Iran beat Philip­pines at FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qual­i­fiers

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Iran re­pelled a spir­ited Philip­pines to open their ac­count in the sec­ond round of the FIBA Bas­ket­ball World Cup 2019 Asian Qual­i­fiers with a big tri­umph, 81-73 at the Azadi Hall in Tehran, cap­i­tal of Iran.

Things were tight be­tween the Ira­ni­ans and Filipinos all through­out the game, which fea­tured a stag­ger­ing 20 lead changes.

Chris­tian Stand­hardinger car­ried the fight early for the Philip­pines with 19 points in the first half, while Sa­j­jad Mashayekhi also im­pressed with 13 points in the first two pe­ri­ods, re­ported.

In the sec­ond half, though, vet­eran Sa­mad Nikkhah Bahrami took over, scor­ing, as­sist­ing and mak­ing one big play af­ter an­other to help the home team put some dis­tance be­tween them­selves and the new-look Team Pilip­inas, which fea­tured just two re­turnees from the pre­vi­ous win­dow’s Philip­pine team.

By game’s end, Iran’s size and depth proved to be too much for the Filipinos, who were with­out key play­ers An­dray Blatche, Jayson Cas­tro, Ter­rence Romeo and June Mar Fa­jardo. Team Pilip­inas were led by Stand­hardinger, who fin­ished with 30 points,

12 re­bounds, 2 as­sists and 2 steals while shoot­ing 10-of-14 from the field. He was the only Filipino in dou­ble-digit scor­ing.As for the vic­tors, Bahrami tal­lied 21 points, 8 boards and 4 as­sists, while Mashayekhi filled the stat-sheet with 19 points, 4 re­bounds, 4 as­sists and 3 steals to his name. Iran spar­ingly use the in­jured Hamed Had­dadi, but Meisam Mirzaei, Rouzbeh Argha­van and Mo­ham­mad Has­san­zadeh all did a good job of pa­trolling the paint in his stead.

This was Iran’s sixth win in seven games, while the Philip­pines ab­sorbed their third de­feat against four vic­to­ries.

Iran fly to Tokyo next to play Ja­pan, while the Philip­pines re­turn home to host Qatar on

17 Septem­ber.

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