Iran's junior basketball team has advanced to the final match of the FIBA Asian Junior Championship by defeating Syria 80 to 78 in Tehran.
The Iranian team bested Syria 23 to 15 in the second quarter and drew 14 to 14 in the fourth quarter.
The Syrian team also beat Iran 23 to 21 and 26 to 23 in the first and third quarters, respectively.
It is the third time in the past four years that Iran's junior team that Iran has made it to the final round.
The team will now take on Kazakhstan which trounced Japan 103-78 in the second semifinal on Thursday.
The first three top teams of the FIBA Asian Junior Championship will be admitted to the world basketball competitions.
"We have another chance," Japan coach Yuji Yoshida said talking about the World Championship berth if his team beats Syria.
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