For first time in about 40 years, the Philippines had their first win on world stage. Gilas Pilas through overtime game had won against the Senegal with 81-79 score.
Gilas Pilipinas may ended their bid in the 2014 FIBA World cup but they ended it leaving positive review and respect for the world to see.
For his final international game, Jimmy Alapag contributed a huge splash on the score board. He scored 18 points and dipping critical free throws in the overtime period which made the Filipinos raised their heads high after the exhilarating fight on Thursday night in Seville, Spain
Without Andray Blatche, who got fouled out during the period after scoring most time during the game with 18 points and 14 rebounds, Gilas went on with Senegal during the over time period. The Filipinos were threatened by the Senegalese players with key baskets from Mouhammad Faye, who scored for his the Senegal with 20 points.
LA Tenorio, Paul Lee and Japeth Aguilar supported June Mar Fajardo in a breakout game with the 15 markers to stimulate the minds of the Filipinos.
Gilas Pilipinas ended it's World Cup Game with the score record of 1-4, which dropped close decisions to Croatia, Argentina and Puerto Rico. Their win over Senegal the Philippines first ever since beating the Central African Republic with a score of 87-86 in 1974. Since then Filipinos have gone 11-game losing slide.
But because of their win against Senegal, Filipinos has shown their true power. It may take a long time for others to realize it but we, Filipinos showed our best we can do!
Hooray for Gilas! Congratulations! You make the Filipinos proud!