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Farewell FIBA World Cup: 10 Things We Loved Aside From Gilas Pilipinas

We give Gilas the MVP award, but there were other things that also made our FIBA World Cup experience awesome!
by Raul Maningat | Sep 15, 2014
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When we think of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, we think of Gilas Pilipinas. Why? Simply, because our boys went out there and created some of the best basketball memories this generation has ever experienced.

But looking back at the rest of the global hoopla (pun slightly intended), there were certainly other characters and moments in the tournament that left us madly entertained. As an homage to the “other guys” (and lovely ladies) who made sure the hoop wars in Spain satisfied the basketball junkie in all of us, we came up with a top ten list dedicated especially to them! So, at number 10…

10)   Philippines named "Most Valuable Fan - Best Country"

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Watching the Pinoy fans in Spain—faces painted, Philippine flags violently shaking in hand, the unshackled screaming—brought back some of the euphoric feelings we had at the MOA Arena when Gilas fought off South Korea in last year’s FIBA Asia Championship.

The massive downpour of support coming from hundreds of our crazy kababayans in Seville unquestionably gave our national team a much-needed boost of energy. To all the Pinoy fans in Spain—and of course, the millions who watched on TV—we borrow a page from Kevin Durant's book to tell you that "You the real MVP"!

Thank you for providing a sort of FIFA World Cup atmosphere in the five games Gilas played. Like the team they cheered for, the passion and tremendous effort the fans displayed didn’t go unnoticed as the Philippines won the MVF – Best Country Award as awarded by FIBA itself. Yay, madlang people!

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9)   New Zealand’s "Haka" makes us want to make our own pre-game war-chant ritual

New Zealand has always played second fiddle in basketball to their more famous neighbors, Australia. But before tip-off, no hoops team in the world attracts more attention than the Tall Blacks.

Their country’s ancestral war cry, called "Haka," has become world-famous—even more so than their players. The warrior dance involves lots of stomping, sharp arm movements, tongue wagging, and eye contact designed to scare the living crap out of the opponent. It was amusing to see New Zealand do the Haka, even more so when their opponents look clueless after witnessing it.

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