IN PHOTOS: Gilas Pilipinas starts strong, falls late to France
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines opened their game against France on fire, but in the end fell to the fifth-ranked team on Tuesday, July 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.
Gilas Pilipinas led by as many as 10 as they shocked France with their speed and long-range shooting. France's Tony Parker and Nando de Colo combined for 48 to start the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament with a 93-84 win. The Philippines now must secure a win against New Zealand on Wednesday to keep hope alive to advance out of Group B as they seek their first trip to the Olympic basketball tournament since 1972.
Andray Blatche scored 21 and grabbed 8 rebounds with 3 steals while Terrence Romeo scored 19 and Castro added 14 and 3 assists
The game featured many exciting matchups for Filipino fans, including point guards Romeo and Castro against Parker, a former NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs, plus Troy Rosario against Boris Diaw and Bobby Ray Parks Jr against ex-NBA player Mickael Gelabale.
Re-live the exciting game in these photos.