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Hong Kong, Japan set up tiff for 9th place

/ 02:48 PM August 09, 2013

LAM Man Chun of Hong Kong and SAKURAGI Jr. of Japan PBA IMAGES/NUKI SABIO

MANILA, Philippines — Hong Kong and Japan triumphed in their respective classification matches on Fridcay to arrange a meeting for ninth place in the 27th FIBA Asia men’s championships.

Hong Kong, which got a bye to the second round, notched its first win of the tournament after fending off Bahrain, 87-79, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Half-Canadian center Duncan Reid led the former British Colony with 20 points and seven rebounds while Shing Yee Fong added 13 points and collared 12 boards.

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The Japanese, meanwhile, came back from 17 points down to frustrate India, 73-64.

Five players scored in double digits for Japan with Naoto Tsuji and Kosuke Takeuchi leading with 12 markers apiece.

Japan and Hong Kong clash at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday while Bahrain and India are left to fight for the 11th spot at 10:30 a.m.

TAGS: FIBA Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Sports
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