Friday, July 16, 2010

2010 Jones Cup Day 3: Iran, Lebanon undefeated

伊朗隊巴赫拉米(中)Bahrami, Iran

Lebanon beat host Taiwan NT 93-84 and defending champion Iran beat Japan 81-68 as the two West Asian teams became the only undefeated teams in the seven-team men's competition of the 2010 William Jones Cup tournament.

Lebanon and Iran are now 2-0 with Taiwan NT and Philippines one step behind at 2-1.

Taiwan opened the game with a brilliant 29-18 first quarter but had no answers against Lebanese towering fronline with only one player taller than 200 centimeters. Lebanon hit the offensive boards and ignited a 23-6 run in the second half for a double-digit lead with more than four minutes to go in the period.

Almost half of the Taiwan national team players -- and four fifth of its starting lineup -- sat out the tourney due to injuries to rehab for the upcoming Asian Games, which will be held in Guangzhou, China in November.

Sharp shooter Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami had 34 points for Iran in the hard-fought win. Japan's Takuya Kawamura had 25 points and Yuta Tabuse added 20 points.

Marcus Douthit, an American-born naturalized 211-centimeter center, had 17 points and 13 rebounds and led the Philippines to a 90-64 victory over Townsville Crocodiles of Australia, which remained winless after three games. Dylon Simon Ababou scored 17 for the Philippines. The Crocs was led by Damian Matacz, who had 16 points, and Lee Smith, who had 13.

Taiwan national team and Korea's Sinsegae Coolcat are leading the 4-team women's competition, which will have a cross-over semifinal after a single round robin preliminary round.

Men's Standings:
Iran NT 2-0
Lebanon 2-0
Taiwan NT 2-1
Philippines NT 2-1
Japan NT 1-2
Taiwan University 0-2
Townsville Crocs 0-3

Women’s Standings:
Taiwan 2-0
Korea 2-0
Taiwan University 0-2
Kazakhstan 0-2


Japeth Paul Aguilar, Philippines


Marcio Lassiter, Philippines


Takuya Kawamura, Japan


Yuta Tabuse, Japan