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September 2016
FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 Quarter-Finals
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Today's FIBA Asia Challenge Games: Friday 16 September

TEHRAN (FIBA Asia Challenge 2016) - We are in the deep waters of the competition here at the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 in Tehran, Iran. Here are the four Quarter-Finals games in store for everyone today.

Korea v Chinese Taipei

Speed and shooting — those will be the bywords in this encounter between Korea and Chinese Taipei. Both are coming off separate defeats, so they would love nothing more than to bounce back with a win and, at the same time, knock off the other squad. Quincy Davis should prove to be a handful for coach Hur Jae’s frontline, while coach Yan Jia-Hwa’s guards will have to keep up with Korea’s Kim SunHyung and Lee JungHyun.

Iraq v China

China will be tested here. Naturalized player Kevin Galloway tore up Thailand two days ago, and all signs point to him upping his performance even more against Team Dragon. Iraq have great size, too, and China have historically struggled against teams who are as big as they are (e.g. see India a few days ago). Coach Li Nan needs to draw out the very best from young bigs Hu Jinqiu and Zou Yuchen if they are move on to the Semi-Finals comfortably.

India v Iran

India repeated the miracle of 2014 when they upset China anew this past Tuesday, but they will need an even bigger miracle to topple defending champions and hosts Iran in this match up. India’s big three has expanded into their big four with Talwinderjit Singh joining the scoring spree against Kazakhstan two days ago, so Iran cannot so easily look past coach Sat Prakash’s side. Team Melli will need to pile on the pressure for the entire game lest they leave the door ajar for another Indian upset.

Jordan v Japan

Coach Kenji Hasegawa’s squad will have to flash theri finest form if they are to get past a streaking Jordanian quintet who have won their last four outings. Coach Sam Daghlas has a cohesive and determined crew who are leading the entire field in scoring, so Japan’s defense has to be airtight for them to hang with Jordan. The likes of Makoto Hiejima, Ira Brown and Takatoshi Furukawa have to be on target, while Jordan should rely on leading scorer Dar Tucker, Zaid Abbas and Mohammad Shaher Hussein.