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    Haddadi-led Iran asserts supremacy with unbeaten run to Fiba Asia Challenge title

    by the web
    Sep 19, 2016
    The Iranians go unbeaten in eight matches at home. Photo from fiba.com

    IRAN won the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge title on home turf after beating Korea, 77-47, on Sunday in Tehran.

    Hamed Hadadi punctuated Iran’s dominance in the gold medal match, registering 20 points, 23 rebounds, and three blocks.

    Seounghyun Lee scored 13 points for Korea.

    Jordan took third place with a 94-72 win over Iraq, while China beat Japan, 75-67, in the battle for fifth place.

    India beat Chinese Taipei, 80-68, to take seventh place.

    With Iran's win and the top five finish of Jordan and Iraq, West Asia has been given an three additional slots for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup while East Asia, with the second and fifth place finish of Korea and Japan, has been given two additional spots.

    West Asia will now have five slots in the Fiba Asia Cup next year, while East Asia will have four. Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and South Asia will have one spot each, while the Gulf will have Qatar as its representative.

    Australia and New Zealand, and the host country round out the Fiba Asia Cup roster of squads.

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    The Iranians go unbeaten in eight matches at home. Photo from fiba.com
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