’s 9 points to defeat the reserve Iranians, while the starters prepare for the World Cup. Leading by 2 at the end of three quarters, Philippines started off with 8 unanswered points that gave them the lead for good and no trouble at all. Marnel Baracel had 18 points for Philippines, while Asghar Kardoust had 24 points for the losing team.

Missing a lot of players, the Jordanian team played with 9 players to be healthy for the World Cup but that was not enough to beat the Japanese, as they ran over them in the second half to beat them 94-80.  Takuya Kawamura had 31 points for Japan, in addition to Takumi Ishikazi’s 25 points, while Aiman Idais had 24 points for Jordan.

Japan, who lost one game so far, will face Qatar, who also lost one game so far, after the Qataris beat the Chinese Taipei 87-79. Once again, Targuy Ngombo was the man for Qatar, knocking down a game high 33 points, 11 in a crucial second quarter, in addition to collecting 10 rebounds. Erfan Saeed had 17 points as well in addition to Daoud Musa’s 14 points and 6 rebounds. Mao Chia-En led the Chinese Taipei in a losing effort with 16 points.

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