FIBA Asia results 2013: Iran wins again, Malaysia keeps it close in loss

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Malaysia shook off a pair of consecutive 90-plus point defeats to stay closer to Korea and Hamed Haddadi led Iran to another win.

After dropping its last two FIBA Asia Championship games by more than 90 points, Malaysia kept things a little more respectable on Saturday, but still came up on the losing end. Later in the day, Iran netted a big victory over China behind its monstrous center, Hamed Haddadi -- and perhaps, thanks in part to the absence of Yi Jianlian for the second straight game.

Here's a rundown of Saturday's action:

Group A

Chinese Taipei 84, Philippines 79: Chinese Taipei emerged victorious from Group A by outscoring the Philippines, 29-11, in the fourth quarter. Cheng-Ju Lu led Chinese Taipei with 22 points while Chih-Chieh Lin fell one rebound short of a triple-double, posting 20 points, 12 assists and nine boards for a team which shot 53.6 percent from the field, including 15-of-30 from beyond the three-point arc.

The Philippines turned the ball over just seven times and outscored Chinese Taipei, 49-25, in the second and third quarters, but a bad start and bad finish doomed the squad on Saturday.

Jordan 63, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 47: Jordan sent Saudi Arabia spiraling into the classification round by outscoring Aymam Almuwallad and company, 37-19, in the second half of the late game on Saturday. Jordan finished 1-2 in the preliminary round but had a final point differential of plus-6.

Group B

Qatar 87, Hong Kong 64: Hong Kong was the benefactor of Saudi Arabia's loss, advancing into the second round despite taking a lopsided beating from Qatar. Atlanta native Jarvis Hayes scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead Qatar, which used 12 players. Eleven of those players scored, with Yasseen Musa being the lone exception.

Japan was off on Saturday, but its 16-point victory over Hong Kong on Friday was enough to send the team into the next round.

Group C

Korea 80, Malaysia 58: Malaysia was sadly not able to garner the 175-point victory it needed to advance to the second-round, but at least it kept things respectable when compared to its previous two losses, which were settled by a combined 181 points.

Tian Yuan Kuek delivered one of the better performances of the day, scoring 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Seung Jun Lee posted 18 points and nine rebounds for Korea, which finished second in the group.

Iran 70, China 51: Iran jumped out to a 41-24 halftime lead and cruised to a 19-point victory, finishing preliminary play with an undefeated record. Haddadi couldn't quite replicate his last performance, but he still contributed in a big way to the win, notching 15 points and seven rebounds. Four Iran players finished in double-figured in scoring.

Jianlian was out of action again after scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the preliminary round opener. China's offense struggled as a result; the team shot just 41.7 percent from the floor and only had one player -- Shipeng Wang -- score in double-digits.

Group D

Kazakhstan 80, India 67: Kazakhstan outscored India, 24-10, in the third quarter to break the game open and held off a rally in the fourth quarter to win the group with a 3-0 finish in preliminary play. Mikhail Yevstigneyev scored 21 points while Pennsylvania native Jerri Jonson added 16 points and six assists.

India's Vishesh Bhriguvanshi scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists in the loss. The team finished with a positive point differential despite going 1-2 in preliminaries.

Bahrain 86, Thailand 62: Seattle native Chester Giles scored 18 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to give Bahrain a winning record in preliminary play and drop Thailand into the classification round. Mohamed Alderazi led the team in scoring with 21 points, while three other players reached double-digits.

Attaporn Lertmalaiporn and Kannawat Lertlaokul finished with 11 points apiece for Thailand in the loss. Thailand will face Malaysia in the opening game of the classification round, and the winner will play Saudi Arabia in the battle for 13th place.

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