Tunisia heaped more misery on struggling Gilas Pilipinas, taking a huge 86-67 victory in the classification phase of the 2019 FIBA World Cup at the Beijing Wukesong Sports Center in Beijing, China.
Dropping all of its three games in the group phase in Foshan, the Philippine men’s basketball team has now extended its winless streak to four games.
Another sluggish start doomed Gilas, as African champion Tunisia, ranked 51st in the world took advantage of it and cruised to a 27-10 cushion that swelled as much as 28 points, 70-42, in the fourth period.
Andray Blatche was the only player in double figures for the Philippines with 24 points alongside 11 rebounds that just went for naught as Gilas saw its hopes of clinching an automatic berth for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics dashed due to its inferior point differential.
Omar Abada paced the balanced Tunisia side with 16 points while Michael Roll and Salah Mejri scored a combined 25.
The Filipinos will wrap up their World Cup campaign against Asian rival Iran on Sunday, 8:00 pm.
TUNISIA 86 – Abada 16, Roll 13, Mejri 12, Rhomdane 10, Hadidane 10, Mabrouk 8, Mouli 6, Ghyaza 5, Slimane 3, Kniqua 2, Abbassi 1, Chenoufi 0.
PHILIPPINES 67 – Blatche 22, Rosario 9, Barroca 7, Perez 6, Fajardo 6, Bolick 5, Ravena 5, Lee 3, Aguilar 2, Pogoy 1, Norwood 0, Almazan 0.
Quarter scores: 27-10, 46-24, 67-39, 86-67.