Gilas Pilipinas competed and had a decent stand in the opening minutes but soon faded away versus an opponent likely to contend for the gold in the 2019 FIBA World Cup here Monday night.
Serbia, the 2014 world joust silver-medal winner, asserted its topnotch form and dealt Team Phl a 126-67 beating at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Arena.
But the Nationals showed an improved performance from their 62-108 blowout by the Italians on opening day Saturday, putting a semblance of a fight at least in the early goings.
A triple by Andray Blatche and a twinner by Paul Lee pushed Gilas ahead at 9-7 before Serbia took the opening quarter at 28-13 then kept its foot on the accelerator for another blowout win that sealed its entry into the next round.
A win by Italy over Angola early in the day automatically sent the Serbians and the Italians into the second round while relegating the Filipinos and the Angolans down to the classification phase with a play date left in Group D action.