Iran lose to Australia at FIBA World Cup qualifier

December 1, 2018 - 0:6

TEHRAN – Iran fell short against Australia at the FIBA World Cup qualifier's fifth and penultimate window.

Australia booked a place at the 2019 Basketball World Cup in China after defeating Iran 76-47 in Melbourne on Friday.

In a rematch of the 2017 Asia Cup final, the Australian team again came out on top with a dominant performance at Margaret Court Arena.

The win gives Australia eight wins from nine Asian zone qualifying matches and guarantees a top-three finish in Group F that sees they advance to next year's finals.

With Iran missing a number of experienced players, including former NBA center Hamed Haddadi, the Boomers used a balanced scoring attack and stifling defense to overwhelm the visitors.

Iran will take on the Philippines on Dec. 3 in Pasay.

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification (Asia) process will determine the seven teams from FIBA Asia and/or FIBA Oceania that will participate at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.

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