FIBA Asia Championship Day 1

Group A Malaysia - South Korea 42-89 South Korea earned the opening win at the 2011 Asian Championship. Hur Jae team coasted past Malaysia in Group A action. Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) stepped up with 16 points to lead the effort. South Korea stunned their opponents in the opening period. They held Malaysia to miserable three points in the quarter posting a 29:3 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 30-point mark midway through the second frame. South Korea established a 47:22 lead at halftime. South Korea continued to remain in charge throughout the third frame. They posted a 76:30 lead with ten minutes to go in the game. South Korea did not loosen the grasp and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Oh Sek-Eun chipped in 13 points, while Lee Jung-Suk (184-G-82) and Tae-Jong Moon netted 11 points apiece in the win. Yoong Jing Kwaan (200-C-90) answered with 9 points and 9 rebounds for Malaysia. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) finished with 6 points in defeat. Lebanon - India 71-68 Lebanon earned the first win at the 2011 Asian Championship. They overcame a major scare from ambitious India to escape with a narrow win at the end. Abed El Nour (198-F/G-83) stepped up with eight points in the final moments of the game to propel Lebanon to a tough win at the end. He finished with game-high 24 points to pace Lebanon. Lebanon ensured a 20:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Bassel Bawji gave Lebanon a 37:27 lead midway through the second term. Stephan made it 40:27 at halftime. Abed El Nour stretched the margin to 15 points early in the second half. But India refused to surrender. They ignited a 30:12 run to grab a 59:54 lead with ten minutes to go. Koroth (185-G-84) kept India in charge 64:57 with just over four minutes to go. However Lebanon triggered a 9:2 rally to regain the lead 69:66. Abed El Nour sank two free throws and sealed the victory at the end. Ghaleb Rida knocked down 15 points, while Bassel Bawji contributed 9 points in the win. Koroth answered with 20 points for India. Singh (185-G/F-86) finished with 18 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss. Group B Taiwan - Iran 37-49 Iran earned the first win at the Asian Championship in China. They outmuscled Taiwan in Group B opener. Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Iran opened the game with a 6:1 run to jump in front. Iran stayed in charge posting a 10:8 lead after ten minutes. Taiwan surged ahead late in the second term and posted a 19:17 halftime advantage. Taiwan used an 11:1 run in the third term to post a 30:20 advantage. However Iran reacted with a 19:1 rally of their own to take a 39:31 lead early in the fourth frame. Taiwan cut the deficit back to just two points but Iran answered with ten points in a row and sealed the victory at the end. Hamed Haddadi posted 8 points and 18 rebounds, while Arsalan Kazemi (199-F-90) had 8 points in the winning effort. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Lin Chih-Chieh delivered 8 points in the loss. Qatar - Uzbekistan 12-27 Uzbekistan started their 26th FIBA Asia Championship with the victory over GCC champions. Qatar lost Group B game by default 12:27. Qatar started the game with five players. They committed five personal fouls in the first six minutes of the game. Denisov opened the scoring account in the game, while Matalkeh gave Qatar 2:1 lead. Saad also remained Qatar in front at 5:3, while Evgeniy Shatrov (192-G-86) scored for 7:5. The latter also brought 11:7, while Juginisov Samender closed an 11-0 run for his side. Saad nailed three for 18:10, while Uzbekistan erupted with another 9-0 run. Matalkeh scored for 27:12 and then he received his last fifth foul. According to Art 21 of Official Basketball Rules 2010, 'a team shall lose a game by default if, during the game, the team has fewer than two players on the playing court ready to play. Evgeniy Shatrov stepped up with 10 points for the winners and Juginisov Samender nailed 9. Yevgeniy Pereverzev (183-G-87) followed them with 4 points. Saad ended up with 8 points in defeat and Hammam posted 4. Group C Syria - Jordan 58-71 Jordan opened win count at 2011 Asian Championship in Wuhan. They held off pesky Syria in Group C opener. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) stepped up with 20 points to pace Jordan. Jordan managed to post an 18:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Jacques Nalbandian drained 8 points in a 10:2 run from Syria early in the second term as they jumped into lead. The teams traded baskets before Wael Jlilati (199-G/F-90) knocked down 8 points in a row giving Syria a 36:31 lead at the interval. Wael Jlilati opened the second half with two points as Syria established a 40:31 advantage. But Jordan stepped on the gas late in the period. They capped the period with a 13:1 rally to grab a 56:46 lead with ten minutes remaining. Syria cut the deficit to just two points midway through the fourth frame 58:60. However Rasheim Wright came up with a timely three-pointer and Jordan ran away for the victory in the final minutes. Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) posted 19 points, 6 boards and 6 assists for Jordan. Islam Abbaas and Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) added 8 points each in the win. Wael Jlilati answered with 13 points for Syria. Jacques Nalbandian chipped in 11 points in the loss. Japan - Indonesia 81-59 Japan registered the first win at the 2011 Asian Championship. They bruised Indonesia in Group C opener. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace well-balanced effort from Japan. Japan grabbed the lead early in the game. They limited Indonesia to only 8 points in the starting quarter to build a 7-point lead. However Indonesia went on a 13:2 run in the second frame to take a 21:18 lead. But Japan answered with a 17:2 surge late in the half to establish a 37:24 lead at the interval. Japan stayed in charge throughout the third term. They boosted the margin to 20 points to clear off. Japan entered the fourth quarter up by 22 points 61:39 and never looked back en route to the victory. Takuya Kawamura and Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-PG-81) delivered 10 points apiece in the winning effort. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) responded with 12 points for Indonesia. Christian Ronaldo Sitepu top-scored with 14 points in the loss. Group D Philippines - United Arab Emirates 92-52 SEABA champions won over United Arab Emirates at their start of the 26th FIBA Asia Championship. Philippines won all the quarters to taste 92:52 victory. United Arab Emirates surprised the opponents with 5-0 run early in the game, while Barroca scored for 7:7. Philippines celebrated 17:12 after the first 10 minutes and had 29:18 midway through the second period. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) later sent the teams to the lockers at 41:22. The third quarter proved the ambitions of the winners for a bigger advantage as they produced 28-13 in it. Another 23-17 in the last stanza brought the 40-point deficit win for Philippines in the opener. Baracael Marnel stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Pauliasi Taulava (208-C-73) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Douthit also scored 13, while Casio Joseph added 11. Husain Ahmed (180-G-89) replied with 12 points in defeat and Al Hattawi Ali notched 11. Bahrain - China 49-101 Bahrain returned to FIBA Asia Championship after 14 years and lost the opener of the 26th Asia Championship. China destroyed Bahrain 101:49. Bahrain stayed tough in the opening period and trailed only 13:16 after the first 5 minutes. China grabbed 25:20 lead at the end of 10 minutes and erupted later in the game. The defensive 24-6 in the second quarter was too much for Bahrain. China had 22-0 run and continued their dominance in the second half as well. The board showed 62:35 after 25 minutes of the game and China enjoyed 77:45 after three quarters. Another defensive 24-4 in the last stanza brought the first victory for China. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) and Liu Wei paced all the winners with 15 points each, while Zhu FangYu (201-F-83) netted 13. Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) ended up with 11 points. Bader Abdulla Malabes (87) ended up with 17 points in defeat and Maitam Isa (182-G-90) nailed 9. via (asia-basket)

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