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Gilas Beats Senegal: An Ode To The Players Who Made It Possible

Things couldn't have ended better for our national squad
by Mikey Agulto | Sep 5, 2014
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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!

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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:

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"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!

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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!

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