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    In-form Japan boosts Fiba qualification bid with away win over Iran

    Feb 22, 2019
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    JAPAN strengthened its bid to qualify for the 2019 Fiba World Cup after beating Iran, 97-89, on Thursday night at Azady Gym in Tehran.

    Nick Fazekas had 26 points and eight rebounds whileMakoto Heijima had 26 points as Japan continued to roll in the final stretch of the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers, winning its seventh straight game.

    With Japan now tied with Iran in second place with a 7-4 card, the Philippines faces a must-win against Qatar in order to stay in contention for third place in Group F.

    The top three teams in Groups E and F and the best fourth-placer among the teams will advance to the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China.

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