BEIJING, China — Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the FIBA World Cup 2019 ended with another disappointment as it failed to win its last game in the classification round against Iran on Sunday, September 8, at Wukesong Sports Center.
The game finished with a final score of 95-75, leaving a 20-point deficit. This also marked Gilas’ fifth loss of the tournament, 3 in the group stage and 2 in the classification round.
Strong start, weak finish
Gilas started strong in the first quarter and stayed close to Iran, 30-24. Iran pulled away in the second quarter with a 14-point advantage and ran away with double-digit leads in the following quarters.
The 7-foot-2 international veteran, Hamed Hadadi, scored 19 points. The Iranians used their size advantage to dominate the boards, which put the scores out of reach of Gilas.
The Olympics ticket goes to…
Iran ended up as the best Asian team in the World Cup and by virtue of a higher quotient, the Iranians clinched an Olympic berth after China’s defeat to Nigeria.
32 out of 32
The 0-5 overall record, on the other hand, will put Gilas in danger of landing the 32nd place or the last rank in the tournament, to be determined after Jordan’s game with Senegal on Monday. Gilas has a score differential of -147 while Jordan has -132. Jordan needs to win against Senegal by 16 points or more.
Robert Bolick led Gilas with 15 points while Andray Blatche scored 12 points. Gabe Norwood’s three-point shot was his first basket of the tournament.
Blatche, who was charged with two technical fouls, got ejected in the fourth quarter.
Iran 95 – Haddadi 19, Nik Khahbahrami 17, Jamshidijafarabadi 16, Yakhchalidehkordi 14, Geramipoor 12, Mashayekhi 6, Hassanzadeh 4, Mozafarivanani 4, Rostampour 3.
Philippines 75 – Bolick 15, Blatche 12, Fajardo 10, Perez 9, Pogoy 7, Norwood 6, Aguilar 5, Lee 3, Ravena 3, Barroca 2, Rosario 2, Almazan 1.
Quarters: 30-24, 48-34, 75-50, 95-75.