TEHRAN, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — South Korea squeezed previous Japan 77-73 to assert the FIBA U18 Asian Championship title, whereas China crushed Lebanon 85-68 within the third-place match right here on Sunday.
The ultimate was nonetheless within the steadiness going into the final minute when it was tied at 73-73. Lee Haesol made a quick break layup with 23 seconds to play for South Korea, who secured the title with Lee Juyeong’s layup within the dying seconds.
Lee Juyeong scored a game-high 28 factors, main 4 South Korean gamers in double figures.
China, who had misplaced the semifinal to South Korea 89-85 on Friday, had been led by Liu Lijia who notched 22 factors. Yang Hansen contributed a double-double of 21 factors and 13 rebounds.
China trailed by 20-25 after a poor defensive efficiency within the first quarter however scored 12 unanswered factors to start out the second interval to show the sport round. Zhang Junhao hit two consecutive 3-pointers to assist China set up a 40-30 lead with three minutes to play, establishing the primary double-figure benefit since tip-off. With their share in capturing from 3-point vary vastly improved, China pushed their half-time result in 15 factors at 49-34.
Lebanon nonetheless couldn’t trim their deficit again from the locker room, as China’s lead ballooned to as many as 24 factors after Liu made a layup early within the ultimate interval.
China shot 50.7 % from the sphere, in comparison with Lebanon’s 40 %, and outrebounded 49-38.
Karim Rtail was Lebanon’s most prolific scorer with 21 factors, and Mostafa Assaf added 20.
As the event’s ultimate 4, South Korea, Japan, China and Lebanon have booked their tickets to subsequent 12 months’s FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary.
Also on Sunday, Iran completed fifth after crusing previous the Philippines 89-72, and Chinese Taipei positioned seventh with a 93-71 victory over Qatar.