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The Gilas Pilipinas Youth squad ended their campaign in the FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship on a high note, upending Iran 95-87, in the classification game on Sunday at the Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall in Doha, Qatar.
The Gilas Youth thus finished with a 3-3 mark, good for seventh place—their worst finish in this tournament. It’s worst finish before was fifth place during the 2015 edition of this tournament which was held in India.
The Filipinos had to scratch and claw to get the victory after trailing by nine at halftime, 39-48, after Iran went on a 30-19 run in the second canto. However, the Gilas turned things around in the third, uncorking a massive 29-15 blast to move ahead, 68-63, heading to the last period.
The Gilas kept the pressure up in the fourth, even extending their lead to 14, 86-72, after two free-throws by Cebuano big man Kristian Porter.
Alex Konov led the Gilas Youth with 18 points, four assists, and three rebounds while Caelum Harris had 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal. Lorenzo Competente added 14 markers and five boards.
Cebuano guard and Ateneo de Cebu ace Jared Bahay finished the tournament strong as had a complete stat line of 13 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and two steals.