Gilas Pilipinas remains win-less in the 2019 FIBA World Cup after losing to Serbia, 126-67, on Monday, September 2, at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Arena in China.
Nemanja Bjelica finished with 20 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 17 points for the undefeated Serbian team that led by 59 points at most.
The Philippine national men’s basketball team had a two-point lead, 7-9, early in the first quarter before Serbia made an 18-2 run that put them up by 12 points, 25-13.
The Serbian team widened the point gap to 62-35 at the end of the first half and it blew up to 99-48 before the start of the final period.
PBA rookie CJ Perez scored 16 points while Paul Lee had 15 points to lead the Filipino squad that dropped to their second straight loss in the ongoing basketball tournament.
Gilas Pilipinas, who is no longer in contention for a podium finish, will attempt to end the first round of the 18th World Cup with a win when they face win-less Angola on Wednesday, September 4, at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Arena