The Gilas Pilipinas 3X3 team failed in their campaign in the FIBA 3 × 3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, losing to unbeaten France on Friday night in Graz, Austria.
But Joshua Munzon, Santi Santillan and CJ Perez were able to give the French a tough fight, losing by just 14-15.
The Filipinos, who have already crashed in the round of 16 after a loss to the Dominican Republic, faced France early in the game, 1-1.
But Charly Pontens and Dominique Gentil started to hit the shots as France started to escape 10-3.
Gilas had a furious rally capped by Perez’s perimeter shot to cut the deficit to 13-11.
Raphael Wilson’s set-up made it 15-11 for France, making Gilas’ return impossible.
Munzon’s buzzer batsman beyond the arc capped Gilas’ campaign in Olympic qualifying.
The Philippines ended their stint in Graz without a win, but their game against France was their best in all of their four outings.
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