The Philippines’ road to Rio came to a swift and stunning end at home.
Gilas Pilipinas unraveled and bowed out of contention for a coveted slot in the Summer Games, yielding to a composed and gritty New Zealand side, 89-80, in only the second day of the Fiba Olympic qualifying tournament late Wednesday night.
The defeaning noise that filled the air inside a jampacked Mall of Asia Arena turned to a complete silence as the Filipinos came up short once again.
The Kiwis advanced to the semifinal round along with France in Group B even as the Filipinos bowed out of the race for a slot in the Rio Olympics.
FIBA OQT: Gilas Pilipinas vs New Zealand