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After the two big games today, every basketball fan got what he wished for.

Two semi finals, both close games that were decided on a shot.

That shot went in, and helped Japan win.

That shot went out, and put Lebanon in the final.

In a rematch of the Opening Day game, Lebanon and the Philippines faced a game that had fans from both teams, a rare feat, in the Ghazeer stadium. Unlike the first match however, this was a close game that went on to the last seconds after a last second shot by the Philippines barely touched the rim, giving Lebanon their sixth straight win and helping them remain the only undefeated team in this tournament. After leading by as much as 10 in the 4th quarter, the Filipino team kept on doing what it did best; knock down 3 pointers, yet at a more constant rate to bring down the score to one point, 78-77. Yet with a lot of free throws made and missed, the score reached 81-80 and the Philippines had one more chance to win the game but missed a long three pointer to end a not so bad run for them in this tournament, while Lebanon continue their journey to the gold medal game in hopes of winning this tournament undefeated. Fadi El Khatib, improving game after game while recovering from an injury, had 25 points and 7 rebounds but 6 of his team’s 10 turnovers. Jackson Vroman helped the Lebanese team as well with his 23 points while Marcio Lassiter had 25 points for the Philippines.

Lebanon will be facing Japan, who outlasted Qatar in overtime 78-76 thanks to its great player Takuya Kawamura, who tied the score in regular time at 64 with a crucial three pointer and then another shot in OT to stop a Qatar rally back in the game. Kawamura led the Japanese with 18 points, 8 in the last quarter, with 4 other players in double digit scoring. Meanwhile, Targuy Ngombo was Qatar’s go-to guy and led the game with 31 points, but they weren’t enough to give the 2004 champs another crack at the title.

Tomorrow at 9 PM, the final will take place as both teams played each other a best of 3 series in Japan where the hosts lost the series 2-1 as this game is expected to be very interesting since both teams are performing at a very good level in this Cup.

In the last day of the group stage play for the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup  taking place in Ghazeer, Lebanon, the host Lebanese national team is the only unbeaten team in this tourney after defeating previously unbeaten Qatar and topped Group B, facing Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals. Japan topped Group A and avoided all possible confusions of qualifying by beating Iraq, hence knocking them out. Syria was the lone team from Group B not to qualify as well; unlike Iraq, it lost all its games, recently to the World Cup-bound Jordan, who hasn’t won a game before in the tourney. Meanwhile, the battle for the second position in Group A ended with Iran walking all over the Chinese Taipei. How did all this happen? Who faces whom in the quarterfinals on Friday?

In the last game of round robin play, the clash of the unbeaten teams took place between the hosts Lebanon and Qatar. The storyline of the game was the same for the first twenty minutes, as Lebanon would jump to a six or seven point lead, then Qatar would catch back up. Eventually, by the end of the third quarter, both teams were tied, and with Lebanese Jackson Vroman’s free throw at the end, the game was tied at 65 and entered overtime. Yet once again, Fadi El Khatib, 18 points,  had 6 of Lebanon’s 12 points in OT, to give the Lebanese team their fourth straight win and top Group B to face Kazakhstan, who had a bye day today. Targuy Ngombo had a game high with 26 points, but was not enough to prevent the Qataris from receiving their first loss in the tournament and will have to face the Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.

In other Group B action, unlike the former clash mentioned, this was a battle of the teams that have not won a game yet between Syria and Jordan, which ended in favor of the World Cup-bound team 78-66. Both teams were on a three game losing streak, including Syria having to forfeit the Lebanon game due to the chants by the Lebanese crowd. The game was in Jordanian control from start to finish, with the lead reaching as much as 21 points due to the help of Ayman Idais (29 points, 12 rebounds) and Wisam Al Sous (21 points). With this win, Jordan finished fourth in its group, enough to help it qualify to the quarterfinals to face Group A winners Japan. Meanwhile, Michel Madanly’s 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists were not enough for the Syrian team to win a game and crack the quarterfinals, hence ending a disappointing journey in this edition of the Stankovic Cup.

In Group A, things were slight more complicated, as no team won all its games nor lost all its games and all had a chance to make or break. Japan played Iraq in a game where if Japan won, it would top Group A, otherwise it would give Iraq a chance to qualify. Yet let’s not confuse ourselves about this, because Japan did what the other three teams in the group wanted: win the game. Like Jordan did against Syria, Japan dominated the game from the beginning and never really Iraq a chance to get into the flow of the game after jumping to a 15-4 lead, eventually winning the game 87-72. Kosuke Takeuchi had a game high 26 points, 10 from the free throw line. and 17 rebounds for the winners, while Mustafa Hamazeh had 15 points for the Iraqi team, who ended their first tournament in 23  years with a legendary OT win over Iran the day before.

The other crucial matchup that took place was between Iran and Chinese Taipei, where both teams were playing to win as they weren’t guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals. The game turned out to be anything but crucial, as Iran ended a close first half on a high note and led the way in the second half by as much as 26 points, only to win 86-67 to take second place in Group A and face the Philippines in the quarterfinals, while the Chinese Taipei will have to deal with Qatar. Asghar Kardoust had a game high 24 points along with 11 rebounds, while teammates Ali Baheran (2o points, 5 assists) and Moosa Nabipoor (13 points, 18 rebounds) were also effective in this win. Meanwhile, Chen Shun-hsiang’s 13 points weren’t enough to avoid the Qatari team in the next round.

Quarterfinals Schedule (Friday August 13th):

12:00 PM: Iraq – Syria (Classification 9th-10th place)

2:00 PM:  Iran – Philippines

4:00 PM:  Qatar – Chinese Taipei

6:00 PM: Lebanon – Kazakhstan

8:00 PM: Japan – Jordan

In Day 1 of the third edition of the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup taking place in Beirut, the hosts Lebanon started the game in cruise control, never giving the Philippines a chance at all to catch up, winning Game 1 of round robin play 74 -59. Fadi El Khatib, the Lebanese superstar returning from an injury, played for a bit more than 13 minutes and looked rusty as he scored a mere 4 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Rony Fahed led the winners with a game-high 23 points, all but six of them in the first half, while Ali Mahmoud complimented him with an excellent second half, totaling 12 points in the game. Joseph Casio had 15 points and Marnel Baracel had 15 points for the Philippines, who will be playing Syria tomorrow, which lost to Qatar earlier today. Meanwhile, the Lebanese will be taking a break and resume to action against Syria on Monday.

After a 23 year absence, Iraq started their first game in a FIBA Asian competition on a high note, only to slip in a 76-65 decision to a young Kazakhstan team that is in rebuilding mode with players from the silver medal finish in the Asian championship U18 in 2008 and FIBA World Championship in New Zealand last year. One man show Michael Shamon’s game-leading 22 points weren’t enough for the Iraqi team, who had two other players score in double digits, while an all-around team effort by the winners were led by Dmitry Gavrilov’s 17 points. Both face the Chinese Taipei in their next games, with Kazakhstan going at them tomorrow while Iraq will rest and face them on Monday.

The second game of the day was a close one between the travel-weary teams Japan and the Chinese Taipei, with the former hanging on after an early 10 point lead with a scrappy 61-58 win. The game was marked by its lousy 3 point shooting on both sides, each hitting a miserable 18% of their 3 pointers. The difference showed in the rebounds, with Japan controlling the boards on a 35-16 advantage thanks to Kosuke Takeuchi’s eight. Takuya Kawamura had 15 points for winning Japan, who will face Iran on Sunday, while Chen Tzu – Wei had a game high 17 points for the Taipei, who face Kazakhstan tomorrow.

In a high scoring game unlike the rest of the games played today, Targuy Ngombo’s cup-high 39 points were more than enough to offset Michel Madanly’s 35 to ensure a Qatar 83-75 victory over the Syrian team. Qatar put a more  convincing display of game throughout the entire game, with a 12-0 run. Ngombo had help from his teammates, Mame Ndour with 18 points and 13 rebounds and Saad Ali’s 14 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds while none of the Syrians were able to crack the 10 point limit other than Madanly.  Qatar will be Jordan’s first test in this tournament tomorrow while Syria will be searching for its first win by playing the Philippines.

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