Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Scouting the Philippines-Iran friendly

When Andray Blatche is outside, we need some players to rebound. 
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Scouting the Philippines-Iran friendly
by rick olivares

There was a lot to take from this game for both sides that ended with an 81-70 win for the home team. Let’s break it down.

Offensive end:
Gilas’ willingness to attack the interior caused so many problems for Iran defensively. Shot more free throws 18-15.
Blatche’s presence forced Iran to also pack the lane leaving the shooters open.
Shooters in the corners — Norwood, Parks, Reyes, De Ocampo.
Iran couldn’t stop the drives of Castro and Romeo and that led to a lot of early buckets from drop passes or kickouts. Iran adjusted.
I thought that after a while, the Philippines stopped playing team ball and opted to go one-on-one especially Romeo and Blatche. Sure the team has better isolation players. Iran had 20 assists to Gilas’ 15.
Nine players attempted a three-pointer. We seem to have more shooters.
Lots of bench production coming from Romeo, Parks, and Aguilar,

Baskets when they needed it:

Players along the baseline for drop passes/hand-offs:
De Ocampo

I like how Tab Baldwin left Parks, Romeo, Tenorio, Blatche, and Norwood in at the end. Not too much heights but a team that can handle the ball and hit their free throws should Iran foul. He didn’t bring back Castro and other regulars. But this was to see how they’d do.

Defensive end:
Was outrebounded 35-31. When Blatche is outside trying to drive or shoot, there isn’t anyone to rebound.
Guarding the pick and roll, Blatch would help leaving the lane open. But Gabe Norwood was there to protect the rim. Better rim protection. 3-1 in blocks for Gilas.
Very active hands on defense and in the passing lanes that caused problems (7-5).
Jamshidi and Yakchali would drive from the left side of the arc or from the middle. Noticed we were a little vulnerable from the drive on that left side. Jamshidi has speed and is long and that helped him get to the basket quick.


That’s a very young Iranian team. I applaud their efforts to give their youngsters valuable playing time as their Golden Generation of players wind down their international careers.

Offensive End:
What I liked about Iran is they did not get caught up with the Philippines’ penchant for the spectacular. They just ran their sets. Drive and draw. Move the ball around and hit the open man. When the offense stagnated, they relied on Jamshidi and Yakchali to create.
They got spotted a pair of 20-plus leads but they cut it down each time. With this young team with only two battle-tested vets in Ashgar Kardoust and Oshin Sahakian, that’s pretty good.
Of the 11 Iranians fielded by Dirk Bauermann, eight players attempted three-pointers. 
Players who will really shoot that three- Sahakian, Jamshidi Yakchali, and Zangeneh.
Likes to run a pick and roll on the wings.
Bench production is a concern. Zangeneh is the only reliable one.
Their frontline was somewhat intimidated by Blatche.

Jamshidi though playing the two or three is their top assist man (better than point guards Sajjad Mashayeki and Aslani Farid). He finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists vs 2 turnovers.
Sahakian plays the power forward position. Can post, shoot the three, and will drive given the chance unike Kardoust who prefers to muscle his way in.

Defensive End:
Played match up zone. Some time late in the game — I could be wrong here — they went to a 3-2 zone.
Didn’t pressure the Philippine ball carriers. Sometimes sat in their 2-3 zone to stop the dribble drive penetrations.

I have some more notes.... the problem is in my haste scribbling and jotting them down, I can't read them for the life of me.

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