The Iranian national team proved to be a thorn once again for the Gilas Pilipinas side as they dealt them their fifth loss in the 2019 FIBA World Cup with a score of 95-75, at the Wukesong Sport Arena in Beijing, China last Sunday night.
After an encouraging first half for the Yeng Guiao-coached squad, the Iranians unleashed a dizzying run that would give them a 25-point lead in the third period. The Gilas quintet couldn’t find a way to counter the strong play of Hamed Haddadi, Samad Nikkahbahrami, Mohammad Jamshidi.
Northport Batang Pier point guard Robert Bolick led the scoring for Gilas with 15 markers, while Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo tallied 12 and 10, respectively.
The aforementioned Iran players, meanwhile, poured in 19, 17, and 16, respectively as they clinched a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Today, FOX Sports Philippines gives you some insights on what happened in this game.
Iran dominated the shaded area
With their size advantage, it’s no secret that the Iranians would use it much to their advantage especially with Hamed Haddadi leading the squad.
The Asian powerhouse scored 44 points inside the paint and they got 16 second chance points compared to Philippines’ three. Aside from Haddadi, other guys like Nikkahbahrami, Jamshidi, and even Yakchali had their way as well given their good shooting percentages from two-points.
Better three-point shooting (finally) for Gilas Pilipinas
Outside shooting has been missing for the Gilas quintet in this tournament, which is why seeing them shoot it well especially in first period gave the fans something to cheer about.
As mentioned, the SBP-backed squad knocked down six out of their 11 attempts in the first quarter. All in all, they shot 41-percent from downtown with Robert Bolick leading the way with three makes.
Everyone produced for Gilas
For Gilas to have a chance to win this game, everyone had to contribute. And that was sorely missed over this last four games.
In this match, however, the Philippine national team got some production from everyone in the roster especially from the bench where they churned out 47 points compared to Iran’s 25.
Leading the bench mob was the duo of June Mar Fajardo and CJ Perez who scored 10 and nine in this game. Those two have continued to be the bright spots for the national team.
(Images from FIBA)