MANILA, Philippines – The breaks of the game did not fall the way of Gilas Pilipinas Youth as it absorbed a 76-70 loss against New Zealand to end its 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup campaign at Heraklion, Greece on Sunday, July 7.
With the loss, the Filipino youngsters settled for 14th place in the tournament, 4 spots worse than their predecessors who last appeared in the tourney 40 years ago.
The Philippines, which only had one win to show, finished as the third-best Asian team, behind Oceania neighbors Australia and New Zealand.
Carl Tamayo saw his 24-point, 12-rebound double-double go to waste in the losing effort. Dave Ildefonso and Dalph Panopio each chipped in 16 markers with Ildefonso adding 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Momentum swung the Kiwis’ way after Oscar Oswald drained a tying three, 70-all, with 1:13 left in regulation. Flynn Cameron then put New Zealand ahead with an open layup, 72-70, after the missed Panopio three in the last 51 ticks of the game.
Gerry Abadiano got open for a floater in the last 9 seconds but it clanked off. To make matters worse, Tamayo got called for an unsportsmanlike foul in an attempt to stop the clock, which granted two free throws and ball possession to the Kiwis.
Cameron calmly sank his charities for the four-point lead to seal the deal before sinking two more off the last duty foul of Gilas Youth.
Cameron led the Kiwis’ closeout efforts with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while the imposing Max Darling chipped in 16 markers and 8 boards.
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.