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FIBA U19: New Zealand defeats Gilas Youth five

Carl Tamayo of the Philippines (FIBA.com photo)
Carl Tamayo of the Philippines (FIBA.com photo)

by Waylon Galvez

Gilas Pilipinas Youth fell short against New Zealand as the Philippines sustained a tough 76-70 defeat against the Junoir Tall Blacks in the FIBA Under-19 World Cup Sunday at the Heraklion University Sports Hall in Greece.

The national team was up 70-67 following a pair of free throws from Sean Dave Ildefonso with 1:28 left in the game.

But the opposition answered with a three-point shot courtesy of Oscar Oswald that tied the score at 70-all, and after a missed triple try by Dalph Panopio, Flynn Cameron made a layup for a 72-70 lead with 51 seconds left.

Carl Tamayo of the Philippines (FIBA.com photo)
Carl Tamayo of the Philippines (FIBA.com photo)

The two teams traded missed shots, before Cameron sealed the deal for New Zealand with two free throws that gave them a 74-70 advantage with six seconds to play.

The setback had the Philippines finish 14th overall in the 16-team tournament – the best for the Filipinos in the event since a 10th-place finish when it joined the age-group event for the first and only time back in 1979 in Brazil.

Carl Tamayo led Gilas Youth with 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-8 from three-point area, with 12 rebounds. Panopio and Ildefonso contributed 16 points apiece for the national team.

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