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Iran improves to 4-0 after beating Bahrain at FIBA Asia Championship

Updated: 2013-08-07 16:08
( Xinhua)

MANILA - Iran's second-half run buried Bahrain and improved their second round group result to 4-0 here on Tuesday at the 27th Asian Men's Basketball Championship.

Leading by only three point at halftime, Iran blew out their competition with a 45-29 spread between the third and fourth quarter, to notch a 75-56 victory and a clean 4-0 slate in Group F.

Sammad Nikkah Bahrami led Iran with 17 points, while Asghar Kardoust and Hamed Afagh added 12 and 15 points respectively. Mahdi Kamrany scored nine points and added 10 assists. Oshin Sahakian hauled in 10 boards.

"We didn't underestimate our opponent and we were focused in the game," said Mehmed Becirovic, head coach of Iran.

Iran will play their final group match against Kazakhstan on Wednesday.