Iran beat Taiwan 92-82 Tuesday to go undefeated and retain the championship in the 2010 R. Williams Jones Cup basketball tournament, further solidifying its position as an Asian basketball powerhouse.
The West Asian country also won back-to-back champions in the 2007 and 2009 Asian Men’s Basketball Championship, which was in the past traditionally dominated by China and South Korea.
Trailing at one point by as many as 14 points, Iran rallied from 11 points down at half-time and used a 54-33 run in the second half and its height advantage in the paint to turn the game around, finishing the single round robin men’s competition with a perfect 6-0 record.
Lebanon beat the Philippines 73-62 and finished runner-up with five wins and one loss, while Japan came third with four wins and two losses after an 83-67 win over the Taiwan University All-Stars.
Taiwan’s national team and the Taiwan University All-Stars finished the tournament, Taiwan’s most popular annual international competition, 2-4 and 1-5, respectively.
The Philippines (3-3) and the Crocodiles from Australia (0-6) ranked fourth and seventh in the men’s group.
South Korea’s Sinsegae Coolcats beat the Taiwan women’s national team 80-68 to win the women’s competition a day earlier.
Final men’s placing:
1. Iran 6-0
2. Lebanon 5-1
3. Japan 4-2
4. Philippines 3-3
5. Taiwan 2-4
6. Taiwan University All-Stars 1-5
7. Australia Crocs 0-6
Marcus Douthit, Philippines
Lee Hsueh-lin, Taiwan
Chou Po-chen, Taiwan University
E. Estaphan, Lebanon
(Photos: ESPN Taiwan)