Gilas Pilipinas still unable to beat giants Iran as they fell short, 68-63, in Group E of the 2014 Asian Games on Thursday, September 25 in Incheon, South Korea.
The 2013 FIBA Asia champions Iran continue to be ahead of the game for the Philippine national men’s basketball team, winning their fourth straight meeting dating back to the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo.
Gilas trailed 29-17 after Iran opened with a hot-shooting first quarter but limited Iran to just 7 points in the second to trail 36-34 at the half. Gilas held a 7-point lead in the fourth quarter but was outscored 18-10 en route to the defeat.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
Douthit missed three, haddadi rebound. And that’s the ballgame. Iran 68 Philippines 63.
Noted basketball blogger Nick Bedard reported that after Iran’s triumph over India, star center Hamed Haddadi was asked by a Korean reporter what he thought about the host squad.
‘I’m only concerned about the Philippines,’ replied Haddadi.
Bahrami draws a foul again. Ping’s fifth. 2FTs up after this #GilasPilipinas timeout.
Iran 68: Bahrami 21, Haddadi 20, Kamrani 12, Arghavan 6, Yakhchalidehkordi 3, Jamshidi 3, Afagh 2, Mashayekhi 1, Sahakian 0, Zangeneh 0.
Gilas 63: Lee 11, Tenorio 10, Douthit 10, Norwood 9, De Ocampo 6, Pingris 5, David 4, Chan 3, Dillinger 3, Fajardo 2, Alapag 0, Aguilar 0.
Quarters: 29-17, 36-34, 50-53, 68-63.