Jordan to play Chinese Taipei, after defeating Saudi Arabia

1. Jordan Falcons  defeat Saudi Arabia and set up a date with Taiwan in the Asian Cup quarter-finals
Jordan national team player Malek Kanaan attempts to score in Saudi Arabia’s basket. (Photo: FIBA)

AMMAN — The first national basketball team, the Jordan Falcons, qualified for the FIBA Asia Cup quarterfinals qualifiers after defeating Saudi Arabia 74–64 on Saturday in Jakarta at the Istora stadium.  اضافة اعلان

The Falcons ranked second in Group A standings with five points, following Australia.

Following the win, Jordan are set to meet Chinese Taipei, which clinched third Group B, on Monday. The details of the match are set to be determined later.

Saudi Arabia was eliminated despite their strong start in the first quarter (21–19). The Falcons had a solid comeback starting the second half (39–27) and won the match. Saudi Arabia had previously also lost their opening Group A match to Indonesia (80-54) on Tuesday and their second match to defending champions Australia (76-52) on Thursday.

Indonesia, the host, who came third in Group A ranking, will play against China, which placed second place in Group B, for the quarterfinal. Australia, the group leader with six points, qualified for the quarterfinals directly, according to tournament instructions.

Ahmad Al-Dwairi remained the national team’s stud after achieving his third straight double-double after scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. Ahmad Alhamarsheh followed by scoring 15 points, getting five rebounds.

Mathna Almarwani, from the Saudi side, emerged with a double-double before the end of halftime, and finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Saudi’s Khalid Abdel Gabar had his best performance yet in the Asia Cup with 19 points, six rebounds, and three assists

Wissam Al-Sous, the Falcon’s head coach, expressed utter dissatisfaction with the national team’s performance against Saudi Arabia, as he said on the sidelines of a press conference: “I was not satisfied with the performance of the players in the first half. Our performance was also bad towards the end of the game. And while we did well in the second and third quarters, I am not satisfied with the performance. We are lacking team spirit.”

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