By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno
MANILA — Gilas Pilipinas Youth finished its stint in the FIBA U19 World Cup in 14th place.
This, after the team lost to New Zealand, 70-76, in the battle for 13th place at the Heraklion University Hall on Sunday.
New Zealand held Gilas Youth without a field goal in the last 5:33 of the game while stealing the win after ending the match on a 9-0 run.
Flynn Cameron made 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, and one steal to lead New Zealand.
Carl Tamayo and Dalph Panopio’s explosions went down the drain for Gilas Youth.
Tamayo had 24 markers, while Panopio added 16.
Dave Ildefonso had 16 points of his own, while Kai Sotto was held to just eight points and eight rebounds, although he too had four assists, two blocks, and two steals.
While Gilas Youth missed out on a podium finish, its 86-72 win on Saturday against China that set up the New Zealand clash prevented the team from crashing to the bottom of the final rankings.
China actually ended up dead last after bowing to Senegal, 73-90, in the battle for 15th place.
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. (PNA)