Gilas Pilipinas put up a gallant stand as it came close to shocking host and world No. 5 Serbia in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament following a nail-biting 76-83 defeat.
Although the Filipinos still absorbed a loss, they earned the respect of Serbian head coach Igor Kokoskov as they nearly upset the home team in front of its home crowd.
Naturalized player Angelo Koaume held his ground against the towering Serbian frontline bannered by NBA big man Boban Marjanovic after churning out 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks for the Philippines.
Jordan Heading also showed up with 13 points built on four three-pointers, Kai Sotto chalked up 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals, while RJ Abarrientos added 9 points.
Watch the video below for the game highlights: