ENERGEN-Pilipinas kissed its title hopes goodbye following a 90-77 loss to old rival Korea in the Fiba-Asia Under-18 Championship on Friday night in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.
The hot-shooting Koreans closed the third period with a punishing 20-6 run to post a 69-55 lead that took the fight out of the overmatched but courageous Filipinos.
The loss relegated the Filipino cagers to the consolation battle for fifth to eighth places.
Center Lee Jong Hyun scored 26 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and swatted away six blocks in a dominant perfromance at the post for the Koreans.
Choi Jun Hyong added 17 while Hoon Heo had 15 while going 4-of-8 from three-point range.
Jerie Pingoy finished with 19 points, Rey Nambatac had 12, and J-Jay Alejandro 11 for the Philippine team.
Korea will face either Lebanon or Iran in the semifinals.
The Philippines was within striking distance, 41-49, at the half and got within two points of the Koreans after a 6-0 run to start the second half.
KOREA (90) -- Lee 26, J. Choi 17, Heo 15, Kang 10, Seo. Choi 9, Cheon 7, Seu. Choi 4, Park 2.
PHILIPPINES (77) -- Pingoy 19, Nambatac 12, Alejandro 11, Cani 8, Olayon 8, Suarez 7, Javelosa 4, Lao 4, Rivero 2, Porter 2, Babilonia 0.
Quarterscores: 22-19, 47-41, 69-55, 90-77.