The nationals were behind by six points in the early minutes of the first quarter, but they took advantage of Iran being in foul trouble. However, due to missed free throws and three-point shots, Iran was able to cut the lead by one before the period ended, 16-17.
Iran played tight defense in the second quarter. Smart Gilas lost several offensive chances as they did not create enough space for shooters and weren’t able to handle the ball effectively several times. Turnovers hurt the Filipino team that reduced their chances to make more points.
Iran had a chance to take the lead when the Filipinos left one of its players wide open for a three down five minutes in the second quarter, but Jeff Chan retaliated by also taking a shot from downtown to even the score, 30-30.
The Filipino squad had thirteen turnovers in the first half.
It was a strong start for the Iranian team in the third quarter. They’ve managed to widen the lead by six early on. The Filipinos recovered as they turned to Marcus Douthit for inside penetration.
Threes began to sink for Iran, giving them a 7-point lead after five minutes in the third. Smart Gilas defenders failed to contain Iran’s outside shooters who created an open look from the arc, extending Iran’s lead to 10 at three minutes left in the third. However, Iran commited several turnovers a couple minutes left, which the Philippines took advantage to slice the lead to only six. Score was 53-47 in favor of Iran.
Douthit was slapped with his third personal foul early in the fourth quarter. Down 10 points, the Filipinos’ appeared to have lost control and did not handle the ball well.
Douthit had 4 fouls with eight minutes remaining which prompted Gilas coach Chot Reyes to pull him out. He finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds.
With the naturalized center on the bench, Iran started to penetrate and went back to man-to-man defense. They also had several open threes, in addition to a 9-0 blast earlier, providing them the widest margin in the game at sixteen points 3 minutes left in the final quarter.
Philippines had 23 turnovers in the game. Smart Gilas was supposed to be the most defensive team in the tournament, but Iran, who remains undefeated, outdefended the Filipinos in this game.
Final score: 77–60 in favor of Iran.
The Philippine team will battle for third with the victor of the Japan-Qatar match later today.