AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the opening round of group games at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates:
Many thought Iran would struggle against Gilas Pilipinas on Monday night with Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and Hamed Haddadi out.
Jayson Castro still has it!
Almost but not quite for the Philippines.
Alex Cabagnot was nothing but grateful to Gilas Pilipinas.
Gilas has a good chance of beating Iran this time around.
TNT Katropa's Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario were named as one of the 12 players from Gilas Pilipinas who will take on Iran on Monday, December 3, in the fifth window of FIBA Asia World qualifiers at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Looks like Philippine Women’s Volleyball star Alyssa Valdez and Iran’s Mahsa Saberi became good friends.