SEVILLE, Spain - The Philippines had been eliminated from FIBA World Cup contention the night before, but their spirit remained undeterred.
They knew they were playing for pride alone, and with an abundance of that trait in tow, they outlasted Senegal 81-79 in overtime to earn the country its first victory at the World Cup in 40 years.
There were streaks of glory, like Paul Lee's back-to-back three pointers, Japeth Aguilar's monstrous dunk and June Mar Fajardo's multiple baskets at crucial spots. There were also tense moments, like when Senegal reclaimed the lead in the fourth quarter after trailing by as many as 15 points, or when naturalized center Andray Blatche fouled out with two minutes remaining in overtime.
In the end, the will and desire of the Philippine men's national basketball squad was too much to deny, earning them the win.
Relive the moment in these photos.
Gilas team captain Jimmy Alapag exalts in victory. Photo from FIBA.com
FINALLY. June Mar Fajardo gives Gilas teammate Marc Pingris a piggyback ride after Gilas Pilipinas defeated Senegal. Photo from FIBA.com
Japeth Aguilar throws down a two-handed dunk. Photo from FIBA.com
Gabe Norwood of Gilas rises to the basket. Photo from FIBA.com
Paul Lee of Gilas signals after hitting 1 of 2 back-to-back three pointers. Photo from FIBA.com
Andray Blatche (L) and Jimmy Alapag (R) exchange words. Photo from FIBA.com
Jimmy Alapag, Japeth Aguilar and Gabe Norwood celebrate Gilas Pilipinas' victory. Photo from FIBA.com
Jimmy Alapag takes in the crowd's adoration in what may have been his final Gilas game. Photo from FIBA.com
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