India go down to Iran in Asia Cup basketball

Wuhan (China), July 15 :

India, who had created history after beating the continent’s top dog China in their previous game, went down 49-62 to Iran in a Group A game of the fifth FIBA Asia Cup basketball championship here Tuesday.

Nov 2, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of a basketball as it swooshes through the rim and net during the NBA game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIREIndia made a brilliant start to the match but failed to capitalise. The South Asians sped to a seven-point lead in the first quarter and consolidated their lead to 12 by halftime.

The Indians seemed to lose focus after that as Iran completely dominated the game opening up a 40-23 advantage.

Iran fended off a late rally from the Indians outscoring them by a point in the final quarter.

Hamed Haddadi top scored for Iran with 16 points. Amjyot Singh had an exceptional game for the Indians bagging a match-high 17 points.

India had already qualified for the quarters so the loss didn’t have too much of an adverse effect on the team’s progression.


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