THROWBACK: Gilas Pilipinas’ ticket to Spain
By Yanzi Eco
August 11, 2014
It has been all over the news and social media that our national basketball team a.k.a. ‘Gilas Pilipinas’ is currently in Spain to compete for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. They will be competing against the giants from other continents who are well-known in basketball and has been on that international stage a lot.
But do you remember how we got there?
Exactly a year ago, on that fateful day of August 10, 2013, Gilas fought the dangerous South Korea squad. The same team that broke our hearts on many competitions and the same team that seemed to be our biggest hindrance to go on one of the world’s biggest competitions in basketball.
It was tight game to say the least. Gilas and Korea have been going at it throughout the game. A lot of defensive stops, physical plays, basket after basket after basket. But still, Gilas came out victorious 86-79.
It was a collective effort for our boys. Everybody did their part and has done it well. The win sealed us a finals berth against eventual champions Iran. Not only that it gave us pride and honor in Asia, it gave us bragging rights. It gave us our tickets to the grand daddy of them all. Basketball’s biggest stage. The mecca of basketball. The FIBA World Cup.
In a few weeks now, Gilas will be suiting up for the said tournament. They will be facing the giants of Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Greece among others. They will show the world what Philippine basketball is made of and what is it all about. Let’s continue to support them.
Laban Pilipinas! PUSO!
Photo Gallery: Gilas Pilipinas vs. South Korea FIBA Asia game
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