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first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gilas is now faced with three must-win games to steady its shaky bid for a berth in the World Cup set in China next year, and that task starts on Monday, also at Mall of Asia Arena, when the Filipinos host Iran at 7:30 p.m.The next two games will be against the Qataris in Qatar and versus the Kazakhs, also on the road, happening Feb. 21 and 24, respectively, next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLosing to the Kazakhs dropped the Filipinos into a tie with Japan at 5-4 for third spot in their group.But the Japanese have been a rejuvenated lot owing to the presence of Rui Hachimura and naturalized center Nick Fazekas—both of whom weren’t there when Gilas beat the Japanese twice earlier. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Against Iran, coach Yeng Guiao will make the adjustments in an effort to address the lack of mobility of the Gilas frontcourt by tapping Christian Standhardinger as his naturalized player in lieu of Stanley Pringle.Iran is expected to miss big man Hamed Haddadi due to an injury, a welcome development for the win-hungry Filipinos.“We were mismatched in terms of quickness, especially on our big men,” Guiao had said Friday night after the defeat, where the 7-foot Greg Slaughter played less than five minutes and wound up scoreless with just a rebound and a turnover.A loss to the Iranians would knock the Filipinos out of a third place tie with the Japanese, which would be critical since only the top three teams from each group—and then the best fourth-placed team from both brackets—will advance to the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTeam Philippines’ age-old weakness came to haunt the Filipinos in their Fiba World Cup qualifying game against Kazakhstan on Friday night, and because of a 92-88 loss in their own turf where the theme of the tournament is to protect one’s house, the path to the global meet next year has just gotten bumpier.Alexandr Zhigulin, a 6-foot-10 center with the hands of a shooting guard, and the other big men of Kazakhstan baffled their Filipino counterparts all night, and, coupled with deadly shooting from three-point range, the Kazakhs posted one of the bigger upsets in Group F play that pushed the Filipinos hard to the wall.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Petron dismisses Smart challenge, sweeps All-Filipino first round Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more