FIBA WORLD CUP: "Haddadi-less" Iran takes down new look Team Philippines
Paul Lintag on Sep 13, 2018 11:15 PM
The hosts slowly pulled away in the fourth period and the Iranians stretched their winning streak to six games in these Asian Qualifiers by beating the Philippines. (FIBA)
No Hamed Haddadi, no problem for Iran.
Protecting their homecourt, the Iranians wore down a new-look Gilas Pilipinas crew to score an 81-73 win in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Thursday at the Azady Gym in Tehran.
Behind a herculean effort from Christian Standhardinger, the Philippines fought back-and-forth against Iran through three quarters.
However, the hosts slowly pulled away in the fourth period and the Iranians stretched their winning streak to six games in these Asian Qualifiers.
Haddadi, Iran's long-time anchor, didn't check in until the final minute when the game was pretty much decided. It looked like the 7'2" center was dealing with a groin injury according to a report by South China Morning Post.
In his place though, Nikkah Bahrami scored 21 points and Sajjad Mashayekhi added another 19 as Iran improved to 6-1 in the merged Group F, good for first place until Australia (5-1) plays its first game in the second round.
Coming off the bench, Standhardinger scored 19 points in the first half alone, half of his team's total output. The Fil-German forward finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds in his Asian Qualifiers debut.
Unfortunately, Standhardinger didn't get much help as no other Filipino scored in double figures. Alex Cabagnot (nine points) and Beau Belga (seven points) were the next best scorers for the Philippines.
As a team, Gilas Pilipinas also fired blanks, going for 5/28 from three-point range.
Gilas Pilipinas dropped to 4-3 as its absorbed its first losing skid in these Asian Qualifiers. The Philippines will host Qatar Monday, Sept. 13.
Iran 81 – Nikkhahbahrami 21, Mashayekhi 19, Kazemi 11, Arghavan 8, Yakhchalidehkordi 7, Jamshidijafarabadi 6, Mirzaeitalarposthi 5, Saberi 4, Haddadi 0, Davoudichegani 0, Mozafarivanani 0.
Philippines 73 – Standhardinger 30, Cabagnot 9, Belga 7, Lee 6, Thompson 5, Almazan 5, Lassiter 4, Taulava 3, Sangalang 2, Norwood 2, Erram 0, Maliksi 0.
Quarters: 21-22; 40-38; 63-59; 81-73.
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