Shell-shocked, Iran? Sorry, but this is a new Gilas Pilipinas team. That big guy faking 3s and hitting circus shots? You must’ve known him from the NBA. The flashy guy with the fancy dribbling, that’s the PBA’s scoring champ. And the guy who hounded Haddadi inside like a pest? They call him The Beast.
The last time these two teams met in the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament, the Philippines did not have Andray Blatche. At the recent Jones Cup, Iran didn’t see much of Terrence Romeo, who had to leave the game early with a sprained ankle while Calvin Abueva saw limited action due to foul trouble.
In Monday’s game, Blatche, Romeo, and Abueva not only introduced themselves, they made sure the Iranians won’t forget their names.
Mahdi Kamrani, meet Andray Blatche.
Mohammad Hassanzadeh Saberi Akhlaghi, meet Terrence Romeo.
Aside from blocking shots, Blatche can drive, too.
You remember Asia’s best point guard, yes?
This is Gilas 3.0.
Kitakits ulit sa finals, Iran.