Saturday, October 18, 2008

Iran wins Asian University Basketball Championship

Amir Amini had 20 points, 6 assists and four steals and M. Akbaribisheh had 16 points and four steals as Iran University Select beat Taiwan University Select 78-71 in the championship game of the 2008 Asian University Men's Basketball Championship (AUB) on Oct. 16.

Taiwan finished as runner-up for the second time. It lost to Korea two years ago in the inaugural AUB.

Korea's Hanyang University edged Notre Dame University of Lebanon 74-72 in the bronze medal game.

The home boys failed to cut down on their turnovers once again after squandering a 23-point lead in a upset loss to Iranians in the preliminary round. Taiwan committed 22 turnovers in the final game as Iran pulled off a 15-4 run in the final three minutes for the victory.

Wu Tai-hao had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Lin Ching-pang had 11 points and 8 boards.

When Taiwan meets Korea on the basketball court, you expect something interesting to happen, which was the case in the cross-over semifinal. The game was stopped three times because of confrontation, protests and near-brawls. It ended with six disqualifications -- four for Taiwan and two for Korea -- and 59 foul calls.

Taiwan beat Hanyang Univ. 88-80 thanks to Chen Shun-hsiang's 34 points and the 26 for 30 free-throw shooting as a team. Wu Tai-hao, who had a techincal and fouled out of the game, had 14 points, 7 rebounds and three blocks.

Guangdong University of Technology, which produced current New Jersey Nets forward Yi Jianlian, and City University of Hong Kong failed to make the semifinals.

Lin Ching-pang.

Wu Tai-hao scored over Iranian players.

Wu Tai-hao dunked on a Guangdong University of Technology defender.


Chen Shun-shiang scored 34 in the championship game.


Chaotic scene in the Taiwan-Korea game.

(Photo source:, AUB official web site)