Many thought Iran would struggle against Gilas Pilipinas on Monday night with Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and Hamed Haddadi out.
Gilas has a good chance of beating Iran this time around.
It's Magnolia versus Alaska in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors' Cup Finals.
Most of the current University of the Philippines students were not yet born the last time its men's basketball team made the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) semifinals.
Alaska nailed the third seat in the PBA Governors' Cup semifinals after ousting San Miguel, 96-85, at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City Wednesday night.
A total of 18 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) stars and two members of the Gilas Cadets were named into the national team pool for the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.
Phoenix Fuel Masters rode on a hot start led by Eugene Phelps to depose NLEX Road Warriors, 123-97, in the PBA Governors' Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on Wednesday night.
Defending champions Ateneo de Manila University tallied another huge-victory, this time against arch-rival De La Salle University, 71-55, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Saturday.