Iran to face Japan for FIBA Asia Championship third-place
Iran was led by the 18 points of Samad Nikkhah Bahrami. Hamed Haddadi also played well, finishing with 16 points and 11 boards, but committed 8 turnovers.
Former Milwaukee Buck Yi Jianlian led Chinese side with 13 points and 8 boards, while Peng Zhou and Yanyuhang Ding contributed 10 and 12 points, respectively.
“We are really sad because of defeat against China but we will do our best on Saturday for third place against Japan,” Iran coach Dirk Bauermann said.
“We did our best against China but I think they deserved to win the game,” the German coach added.
Iran will play Japan on Saturday in third-place game, while China meet the Philippines in the gold medal game, with a ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics on the line.