Boomers crowned Asian basketball champions


Boomers crowned Asian basketball champions

On Sunday evening, the Iranian outfit, which had Hamed Haddadi, Arsalan Kazemi, Behnam Yakhchali, Mohammad Jamshidi and Sajjad Yakhchali in its line-up, lost to Australia 56-79 in the final match of the continental tournament at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Zouk Mosbeh town, located 12 kilometers north of the Lebanese capital city of Beirut. Australia kept pressure up then and claimed the quarter 18-14.

Australia shrugged off the absence of their National Basketball Association stars to claim the Asian Cup for the first time in their maiden participation on Sunday, sweeping past three-time champions Iran 79-56 in the final.

Australia had a commanding 25-12 lead at the end of the second quarter.

Former Memphis Grizzlies centre Hamed Haddadi, who scored 18 points in the final for Iran, was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Daniel Kickert had the job on Haddadi early but the Boomers forward went to work offensively as well while Brad Newley, who had hit just one three-pointer prior to the final, knocked down two inside the first five minutes to give Australia an early 12-2 buffer.

It took two and a half minutes for the lead to balloon to 20 in the third period from which point it was relatively plain sailing.

In the game for third place that was held earlier, South Korea's Ung Heo had 20 points, Sekeun Oh recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Junyong Choi shone with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Oceania teams Australia and New Zealand were incorporated by Fiba to Asia.