Iran upset by Iraq at FIBA World Cup Qualifier

November 25, 2017

Iraq notched the biggest upset of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers so far after shocking Iran, 74-66, at the Prince Hamza Arena on Friday.

Naturalized player Demario Mayfield torched Iran for 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals in a scintillating display of skill. Hassan Abdullah and Ali Ismael also impressed for coach Mustafa Derin, tossing in 15 and 11 points respectively.

Iraq and Iran battled in a nip-and-tuck affair all throughout until the Iraqis used a late fourth quarter run to pull away for the unexpected triumph. Farid Aslani had 16 points to lead Iran, which was missing key players Hamed Haddadi and Behnam Yakhchali, fiba.com reported.

Iraq's next assignment is Kazakhstan on 27 November in Astana, while Iran try to bounce back when they host Qatar at the Azady Gym in Tehran.

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