Gilas Pilipinas is back in MOA for the second time around in just three days to face the mighty team Iran.
Looking on paper, team Iran is much stronger that Kazakhstan Steppe Wolves which Gilas played last November 30.
However, in their 7:30 PM encounter with Gilas Pilipinas in MOA, several of their key players won’t be available. The most popular one is Hamed Haddadi.
Similar to team Pilipinas, team Iran also fresh from defeat against the Australian Boomers where they lost by a huge margin of 20 points.
In this game, the four headed-monster of Barangay Ginebra got reduced to only three. Greg Slaughter got replaced but Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson still in the roster announced by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
Gilas needed this win to keep its hold on the third spot of Group F. Team Kazakhstan and team Japan is within striking distance in the standings.