It was the combination of goal attack Veronica Edoni and goal shooter Hacy Abel that steered Alotau home to a win.Abel scored 16 goals while Edoni was not far behind with 13 next to her name.In the other master’s game, Central (1) beat their sisters in Central (2) 30-13.The B Grade results saw Tabubil register their first win over Central (2) winning 18-17. Tabubil later lost 23-8 to Kairuku Hiri.Lae defeated Kairuku Hiri 18-9 and then went on to beat Kavieng 22-14.Kavieng bounced back to beat Central (1) 22-21 while Alotau defeated Central (1) 29-22 and then again with a 34-12 victory over Motu Koita Wes and 17-13 win against Kavieng.Central (1) held on to beat Central (2) 26-17. Central (2) lost again to Lae 21-13.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “For a while there we thought we had a really good chance of winning the game. For the most part of the game we were holding on to a small lead and we were on the verge of breaking out. It just did not happen and towards the endgame,” Guiao added.Guiao had the country’s cream of the crop at his disposal but talent alone won’t cut it and Gilas was reminded about it in a painful way.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 Chriss“I felt it’s a lack of maturity for our team. It’s not as cohesive as we want it to be at this point. The guys tried their best. I knew and I saw that they were giving their best, but the crucial point in the game, we made some bad decisions and some crucial breaks,” Guiao said.Down by one, the Philippines wound up with two misses and two bad passes in the last 30 seconds of the game as Iran came away with a 78-70 win. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor a moment, it looked like Gilas Pilipinas had it, but only to watch it slip away when it mattered most in a game it badly needed against a regional rival in Iran before a stunned hometown crowd.“Well, of course we’re disappointed, not just about the match but for the whole window. We knew Iran was a tough team even without (Nikkha) Bahrami and (Hamed) Haddadi. We knew that they were a big team,” national team head coach Yeng Guiao said during the post-game press conference Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gilas Pilipinas falls to Iran anew, goes 0-2 at home View comments Guiao also pointed out the huge disparity from the free throw line where the Iranians attempted 33 to the Filipinos’ 18 which the fiery coach said to be a product of Gilas not yet used to the physicality in the international stage.“I think Marcio fouled one player on the sideline while he was trying to steal the ball, and we were just behind by one point at that point. So again, the same situation against Kazakhstan. We gave up too many free throws again. 33. That’s the problem, I guess, we’re not really accustomed to the officiating,” he said.“We don’t know how certain calls are made in the international game. But that’s something we should be responsibile for. We should be able to adapt to that. So I think that was very crucial 33 free throws again. Against Kazakhstan we gave up 34 free throws and only 18 for us.”Despite going 0-2 in its home stand, hope is still not lost for Gilas, which slipped to fourth place in Group F with a 5-5 record behind Australia, Iran and Japan.“I still feel, this is a good team. I still feel this is a strong team. I still feel if the chances are slimmer going to the World Cup but I still feel we can do it.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next