After enduring four consecutive #SakitSaPUSO losses against some of the best teams in the world, Gilas Pilipinas finally notched its first FIBA World Cup win against Senegal last night!
Our national team couldn't have found a more perfect ending to their journey, considering everything they've been through in the past week. Congratulations, Gilas!
Photo via FIBA.com
This also marks the first time in 40 years that the Philippines has won a game on a global stage. Press play on the video below to see how Gilas sealed their 81-79 overtime victory against Senegal:
Video via FIBA
"We showed we belonged, we showed we could compete, and now we showed that we could win," says Coach Chot Reyes after the game. "This is Gilas at its finest. When you put everything into perspective, our goal was to reintroduce Philippines to world stage and we hope we did our country proud." We've seen how heartbroken you've been all week, coach. You deserve this win!
And you know what; it looks like we did the rest of the world proud as well. Read on to see what netizens think about last night's game!
Happy to see the Philippines get a win after all the close games. Wish they advanced. They've been more enjoyable than Team USA so far.— Couper Moorhead (@CoupNBA) September 4, 2014
Can we give the Philippines a wild card into the round of 16?— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) September 1, 2014
Justice ! After so many close calls Philippines wins defeating Senegal 81-79 in OT. #PUSO— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) September 4, 2014
@MikePradaSBN For real. They're a hell of a team. This game made my morning.— Bradley S. Cristler (@mistercristler) September 1, 2014
Never has a battlecry been more apt. #PUSO— Lia Cruz (@liadcruz) September 4, 2014