Hitech Bangkok City remained winless at the end of the group phase after suffering a 71-62 defeat at the hands of Naft Abadan at the 2019 FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
Naft Abadan led by just four points after two quarters, but managed to extend it further and held a double-digit advantage for most of the second half before settling for the nine-point victory.
With Iranian national team stalwart Samad Nik Khahbarahmi having an off-shooting night, Mohammad Hassanzadeh stepped up for the Iranian club with 19 points off 70 percent shooting from the field. Hamed Haddadi flashed his usual brilliance with 19 points to go with 10 boards and four assists in the win.
Meanwhile, import Xavier Alexander led Hitech in scoring with 22 points, while veteran guard Wattana Suttisin added 17 markers in the loss. The Thai club is out of the running for a slot in the knockout semifinal round after falling to fourth place in Group A.
Hitech is set to face the South Korea’s Ulsan Mobis Phoebus in the classification round, while Muharraq faces former Asian club championship titlists Al Riyadi of Lebanon.
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