The FIBA Asia 2015 has witnessed excellent gameplay by Asian dark horses contending hard for the title and thereby reach the Rio Olympics 2016.
China and Iran have also been the most dominant forces in the Asian tournament and have fought their way to enter into the semifinals to face each other. Both the teams boast the highest number of titles won in the tournament. China has won five crowns in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005,and 2011, whereas Iran has bagged three titles in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
In the last match against India, who had reached the quarter-finals for the first time in 12 years, the Chinese home team subjugated them to a 104-58 victory in Changsa, China, as Inquirer reported
The title defenders, Iran, on the other hand, defeated South Korea with 75-62 points and paved the way to the semi-finals to wrangle against their toughest contender, China.
Yi Jianlian, from the Dragon squad, showed excellent skills with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Zhai Xiaochuan of the Beijing Ducks claimed 15 markers with 3-3 shots against the Indians. The two seem to be the most powerful forces of the Chinese squad and are expected to showcase their superhuman attributes in the next game against Iran.
According to FIBA.com, Guo Ailun, the 21-year-old star from the Liaoning Flying Leopards, is looked forward to be the most influential man on court.
Iran, on the contrary, have lost their impactful howitzer Hamed Afagh as a result of a twisted ankle he suffered in the match against Korea on Thursday. Hamed Haddadi, the giant veteran of the Iranian pack, would lose a lot of support following Afagh’s injury as he was best known for his outside shooting.
Mohammed Hasanzadeh is somebody who can support Haddadi as good as Afagh. Other Iranian veterans like Mahdi Kamrani and Samad Nikkhah Bahrami also seem to be well prepared for the clash with the Dragons in the semi finals.
The China vs Iran semifinals game is scheduled tonight at 7:30pm (GMT +8). Live stream is available at here.