The fears were realized. South Korea’s men’s basketball team suffered its lowest-ever Asian Games finish as it was pushed to the seventh-place game.

South Korea lost 82-89 to Iran in the fifth-eighth place game of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on Thursday at the Hangzhou Olympic Center Gymnasium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.

The game was tense in the beginning. It was a back-and-forth affair. After finishing the first quarter 20-21, South Korea picked up the momentum in the second quarter.

Ragan-ah, who announced his retirement from the national team after this tournament, tied the score with back-to-back kills (26-25).

From there, Jeon Sung-hyun, Heo Hoon, and Kim Jong-kyu continued to work hard from the inside and outside to maintain the lead. We ended the first half with a 48-40 lead.

In the third quarter, we lost the lead again. They gave up 25 points in the third quarter alone. We were outmuscled by an Iranian big man lineup that attacked the rim combatively.

After going into the fourth quarter up 63-66 on a Byun Joon-hyung three-pointer just before the end of the third quarter, South Korea couldn’t overcome its scoring woes in the final quarter.

Their perimeter defense collapsed and the lead quickly grew to double digits.

Ragan and Heo Hoon then took over, but they lost the rebounding battle at every turn. They extinguished the flame of the chase themselves.

About a minute before the end of the game, Jeon Sung-hyun hit a three-pointer to close the gap to six points. But that was the last time they would see anything meaningful. 무지개토토

South Korea will play the Kazakhstan-Japan loser for seventh and eighth place on Nov. 6.