World number 4 Serbia proved too much for the Gilas Pilipinas Youth team, pulling off a lopsided 87-60 win in the knockout stage of the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, Thursday morning (Manila time) at the Heraklion Indoor Sports Arena in Heraklion, Greece.
The Serbians tore the game wide open in 2nd period behind a 17-1 run which turned a slim 22-18 advantage into a comfortable 39-19 lead anchored on the hot-shooting of NBA prospect Filip Petrusev. The Filipinos never recovered and even trailed by as much as 29.
The Philippines mounted a furious rally in the 3rd but the best they could do was trim the margin to 12, 48-36, after a Kai Sotto split from the stripe.
The loss eliminated Gilas Youth from the tournament while the Serbians advanced to the Round of 8 against Lithuania which defeated Australia 91-74.
The Filipinos and the Aussies will meet in a classification match on Friday.
Sean Ildefonso paced the national youth team with 18 points but committed a game-high 7 turnovers. Sotto finished with 13 markers and 8 boards while Gerry Abadiano and Carl Tamayo added 12 and 7 points, respectively.
Serbia 87 – Pecarski 21, Petrusev 17, Ilic 13, Trifunovic 9, Vasiljevic 8, Paunovic 8, Cubic 4, Micovic 3, Kuzmanovic 2, Grbovic 2, Cerovina 0, Islamovic 0.
Philippines 60 – Ildefonso 18, Sotto 13, Abadiano 12, Tamayo 7, Chiu 5, Fortea 3, Panopio 2, Oczon 0, Amsali 0, Spencer 0, Torres 0.
Quarterscores: 19-14, 43-28, 64-42, 87-60.