Jordan’s basketball team has announced it is back as an Asian powerhouse after winning bronze at the Asian Challenge Cup to qualify for next year’s FIBA Asian Cup.
The Nashama beat Iraq 94-72 with a brilliant performance to clinch third place in a tournament featuring the continent’s 12 best nations in Tehran.
New recruit Darquavis Tucker was the star of the show, top scoring in a number of matches, including scoring 19 points in the medal decider against our neighbours.
In the first group stage, Jordan lost to China (96-76) but beat Kazakhstan (89-71), before hitting top form in the second group phase, beating The Philippines (119-105), Taiwan (109-83) and India (121-65).
In the quarter-finals Jordan beat Japan 87-80 before missing out in the final to eventual champions Iran (63-74).
Jordan’s position means an extra nation from the West Asian region will also be able to qualify for the FIBA Asia Cup next year at a country yet to be confirmed.