Gilas is dead last in FIBA World Cup

Kiefer Ravena of the Philippines passes the ball during the Basketball World Cup Group D game between Angola and Philippines in Foshan September 4, 2019. AFP
Kiefer Ravena of the Philippines passes the ball during the Basketball World Cup Group D game between Angola and Philippines in Foshan September 4, 2019. AFP

Gilas Pilipinas finished dead last in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup at the end of classification round on Monday night.

The Philippines went winless in the competition, with a 95-75 loss to Iran on Sunday night dropping them to 0-5. The 20-point margin of defeat also put their point differential at minus-147.

Gilas Pilipinas could have avoided a last-place finish if Jordan had lost to Senegal by at least 15 points in their Group P game in Shanghai.

Instead, Jordan hacked out a 79-77 triumph for their first win of the tournament.

That meant that Gilas ended up 32nd among 32 teams, as they had the worst point differential among the other winless teams.

Ivory Coast (minus-74) was in 29th place, while Senegal (minus-102) was in 30th, and Japan (minus-130) was 31st.

In the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, the Philippines had placed 21st among 24 teams, after squeezing out one win in their five group round assignments.

Meantime, Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) president Yao Ming said he would take all the responsibility for China’s poor performance in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

“Me!” Yao replied after he was asked by a reporter who will be the one responsible for China’s performance.

China lost to Nigeria 86-73 to finish second in Group N with two wins and three losses, failing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics directly from the World Cup.

“It is me who disappoint the fans,” Yao said.

“The fans had great expectation for China at the World Cup, but we could not make it,” the 39-year-old added.

Yao took charge of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2017. He carried out reforming measures on the professional league and youth academy.

“This (World Cup) is a window for us to look out the world. The gap between China and the world-leading basketball countries has been enlarged,” Yao said.

“We have determination to keep our reform on, including professional league, youth academy and sports education,” the former NBA star added.

Iran gained qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by a crucial 95-75 victory over the Philippines in the classification round on Sunday (Sept. 8).

With China’s loss, Iran finished the World Cup as the best Asian side on points difference in all games. (Xinhua)