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TOKUSHIMA (FIBA Asia Championship) - "To come back after losing out on the chance for the title and play to win calls for a lot of character," said Jordan coach Mario Palma after his team defeated Qatar 77-67, on Saturday, to remain race for a top 5 finish.
"I'm proud of the team for leaving behind the disappointment (of not making the semifinals," the Portuguese said. "Obviously the players are heart-broken even now."
"In fact my locker room is like a cemetery despite winning the game," he said.
"I quite empathize with that thought. We were like that only a couple of days ago," said Jordan coach Edward Andrist. "It's really tough playing these games, for classification. It's a real challenge for the coaches to keep their players motivated even to play forget winning," the American said.
Jordan 77 (Ayman Idais 25, Rasheim Wright 19, Enver Soobzokov 11) bt Qatar Erfan Saeed 22, Abdi Khalid 14). Quarterwise: 26-23, 44-38, 63-52.