Gilas Youth ended its FIBA U19 World Cup with a 76-70 loss to New Zealand Sunday at the Heraklion University Hall in Greece.
The Philippines finished 14th overall out of the 16 participating countries and ended up as the third best Asian country behind Australia and New Zealand. Gilas won only one game, against China, through six games in the tournament.
Down by two with eight seconds remaining, Gerry Abadiano missed a potential game-tying floater. New Zealand sealed the game with clutch free throws down the stretch.
Carl Tamayo had a huge double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. The big man shot efficiently, going 10-for-16 shooting from the field, including four triples. Dave Ildefonso was all over the floor with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Another bright spot for the Filipinos was Dalph Panopio who had his best game in the tourney with 16 points, four rebounds, and three assists off the bench.
Momentum was in favor of the young national team when they opened the final period on a 10-2 start. The two teams traded blows in the pivotal period but Gilas was able to hold a precarious three-point lead, 70-67, after a pair of free throws from Dave Ildefonso with a minute and a half remaining. Oscar Oswald tied the game with a booming triple.
Flynn Cameron gave New Zealand the lead, 72-70, with 50 ticks left on the clock. Ildefonso then failed to answer on the other end but Gilas had another chance to tie. Unfortunately, Abadiano's shot failed to hit the bottom of the net.
NEW ZEALAND 76 -- Cameron 21, Darling 16, de Geest 15, Oswald 6, Perrott-Hunt 5, Higgins 4, Mete 4, Moors 3, Faamausili 2, Mennenga 0, Poppe 0, Stephens 0.
PHILIPPINES 70 -- Tamayo 24, Ildefonso 16, Panopio 16, Sotto 8, Abadiano 2, Chiu 2, Oczon 2, Spencer 0, Amsali 0, Fortea 0, Torres 0. Quarters: 20-15, 45-37, 59-58, 76-70.
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