Without Andre Blatche, Gilas Pilipinas suffered its second loss in the 37th William Jones Cup after I.R Iran, the reigning basketball Champion of Asia prevails with 74-65, in New Taipei City, Taiwan, Thursday afternoon.
The 7’2 center Haddadi, who played three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, put in a workmanlike double-double of 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots as the defending FIBA Asia champions notched their fifth win against one loss. The big center was guarded by Asi Taulava, Sonny Thoss and Moala Tautuaa, but none of them had the height to contain him, says Sports 5 News
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Iran and Russia are currently tied on top of the standings at 4-1 while Gilas Pilipinas is at third with a 3-1 slate. But the Filipinos hold the tiebreaker over the Russians after beating them on Tuesday, putting the Philippines in a good position for the title, Interaksyon report said.
The Philippines hasn’t beaten Iran for the past two years, most notably in their encounters in the FIBA Asia Championship finals in 2013 and the Asian Games in 2014.
-Asi Taulava with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks
-Jayson Castro with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals -JC Intal scored 10 points (2/2 from 3)
-Terrence Romeo with 8 points
-Moala Tautuaa with 7 points (3/5 FGs)
-Calvin Abueva with 6 points but mostly out due to foul trouble
-Gabe Norwood with 2 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists -Hamed Haddadi led Iran with 22 points and 14 rebounds
-Philippines now with 3-2 record
The game replay will be aired on Saturday, 1PM TV 5
Sources : LabanPilipinas / Sports 5 / Interaksyon / SmartGilas
Image credit: FIBA Asia/Nuki Sabio