WATCH: Gilas Pilipinas vs France highlights

MANILA, Philippines - Close but no cigar.

The Philippines jumped out to a 10-point lead against France, and hung in tough late but fell to the fifth-ranked team, 93-84, in their first Olympic Qualifying Tournament match on Tuesday, July 5 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. 

There were many exciting plays along the way, particularly from the aggressive trio of Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo and Andray Blatche, plus the long-range shooting of Jeff Chan. On the French side, Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nando De Colo hade their share of highlights, too.

Before the Philippines moves on to face New Zealand in a must-win match on Thursday, look back at the highlights of the Philippines vs France. –