Japan v Iran, 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship (IRI), Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Final, 31 July 2016

TEHRAN (2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship) - Iran reclaimed their spot atop the continent by claiming the title at the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship with a 71-65 victory over Japan.

Mehran Rezaei led the way with 18 points for Iran while Mohammad Jafari scored 16 points and Amirhossein Rezaeifar picked up 10 points and 12 rebounds as Iran won their first FIBA Asia U18 crown since 2008. It was the country’s third U18 title in all.

Japan were in the U18 final for the first time since 1990 but failed to pick up their second championship trophy. The Japanese, who got 35 points from Keisuke Masuda, grabbed their second runners-up placing following 1970.

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 Fran Yu (15) had 14 points in Batang Gilas' win over India. Photo courtesy of FIBA

MANILA, Philippines – Batang Gilas nipped India, 67-64, to conclude their campaign in the 2016 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championships in seventh place on Sunday afternoon in Tehran, Iran.

Team captain Jolo Mendoza had 15 points, and Fran Yu added 14 for Batang Gilas, who managed to end their campaign on a winning note.

A heartbreaking 85-93 loss to old rivals South Korea in the quarterfinals doomed the Filipinos' hopes of advancing to the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup. They were then routed by China, 55-85, in their first game of the classification phase.

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10 Avi Koki Schafer (JPN) - 7 Tensho Sugimoto (JPN) - 8 Rei Ito (JPN) - Japan v Lebanon, 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship (IRI), Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Semi-Finals, 30 July 2016

TEHRAN (2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship) - Hosts Iran will get a chance to play for the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship title as they raced by Korea to reach the Final against a Japan side who got by Lebanon to advance to their first championship game in 26 years.

Iran got double-doubles from Amirhossein Khandanpoor (17 points and 21 rebounds) and Amirhossein Rezaeifar in cruising to a 87-65 win over Korea in the Semi-Finals. In front of the home fans in Tehran, Iran opened a 20-point lead in the third quarter and Korea never got closer than 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Iran, who finished as the fourth placed team in Group B, will shoot for their third crown after winning in 2004 and 2008 (in Tehran). The Iranians lost in two other finals in 2002 and 2014. Korea got 16 points from Han Seunghui but they were not enough and the team will play in the 3rd Place Game.

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FIBA Asia Under-18

The Philippine national youth basketball team got clobbered again by China, 85-55, this time in the classification phase of the FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship in Tehran, Iran.

Theo Flores led the way for Batang Gilas with 12 points, while Rendell Lee added 10 as they were the only Filipinos who finished in double digits.

Batang Gilas’ top guns, team captain Jolo Mendoza and Joshua Sinclair, didn’t suit up for the Philippines which suffered a similar 29-point beating to China in their earlier encounter.

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Philippines' Kemark Carino tries to block a South Korean cager. FIBA Photo

The South Korean monster returned to haunt the Philippines, this time in the FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship.

Getting hit hard by a 5-20 finishing kick, Batang Gilas found themselves at the losing end of a 85-93 decision to the Koreans on Friday in Tehran, Iran

Losing a lead of seven points in the last four minutes, the Filipinos also lost out on a spot in the semifinals. They bow out of the tournament with only two wins to show through eight games – a dismal finish for one of the region’s basketball powers.

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Batang Gilas center Kemark Carino. FIBA photo

The Philippine national youth basketball team hopes to continue its bid for a podium finish as Batang Gilas faces South Korea in the FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship quarterfinals on Friday in Tehran, Iran.

Batang Gilas and the Koreans lock horns at 3:30 p.m.

The Filipinos set up a date with South Korea after finishing with a 2-3 record in Group A, good for the No.3 seed.

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Kemark Carino of Batang Gilas. FIBA Photo

The Philippine national youth basketball team formalized its entry into the quarterfinal round of the 2016 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship after defeating India, 105-82, in their last assignment in Group A on Wednesday in Tehran, Iran.

Batang Gilas wrapped up the group phase with a 2-3 record, to finish in third place in their group. Eliminated from Group A are Thailand and Iraq, who both finished with 1-4 records.

The Philippines was placed opposite Asian-level rivals South Korea, the second-placed qualifier from Group B, in the quarterfinal round.

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