HIGHLIGHTS – FIBA Asia classification round

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Second round action tipped off Monday in Manila, Philippines. Each nation plays three games in this round; their record will determine where they place on August 9th when the quarterfinals take place.

Qatar 75 – Jordan 61

A four-point halftime lead turned into a second half onslaught from Qatar. They improve their unbeaten record to 3-0 in Group E.

Former Detroit Piston (NBA) Jarvis Hayes finished with a game-high 15-points while Yasseen Musa chipped in with 14.  Qatar’ next opponent is host nation Philippines on Tuesday.

Iran 102 – India 58

The Asian giant Hamed Haddadi improved his stock as potential MVP of the tournament scoring 12 points and adding four blocks to pace Iran passed India.

Iran never trailed in this game shooting an impressive 14-26 from beyond the arc.

It just gets easier for Iran; their next opponent is a Bahrain who may be without their only offensive threat CJ Giles.

Chinese Taipei 94 – Hong Kong 55

The surprise team of the tournament Chinese Taipei keeps rolling along in the win column as they dismantled Hong Kong by 39-points. Coming off their big win against the Philippines, Chinese Taipei were deadlocked at 19 in the second quarter but found success from beyond the arc capping a 31-11 third quarter run.

Ghih-Cheh Chen scored 13-points, dished out four assists to go along with three steals for Chinese Taipei.

Kazahkstan 67 – China 73

China was able to squeeze a victory over Kazakhstan hitting a clutch three pointer and two big free throws down the stretch. China’s superstar Yi Jianlian missed his second straight game due to a hamstring injury.

Zhizhi Wang’s big putback with 1:48 to go sealed the deal for China. He finished the game with 12-points and six rebounds in 22 minutes of play.

Philippines 90 – Japan 71

Home nation Gilas Pilipinas (Philippines national team) came out on top in a must-win game against Japan. Coming off a loss to Chinese Taipei, the Philippines excelled in the third quarter and never looked back.

Marcus Douthit was a force for the Pilipino squad. He finished the game with a double-double scoring 19-points and adding 10 rebounds.

Korea 95 – Bahrain 51

In the final match of the evening, Korea casually took a CJ Giles-less Bahrain squad to school.

Six Koreans finished in double figures. Korea’s defense forced 28 Bahrain turnovers.

Tae Sool Kim led all scorers with 17 points.

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

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