Smart Gilas Pilipinas stuns Asian power Iran

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Lethal on both ends of the floor, Smart Gilas Pilipinas took down Asian champion Iran, 73-59, at the start of the 2011 William Jones Cup Saturday night in Hsinchuang, Taiwan.

Naturalized Filipino Marcus Douthit provided the scoring punch as well as the inside presence with 24 points, 11 rebounds and two swats.

The six-foot-11 center didn’t back down from the challenge and went toe-to-toe with Iran’s behemoth Hamed Haddadi.

The Philippine five led by as much as 16, 54-38 at the end of the third credited to an effective defensive stand as they limited Iran to just five-of-30 shooting from the field.

Co-skipper Mark Barroca chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds while JV Casio added 11 markers.

It marked the first time in three years that the Nationals were able to thwart Iran, which is ironically the former squad of Smart Gilas head coach Rajko Toroman.

The scores
SMART GILAS 73 – Douthit 24, Barroca 13, Casio 11, Baracel 8, Aguilar 6, Tiu 4, Taulava 2, Hontiveros 2, Lassiter 2, Ballesteros 0, Lutz 0, Ababou 0.
IRAN 59 – Haddadi 25, Kamrani 18, Davarpanahfard 7, Sohrabnejad 3, Veisi 2, Kardoust 2, Nabipoor 2, Boragh 0, Davoudichegani 0, Sahakian 0, Rouzbahani 0.
Quarters: 17-12; 37-30; 54-38; 73-59.

Third Game
Smart-Gilas 73 – Douthit 24, Barroca 13, Casio 11, Baracel 8, Aguilar 6, Tiu 4, Taulava 2, Hontiveros 2, Lassiter 2, Ballesteros 0, Lutz 0, Ababou 0.
Iran 59 – Haddadi 25, Kamrani 18, Davarpanahfard 7, Sohrabnejad 3, Veisi 2, Kardoust 2, Nabipoor 2, Boragh 0, Davoudichegani 0, Sahakian 0, Rouzbahani 0.
Quarters: 17-12; 37-30; 54-38; 73-59.
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  • Joel Songco

    Ung mga utak talangka jan, please know na maraming national teams ay meron nang mga naturalized players…Russia, Germany, Korea, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon at marami pang iba. Alam nyo ba pati USA me naturalized players din. Si Hakeem Olajuwon na member ng USA team sa 1996 gold medal winning Olympic team is a Nigerian at na naturalized lang na Americano.  Kaya wag nyong laitin ang Smart Gilas for playing by the rules ng FIBA

  • http://twitter.com/cybsz Jason Bernardo

    LOL “Naturalized Filipino Marcus Douthit”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HQWHNVVPXWQTZXAGUKJUI772EE Haching Mitsu

    Its unfair, Gilas have an import!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JS2L5G6FBKJH6VRAMERMCCJLIY Gagami Tuladyu

      UNfair your AZ$!!! hihihi! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/slambuzzter slambuzz

    Japeth Aguilar was the revelation. He was an intimidating presence inside the shaded area. He hold his ground against Haddadi and he was blocking shots like a volleyball spiker. “the AGILA” should be the fitting moniker for his monster game. He fly and glide like a bird.

    Japeth “THE AGILA” AGUILAR

    WATCH JONES CUP LIVE STREAMING
    SMART GILAS vs TAIWAN @ http://mytvf.blogspot.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7BLSZFF4Z5JWMYOLKW2J3YF3QE Brandy

    finally!! Congrats Smart Gilas.keep up the momentum.

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