GILAS Pilipinas Youth suffered a heartbreaking 76-70 defeat to New Zealand to finish at 14th place in the 2019 Fiba Under-19 World Cup on Sunday at the Heraklion University Sports Hall in Greece.
Flynn Cameron rescued the Tall Blacks in the clutch, scoring the final six points to help his side turn around a game that had the Filipinos holding on to a five-point lead, 66-61, in the final 6:53 minutes.
Gerry Abadiano's floater rolled out of the rim which could have tied the game at 72, before Cameron canned the game-icing freebies off of an unsportsmanlike foul whistled on Carl Tamayo with 3.6 seconds left.
The loss spoiled Tamayo's 24-point and 12-rebound performance in the Philippines' curtain call in the World Cup.
Dave Ildefonso added 16 points, five boards, five assists, and three steals, while Rome-based point guard Dalph Panopio had his best outing in the tourney with 16 points, four rebounds, and two assists.
Kai Sotto was limited to just eight points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in the exit.
The 14th- place finish made the Philippines the third-best team from Asia in the tilt.
Cameron paced New Zealand with 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists, while Max Darling had 16 points and eight boards in the win.
NEW ZEALAND 76 - Cameron 21, Darling 16, de Geest 15, Oswald 6, Perrott-Hunt 5, Higgins 4, Mete 4, Moors 3, Faamausili 2, Mennenga 0, Poppe 0, Stephens 0.
PHILIPPINES 70 - Tamayo 24, Ildefonso 16, Panopio 16, Sotto 8, Abadiano 2, Chiu 2, Oczon 2, Spencer 0, Amsali 0, Fortea 0, Torres 0.
Quarters: 20-15, 45-37, 59-58, 76-70.