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Iran to meet Japan at FIBA Asia U18 Championship final
Iran will get a chance to play Japan for the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship title.

The host beat South Korea 88-65 in Tehran’s Azadi Hall on Saturday.

Iran got double-doubles from Amirhossein Khandanpoor (17 points and 21 rebounds) and South Korea got 16 points from Han Seunghui.

Iran, who finished as the fourth placed team in Group B, will shoot for its third crown after winning in 2004 and 2008 (in Tehran). The Iranians lost in two other finals in 2002 and 2014. 

 Iran's opponent in the title bout will be Japan, who eased to a 75-59 victory over Lebanon to reach the title game for the first time since 1990 - the year the country claimed its only crown.

Keisuke Masuda led the way with 29 points while Yudai Nishida scored 18 points in the win. Ali Mansour was Lebanon's top scorer with 17 points. 

Iran and Japan faced off in Group B play earlier in the tournament with Japan winning 81-77. By reaching the final, Iran and Japan also booked their tickets to the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship, joining host Egypt as well as the FIBA Americas U18 Championship quartet of United States, Canada, Brazil and Puerto Rico. 

Iran is back in the U19 Worlds for the third time in a row while Japan will play at the tournament for the first time since 1999. The winner between Korea and Lebanon in the 3rd Place Game will also reach the U19 Worlds. Korea would make it for a fourth straight time while Lebanon's only appearance came in 2007.


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