Asian Games: Iran basketball into semis

August 27, 2018

TEHRAN – Iran national basketball team advanced to the 2018 Asian Games semifinals after beating Japan on Monday.

Team Melli defeated Japan 93-67 at the GBK Basket Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Hamed Haddadi led Iran with 22 points while Naoya Kumagae was Japan’s topscorer with 14 points.

Iran will face South Korea in the semi-final on Thursday after their 91-82 victory over the Philippines, who had 25 points from Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jordan Clarkson.

The 18th Asian Games stage 465 events out of 40 sports, among which 330 events from 32 sports will feature in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Games, attracting more than 10,000 athletes, will run through Sept. 2.

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