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04/08/2007IND/UAE - India down UAE, avoid wooden spoon

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TOKUSHIMA (FIBA Asia Championship) - India defeated United Arab Emirates 82-77 in the play-off for the 15th position on Saturday.

UAE shot ahead 22-20 in the first quarter and fought back 25-14 in the fourth, but in between India established advantages of 27-15 and 21-15 in the second and third to clinch the issue.

Trideep Rai led the Indian campaign with 23 points and four assists. For UAE, Ayoub Albalooshi was the leading scorer with 15.

Scores

India 82 (Trideep Rai 23, Jagdeep Singh 19, Anoop Mukkanniyil 16) bt UAE 77 (Ayoub Albalooshi 15, Rashed Alzaabi 13). Quarterwise: 20-22, 47-37, 68-52.

S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia