FIBA Asia U-18: Australia, China enter semis

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Slice of action from the China and Taipei on Thursday. PC: FIBA Asia

Bengaluru, November 1: Australia and China stormed into the semifinals of the 2018 FIBA Asia Women’s (Under-18) basketball championships at the Sri Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.

The FIBA world No 7 ranked Australia did well to subdue a spirited late surge by Oceania rivals New Zealand to win comfortably in the end at 82-66.  China, ranked No 9, got the better of traditional rivals comfortably Chinese Taipei at 80-53.

While Australia clash with Japan, China take on Korea Republic in the semi-finals. All these four teams earned the right to represent FIBA Asia in the 2019 FIBA World Cup (Under-19) basketball championships in Thailand from July 20 to 28, 2019.

Kazakhstan, Hong Kong enter semis

Riding on Inna Kulikova’s game-high score of 26 baskets, the 44th ranked Kazakhstan defeated Iran 71-56 at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium to enter the semi-finals and will meet Syria.

Hong Kong defeated Singapore comfortably 67-37 at the same venue to also make the last four and set up a clash with hosts India.

Results: Division A: Australia 82 (Isobel Anne Anstey 13, Miela Goodchild 13, Jazmin Pamela Shelley 11, Samantha Kate Simmons 10) beat New Zealand 66 (Ella Bradley 14, Tayla Dalton 10)) (23-15, 18-10, 24-19, 17-22); China 80 (Yuan Li 20, Yuyan Li 16, Yutong Liu 10) beat Chinese Taipei 53 (Yu-Chieh Chen 16) (27-14, 19-10, 12-13, 22-16)

(7th and 8th place playoff): Indonesia 86 (Tricia Mary Aojis 22) beat Malaysia 35 (Sin Jie Tan 13) (16-6, 25-9, 27-11, 19-9);

Division B: Iran 56 (Fatemeh Aghazedagan Ghazvini 12) lost to Kazakhstan 71 (Inna Kulikova 26) (17-20, 5-16, 10-14,m 24-21); Hong Kong 67 (Wing Nga Poon 18) beat Singapore 37 (Briana Bao Yu Lee 10) (14-6, 15-9, 21-7, 17-15).

(7th and 8th place playoff): Guam 48 (Mia San Nicolas 24) lost to Samoa 62 (Kalista Niu 19) (14-6, 16-21, 7-23, 12-12).

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