HIGHLIGHTS of day 5 at FIBA Asia

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Day five of the FIBA Asia championships kicked off Tuesday. So far, we still have a few undefeated teams while others have been officially eliminated from any chance of seeing quarterfinal action.

Jordan 80 – Hong Kong 54

Mohammed Hadrab was a beast for the Jordanian squad; he poured in a game high 21 points and snatched down seven rebounds to guide Jordan to a 26-point victory.

With the win, Jordan still has a slight chance of reaching the quarter finals from Group E. Their next game tomorrow against Japan will be the deciding factor.

Hong Kong has no chance at reaching the quarterfinals. Their next match vs. the Philippines will be for pride.

Iran 75 – Bahrain 56

Bahrain’s first half scare proved to be a simple wake up call for Iran, they would outscore Bahrain 45-29 in the second half to seal the deal.

Bahrain, who is playing without their star player CJ Giles (torn ACL), kicked off the second quarter with an impressive 21-7 run. Shortly there after, Iran’s starting five checked back into the game and put an end to Bahrain’s madness.  Iran would go on a 28-6 run of their own in the third quarter.

Six foot six swingman Samad Bahrami was the leading scorer for Iran with 17 points.

Chinese Taipei 79 – Japan 76

One of the hottest teams in the tournament, Chinese Taipei, continues its undefeated dominance edging out Japan by three points. Taipei tops group E with a 4-0 record.

Chih Chieh Lin (no relation to Jeremy Lin) delivered the dagger with 44.9 seconds left on a three-point play putting Taipei up by four. Lin, 31, would finish the game with 16 points.

Japan falls to 1-3 in the tournament. Their next match against Jordan will be a huge game for both teams looking to advance to the quarter finals.

China 79 – India 45

China had no problem taking care of India without their superstar player Yi Jianlian who missed his fourth consecutive game of the tournament.

Yi has not seen action since the opening match against Korea. He is out with a hamstring injury but sources say he will be ready to go for the quarterfinals.

China’s Zhelin Wang was one rebound shy of a double-double leading all scorers with 18 points and nine boards.

With the loss, win-less India won’t be taking part in the quarterfinals.

Philippines 80 – Qatar 70

In a game that essential has no strong factor to it (both teams will advance to the semi finals), Gilas Pilipinas caught fire from beyond the arc sinking a strong Qatar team lead by former NBA player Jarvis Hayes.

Gilas’ star player Marcus Douthit, a 2004 second-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers, finished with a  game high 19 points.

Despite the loss, Hayes still finished the contest with a double-double scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Philippines were backed by a strong home crowed..

Both teams hold a 3-2 record.

Korea 71 – Kazakhstan 47

PHOTO BY NUKI SABIO/PBA IMAGES

PHOTO BY NUKI SABIO/PBA IMAGES

Korea improved their tournament record to 4-1 with a win over Kazakhstan.

Defense was the strength for Korea. In the second half, they only allowed 20 points from their opponents.

Kim Mingoo and Kim Sunhyung each had 14 points leading the Koreans to victory.

The Korean starting five players are expected to get some rest tomorrow as they take on a win-less Indian team.

For Kazakhstan, they fall to an even .500 with a 2-2 record.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.

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