Ali Saad (centre) celebrates Qatar’s win over Lebanon in the Asian Basketball Championship with a team-mate yesterday.

Qatar edged a double-overtime thriller against Lebanon, winning 105-100, on Day 2 of the FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha-Hunan, China, yesterday.
Ali Saad forced the first overtime when he made three free-throws after being fouled while attempting a shot from the arc just seven seconds from the end.
Then at the end of the first overtime, Trey Johnson drilled a three-pointer to close the gap to 85-84 and following a one-of-two effort at the line by Lebanon, he hit a mid-range jumper at the buzzer to knot the contest at 86-86 and force a second overtime.
Saad then came to the fore again, hitting back-to-back three-pointers for a 96-90 Qatar lead and they held on for a famous victory. Johnson finished with 31 points and Saad had 20.
Qatar had beaten Kazakhstan on opening day in overtime.
Kazakhstan rebounded from that 79-75 defeat by beating Chinese Taipei 84-73 yesterday.
Kazakhstan raced into a 25-7 lead in the opening quarter but Chinese Taipei trimmed the deficit to 12 points by half-time.
Chinese Taipei stayed within striking distance and closed the gap to 78-71 with a minute to go but coach Vitaliy Strebkov’s Kazakhstan held on.
For the winning side, Anatoliy Kolesnikov scored 17 points and hauled down seven rebounds while Jerry Johnson and Dmitriy Klimov added 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Hosts China pulled off a comeback for the ages and beat Korea 76-73 win.
Trailing by 20 points, Gong Luming’s side got off the canvas and took the lead in the final minute before recording a 76-73 win.
Zhou Qi, who had a sensational game, dunked with 56 seconds remaining to put China in front for good, although the Far East giants needed a fearless drive into the lane and lay-up from Guo Ailun with eight seconds remaining for a 74-71 lead.
After each team made two free-throws, Korea had the ball for one last attempt to tie the contest. They heaved the ball up the floor to Cho Sungmin and he was able to launch a three-point attempt from the left wing without being fouled but his shot was off target.
Zhou Qi provided energy on both ends of the floor and scored the majority of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter as China improved to 2-0 in Group C and Korea slumped to 1-1.
The other Group C game saw Jordan rebound from their opening day setback to Korea with a 98-68 drubbing of Singapore.
Alex Legion had 19 points for Jordan, who took control of the game by outscoring their opponents, 34-13 in the first quarter.
In Group B, Sani Sakakini and Jamal Abu Shamala wreaked havoc for the second day in a row as Palestine blew out Kuwait, 90-69.
The duo combined for 46 points, 14 rebounds and four steals, and Abu Shamala showed off his perimeter shooting skills once again by making all four of his attempts from long range after opening the tournament on Wednesday with a six-of-10 display in Palestine’s 75-73 upset of the Philippines.
The Philippines bounced back on Thursday against Hong Kong, winning 101-50. Gilas got great games from Jayson Castro, Andray Blatche, Terrence Romeo, and Dondon Hontiveros, and led from start to finish as Hong Kong slumped to 0-2.
In Group A, India stuck with Iran for one whole half before the defending champions broke the game open and prevailed, 88-66.
Mohamed Hassanzadeh’s 18 points led the Iranians, whose Mahdi Kamrani and Samad Nikkhah Bahrami contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Japan started strong and never let up in their demolition job of lowly Malaysia, 119-48. The Japanese scored 32 points in the first quarter and limited their foes to just nine to set the tone for the entire game. (FIBA)

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