Latest Stories

Iran, China, South Korea favored to reach semis


There’s no denying that the Final Eight in the 27th Fiba-Asia Championship is the crème de la crème of the tournament, but there are only two matches considered as toss-ups in today’s quarterfinals at Mall of Asia Arena.

Iran vs Jordan

No team has come close to touching mighty Iran in the 15-nation meet, with the Iranians running roughshod over their first six foes and no team looking capable of challenging them the rest of the way.

Iran made South Korea and China look bad in the preliminaries and will certainly make Jordan look the same in the 3 p.m. contest with NBA veteran Hamed Hadadi leading the way.

Not even China’s Yi Jianlian was a match for the 7-foot-2 Hadadi and Jordan won’t have one man that can stop the tall Iranian today.

Iran also has the creative Nikka Bahrami and the silently effective Hamed Afagh, the same guys who helped Iran win in 2007 and 2009.

Jordan upset the Iranians in the quarterfinals in Wuhan, China, two years ago, but that Jordanian team was one of the best in the region back then with the likes of Sam Douglas and Rasheim Wright still in the roster.

Chinese Taipei vs China

Yi played a brief 12 minutes in China’s last game in the preliminaries to get back the game-feel needed for the KO stages. He will be Chinese Taipei’s main problem when they slug it out in the 5:45 p.m. game.

Chinese Taipei has never beaten a Chinese A-Team in its basketball history, according to a veteran Taiwanese reporter, and upsetting China today will give the Taiwanese a bit of Fiba-Asia history.

Quincy Davis III, the first naturalized player in Chinese-Taipei history, will be a key player for the Taiwanese.

The winner of this match will advance to clash with the winner of the Iran-Jordan tiff for a place in the Finals tomorrow.

South Korea vs Qatar

Speed kills. South Korea knows this, and Qatar dreads this.

Facing the oldest squad in the tournament, the Koreans are expected to run and score and give the Qataris all the trouble they can handle in their 10:30 p.m. game

The Koreans ripped the Qataris the last time they faced, also in the quarterfinals, and are fancied to advance and face possibly the Filipinos in the Final Four tomorrow and reprise several classic confrontations in the past.

Jarvis Hayes is the main Qatari gun with the 38-year-old Yasseen Musa the team leader.

Korea, meanwhile, has many guns, a formidable frontline and the youth that could serve it well.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: 27th Fiba-Asia

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
  • 4 French journalists freed from Syria captors home
  • Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land
  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
  • Pimentel wants Balikatan-type drills for PNP
  • Sports

  • Red-hot Alaska rips injury-depleted San Mig Coffee
  • Pacquiao courtesy call to Aquino set for Monday
  • Nick Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk
  • Teague scores 28 as Hawks soar past Pacers in Game 1
  • Warriors beat Clippers in playoff opener
  • Lifestyle

  • Angono petroglyphs in danger of disappearing
  • Britain’s baby Prince George visits Australian zoo
  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Entertainment

  • Show-biz celebrities’ other choices of summer getaway
  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Business

  • Top-selling insurance agent opens her dream café
  • Connecting and transacting with one another
  • Building wealth for health
  • Why Mandaue Foam buys, rather than rents, space
  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW from Maguindanao died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
  • Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit
  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Marketplace