BEIRUT, Lebanon (FIBA Asia Cup 2017) - Australia became the first-ever FIBA
Asia Cup champions after beating Iran 79-56 in Sunday's Final in Beirut.
The Boomers jumped out to a 12-2 lead early on and never looked back on route to a comfortable victory.
Brad Newley had a team-high 18 points for Australia, while Daniel Kickert added 14 and Mitch Creek, the team's leading scorer in the competition, chipped in with a dozen of his own. (watch the game highlights)
Iran's basketball team players
Iran's Hamed Haddadi was named the tournament's MVP and headlined the
All-Star Five where he was joined by his fellow countryman Mohammad Jamshidi,
along with Shae Ili of New Zealand, Korea's Oh Sekeun and Lebanon's Fadi El
The MVP and All-Star Five awards were presented by FIBA Secretary General
Patrick Baumann. Executive Director - Asia, Hagop Khajirian awarded the silver
medals, while FIBA & FIBA Asia Presidents Horacio Muratore and Sheikh Saud bin
Ali Al-Thani awarded the gold medals and the trophy
Earlier in the day, Korea upended New Zealand 79-56 in the battle for third place.
FIBA Asia Cup 2017 Top 8:
2. I.R. Iran
4. New Zealand
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