FIBA: Iran sends Gilas home with a 20-point World Cup rout

Paul Lintag on Sep 08, 2019 09:57 PM
FIBA: Iran ends Gilas’ World Cup with 20-point rout
At -147, Gilas is in the running to finish in last place unless Japan (-115), and Jordan (-132) also finish with 0-5 records and end up with worse point differentials than the Filipinos. (FIBA)

It was false hope.

Gilas Pilipinas had its best start in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Sunday and yet the Philippines still got demolished by Iran at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing, 95-75.

After another two losses in the 17-32 classification phase, Gilas ended the horror trip to China with a 0-5 record, one of two sure teams to finish winless in the World Cup through the weekend.

At -147, Gilas is in the running to finish in last place unless Japan (-115), and Jordan (-132) also finish with 0-5 records and end up with worse point differentials than the Filipinos.

Ivory Coast is also 0-5 but they have better point differential than Gilas.

The Philippines actually had a strong start, firing six three-point shots in the opening period. However, Iran still led after one, 30-24.

Gilas’ offense cooled off, managing only 26 point through the next two quarters and the Iranians made their move, dominating for a 75-50 lead.

Iran cruised in the fourth, making sure to maintain a huge lead. With China’s loss to Nigeria, the Iranians clinched an automatic Olympics slot in beating Gilas, ending up as the best Asian team in the World Cup.

Iran and China both finished with identical 2-3 marks but the Iranians (+7) had superior point differential compared to the Chinese (-10).

Hamed Haddadi was the high man for Iran, finishing with 19 points. Nikkhah Bahrami added 17 while Benham Yakhchali dropped 14 points.

Robert Bolick hit a couple of triples in garbage time to lead Gilas in scoring with 15 points. June Mar Fajardo was good for 10 points and Andray Blatche finished with 12 before being ejected.

Arguing a call, Blatche was given two technical fouls in the fourth quarter.

 

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