SOUTH KOREA is one of only two teams still unbeaten after three days of basketball’s William Jones Cup in Taiwan.
Canada is the other team yet to have lost a game in the 10-team international event, which is being staged for the 39th time.
Having opened the tournament with victories over Chinese Taipei White and India, South Korea defeated Iran 88-78 in its third match, with Lee Jung-hyun and Kim Sun-hyung each scoring 16 points.
South Korea, last year’s runners-up in the tournament, faces Lithuania on Tuesday, while other matches of interest include Philippines’ clash with Japan.
Gilas Pilipinas is enjoying a resurgence in the competition, having claimed back-to-back wins over the hosts’ two teams – Chinese Taipei Blue and White – since their opening-day defeat against Team Canada 150.
The Philippines team, inspired by 14 points and 14 rebounds by Mike Myers and 21 points off the bench by Matthew Wright, were 93-82 winners on Monday and will be favoured to beat Japan U24 on Tuesday.
The Japan team is one of three – along with India and Chinese Taipei White – yet to record a victory in the tournament, currently being played at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall.