Gilas Pilipinas def. Iran, 84-83 (VIDEO) 2023 Asian Games | October 3 | Quarterfinal

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Gilas Pilipinas Men survived a late rally by Iran, winning 84-83 in the knockout quarterfinal of the 2023 Asian Games Men's Basketball 5x5 event on Tuesday, October 3, at the Zhejiang University Zijingang Gymnasium. [VIDEO]

Justin Brownlee led Gilas to a historic win with 36 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the field, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He also contributed 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals in 36 minutes of play.

This victory marks a historic moment as the Philippines reaches the men's basketball semifinals for the first time since the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.

Gilas shot 50% from the field (32/64fg), including 8-of-20 shooting from beyond the arc. Iran had 32 out of 73 field goals and made 12 out of 32 attempts from three-point range. Gilas went 12 out of 17 from the free-throw line, while the Iran made 7 out of 13 free throws. The Philippines outrebounded Iran, 46-37; however, Gilas had more turnovers (16-11), while Iran recorded more assists (18-17) and steals (14-9).

"It went down to the last play, and we're lucky to win. But we shouldn't have put ourselves in that position. But these are the kind of games are in international (tournament). They could turn on a dime." coach Tim Cone said in a post-game interview by

Gilas Pilipinas advances to the semifinals against the defending champions China on Wednesday, October 4, at 8:00PM [LIVE].

The scores:

PHILIPPINES 84 - Brownlee 36, Fajardo 18, Thompson 11, Oftana 7, Perez 6, Kouame 4, Newsome 2, Alas 0, Tolentino 0, Aguilar 0, Lassiter DNP, Ross DNP.

IRAN 83 - Vahedi 24, Rezaeifar 14, Mirzaeitalarposhti 12, Aghajanpour 11, Girgoorian 8, Mashayekhi 6, Kazemi 6, Pazirofteh 2, Shahrian 0, Gholizadeh 0, Torabi 0, Aliakbari DNP.

Quarters: 28-22, 48-36, 71-54, 84-83. [VIDEO] | [STATS]

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