Taller Iran crushes RP-5 in Asiad basketball

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 16 2010 11:55 PM | Updated as of Nov 17 2010 07:55 AM

GUANGZHOU, China – Reigning Asian champions Iran used its size to beat the Philippine team, 65-48, in the 16th Asian Games late Tuesday.

Sharp shooting forward Hamed Sohrabnejad led Iran with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, defending champions China opened up its basketball campaign with a resounding 91-46 win over hapless Mongolia, as the tournament started with a series of lopsided matches.

South Korea knocked off qualifier Uzbekistan 103-54, while Doha 2006 runner-up Qatar dispatched India 97-48.

Host China began its long-awaited campaign by jumping out to a 22-8 first quarter lead with a rotating, stifling defence that took the Mongolians out of the game early on.

China was led by hometown Guangzhou native Zhou Peng with 16 points, while former NBA Dallas Maverick centre Wang Zhizhi had 11 points in just 12 minutes of playing time.

"Since our opponents are a little weak, we practiced and looked for chances in the low post and tried to control the game," Wang said.

All 12 Chinese players got into the action, each playing at least a quarter of the game.

Mongolia was led by Ikhbayar Ganbaatar with eight points.

In the South Korean win, naturalized American Lee Seung-Jun scored 20 points and had eight rebounds in his first game with his new country, while towering centre Ha Seung-Jin scored 12 points, hitting all of his six shots in limited court time.

Stung by poor play at last years Asian basketball championships, South Korea is looking at the Asiad to regain its former elite spot in the region.

In its win over India, Qatar was led by Targuy Nbombo with 19 points and seven rebounds.

In the other matches, Japan beat Taiwan 63-57 and Jordan knocked off North Korea 90-80.