Gilas Pilipinas botched a potential game-winning play in the last 5.2 seconds in regulation and dropped an 81-84 overtime loss to Angola at the close of Group D play in the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup here.
The Nationals actually took the early initiative in the extra period but failed to sustain the momentum, thus, ending up winless in three games in the group stage.
They carry over a 0-3 card while the Angolans will be at 1-2 as they head into their classification round grouping in Beijing with Iran and either Puerto Rico or Tunisia.
Team Philippines actually had a chance to send the game into second OT but Kiefer Ravena, one of the sparkplugs in their fightback from 11 points down early in the fourth, muffed a three-point attempt in the dying seconds.
Andray Blatche delivered the numbers expected of him – 23 points and 12 rebounds – while Perez (with 17 markers) and Robert Bolick (with 10) continued to impress but their efforts were not enough to save Gilas from a shutout.