FIBA: Serbia eliminates Gilas from World Cup with 59-point win

Paul Lintag on Sep 02, 2019 09:23 PM
FIBA: Serbia eliminates Gilas with 59-point win
Serbia eliminates Gilas Pilipinas from the FIBA World Cup with a 59-point win. (FIBA)

The Gilas Pilipinas loss to Italy was bad but it somehow got worse as the national team ran into a gold-medal favorite in Serbia.

The Philippines fought hard but Serbia was just too overwhelming with its star power Monday and the world no. 4 Serbians took a 126-67 victory in Group D play of the 2019 FIBA World Cup at the Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena.

Coming off a 46-point beatdown to Italy Saturday, Gilas was noticeably sharper to start against the Serbians.

The national team even took its first lead of the World Cup as a Paul Lee jumper pushed the Philippines ahead, 9-7.

However, that didn’t last long and Serbia unloaded a 21-4 run to end the opening period. Gilas got to within 11 multiple times in the second quarter as CJ Perez and Robert Bolick were once again amazing for the national team.

But the top PBA rookies’ effort was not enough especially when Serbia sent its best 5 on the floor led by Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic. The Serbians piled up the points and had a commanding 27-point lead at halftime, shooting 68 percent from the field.

Led by Bogdan Bogdanovic, the Serbians increased their shooting percentage and dropped the hammer in the third period, outscoring Gilas, 37-13, to almost double their lead, 99-48.

It was cruise control for Serbia in the fourth as they finished up with a 59-point victory, joining Italy to the second round of the World Cup as Group D representatives.

The Serbians shot 75 percent from the field and had seven players in double figures led by Nemanja Bjelica with 20 points.

Bogdan Bogdanovic dropped 17 points on four triples while Nikola Jokic was good for 11 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.

For Gilas Pilipinas, CJ Perez once again was the shining star, leading the team in scoring with 16 points off the bench.

Paul Lee started and scored 15 points for the Philippines but no other player  cracked double figures for Gilas. Andray Blatche shot 2/10 from the floor for five points before fouling out.

Gilas wraps up group play against Angola (0-2) Wednesday before heading to Beijing for the 17-32 classification phase.


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