Iran basketball fail to end title drought at Asiad

September 1, 2018

TEHRAN – Iran basketball team failed to end title drought at the Asian after losing to China in the final match.

The Iranian team were defeated to China 84-72 at the Gelora Bung Karno Istora.

Abudushalamu Abudurexiti, who played for the Golden State Warriors' NBA Summer League team earlier this year, scored 20 points to lead a balanced China offensive.

Former Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi led Iran with 27 points.

Earlier on the day, South Korea claimed the bronze medal with an 89-81 decision over Chinese Taipei.

 Ricardo Ratliffe had 37 points and 17 rebounds as the Koreans fought off a fourth-quarter rally by Chinese Taipei to make it to the podium.

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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