Gilas Pilipinas bows to Tunisia, drops to 0-4 in 2019 FIBA World Cup

Already down in the classification round, Gilas Pilipinas still found no relief.

The Nationals rammed into a torrid-shooting Tunisian side and went down to a 67-86 loss in Group N classification matchup in the 2019 FIBA World Cup at the Wukesong Sports Arena in Beijing.

Team Philippines turned the ball over its first two possessions, allowing Tunisia to a 6-0 start, and the Nationals hardly got into the fight, staying winless in four games in this FIBA showpiece.

The African power went on coast-to-coast en route to the emphatic victory that put them in contention for a high finish among those fighting for 17th to 32nd spots.

With their fourth straight loss, the Filipinos, meanwhile, bombed out of the fight for a Tokyo Olympic entry among the Asian bets.

What’s left for coach Yeng Guiao and his troops is to salvage a feel-good win versus Iran at the close of the classifications Sunday.

The scores:

Tunisia 86 – Abada 16, Roll 13, Mejri 12, Rhomdane 10, Hadidane 10, Mabrouk 8, Mouli 6, Ghyaza 5, Slimane 3, Kniqua 2, Abbassi 1, Chenoufi 0.

Gilas Pilipinas 67 – Blatche 22, Rosario 9, Barroca 7, Perez 6, Fajardo 6, Bolick 5, Ravena 5, Lee 3, Aguilar 2, Pogoy 1, Norwood 0, Almazan 0.

Quarterscores: 27-10, 46-24, 67-39, 86-67.

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