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Publish Date: 19:11 - 07 April 2018
TEHRAN, April 07 - The Iran men’s national under-16 basketball team has finished its campaign at the Fédération internationale de basket-ball (FIBA) U16 Men's Asian Championship, following a narrow defeat from New Zealand in the quarter-final round of the continental competitions.

Iran loses to New Zealand, drops out of FIBA U16 Men’s Asian ChampionshipTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - On Friday, the Iranian squad lost to New Zealand 73-69 in a thrilling match staged at the Foshan Lingnan Mingzhu Gymnasium.

The Iranians took the lead in the first quarter and took it by 20 points to 16.

Their dominance on the court, however, did not last long as New Zealanders came from behind and claimed the second quarter 17-16.

In the third quarter, the New Zealand side prevailed again and scored 21 points, while the Iranian outfit bagged 13 points.

The Iranian basketball players tried hard in the last quarter to get back, and earned 20 points against 19 points collected by their opponents. Nevertheless, the tally was not enough and Iran had to concede the defeat.

The loss meant Iran’s dream to step into the 2018 FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup had faded away.

Iran will face South Korea in a 5-8 classification game on Saturday.

The FIBA U16 Men’s Asian Championship kicked off in the central Chinese city of Foshan on April 2, and will conclude on April 8, 2018.

It is the qualifying tournament for FIBA Asia at the 2018 FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup.

The top four Asian teams will compete in the prestigious international event.

Australia, China, New Zealand and the Philippines have already booked their places in the U17 World Cup.

Source: Presstv

 

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