In this Jones Cup 2015 update, find out the current team standings after the dramatic win of Iran over the Philippines on Thursday.
The four-time champions, lead by Hamed Haddadi, clinched its fifth win in this year’s cup as it advances to the finals with another step towards being hailed Jones Cup 2015′ champions once again.
Philippines‘ coach, Tab Baldwin, expressed his disappointment over the team’s performance against the tough opponent. In an interview reported by Spin.ph, Baldwin commented “”We’re still some ways to go as far as being a team is concerned. I thought we lost our discipline out there.” They lost to Iran, 74-65, and found their team scorer, Terrence Romeo, suffering a sprained ankle in the game.
Romeo, who landed wrongly “limped out of the court at the end of the third period against the Iranians,” local website, Inquirer, reported.
Japan also took some beating from New Zealand, after winning, 89-81, with Eric Devendorf, Ray Turner and Kevin Braswell, all scoring 66 points and 23 rebounds, 9 assists in total. Japan weakened their defense, according to Bleacher Report. Find out Japan’s next standing when it faces another power house, team South Korea.
Now the silent sentinels of the cup this year came prowling with Lee Jong-hyun rallying 17 points, 4 rebounds and blocking 6 shots, rendering the team a 77-70 win against Chinese Taipei (White). With their three straight wins, the South Koreans are fast becoming a favorite with a strong offensive front and solid team effort throughout their games.
Their plus points came from strong several other team players who can score at least 5 points each game.
Russia lost to Chinese Taipei (Blue), 77-73. With only one game more before reaching the finals, these hopefuls are expectant to clinch the championship trophy with Quincy Davis and Cheng Liu, who both scored 19 points, 11 rebounds and 21 points respectively.