A taller Iran team defeated Taiwan 76-64 in the quarter-final round of the FIBA Asian Championship yesterday in Tokushima, Japan.
Iran's Mohammad Nikkah was the game's high scorer with 22 points, while Hamed Ehadadi scored 17 and pulled down 16 rebounds. Center Wu Tai-ho led Taiwan with 16 points and Chen Hsin-an and Yang Che-yi scored 12 points each.
Taiwan attempted to offset the Iranian height advantage by relying on outside shooting, but this had the effect of allowing Iran to pull down easy rebounds.
On Monday, Taiwan defeated Hong Kong 98-81 to wrap up the preliminary round of the tourney and advance to the quarter-final round for the first time in six years.
In the victory over Hong Kong, Wu had a game-high 24 points. Forward Lin Chih-chieh followed with 23 points and Chen added 17 points and seven rebounds.
Two wins, one loss
With the win over Hong Kong, Taiwan finished with two wins and one loss in the preliminary round in Group D, which was led by undefeated South Korea.
The tournament is a qualifier for next year's Beijing Olympics and the winner will claim the lone Asian seat in that 12-team men's basketball event. Host country China is automatically guaranteed a spot in every event.
Taiwan's next game at the championships is against Lebanon today.
* Iran 76, TAIWAN 64
* Philippines 107, Syria 100
* China 93, Hong Kong 69
* Kuwait 72, India 68
* Indonesia 83, UAE 81
* South Korea 70, Jordan 65
* Libya 90, Qatar 68