Gilas Pilipinas failed to sustain a strong start as it yielded to Dominican Republic, 94-67, to bow out of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia on Thursday, July 1 (Friday, July 2, Manila time).
The loss ended the Philippines’ hopes of fighting for a spot in the Tokyo Olympics.
Dominican Republic clinched the last semifinal berth with a 1-1 record after world No. 5 Serbia (2-0) secured the first slot in Group A.
Only the top two teams from each of the two groups in the Serbia OQT leg will move on to the knockout semifinals.
Dominican Republic – which lost to Serbia, 94-76, last Tuesday – was led by Victor Liz and Gelvis Solano.
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