Wednesday, December 25, 2002

China, Iran in Asian Junior Men final

With 16 year-old Yi Jian-lian(211cm) dominant inside, China beat South Korea, 102-90, to reach the final of the 17th Asian Basketball Championship for Junior Men in Kuwait. China will meet a surprising opponent Iran, who edged Qatar 49-48, in the championship game.

Iran charged into the final behind the solid play of two giants -- 221cm Jaber Rozmahani and 218cm Hamed Ahadadi. Ahadadi was especially impressive in the tournament, drawing high interest among observers. He had a 20-point, 13-rebound outing in the game vs. China. According to Taiwan NT head coach Hsu Jin-tse, 16 year-old Ahadadi has drawn interests from international and NBA scouts.