The two giant teams, Gilas Pilipinas and Iran have developed competition during Asian Basket ball in recent years. While the first tune-up session is over, the teams prepare for their second tune-up game starting at 7 PM today at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The tournament is scheduled for July 5 to 10 and for the tune-up huge crowd is expected to fill the stadium as the anticipation heat up for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Manila leg, when two veteran teams will display their talent and moves.
In the first tune-up that took place in Hoops Center in Mandaluyong, the Gilas players smashed Iranians in a friendly battle where the scores kept changing after each quarter. Filipino split the four quarters fighting with rivals, seizing the first 21-13 and third quarters 17-16. On the other hand, Iranian dominated second 16-15 and fourth 19-18 quarters.
For Tab Baldwin, coach of Smart Gilas this is a chance to see what is the actual position for Nationals now in terms of their consistency and play level.
“We will have the chance to see, more or less, where the team is at right now,”
“By competing against a strong team like Iran, we can see where we’re already good at and what areas we need to improve on. This will be very helpful for us.”
Also, the tune-up is beneficial for Iran as the coach Dirk Bauermann sees this game as a core part of their preparation and competing against such good team will gain Iranian some great experience.
Iranians proved themselves strong while playing West Asian Basketball Association Tournament took place in Jordan and bringing home the gold championship. However Gilas is yet to play against any other team except for the tune-up against Iranians. For this reason, Gilas can expect a tough challenge from team Iran, who is constantly powerful in Asian Basketball.