Gilas falls short as Iran takes gold

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Iran proves to be too big for Gilas Pilipinas to conquer in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship final.

MANILA, Philippines — Goliath beats David. 

Iran proved to be too big for Gilas Pilipinas to conquer as the West Asian nation downed the home team, 85-71, to win the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship gold medal on Sunday night, August 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Iranians went to veteran big man Hamed Haddadi often and were successful in taking the title for the 3rd time in the last 4 editions of the biennial meet.

SMOTHERED. Gilas couldn't get its offense going against the big Iranians. Photo by EPA/Dennis Sabangan.

Haddadi used his massive frame to gather 29 points on 80% shooting and 16 rebounds while Samad Nikkhah Bahrami added 19 markers and 7 assists for the champions.

On the other hand, the Philippines failed to overcome the absence of injured big man Marcus Douthit this time in suffering only its second loss of the tournament.

Jayson Castro led Gilas with 18 points while Jimmy Alapag had 13.

The scores:

Iran (85) – Haddadi 29, Nikkhah Bahrami 19, Kamrany 15, Sahakian 12, Afagh 4, Davoudichegani 2, Sohrabnejad 2, Kardoust 2, Arghavan 0.

The Philippines (71) – Castro 18, Alapag 13, De Ocampo 9, Tenorio 8, Chan 7, Aguilar 4, Norwood 3, Pingris 3, Fonacier 3, David 2, Fajardo 1.

Quarters: 17-15, 35-34, 62-53, 85-71. – 

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