PHILIPPINES fell to Slovenia, 21-14, in its opening game in the 2018 Fiba Under-23 3x3 World Cup Wednesday at Xi'an, China.
Ricci Rivero led the Filipinos in the losing effort with seven points. Rhayyan Amsali added four points, while RJ Abarrientos had three in the losing cause.
The Philippines will try to earn its first win in Pool C when it faces Serbia at 8:50 p.m.
The Serbians are fresh off a shock 21-19 upset defeat to 17th seed Turkmenistan, earlier in the day, making the duel against the Filipinos a must-win.
Only the top two teams from each pool will advance to the playoff round.
Stojan Dekanovic led the assault for the fifth-seeded Slovenians with seven points as Jure Ritlop had six built on three long bombs.
Milan Kovacevic delivered the dagger buckets, bullying his way inside for Slovenia's last two points as he wound up with four.
SLOVENIA 21 - Dekanovic 7, Ritlop 6, Kovacevic 4, Marinc 4.
PHILIPPINES 14 - Rivero 7, Amsali 4, Abarrientos 3, Faundo 0.