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Iran's Haddadi secures William Jones Basketball Cup final berth

The length and superiority of Hamed Haddadi finally caught up with Smart Gilas Pilipinas. A plodding behemoth at 7-foot-2, Haddadi was an immovable roadblock in the paint as Fiba Asia champion Iran demolished the Philippines, 78-59, in the semifinals of the William Jones Cup Saturday night at the Hsinchuang Gymnasium. The figures put up by the Memphis Grizzlies center-36 points on 14-of-24 shooting, eight rebounds, five blocks and three assists-were enough to single-handedly break the spirits of the Filipinos.

Iran is scheduled to face the Korean team on Sunday. The Persians have participated in the tournament four times, in which have won twice.


Iran 78 - Haddadi 36, Sahakian 16, Davari 9, Barogh 6, Davoudichegani 3, Davaranahfard 3, Veisi 2, Kardoust 2, Nabipoor 1, Rouzbahani 0.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas 59 - Douthit 16, Barroca 10, Lassiter 10, Hontiveros 6, Tiu 5, Aguilar 5, Taulava 2, Lutz 0.

Quarter scores: 20-11; 36-27; 56-38; 78-59.

The William Jones Cup is an international basketball tournament held annually in China's Taiwan. It was named after Renato William Jones, a basketball promoter and one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

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