Qatar Loses in Basketball Semis; to Play for Bronze Saturday

Tokyo, September 21 (QNA) – The Qatari basketball team lost Friday 66-72 to its Japanese host in the semi-finals of the Fiba Asia Cup. Qatar will have to overcome the Philippines tomorrow if it is to win the bronze medal. The Philippines lost today as well to Iran 66-77.  Tomorrow will also see match ups that will determine the fifth to eighth placed teams in the cup.
Head of the Qatari Delegation to the competition Mohammed Ali Hobash praised the hosts for their performance and said that the Qatari team played a big game as well but were unlucky. He praised the Qatari team for their tenacity and determination in particular.
The Qatari team was leading at different points in the game but the players were unable to hold on to their lead. (QNA)

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