Iran end Palestine hopes

 29 Sep 2015 - 8:38

Iran end Palestine hopes

CHANGSHA-HUNAN (2015 FIBA Asia Championship): Iran were in a vengeful mood to start day six of competition in Group E of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship. A day after losing to the Philippines, the Iranians obliterated Palestine, 94-48, and effectively booted the latter out of Quarter-Finals contention.

Iran sparkled on both ends of the floor in this one, locking up Palestine for 21 turnovers and dominating them inside as well. The Palestinians clearly couldn’t match up with Iran’s size, depth, and energy.

The two-headed beast of Hamed Haddadi and Asghar Kardoust were just too good in this outing, combining for 29 points and 22 rebounds, while veterans Mahdi Kamrani and Saeid Davarpanah also scored in double-figures.

Palestine’s big three of Sani Sakakini, Imad Qahwash, and Jamal Abu-Shamala bled for their points here, scoring only a combined 35 points on 13-of-42 field goal shooting.