Gilas Pilipinas simply ran into a far more superior opponent in the Azzurri of Italy and suffered a shattering 62-108 loss in Day One of the 2019 FIBA World Cup at the Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena here Saturday night.
Faced with a tough, tough Italian side, the Nationals got off to a struggling start and hardly got into the game in a blowout that essentially eased out Team Phl right away in the fight for the next round.
Not even the presence of President Duterte in the gallery could provide anything for the Nationals who just couldn’t put up a semblance of a fight with their horrendous shooting, errors and sloppy plays.
And it was really a humbling experience for the Gilas side that didn’t go through the same in the 2014 wars in Seville, Spain.
It was a blowout win for the Italians marked by the huge disparity in shooting by the two teams.