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India maintains winning streak

By Our Sports Reporter

BANGALORE, SEPT. 16. Putting up a vastly improved showing than what it displayed against India on the opening day, the Hong Kong China lads pulled off a 79-76 win against Yemen to finish second behind group leader India in Group `D' of the 18th Asian junior basketball championship at the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex, Hanumanthanagar here this evening.

India meanwhile maintained its winning streak with a comprehensive 75-46 victory against Qatar to top the group.

China, Korea and Iran also romped into the second round with a degree of impunity.

Of the three, Korea look most assured and for the second successive day ran up a century plus scoreline, this time a 121-80 defeat of Philippines in Group C.

Complacent start

India, with the confidence of two good victories behind it, did seem a wee bit complacent to start off with. And the folly of committing too many needless fouls continued although there was no stopping it from cruising to a 75-46 victory to top the group.

Jagdeep fumbled and was benched and so did the star of the two earlier victories, Talwinderjeet. But Mandeep Singh and Yadwinder Singh put in a worthy show so much so that India coach B.S. Hooda could afford to give his bench a real feel of the court.

Lebanon has it easy

Lebanon made sure of a top eight berth with a resounding 97-69 win over Kuwait. For Lebanon it was the second win in Group C and will clash with Korea on the morrow for a finish at the top.

Lebanon was slow to start off and the Kuwaitis did rattle them early on with some superb drive-ins and long-rangers. But Lebanon caught up at 32-all in the second quarter and raced ahead to take a 47-40 lead at half-time.

In the second there was virtually just one team in the picture as it scored at will making good of some sloppy defence and poor rebounding by Kuwait.

The results:

Group B: Iran 98 (Jaber Darrehsari 16, Mohammedreza Bisheh 15, Arashk Broojeni 12, Mohammad Bedouei 10, Davit Momjian 12) bt Kyrgyzstan 68 (Yuriy Kistanov 22, Andrey Paschenko 20, Aziz Halmurzin 10).

Chinese Taipei 92 (Yen Chen Hung 29, Lin Yi Huei 24, Chien Chia Hung 10, Cheng Jen Wei 8) bt Japan 81 (Nishimura Fumio 16, Shimada Motoshi 15, Ota Takumi 12, Sasaki Toru 10).

Group C: Korea 121 (Sung Jin Park 23, Sung Hoon Park 21, Jin Soo-kim 17, Jae Pil Ha 15, Sung Ho Yoo 14, Chang Min Lee 10) bt Philippines 80 (Dylan Ababou 20, Jervy Cruz 15, Alvin john Calatayud 14, Angelo Mark Canlas 9).

Group D: Hong Kong China 79 (Chan Cheung Man 26, Liang Man Hung 16) bt Yemen 76 (Adel Bourji 25, Ahmed Ahmed 18, Samer Al Asbha 12).

India 75 (Yadwinder Singh 16, Talwinderjit Singh 13, Sanjay 11, Bijobi Vakkachan 10) bt Qatar 46 (Majid Mohammed 19, Omar Marzouq 12).

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