Gilas Defeats Senegal in OT 81-79

The Philippine national team finally got their first win after 40 years in FIBA World Cup 2014. The Gilas Pilipinas defeats the Senegal in OT 81-79 on their last game in this Tournament.

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The 4th quarter starts with a big 3 points by the Senegal team, which puts them into a lead. In 2 minutes remaining in the game the Senegal led by 1 point, but De Ocampo finds Jun Mar left open for an easy dunk. After that Blatche had his lay-up that puts the Gilas team with a 3 point lead 64-61.

Last 20 second of the game and Senegal nailed 3 points shot that's tied the game 64-64.

And in 9 seconds left in the game L.A Tenorio tries to win the game with his lay-up but it was strong and the game forced in an overtime.

The last 5 minutes of the game for the Gilas team is led by the crucial free throws and shots of Alapag. The Game ended in a close game 81-79 win by the Gilas.

The scores

Philippines 81:  Blatche 18, Alapag 18, Fajardo 15, Norwood 7, Lee 6, Aguilar 6, Tenorio 5, Chan 4, De Ocampo 2, David 0, Pingris 0.

Senegal 79: Faye 20, Dieng 13, Ndoye 13, Dalmeida 9, Thomas 2, Diop 2, Badjie 2, Ndoye 0.

Quarters: 13-19, 37-24, 49-44, 69-69, 81-79.

The Gilas was eliminated in the very first round in the FIBA World Cup, but they show us the heart of the true Filipino champion.