Iran ends PH Gilas' title quest


Posted at Sep 21 2012 05:26 PM | Updated as of Sep 22 2012 02:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) -- The Philippines' hopes of winning the FIBA Asia Cup came crashing down after Smart Gilas suffered a 77-60 defeat at the hands of Iran on Friday’s semifinals.

Gilas big man Marcus Douthit was held to just 11 points after being hampered by foul trouble in the second half.

“I think that was the key to our win,” said Iran coach Memi Becirovic in FIBA Asia’s website. ““The way we defended and the way our big guys kept a check on him (Douthit) were the key.” 

On the other hand, Hamed Afagh and four other Iranians churned out double figures against Gilas who defeated the Middle Eastern team in the recent William Jones Cup.

Afagh finished with 14 points.

Gilas coach Chot Reyes said that their high number of turnovers led to their defeat.

“What killed us more was the turnovers came from our leading guys,” Reyes said.

The Filipinos incurred a total of 23 turnovers, while Iran had 18.

Gilas held a 17-16 lead in the first quarter before Iran started making its presence felt in the second quarter.

By the end of the first half, the scores were tied, 30-all.

The next two quarters saw the Iranians launch a 12-0 run for a 53-47 lead against Gilas.

The Filipinos tried to stop the bleeding by resorting to outside shooting, but their shots from the perimeter failed to connect.

Jared Dillinger and LA Tenorio scored 13 points each. Jeffrei Chan and Larry Fonacier had 5 points apiece.

Meanwhile, Iran's Asghar Kardoust and Mohammad Jamshidi combined for 26 points.

Samad Bahrami and Oshin Sahakian added 12 points each.

The Philippines will face the loser of the semis battle between Japan and Qatar for a shot at the bronze medal and qualifying for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships.