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Iran basketball team notches 2nd win in 2018 WABA U16 Championships

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The photo shows a view of the 2018 WABA U16 Championships match between the Iran men’s national under-16 basketball team (players in white) and Jordan at the Imam Khomeini Hall of Gorgan Sports Complex, Gorgan, northeastern Iran, on July 30, 2018.

The Iran men’s national under-16 basketball team has chalked up its second straight win at the preliminary round of the 2018 West Asian Basketball Association (WABA) U16 Championships, defeating Jordan.

On Monday evening, the Iranian teenagers defeated their Jordanian counterparts 90-25 in a fixture staged at the Imam Khomeini Hall of Gorgan Sports Complex in the northeastern Iranian city of Gorgan.

The Iranian basketball players started the first quarter in a convincing fashion, and made diverse attacks and blocks to outscore Jordan 29-6.

The second quarter played out much like the first, and the Iranians tallied enough points to claim it 18-10.

The Iranian players were strong-minded not to relinquish the lead as the match went into the third quarter. They scored points to surge ahead, and eventually got an eleven-point lead and won the quarter 16-7.

The photo shows a view of the 2018 WABA U16 Championships match between the Iran men’s national under-16 basketball team (players in white) and Jordan at the Imam Khomeini Hall of Gorgan Sports Complex, Gorgan, northeastern Iran, on July 30, 2018.

In the final quarter, the Iranians mounted a series of attacks, and shot baskets to close it at 27-2.

“We had less mistakes compared to the first match and we hope that this trend would continue,” Iran’s coach Ali Arezoumandi said after the game.

He noted that the match against Lebanon will be Iran’s most important game of the event since “they play a higher level of basketball compared to other rivals.”

The Iranian squad managed to clinch a 91-36 win over Iraq in its opening match on Saturday.

The photo shows a view of the 2018 WABA U16 Championships match between the Iran men’s national under-16 basketball team (players in white) and Iraq at the Imam Khomeini Hall of Gorgan Sports Complex, Gorgan, northeastern Iran, on July 28, 2018.

Iran is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday to play against Lebanon.

The 2018 WABA U16 Championships kicked on July 28, and will wrap up on August 2.

The tournament has attracted men’s national under-16 basketball teams from Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.


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