The Philippine men’s national basketball team’s road to Rio has come to an end on Wednesday, July 6 after losing to New Zealand, 89-80 at Mall of Asia Arena.
It was the second consecutive defeat in as many days for the Philippine team, which lost to France on Tuesday and finishes the tournament with a 0-2 record. Gilas Pilipinas appeared sluggish from the start, falling behind in the first quarter. The Philippines came to within two points late in the fourth but committed several turnovers and missed shots. New Zealand will play France with the winner earning a higher seeding in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament semifinals.