India go down to Iran in Asia Cup basketball

Wuhan (China), July 15 (IANS) India, who had created history after beating the continent's top dog China in their previous game, went down 49-62 to Iran in a Group A game of the fifth FIBA Asia Cup basketball championship here Tuesday.

India made a brilliant start to the match but failed to capitalise. The South Asians sped to a seven-point lead in the first quarter and consolidated their lead to 12 by halftime.

The Indians seemed to lose focus after that as Iran completely dominated the game opening up a 40-23 advantage.

Iran fended off a late rally from the Indians outscoring them by a point in the final quarter.

Hamed Haddadi top scored for Iran with 16 points. Amjyot Singh had an exceptional game for the Indians bagging a match-high 17 points.

India had already qualified for the quarters so the loss didn't have too much of an adverse effect on the team's progression.