Scores for August 3 (via Asia-Basket.com)
||Chinese Taipei def. Philippines
||Jordan def. Saudi Arabia
||Qatar def. Hong Kong
||Iran def. China
||South Korea def. Malaysia
||Kazakhstan def. India
||Bahrain def. Thailand
Day 3 Recap
Saturday marked the final matchups in group play at the FIBA Asia championship, with each of the countries vying for a spot in the second round. The top three teams in each group advance to play in the second round, so every team in attendance in the Philippines came prepared to push their way forth and avoid disappointing classification.
Chinese Taipei walked into Saturday's finale already having advanced, but they locked their standing in with a nail-biter win over the host Philippines. Despite getting out to a strong lead, Chinese Taipei were never able to pull away as both sides were battling for undefeated records in Group A.
It eventually took a scintillating 29-11 run in the fourth quarter to push Chinese Taipei over the top, getting them an 84-79 triumph. Cheng-Ju Lu led the charge with a game-high 22 points, and Chih-Chieh Lin added 20. Both teams will advance to the next round, with Chinese Taipei having won the Group A championship and the Philippines finishing second.
Elsewhere in Group A, Jordan stayed alive in the tournament with a 63-47 win over Saudi Arabia. Neither team made much of a dent against their more talented opponents, but Jordan's win allows them to move on to the second round.
In Group B—the one where everyone was already safe heading into the event—Qatar got a critical two points in the table to stay undefeated. They defeated Hong Kong's squad 87-64, with Jarvis Hayes coming through with a game-high 25 points. He leads the tournament at 22.5 points per game.
South Korea, a team mostly out of relegation danger heading into the day, kept it that way by being the latest squad to crush Malaysia in Group C. The Koreans opened up a 15-point lead going into halftime and survived a strong third quarter effort from the Malaysians to pull away for a 80-58 victory.
Seung Jun Lee was particularly impressive, making all eight of his field goals and adding in nine rebounds to lead the way for South Korea. At 2-1, they finished in second place in Group C and will move on to the second round. Malaysia did not win any of their three games in the tournament thus far, and will be relegated to the consolation side. They will play Thailand next.
As for the rest of Group C, things went about as expected between Iran and China. The Iranians' dominant performance in the FIBA Asias continued, as they handily defeated a game Chinese side 70-51.
A breakout star throughout this tournament, Hamed Haddadi's strong run continued Saturday. He scored 15 points and added seven rebounds for Iran, whose victory was never in doubt. They pulled ahead by 17 at the half and coasted their way through to victory.
Iran finishes the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 record. They will be one of the favorites heading into Round 2. China advances despite a 1-2 record, finishing in third place.
India will also be advancing to Round 2 despite a 1-2 record, but won't be doing so thanks to their effort Saturday. The Indians were soundly defeated 89-65 by Kazakhstan, who come away from Group D as the undefeated champions. Kazakhstan were led by Mikhail Yevstigneyev's 22 points, and somehow stayed unblemished despite some close calls.
Bahrain's only loss came at the feet of the Kazakhs, as they advanced to the second round with an 86-62 win over Thailand. Mohamed Alderazi pushed the result with 21 points.