The Philippines’ Smart Gilas Pilipinas campaign to win the championship crown of the 22nd Fiba Asian Championship Cup ended at the hands of Iran tonight, with the final score of 80-77.
The Philippines fought hard but Iran emerged as the better team. Chris Tiu gave hope to the Philippine team as he made 5 points (a lay-up and 3 points) with less than a minute remaining, and Iran was ahead of 7 points. Chiu trimmed down the lead to 2 points but that was it. Iran converted their free throws at the expense of Smart Gilas fouls.
In the dying seconds of the game that left thousands breathless, the Philippines had two chances to score 3 points but short.
Iran will now wait for the winner of the semis between Qatar and Lebanon.