The Iranian basketball team beat Japan to win FIBA’s 4th Asia Cup. (File photo)
Iranian basketball team has won the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup in a scintillating performance against Japan.
The Iranian team came from one point behind in the last minute of the game to defeat the hosts 53-51 in the final match of the tournament at Tokyo’s Ota Gymnasium on Saturday.
Qatar placed third in FIBA’s fourth Asia Cup in Tokyo.
The Iranian team beat the Philippines 77-60 in the semifinal on Friday.
Iran also defeated the host team in the preliminary round.
The FIBA Asia Cup, which was known as the FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup between 2004 and 2010, is a biennial tournament.
Iran, the winner of the 2012 tournament, automatically qualified for the 27th FIBA Asia Championship, which will be held in Lebanon in 2013.