The 2013 FIBA Asia Championship tournament continued with seven more games on Tuesday morning. There wasn't a lot to get excited about as the marquee teams sailed to blowout victories, but a pair of former NBA draft picks took center stage in the Philippines' victory over Qatar.
The final games of the round-robin portion of the tournament will conclude Wednesday morning. Following Tuesday's results, it seems the only spot left up for grabs in the quarterfinals will be settled when Japan takes on Jordan in Group E action because the Philippines, Qatar, Chinese Taipei, Iran, China, Korea and Kazakhstan are all essentially locks to be included in the knockout round.
And now, a recap of Tuesday morning's festivities in Manila.
Philippines 80, Qatar 70 -- Both teams will be advancing to the quarterfinals of the tournament. That didn't preclude their naturalized citizens from putting on a show Tuesday morning, though, as both Marcus Douthit and Jarvis Hayes stood out in the second-round finale.
Douthit scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, both game highs, for the winning club. The Los Angeles Lakers' second-round pick in 2004 is averaging a double-double of 15 points and 10.8 rebounds through the tournament's first five games. The 33-year-old will likely get a break against winless Hong Kong in the final game of the second round, however, considering his team has already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals.
Hayes, a seven-year NBA veteran, scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss. His 19.3 points per game average leads the tournament, though he's played nearly 12 minutes more per game than Iran's Hamed Haddadi -- the runner-up with 17.4 points per contest.
Chinese Taipei 79, Japan 76 -- Chinese Taipei extended its run of victories to four early Tuesday morning, confirming the team a spot in the semifinals later this week.
Wen-Ting Tseng was Chinese Taipei's leading scorer with 19 points off the bench, but Chih-Chieh Lin, Shih-Chieh Chen and Lei Tien all contributed double digits in the scoring column as well. Naturalized citizen Quincy Davis III, who played his college ball at Tulane, made just three of his 10 attempts from the field en route to eight points and 12 rebounds.
Japan fell to 1-3 with the loss and could be headed home if it's not able to beat Jordan on Wednesday, despite hanging tough against its undefeated opponents. Kosuke Takeuchi scored a team-high 17 points while J.R. Henderson -- who played 30 games with the Vancouver Grizzlies during the 1998-99 NBA season before switching his last name to Sakuragi and becoming a naturalized citizen of Japan -- added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Jordan 80, Hong Kong 54 -- Hong Kong made it to the second round of the tournament thanks to the suspension of the Lebanese federation prior to the FIBA Asia tournament, but the team was officially eliminated Monday night after losing its sixth consecutive game.
Jimmy Baxter scored just two points as Jordan's import in its game on Monday night after scoring 30 in the team's opening matchup, but the natives picked up his slack en route to a decisive victory. Mohammad Hadrab scored a game-high 21 points to go with seven rebounds and Mahmoud Abdeen added his tournament high of 13 points as the team's only other double-digit scorer.
Shing Yee Fong was the only Hong Kong player to net double-digit scoring with 10 points to lead his winless team. Duncan Reid, the team's big man from Canada, turned in a disappointing five-point performance in the loss.
Next up: Jordan will need a double-digit victory over Japan in Wednesday morning's action or it'll be headed home with Hong Kong as the bottom two teams in Group E. Chinese Taipei vs. Qatar and the Philippines' game vs. Hong Kong are the other two games remaining in Group E pool play.
Iran 75, Bahrain 56 -- Hamed Haddadi's Iranian squad confirmed its spot in the quarterfinals when it blew out Bahrain to remain undefeated in the tournament. The Iranians likely also locked up the top seed from their group, but Korea could still conceivably catch them for that honor.
Haddadi had a relatively disappointing nine points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Putting it into context, however, he was plus-30 in the 17 minutes of action his team decided to keep him on the floor. Samad Nikkhah Bahrami finished the game with a game-high 17 points, six rebounds and five assists while Hamed Afagh and Asghar Kardoust rounded out Iran's double-digit scorers. Mohammad Jamshidijafarabadi missed all three of his shots while compiling a pair of fouls and turnovers in 13 minutes of play.
Bahrain was led by 15 points off the bench from Husain Altawash in his tournament high as he went 4-of-6 from beyond the arc while Mohamed Alderazi contributed 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. Naturalized citizen C.J. Giles -- who played college ball at Kansas and Oregon State before receiving a 2008 training camp invite from the Los Angeles Lakers -- didn't play for a second straight game as he continues to nurse a knee injury.
China 79, India 45 -- China moved above .500 for the first time in the tournament with its drubbing of the one-win squad from India. Yi Jianlian was held out again as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury, but it sounds like China's most recent NBA player will be healthy in time for the knockout round later this week.
Top prospect Wang Zhelin led China with 18 points and nine rebounds while Ailun Guo added 16 points of his own. As far as former NBA players were concerned, Zhizhi Wang scored 13 points in just nine minutes in another efficient outing as Sun Yue continued to struggle his way to four points, three turnovers and three fouls while going 1-for-6 from the field.
Amjyot Singh was India's only bright spot as he finished with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes of action. His team made just 17 of its 50 attempts from the field, however, while turning it over 22 times despite nary a point off Chinese turnovers.
Korea 71, Kazakhstan 47 -- Korea held Kazakhstan to only 20 points in the second half as it coasted to a solid 71-47 victory. Sunhyung Kim and Mingoo Kim led the Koreans in scoring with 14 points apiece, and Mingoo Kim added six rebounds as well.
Jerry Johnson led all scorers with 15 points, but no one else on the Kazakhstan roster scored in double digits. The team also shot only 32 percent from the floor and 26 percent from three-point range.
Up Next: Iran, China, Korea and Kazakhstan will all advance to the knockout round, regardless of their final games in the round-robin format. Wednesday morning's games will still be played, though, featuring the following matchups: Iran vs. Kazakhstan, Bahrain vs. China and India vs. Korea.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 93, Thailand 80 -- Saudi Arabia finished the 15-team tournament in 13th place thanks to its victory over Thailand on Tuesday morning. The team won't be going to the Olympics, but it did cement its place above Thailand and Malaysia, who finished in 14th and 15th place, respectively.