Gilas Pilipinas yields gold medal to Iran in FIBA Asia

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SATISFYING 2ND PLACE The top three teams Iran, champion; Philippines, in second place; and South Korea, third, pose with their respective officials during the award ceremony at the close of Fiba Asia in MOA Arena. Despite the runner-up finish, the Philippines secured a slot in next year’s Fiba World Cup in Spain. Nuki Sabio/PBA photo

MANILA, Philippines – After securing a slot for next year’s FIBA World Cup in Spain, the Philippines satisfyingly settled for second place following a 71-85 loss to Iran in their gold medal match at the 27th FIBA Asia Men’s Championship Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Without the injured Marcus Douthit, Gilas Pilipinas was left without a legitimate center to contain Iran’s seven-foot-two center Hamed Hadadi.

Hadadi, who was named MVP for the third time, caused problems for Gilas on both ends of the floor as he easily came away with 29 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks.

Jayson William, who joined Hadadi in the mythical five, managed to squeeze out another impressive effort with a team-high 18 points, including two freebies that gave the Nationals a 36-35 lead to start the third quarter.

But it was all Iran from there after William’s charities.

Iran, the lone squad who went unbeaten all throughout the tournament, shifted to a higher gear in the second half behind Hadadi, who was just too big for Gilas’ undersized big men Japeth Aguilar, Ranidel de Ocampo and an ailing Marc Pingris to handle.

Down 10, Gilas saw its deficit balloon to 16, 56-72, after three straight inside baskets by the former Memphis Grizzlies reserve Hadadi with 5:08 left.

The 28-year-old Hadadi scored for the final time to put the outcome beyond doubt, 78-63, in the final 2:57 before fouling out 13 seconds later.

Forward Samad Nikkhah Bahrami also caused fits for the Philippines with 19 points and seven assists despite committing seven turnovers while veteran point guard Mahdi Kamrany chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Jimmy Alapag chipped in 13 points while Jeff Chan had eight.

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  • peach black

    may nanonood pa pala ng basketball? mga lolo ko lang kasi ang nakikita ko noong nanonood ng larong ito. dumadayo pa sila sa maynila. ang tagal nang nahimlay sa kabaong ang larong ito nabuhay ulit. lolzzz

  • Michael Ramos Ibañez

    Mga Kabayan please look on the broader spectrum of our achievements whether we were not won, but the most important we shown to the World our being fair and sports to recognized the winning Team and whole heartedly accept and patronage our Players and must give the applause for what they contribute in the Eye of Sports Arena…Obviously we did’t made to get the Championship this time around, who knows next time in Spain World Champion…Lets pray and be thankful to our KABAYANS Mabuhay ka Pilipino….

    • orlypbatallones

      Di ko ata nakuha clearly ang message mo Kabayan Michael. Nahilo ako sa sinabi mo.. pero mukhang maganda naman ang intended message mo.

    • Po-cha

      tagalogin na lang broder, ok naman mensahe mo..medyo sakit lang sa mata basahin..peace bro! lol

  • Adam_d_langgam

    dapat si simeon d’retard at ang mga kampon nyang magaling mandugas ang ilaban ng pinas. for sure, mananalo – sa nakawan.

    seriously, daming pinoy na nangangarap na maging power sa basketball ang pinas. wala. walang pag-asa. nagsasayang lang ng oras. ke haddadi lang di na umobra. ngeekkk … sino si haddadi? bangko sa nba.

    enjoy na lang ng pinoy ang pba at ncaa. once in a while nakakasingit sa asia. let’s enjoy it din.

  • Putakte Naman

    Congrats! But let’s face it. It’s the height that matters . So basketball is not really meant for us and yet we’re too ambitious.

    • Hugh Bell

      Kung height lang ang pag-uusapan, eh di dapat champion ang China, sila ang may pinakamaraming matatangkad (at hindi lampa) na players, pero di nga sila pumasok sa semifinals.

      • Putakte Naman

        kaya nga nag champion ang Iran eh! Paglabanin mo China vs Gilas, mahihirapan tayo baka matalo pa

      • Hugh Bell

        Sabi mo “it’s the height that matters”, eh. Bakit tinalo ng Korea at Taiwan ang China? Mas maliliit sila.

      • Commentator

        bilog ang bola kasi. minsan matatalo din ang matatangkad.

        against tall opponents, dapat laging pasok ang outside shots

      • Putakte Naman

        Tama ka kaibigan, tinalo sila nga mga mas maliliit. Eto di palaging nangyayari. Posibleng tsamba lang. Pero sa labanang basketball, ang mas maliliit ay laging underdog. Sabihin nating napagaling ang mga Gilas natin at i-palaban mo sa kulelat na team sa NBA. Kakampi ako sa Gilas pero dehado sila at mas malaking tiyansang manalo ang mga matatangkad. Tanong ko, mag cha-champion ba tayo sa darating na Olympics? sa FIBA kaya sa Spain ano sa tingin mo? Pang world class ba ang basketball skills natin?

      • Hugh Bell

        Sa FIBA World, masaya na ako pag nakapasok ang Pilipinas sa quarterfinals. USA ang nag-champion nung FIBA World 2010, sila ba ang pinaka-matangkad na team nun?

      • Putakte Naman

        Ako rin masaya. Pero kulang parin tayo sa height. Kaya height matters kahit anong angolo mo tignan, height matters. Ang US average height di nalalayo sa mga matatangkad na kalaban. Ang average height nila kumpara sa Gilas natin ay malaki ang diperensia at tayo’y maliliit lang kumapura sa kanila.

    • GProf007

      I believe the Philippines have a great chance in basketball IF the lineup was “better” planned. Kudos to Gilas and they showed their heart and skill but the coaching team needs to think about “world standard” when forming a team… and definitely we need height… nonetheless it was a great showing for our guys… especially beating Korea who was a thorn on our sides for the past couple of years.

      So next-up should be developing for “world-standard” competition (which height shouldn’t be disregarded)… imagine the Europeans, Americans who have height and skill.

  • Phoinex

    Congrats Gilas! If we have some players having 6’10 or 6’11” to counter their height advantage, there could be a difference. I hope Chot Reyes will rethink on some of his men because we are now entering the big league where we’ll be playing against the likes of Gasul brothers of Spain, Dwight Howard and C. Bosh of US and other giants out there. We are now competing against the best of the best the world can offer.

  • Batang 80’s

    Proud to be pinoy! Go GILAS 2014!

  • xrisp

    Congratulations!!! Galing ng Gilas Pilipinas! Kayang talunin ang Iran, medyo nanamlay lang ang outside shooting ng Gilas.
    Dapat siguro, magdagdag ng height ang Gilas kung iniisip nating magkaroon tayo ng pagasa sa 2014 World Cup sa Spain.

  • Vincent

    Nakaka-inis lang na tuwing maka shoot ang Gilas… Eh nag focus agad sa mukha ni PNOT! Lalo lang tuloy nakaka-asar!

  • Gloria_Wheelchairroyo

    Dalawang beses lang nanood si Binay ng laban pero parehas pa tayong talo sa Taiwan at Iran. Kung totoo ngang may taong malas si Binay na yon.

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