FIBA Asia 2013 Schedule
Published: August 2, 2013
FIBA Asia 2013 Schedule, Hamed Haddadi’s Iranian team won their first game of the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament by 90 points. They likely won’t be able to repeat that performance against Korea on Friday morning, however, considering the latter knocked off tournament-favorite China in their first game.
The 2013 FIBA Asia tournament tipped off early Thursday morning with a few surprises, chief among them being China’s loss to Korea. Not every opening-round game had the fireworks of Bahrain’s overtime upset over India — Hamed Haddadi’s Iranian team defeated Malaysia by 90 actual points — but Friday’s games should once again be worth following for those already looking forward to the 2016 Olympics.
Friday’s best game will likely take place at 4:45 am ET when Korea and Iran battle for the right to be the best team in Group C. Korea was led by Joo-sung Kim on Thursday when it upset Yi Jianlian’s talented China squad, but the Koreans face another tough task Friday morning.
Current NBA free agent Hamed Haddadi scored 21 points and nabbed eight rebounds in just 13 minutes to lead Iran to a 115-25 victory over Malaysia on Thursday. He’ll likely have to play a bit more in Friday’s contest, though, considering Korea’s big men held former comparable players Wang Zhizhi and Yi Jianlian — in that they’ve also played center in the NBA, anyway — to underwhelming performances in their first contest.
Other things to keep an eye on in Friday’s overnight action include the following:
The full schedule for Friday is included below. All times have been converted to ET.
10 p.m. (Thursday) — China (0-1) vs. Malaysia (0-1) , Group C
12:15 a.m. — Chinese Taipei (1-0) vs. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (0-1), Group A
2:30 a.m. — Japan (0-1) vs. Hong Kong (0-0), Group B
4:45 a.m. — Korea (1-0) vs. Iran (1-0), Group C
5 a.m. — Kazakhstan (1-0) vs. Bahrain (1-0), Group D
7:30 a.m. — Jordan (0-1) vs. Philippines (1-0), Group A
9:30 a.m. — Thailand (0-1) vs. India (0-1), Group D