‘Felt like a win’: Twitter reacts to Gilas Pilipinas’ close fight vs Serbia

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Gilas Pilipinas supporters were treated to a spectacular showing from the national team on Wednesday (Thursday early morning in Manila) as they fought valiantly before losing to Serbia, 83-76 in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade.

Netizens all expressed their admiration for Gilas, which came into the game battle-ready and gave a challenge to the world’s no. 5-ranked squad.

Gilas briefly took a 74-73 lead in the fourth quarter, although bad breaks costed them the game.

Nevertheless, it was a performance no one expected given the disparity in ranking and having a cadet-laden team that is only making the most of the opportunity presented.

Basketball personalities, reporters, celebrities, and more netizens all heaped high praise for the squad for being able to withstand a strong Serbian side bannered by Boban Marjanovic and Milos Teodosic.

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Levi Verora