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I.R. Iran captures the elusive Jones Cup 3-peat after
convincingly beating the top-seeded Koreans.
(image from Basketball-tpe.org)

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Final (14/8/11)
Iran - South Korea 66:59
 
Iran defended their William Jones Cup title. They overcame South Korea in the championship game tonight to clinch the third straight title at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) had a monster night tallying 35 points, 18 boards and 7 blocks to pace Iran. 

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Iran built a 20:15 lead ten minutes into the encounter. South Korea recovered adjusting their offence in the second term. They posted a 37:34 halftime advantage. But Iran turned things around in the second half. They limited South Korea to 10 points in the third term to ensure a 48:47 lead with one period left. Iran held their opponents to 12 points in the final period and raced to the triumph at the end. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Javad Davari(185-G-83) finished with 7 points in the win. Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds for South Korea. Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) produced 15 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in defeat. 
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Ha Seung-Jin proved to be no match for Iran's
towering center Hamed Haddadi.

IranHamed Haddadi 35+18 boards, Oshin Sahakian 13, Javad Davari 7
South KoreaKim Joo-Sung 19, Stevenson Cameron 15



Haddadi一夫當關 伊朗完成三連霸

 


35分、18籃板外帶7火鍋,伊朗一哥Hamed Haddadi在今天(14日)的冠軍戰再度主宰全場,助隊66比59力退韓國,完成隊史首度三連霸。
伊朗本屆瓊斯盃狀況如「倒吃甘蔗」,預賽雖敗給菲律賓和韓國,在決賽首戰先以19分之差擊敗菲律賓,今天再報預賽一箭之仇,全隊在奪冠後更在場中玩起「滾保齡球」的倒地慶祝遊戲。
「一開始碰到韓國和菲律賓都打不好,這次上下一心,下定決心要討回面子。」hadadi言出必行,首節還在接近中線處投進超大號壓哨三分,助伊朗取得20比15領先;其餘時間也展現宰制力,打滿全場率隊完成連霸壯舉。
成為最後丟球的執行者,hadadi笑稱伊朗每次奪冠都會想新的慶祝花招,「之前有一次是機關槍掃射再自殺。」不過通常執行者不是隊長就是副隊長,hadadi這次則是在歡鬧聲中完成慶祝儀式。
從31屆首次奪冠開始,伊朗總教頭Veselin Matic就是陣中一員,他開心說:「很高興能參與歷史,締造瓊斯盃三連霸,印象中除美國外還沒有其他隊伍有過這樣的紀錄。球隊今晚會慶祝,明天就會繼續備戰!」
不過伊朗雖如願登頂,在冠軍戰第二節卻傷了主力後衛Saman Veisi,「這次奪冠很高興,唯一缺陷就是Veisi十字韌帶斷裂,伊朗回去會做調整適應,在亞錦賽時把戰力調整到最佳狀態。」Matic說。
韓國雖有3人得分達雙位數,但拿下全隊最高19分的金周成為防守haddadi,和另名兩米長人河昇鎮在第四節相繼犯滿離場,缺乏長人追分更困難,只能以7分差屈居亞軍。
韓國總教練許載強調,球隊目標仍是下月亞錦賽,「雖然沒有得到優勝很可惜,但透過瓊斯盃學到很多,體驗到自己不足的部分,回韓國會好好訓練體力,在武漢更努力。」


3-4 place
Philippines - Taiwan 82:72

Philippines earned the third position at the William Jones Cup. They shot down Taiwan in the consolation final tonight. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) stepped up with 28 points and 11 rebounds to pace the charge. 
Philippines surged ahead 8:2 early in the encounter. They maintained the lead posting a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Philippines established a 43:34 halftime lead. The Filipino team kept their opponents at bay throughout the third stanza. They piled up a 62:49 lead with one quarter remaining. Taiwan outscored the visitors in the final frame but never threatened the margin as Philippines breezed to the victory.Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) notched 16 points, while Donaldo Hontiveros (188-G-77) had 13 points in the victory. Chien Chia-Hung (197-F-87) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Taiwan. Chen Shun-Hsiang (190-F-85) netted 13 points in defeat. 

PhilippinesMarcus Douthit 29, Marcio Lassiter 16, Donaldo Hontiveros 13
TaiwanChien Chia-Hung 26, Chen Shun-Hsiang 13

5-6 place
Japan - Jordan 77:73
Japan finished their William Jones Cup campaign on a high note. They held off Jordan to earn the fifth overall position at the tournament. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) stepped up with 24 points to lead the charge. 
Jordan got to the better start. They posted a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. But Japan stiffened their defence limiting Jordan to just 9 points in the second frame. Japan denied the deficit and drew things level at 30. Jordan pulled ahead once again in the third period. They piled up a 6-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. But it was not enough. Japan went on a determined rally in the final period scoring 28 points and snatching victory at the end. Fumio Nishimura (177-G-86) provided 23 points, while Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) added 9 in the win. Wesam Al-Sous (189-G-83) responded with 17 points for Jordan. Islam Abbaas (200-C-80) had 15 points in the loss. 

Japan: Takeki Shonaka 24, Fumio Nishimura 23, Keijuro Matsui 9
JordanWesam Al-Sous 17, Islam Abbaas 15


SEMI  FINAL(13/8/11)

South Korea - Taiwan 90:85 (OT)
South Korea will play in the title game at William Jones Cup. They overcame Taiwan in overtime drama tonight. Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) stepped up with 28 points to lead the effort. South Korea will now take on the winner of Philippines vs. Iran clash. 
South Korea entered the game in the status of favourites. They grabbed the lead early on and posted a 16:11 advantage at the first break. Taiwan however adjusted defensively and cut the deficit to just three points at halftime 23:26. The hosts went off the dressing room firing from all guns. Taiwan erupted for 29 points to take a 52:44 lead with one quarter remaining. But South Korea denied the deficit and drew things level at the end of regulation. The teams scored eagerly in the extra period but South Korea proved the difference scoring 19 points and celebrating victory at the end. Kim Yong-Hwan (195-F-84) delivered 14 points, while Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Chen Hsin-An (196-G/F-80) answered with 22 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Taiwan. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-88) and Lee Hsueh-Lin (176-PG-84) finished with 12 points apiece in the defeat. 

South KoreaStevenson Cameron 28, Kim Yong-Hwan 14, Kim Joo-Sung 12
TaiwanChen Hsin-An 22, Tsung-Hsien Chang 12, Lee Hsueh-Lin 12 

Iran - Philippines 78:59 
Iran will face South Korea in the championship game at William Jones Cup. The defending champions overcame Philippines to enter Final. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) stepped up with 36 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. 
Hamed Haddadi and Iran dominated in the opening frame. They registered a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second period. Iran ensured a 36:27 halftime advantage. Iran deepened the damage in the third term. The reigning champions stretched the lead to comfortable 18 points with ten minutes to go 56:38. Philippines never recovered in the fourth period as Iran cruised to the victory. Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86, agency: Agency No 10) produced 16 points, while Javad Davari(185-G-83) netted 9 points in the win. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) replied with 16 points for Philippines. Andy Barroca (176-F/C-86) and Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) netted 10 points each in the loss. 

IranHamed Haddadi 36, Oshin Sahakian 16, Javad Davari 9
PhilippinesMarcus Douthit 16, Andy Barroca 10, Marcio Lassiter 10


 

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JAPAN over MALAYSIA, 98-53

 

MAS  - Kuek 12, Wee 10, Batumalai 9, Kwaan 8, Chee 7, Loh 4, Ho 3
QS: 27-13, 48-30, 76-40, 98-53

Coach Goh: today game was disappointed for me ,coz we played badly in offense n defense during 1st 2nd qtrs but they will really sharp on out shooting n also score from transition fastbreak n score. after the interval we a set goal to bound back and I make many adjustment on offense n defense but we could not recover and they draw away . finally we lost with a bigger margin .ending the whole tournament in 7th position out of 8 teams. on the whole we achived our objective gaining valuable exposure and hope to perform better in Fibaasia championship in Wuhan next month.


Final Standing:
1. Iran 7-2
2. Korea 7-2
3. Philippines 6-3
4. Taiwan 4-5
5. Japan 5-4
6. Jordan 4-4
7. Malaysia 1-7
8. UAE 0-7

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