Friday, August 2, 2013
Iran win against South Korea 65-76
MANILA, Philippines - Hammed Haddadi and Bahrami dominated the game they combined for 53 points and 20 boards as Korea helplessly watched them perform at a high level in the preliminary round of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship.
With the win, Iran is now alone at the top in their group. They will be meeting China in an early clash between title favorites tomorrow night.
The Iranians went on a run capped by a Haddadi put-back at the 4:48 mark of the first, for an 11-4 count in their favor, but a triple by Cho Sungmin trimmed their lead down to four at 16-12 with 2:21 left in the first. A free throw from Yun Hoyoung then inched Korea closed at 18-15 to end the first quarter.
Korea scored two baskets inside early in the second period, to claim a 19-18 lead and force Iran to call a timeout. After the break, Samad Nikkah Bahrami and Haddadi paired for four points to reclaim the lead and force Korea to call their own timeout.