Iran win vs Gilas Pilipinas in 2013 FIBA Asia Championship

Philippine national basketball team put up a gallant effort against powerhouse Iran before falling short, 85-71, to salvage silver at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena. The home team stuggled to contain the Phoenix Suns’ 7-2 center Hamed Hadadi, with Marcus Douthit riding the bench due to a leg injury. Samad Nikkah Bahrami opened the game with a long two. Gilas had multiple good looks at the basket but their shots refused to fall. Two free throws from Jeff Chan at the 7:51 mark of the first tied the ball game at 2-all. The two teams exchanged 4-0 spurts for another tie at 6-all, but Japeth Aguilar broke the tie at the 5:56 mark with a basket over Hamed Hadadi. A triple by Nikkah Bahrami at the 3:20 mark gave Iran an 11-10 lead. Two free throws from Oshin Sahakian extended their lead to three points. A three point shot from Jayson Castro tied the game anew at 15-all, but a basket from Hamed Sohrabnejad ended the first with Iran holding a 17-15 lead. Castro and Hadadi exchanged inside baskets to start the second quarter. This was quickly followed by Jimmy Alapag and Mahdi Kamrany trading triples. Hamed Afagh sank a difficult baseline jumper at the 8:16 mark of the second to give Iran a 24-20 lead. Hadadi then added a dunk at the 6:31 mark to extend their lead to six points. The game was halted at that point as the scoreboard malfunctioned. The two teams had to shoot around to stay warm. When play resumed, Hadadi scored again on the low block. LA Tenorio replied with a three to cut Iran’s lead down to five points. Sahakiam and Davoudi combined to give Iran a 32-23 lead with 4:24 left in the first half. Ranidel de Ocampo then sank a triple, followed by a free throw from Castro to bring the lead back down to five points. Castro added a high arching layup over Hadadi, but the big man replied with a three point play at the 2:45 mark for a 35-29 count in their favor. De Ocampo scored on a floater to cut the lead down to four points and Larry Fonacier added a triple just before the halftime buzzer sounded to bring Iran’s lead down to a single point at the end of the second quarter. Castro led Gilas with 10 points in the first half while De Ocampo added five. Hadadi led Iran with 11 points as he dominated inside without Marcus Douthit. Castro started the third quarter by making two free throws to give Gilas a 36-35 lead, but Hadadi and Nikkah Bahrami strung together four quick points to give the lead back to Iran. Iran made a killing from the free throw line as Gilas was whistled for their fifth foul with 7:53 still left in the third. A Kamrany putback gave Iran a 45-36 lead at the 7:03 mark of the third to force a Gilas timeout. Castro and Alapag stepped up to score five straight points to keep Gilas in the game at 45-41. Iran then went on another run to build a 53-43 lead, before a reverse from Pingris trimmed the lead down to eight points. Nikkah Bahrami made two freethrows at the 2:02 mark to answer a triple from Jeff Chan. Iran led 57-48 at that point. Fonacier sank another trey to cut Iran’s lead down to six points, but the referees kept whistling the Gilas players for fouls, awarding freethrows to the Iranians. Alapag nailed two free throws to cut Iran’s lead down to just six points but Kamrany sank a buzzer beating trey to give Iran a 62-53 lead heading into the last quarter. Reference : http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/321570/sports/basketball/2013-fiba-asia-championship-gallant-gilas-falls-to-iran-salvages-silver Fiba Asia 2013 Final Standing: Gold – IRAN* Silver – PHILIPPINES* Bronze – SOUTH KOREA* 4th – Chinese Taipei 5th – China 6th – Qatar 7th – Jordan 8th – Kazakhstan 9th – Japan 10th – Hong Kong 11th – India 12th – Bahrain 13th – Saudi Arabia 14th – Thailand 15th – Malaysia * = qualified for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain Most Valuable Player (MVP) – Hamed Haddadi (Iran) All-Star Team – Jayson Castro (PHL), Kim Mingoo (KOR), Lin Chih-Chieh (TPE), Sahakian (Iran), Hamed Hadadi (Iran)
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