[FIBA World Cup] In tune-ups, Asian squads bleed versus non-Asian teams

Iran and the Philippines, the top two placers in last year's FIBA-Asia Championships, are expected to face rough sailing in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. (Photo by Glenn Michael Tan, posted in www.smartgilasbasketball.com)



MANILA (The Filipino Connection)—Iran and the Philippines had been busy playing tune-up matches leading to the coming FIBA World Cup this Saturday in Spain.

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[Asian Games] Groupmates Iran, Philippines yet to find hoop luck in recent Asiad editions

Gilas Pilipinas and familiar nemesis Iran are groupmates in the second round of basketball competitions in this year's Asian Games in Incheon, Korea. The last time the two countries squared off was during this game at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Wuhan, China, which Iran ruled unscathed.. 

But the quadrennial "Olympics of Asia" isn't the two countries' turf. (Photo by FIBA Asia)




MANILA (The Filipino Connection)–Three-time FIBA Asia titlists Iran and the Philippines had been too familiar with each other’s games over the years.

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