The four remaining spots for Asian Teams in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 were finally taken by Japan, Iran, Philippines and Jordan.
All the four teams have qualified for the FIBA Worldcup 2019 to be held in China later this year.
Let us take a take a look at how the games went by.
Japan 96, Qatar 48
Starting five for Japan already showed a sweet shooting display against Iran in the previous match, and they continued the same here too. Japan had the lead in most of the game, and this was the result of their fabulous outside shooting and the inside plays by Nick Fazekas. Japan made 14 3-point shots out of which seven were contributed by their point guards Naoto Tsuji and Yuki Togashi. Japan was leading by 10 points at the half, and they just accelerated their speed in the next half outscoring Qatar by 54-23 in the second.
Japan was led by Fazekas with 20 points and 19 rebounds, while Makoto Hiejima and Tsuji each scored 12 points each. Yudai Baba contributed 11 points, four boards and three steals.
Qatar was led by Nasser Al-Rayes and Moustafa Fouda, who had 11 points each. This was Japan’s eighth win in the Asian Qualifiers where they finished second in Group F.
Korea 84, Lebanon 72
Lebanon made a pretty decent start with a lead of 10 points at the end of the first quarter which came down to a 3 point lead at the end of the first half. But in the second half, Koreans got in their pace and outscored the home team by 44-28 within 20 min.
Korea was led by their big man Ra GunA who scored 25 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, and was joined by Kim JongKyu who collected 14 points from his side.
Korea has already qualified for the World Cup, but with this win, they were able to tie New Zealand for the top spot with 10 wins and 2 losses each. However, they still finished on the second place because of the point difference.
It was a heartbreaker loss for Leban on, as they were hoping to qualify to the World Cup after missing the 2014 World Cup in Spain. Wael Arakji did well scoring 19 points, while Abd El Nour had 10 points and nine rebounds. This was the 6th loss for the team in the Asian qualifiers.
Philippines 93, Kazakhstan 75
The former NBA big man Andray Blatche had a good game even after having foul troubles. He had one of the most excellent individual performances of the entire World Cup Qualifiers, scoring 41 points, grabbing 13 rebounds,. He also collected 4 steals, three assists, two steals and five triples. Also, Five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo scored 9 points and seven rebounds.
Philippines finished fourth place in Group F.
Anthony Clemmons led the Kazakhs with 27 points including 6 three-pointers.
Iran, 85, Australia 74
Iranians came out solid in the first period, surprising the Aussies. Iran had the early lead in the first quarter and played well enough to keep the visitors at their tail for the rest of the game.
Behnam Yakhchali and Mohammad Jamshidi fired the net combining for 46 points. Meisam Mirzaei scored 14 points with ten rebounds.
Australia was out of shape for much of the game, and by the time they seemed to catch up in the second half, it was just little too late. Mitch Creek and Thomas Wilson led the Aussies with 20 and 16 points respectively.
Iran thus qualified for the World Cup.
New Zealand 80, Jordan 86,
It was a head to head affair throughout and the Falcons proved stronger by game’s end to notch their seventh win of the Asian Qualifiers.
Dar Tucker had another big game for Jordan, notching a near triple-double with 24 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Mousa Alawadi scored 21 points with the help of 5 triples, while Ahmad Al-Dwairi made his contribution with 15 points and nine rebounds.
New Zealand felt the absence of a couple of veterans, and it showed, especially in their endgame execution where they had their chances
The final list of the Asian teams qualified for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 is China (hosts), Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Iran, Philippines and Jordan.