Gilas Boys suffers another defeat in FIBA U17 World Cup, routed by China

The struggles continued for Gilas Pilipinas U17 at the 2024 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup, as they fell to Asian rivals China 85-66 in the classification round held on Saturday, July 6th, at the Ahmet Comert Sports Hall in Istanbul, Turkey.

Facing an Asian opponent for the first time in the tournament, Gilas Pilipinas U17 couldn’t find their rhythm. China dominated from the start, with the Philippines never securing a lead throughout the game. The deficit grew to as much as 30 points, effectively sealing Gilas’ fate.

This loss marks Gilas U17’s sixth straight defeat in the tournament, with an average losing margin of nearly 49.5 points. Their next and final game will be on Sunday, July 7th, against the loser of the Guinea-Australia matchup, where they will compete for 15th-16th place.

Yuezhou Li spearheaded China’s offensive attack, finishing with a game-high 24 points. He knocked down six three-pointers and added a double-double with 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Wenwei He also chipped in with 17 points.

Joaquin Ludovice once again led the scoring effort for Gilas Pilipinas U17, contributing 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. CJ Amos followed closely with 14 points, while Bonn Daja and Edryn Morales added 12 points each.

Despite the setbacks, Gilas U17 will have one last opportunity to end their campaign on a positive note. Their final game against either Guinea or Australia presents a chance to avoid their lowest finish ever in the U17 World Cup.

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