TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Iranian national basketball team beat the Philippines 78-70 in the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
- Sports news - The Iranians improved to 7-3 to keep their hold of 2nd place in Group F.
Mohammad Jamshidi delivered 20 big points in the 4th quarter and finished with 26 total on top of 7 assists and 4 rebounds while Behnam Yakhchali pumped in 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Jayson Castro, who served a three-game suspension from FIBA, paced Gilas with 19 points and 5 rebounds while Christian Standhardinger, who replaced Stanley Pringle as Gilas' naturalized player, churned out 17 points and 8 boards.
Iran will meet Japan and Australia respectively in the sixth and final window in February.
The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held in China.