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Iran beats Qatar to reach semifinal Wednesday, 1 August, 2007

Posted by Farbod in Sport News.
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Iran beats Qatar to reach semifinal

Wed, 1 Aug 2007 19:15:18
Source: Fiba Asia, Agencies

Hamed Hahadadi’s performance was of vintage basketball. His height and style came to Iran’s advantage to crush Qatar in Fiba Asia games.3698.jpg

The Paykan Tehran center, Hadadi scored only five points, but collected nine rebounds – all in defense that effectively stopped any second shots for Qatar. And more importantly, he utilized his 213cm height to repeatedly block any inside shooting attempt.

Qatar were belligerent and brainstorming in their attempts to take the fight to the Iranian camp, but Hadadi stood impersonating an almost impregnable by checking, blocking – or on occasions fouling – to stop those attempts.

Nikkah brothers – Aidin and Mohammad, have good performance in this match and Aidin top scored the game with 25 points and the younger Mohammad accounted for 14 points along with collecting six rebounds, as Iran who surged 11-0 ahead early in the game and never looked back.

“I think the boys translated their confidence into performance,” said Iran coach Toroman Rajko. “And of course, Hadadi was a great asset.”

“The defensive rebounds were indeed a matter of concern. And that’s where Hadadi made the difference today,” the Serbian born Iranian Coach said.

“It obviously hurts,” said Qatar coach Edward Andrist. “But then that’s what sport is all about. We obviously did not achieve what we set out for. And I take full responsibility for the failure,” the American said.

Iran, now take on co-semifinal travelers Lebanon on Thursday, to decide who finishes on top of the group.

Story by: Farbod Mostofi

Edited by: k.Biuki 

View more stories at www.presstv.com

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