SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Patrik Auda scored 16 points, Blake Schilb added 14 and the Czech Republic wasted most of a 22-point lead sooner than holding on to defeat Iran 84-78 in the principle sport of the Olympic males’s basketball tournament on Sunday.
Jan Vesely added 11 for the Czech Republic.
Behnam Yakhchali had a sport-excessive 23 points for Iran (0-1), which trailed by 22 gradual in the third and by 21 in the fourth sooner than putting together its comeback characterize. Mohammad Jamshidi scored 16 and Hamed Haddadi had 15 points and 10 rebounds sooner than fouling out gradual for Iran.
Jamshidi’s 3-pointer with 1: 10 left got Iran within 80-76, however Schilb scored on every of the following two Czech possessions to relieve end out the win.
Iran opened the fourth quarter on a 15-2 fling, getting within 69-61 on a 3-point play from Yakhchali with 5: 39 remaining. The Czechs overlooked nine of their first 10 shots from the subject in the fourth, seeing their lead regain trimmed to single digits for the principle time since early in the 2nd quarter.
Both teams return to play Wednesday, with Iran facing the U.S. and the Czech Republic playing France in Neighborhood A matchups.
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