IN PHOTOS: Gilas stumbles vs China in FIBA Asia final
IN PHOTOS: Gilas stumbles vs China in FIBA Asia final
See photos from the 2015 FIBA Asia finals here

MANILA, Philippines – After a good run in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, Gilas Pilipinas stumbled versus Asian powerhouse China in the finals, 78-67, on Saturday, October 3 in Changsha, Hunan, China.

The Philippines missed the outright berth to the 2016 Summer Olympics and will instead be relegated to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament happening in 2016 from July 5 to 16. That qualifying tournament will have 18 national teams from FIBA’s primary events divided into 3 competitions of 6. The winner from each tilt will qualify for Rio 2016.

(READ: Win or lose, what happens to Gilas Pilipinas’ Olympic dream?)

Hosts China will return to the Olympics, where they have been a fixture since 1976. It is the second straight silver medal finish for the Filipinos after losing to another big team in Iran back in 2013.

Jayson Castro had his worst game of the tournament with just 8 points on 3-of-14 shooting from the field but he was still named to the Mythical Team.

See photos from the 2015 FIBA Asia finals below.

OFF NIGHT. Jayson Castro struggled through his worst performance in the competition. photo from FIBA

LEADING SCORER. Andray Blatche leads Gilas in scoring with 17 points. Photo from FIBA

PHYSICAL PLAY. The game was physical all game long but the Philippines struggled through it more as coaches and players complained about calls and non-calls all throughout the contest. Photo from FIBA

GOING DOWN FIGHTING. Gabe Norwood calls the play as Gilas Pilipinas, though down by as much as 16 points, fights until the end. Photo from FIBA

MYTHICAL TEAM. Jayson Castro (left most) is named to the FIBA Asia Mythical Team for the second consecutive time as he retains his title as best point guard in Asia. Photo from FIBA

TOP 3. The top 3 FIBA Asia teams at the podium during the awarding ceremony. Photo from FIBA

GREAT WALL. In the end, China's bigger and younger team was too much for the Philippine team. Photo from FIBA


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