‘Young’ Iran tries to cope with absence of veteran stars vs PH

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college What lurks underneath that win-loss mark, however, is a turmoil that prevented stars Hammed Haddadi, Nikkhah Bahrami, and Arsalan Kazemi to suit up for Iran at this stage of the qualifiers.Iran head coach Mehran Shahintab said Bahrami is in the United States and couldn’t join the team in time for its game against the Philippines on Monday at Mall of Asia Arena while Haddadi “has a personal reason” for not playing.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 ChrissShahintab knows he doesn’t have the star power the team usually has during Fiba competitions.“We have a young team, we have some motivated players and they will try their best,” said Shahintab Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena after the team’s practice. “We didn’t play well against Australia (losing 76-47) but we’ll try to compensate tomorrow.” Haddadi played just one minute against the Philippines in the two teams’ first meeting in Iran in the second round due to injury and this was the reason why the 7-foot-2 center didn’t suit up for Team Melli in this window.According to the South China Morning Post, Haddadi was unhappy with the support he received from Iran during the time he was injured.Haddadi instead signed with Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the CBA, as per Shahintab.“I heard that he signed with Xinjiang in China because he was engaged with the club.”Haddadi has been Iran’s star for the past decade, leading the team to three gold medals in the Fiba Asia Championship with Bahrami as his trusted sidekick.ADVERTISEMENT Photo from Fiba.comIran’s 6-3 record in Group F of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers appears a stable one on paper.Team Melli, after all, is in second place of the group and the top three teams from Groups E and F are assured of advancing to the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China.ADVERTISEMENT 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PH cagers in must-win game vs Iran ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more