Winning start for Iran in FIBA Asia U18 Championship

(MNA), Sept. 22 -- Iran basketball team beat Chinese Taipei in the its opening game of the 21st FIBA Asia Championship in Sana’a, Yemen on Wednesday.

The defending champion defeated Chinese Taipei 67-56 in overtime in Group A.

Siamak Torabikhah led the scoring for Iran with 17 points.

“I think the team was very nervous, but the main positive point for me was that we played according to our plan in the overtime,” said Iran coach Mohsen Sadeghzadeh.
Sixteen Asian teams divided into four groups will compete in the tournament and the top three teams from each group will advance to the second round of the championship. Iran is scheduled to play Sri Lanka tomorrow.
The top three teams at the tournament will represent FIBA Asia at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship to be played in Latvia from June 30 to July 10, 2011.
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