Friday, 24 August 2012
Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs Iran Jones Cup 2012
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) -- Smart-Gilas Pilipinas II bounced back from a loss to Lebanon with a smashing persuade defensive champion Iran for a share of the lead within the thirty fourth William Jones Cup Fri in Taipeh.
Following a 91-72 loss to Lebanon on Thursday, the nationals eked out a 77-75 win against the powerful champion.
Gilas’ Gabe Norwood, UN agency tallied seventeen points, was named Player of the sport.
The Filipinos engaged the Iranians in a very tight game within the 1st 2 quarters before launching a large rally that resulted to a 58-49 lead at the tip of the third canto.
Gary David’s triple and a clutch basket by Sol Mercado widened the gap to 63-51 at the beginning of the ultimate quarter.
Gilas, however, had bother finishing the task as Marcus Douthit, Jeffrei Chan and Ranidel First State Ocampo lost crucial charity shot shots simply seconds remaining within the game.
Fortunately, the Filipinos were able to pull through when Iran’s Mahdi Kamrani lost a buzzer beating three-pointer.
“Iran could be a robust team. They ne'er die, terribly physical, and warriors. however we have a tendency to showed the guts of our team and the way so much we are able to go,” aforementioned Douthit within the Philippine Star.
Douthit scored twenty two points and had ten rebounds. The Philippines avenged the their defeat to the Iranians last year.
“They barely beat U.S.A. last year, and that they celebrated an excessive amount of. It stuck to my head and that i won’t forget it,” he said.
The Philippines is currently tied with the us and Iran on high of the standings of the tournament with a 5-1 win-loss slate.
The Filipinos will gain the title if they achieve their final a pair of assignments.
Gilas is set-aside to play against Chinese Taipeh on Sat and therefore the U.S.A. on Sunday.