Gilas Pilipinas absorbed a second straight annihilation in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, this time in hands of powerhouse Serbia, 126-67 on Monday night at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center.

Dropping to 0-2 in the preliminary phase, the Philippines thus bowed out of contention, while its tormentors Italy and Serbia both booked seats in the second round of the tournament.

The Nationals had a decent start compared to their opening loss against Italy two days ago when they fell to an early 37-8 deficit.

But after a 16-11 lead, the Serbians, expectedly, began to step on the gas pedal and went on a scoring spree in the second quarter, including a 33-7 rampage to take a comfortable 62-35 advantage and never looked back.

CJ Perez led the Gilas crew with 16 points as Paul Lee came through with 15. June Mar Fajardo tallied eight points and six boards while Robert Bolick and Japeth Aguilar added seven markers apiece in the loss.

Nemanja Bjelica shined for Serbia with 20 points off the bench, while Bogdan Bogdanovic delivered 17 points, five assists, and two steals. NBA star Nikola Jokic finished with 11 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting clip on top of seven rebounds and seven assists.

The Philippines will look to end its campaign in Group D on a high note as it faces Angola on Wednesday, September 4, at the same venue.

The scores:

Serbia 126 – Bjelica 20, Bogdanovic 17, Raduljica 13, Guduric 12, Jokic 11, Micic 11, Milutinov 10, Marjanovic 9, Simonovic 7, Bircevic 6, Jovic 6, Lucic 4.

Philippines 67 – Perez 16, Lee 15, Fajardo 8, Bolick 7, Aguilar 7, Ravena 5, Blatche 5, Rosario 2, Pogoy 2, Norwood 0, Almazan 0.

Quarter scores: 28-13, 62-35, 99-48, 126-67.


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