Tunisia keeps Gilas winless in 2019 FIBA World Cup

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Victory remains elusive for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA World Cup as Tunisia routed them 86-67 on Friday, September 6, at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China.

Omar Abada scored 16 points and Michael Roll added 13 points for Tunisia, leading by 28 points at most.

Two players of the North African team also recorded double-double figures. Salah Mejri finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds while Makram Ben Romdhane had 10 points and 10 rebounds as their squad improved to a 2-2 win-loss record.

Romadhane and Abada scored the first six points of the game for Tunisia to immediately take the lead. The North African team remained dominant all throughout the game as they widened the point gap, 67-39, before the start of the fourth period.

Andray Blatche registered 24 points and 11 rebound to pace the Philippine team that remains winless after four games.

The loss also dashed the chances of the Philippine team in grabbing an automatic slot in the 2020 Olympics as the top Asian country, excluding host country Japan, in the tournament.

Gilas will seek to salvage their World Cup campaign when they face Iran on Sunday, September 8, and hope that they can book a ticket to the 2020 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying tournaments by being one of the top two teams in their group.

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