Jordan fight back to down Qatar at Asian basketball

 28 Sep 2015 - 0:00

Jordan fight back to down Qatar at Asian basketball
A Qatari player gestures during the match against Jordan at the FIBA Asia Basketball Championship, yesterday. 

Changsha-Hunan, China: Jordan took their lumps early on the FIBA Asia  Basketball Championship but the tough schedule appears to have made them battle hardened.
That was the conclusion to be drawn yesterday when they defeated Qatar, 84-73 in the first game of second round.
Going up against the Group D winners, Rajko Toroman’s side edged ahead in the third quarter and played with tremendous resolve over the last 15 minutes to claim a vital win. Alex Legion had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Jordanians, who also got very important contributions from veterans Osama Daghlas, Zaid Abbas and Mousa Alawadi.
After Trey Johnson scored to give Qatar a 42-40 advantage with 6:13 to go in the third quarter, Daghlas answered with a three-ball for Jordan that triggered a 12-2 and put them ahead for good.
Jordan were much more accurate from three-point range (11 of 31, 35.5 percent) and the free-throw line (15 of 23, 65.2 percent) than Qatar (six of 22, 27.3 percent) and (11 of 19, 57.9 percent).
Both Daghlas and Legion can lay claim to this honour because each played with cool heads and determination in the third quarter when Jordan trailed by seven points and battled back to not only pull level but to go in front for good. Daghlas finished with 18 points. This was a game that Jordan needed to win, not just to fortify their place in the standings but to gain a psychological boost. They could easily have caved in but instead played with purposed against a Qatar side that had been one of the tournament’s best in the Preliminary Round.
In other match, China didn’t really break a sweat as they recorded a convincing win over Kazakhstan, 75-62, in Group F action from the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.
Coach Gong Luming’s wards had a strong start in this one, and they managed to sustain the pressure all throughout the game. Not surprisingly, China’s Walking Great Wall got the job done again. Yi Jianlian and Zhou Qi combined to tally 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots. Wingmen Li Gen and Ding Yanyuhang also stepped up, scoring 12 and 10 points respectively as the hosts notched their fourth victory in as many games. Jerry Johnson tried to carry the fight for the Kazakhs, but he struggled from the field, shooting just 4-of-10 to finish with 11 points. Anatoliy Kolesnikov was the only other Kazakhstan player in double-figures with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.
China came out of the gates guns blazing. Behind the trio of Zhou Qi, Li Gen, and Ding Yanyuhang, China scored the match’s first ten points. 
That opening salvo set the tone for the game, and Kazakhstan would not be able to recover.