Basketball: Baba, Suda lead Japan to narrow win over Iran

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Yutaro Suda scored 20 points and Yudai Baba added 19 for Japan in an 82-77 victory over Iran in the first of two international friendlies at Xebio Arena Sendai on Saturday. Playing without NBA forwards Rui Hachimura and Yuta Watanabe, Tom Hovasse's new-look Japan side avenged an 88-76 loss to Iran in the group stage of the FIBA Asia Cup in Indonesia last month. The Akatsuki Five led at every break but had to withstand a torrid second half against an Iranian outfit that turned up the intensity after trailing 33-24 at halftime. "We have a lot of new members and it still isn't perfect, but everyo...

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