MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine basketball team’s road to Rio came to a halt on Wednesday, July 6 after losing a heartbreaker to New Zealand, 89-80 at Mall of Asia Arena.
Unlike on Tuesday, when Gilas Pilipinas came out like a house on fire early against France, the Philippines appeared sluggish from the outset, falling behind in the first quarter. The Philippines came to within two points late in the fourth but their momentum was squandered due to turnovers and missed shots.
New Zealand will play France tomorrow with the winner to earn a higher seeding in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament semifinals. Here is this game in photos by Josh Albelda.
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