The FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo, where defending champions Lebanon crashed out at the quarter-final stage.
The Lebanese had been in jubilant mood beforehand, after it was announced they'd host next year's FIBA Asian Championship. They were playing a Qatar side who'd won just once in the tournament so far. And Lebanon had the advantage in the first half, leading by as many as five points at one stage.
But they reckoned without Qatar's Clinton Johnson III, who racked up a tournament-high 28 on the night. And Qatar pulled away in the fourth, thanks to back to back threes - from Daoud Musa Daoud and Mansour Atif Elhadary.
From that point on, they stayed ahead and opened up a 13 point gap at one point. Johnson, who had 14 of 24 from the floor, led the 36th ranked Qatar to a 79-72 victory.
They'll play the 2010 runners-up, Japan, who got past Asia's top side China to reach the last four. Japan were led by star forward Kosuke Takeuchi, who got a double - 18 points and 10 rebounds. Two of them gave Japan an eight point lead in the third quarter.
China fought back though, and Tailong Zhau, who had 10 on the night, put them ahead with a three.
Japan's Kosuke Kanamaru equalled that tally, and his own fourth quarter maximum restored Japan's advantage. But the last word went to Takeuchi, as Japan ran out shock winners by 60 points to 50.
Elsewhere the Philippines overcame Chinese Taipei to make the semi-finals.
The Philippines, who finished fourth two years ago, led comfortably by the middle of the third quarter. But Chinese Taipei, who took third place at the inaugural tournament in 2004, fought back and ended the period just one point adrift. However, LA Tenorio made the difference in the fourth, giving the Philippines some breathing space early in the period.
He was assisted by top scorer Marcus Douthit and Gary David, who got 14 on the night as they won 75-68. They'll play Iran, who massacred Uzbekistan in the fourth quarter-final.
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