The Smart Gilas Basketball Team lost to the reigning FIBA-Asia champions Iran at the start of Group F competitions of the Asian Games Basketball tournament. The offense was not able to penetrate the vise-like defense of the Iranians. The Philippines only managed to score 48 against the 65 of Iran.
The Smart-Gilas will next face Qatar tonight at Huangpu Gymnasium.
Update: Philippines rip Qatar 90-68, will face Japan next
Other Notable results for the Philippine Asian Games team:
65 kg sanshou of wushu : Mark Eddiva battles China’s Junyon Zhang for a spot in the finals. Eddiva is assured of a bronze
Swimming: Men’s 4 X 100 team is in the finals after finishing with the 6th best time.
Billiards: Iris Ranola beats Haifa’a Alanser of Athletes from Kuwait (9-ball women); Rey Grandea beats Thailand’s Thongchai Punyawee (carom 3 cushions)
caloycomment: Well, I expected them to lose against Iran even without its NBA star. This team was not built to win the Asian Games. I just hope that they can somehow find the chemistry to be competitive in this tournament. The talent in the Asian Games is quiet high and it seems that the country has not kept up with its neighbors. I have read comments that we should not have sent mediocre athletes because we are just wasting money. I totally disagree. How can we gauge our talent-level if we do not expose our athletes to tough competitions? I think the government though should focus on certain sports that we have infrastructure, and body-type to win. They should not care much about popularity since it will come when the athletes start winning.
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