It was a heartbreak, but it was a risk worth taking for Gilas Pilipinas vs. Argentina.
Gilas lived and died in the 3-pt line as Alapag caught fire but club-mate Castro got cold as he fumbled a 3-pt attempt when the game was still within reach.
Gilas once again delivered a trademark PUSO performance in keeping toe-to-toe with the 3rd-best hoops team in the world. Giving up inches in height, they outhustled, outsmarted, and even outmuscled the Argentinians in large part of the game. Gabe Norwood summed it best with two thunderous dunks over the outstretched arms of Scola, et al.
Then came Jimmy Alapag.
He’s one of the smallest and one of the oldest in the game. But surely, he has the biggest heart and the hottest hands draining threes like a sniper pulling the trigger. Bang!
Despite the loss, the Philippines once again showed the world how this game is played in our backyard — full of heart, intense, fighting for every ball, not giving up, not buckling down, showing grit, showing persistence, showing no fear of failing, trying until victory is achieved. In a word — PUSO.
In the end, it was a loss. The game, yes. But for Philippine basketball, it was a victory for showing everyone that we are world-class, that we’re not just anybody, that we belong in the highest level of play, that we can compete even if we’re physically disadvantaged.
What we lack in height we make it up with heart. #PUSO
Thank you Gilas Pilipinas.
We will remember this game as one of the best in Philippine history. Carry on!