Iran stayed alive to register their best-ever showing at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup by beating Mali thanks to a late 8-2 run to put the game away. Parsa Fallah was the main man with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for Iran, whose best previous result was 11th place in 2013.

They Said: “In the fourth quarter we controlled their big guys. We executed coach’s defensive system well and we made more shots.” -Iran  guard Piter Girgoorian