The Iran men’s national under-18 basketball team has chalked up its third straight win at the preliminary round of the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball (FIBA) Under-18 Asian Championship, moving past Japan.
On Tuesday, the Iranian teenagers defeated their Japanese counterparts 71-64 in a fixture staged at Stadium 29 of the central Thai city of Nonthaburi.
The Iranian basketball players started the first quarter in a convincing fashion, and made diverse attacks and blocks to outscore Japan 16-13.
The young Japanese sportsmen came from behind in the second quarter, and tallied enough points to narrowly claim it 18-17.
The Iranian players were strong-minded to regain the lead as the match went into the third quarter. They scored points to surge ahead, and eventually got an three-point lead and won the quarter 21-18.
In the final quarter, the Iranians mounted a series of attacks, and shot baskets to close it at 17-15.
The Iranian squad defeated Kazakhstan 86-54 on Monday. The Iran men’s national under-18 basketball team managed to clinch an 80-50 win over Indonesia in its opening match on August 5.
The 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship got underway on August 5, and will run through August 11, 2018.
The top four finishers will qualify for the 2019 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup, and will represent FIBA Asia in the upcoming tournament.