Iran ease to opening second-round win

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Defending champions Iran began the second round of the FIBA Asia Championship by hammering Hong Kong 111-56.

Mohammad Jamshidi starred for Iran with 22 points in an emphatic victory, with Mohammadsamad Nik Khahbahrami also contributing with 15.

Group E rivals Philippines, who lost to Iran in the 2013 final, beat Japan 73-66 and India overcame Palestine 73-70.

In Group F South Korea turned around a 43-32 half-time deficit to defeat Lebanon, putting up 53 second-half points to claim an 85-71 success.

Elsewhere, China were 75-62 winners over Kazakhstan, and Jordan overcame Qatar 84-73.

In the 13th-16th place semi-finals, Kuwait beat Malaysia 83-61 to set up a 13th-place match with Chinese Taipei, who comfortably saw off Singapore 111-65.