The Iranian national basketball team has defeated the Philippines to win the final match of 2013 FIBA Asia Men’s Championship.
On Sunday, Iranian basketball players hammered the host team and secured an 85-71 win to grab their third Asian title after four years. Hamed Haddadi, the first Iranian player in the US National Basketball Association (NBA), scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as he towered over his opponents. Iran, the Philippines and third-placed South Korea will go to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. On Saturday, the Iranian basketball team, which earned the champion title of the biennial event in 2007 and 2009, defeated Taiwan 79-60 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay in the Philippines. Iranian basketball players made their way to the semifinal match of the tourney by securing a 94-50 win against Jordan on Friday. Iran hammered Kazakhstan 85-53 on Wednesday and beat Bahrain 75-56 on Tuesday in Group F of the matches. The Iranian team also crushed Malaysia 115-25 in its opening match at the FIBA Asia campaign, and then earned convincing wins over South Korea 76-65, China 70-51, and India 102-58. The 2013 FIBA Asia Championship opened in the Philippines on August 1, and wrapped up on August 11. A total of 15 teams took part in the event.