'Keep the fire burning': Netizens remain positive despite Gilas loss to South Korea
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino basketball fans suffered another heartbreak at the hands of rivals South Korea as Gilas Pilipinas bowed out of contention for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 title.
Despite the late game time for the fans in the Philippines, netizens still stayed up to watch the knockout quarterfinals live. For the duration of the match, keywords related to the game dominated the Philippine Twitter trending topics.
Several prominent personalities led the Twitter community in expressing their gratitude after Gilas Pilipinas' gallant stand against the Koreans:
Koreans owned this night but Gilas will be back. Congrats to Gilas, Chot Reyes & MVP for a great tournament. Thanks Gilas 4 D A1 effort.— Richard J. Gordon (@DickGordonDG) August 16, 2017
Now let's see your #Gilas love.— Patricia Hizon (@patriciahizon) August 16, 2017
Come on folks let's keep it positive! We love Gilas when they WIN we should love them when they LOSE as well! Tonight wasn't our night!— Asi Taulava (@agelessasi88) August 16, 2017
Still proud of Gilas #PUSO— Almond Vosotros (@VossAlmond17) August 16, 2017
That lasting image of Gabe Norwood talking in the huddle to the young Gilas squad, especially coming from this hurtful loss, is special.— Yoyo Sarmenta (@yo_sarmenta) August 16, 2017
Another learning experience for all of us esp our squad Am still so proud of our Gilas! Heads held high guys! We'll be better #puso— Joel Villanueva (@senatorjoelv) August 16, 2017
Despite an impending defeat, netizens still found a comic relief toward the end game when a technical glitch caused an error in the scoreboard in favor of the Philippines.
Homecourt in Lebanon
Netizens also thanked the Filipino community in Beirut, Lebanon for showing full support for the country's national basketball team during the competition:
SALAMAT SA MGA PINOY SA LEBANON NA NILAGAY SA ITAAS— ペプシ____________ (@mrPepsiLLas) August 16, 2017
Maririnig mo na kumakanta yung mga pilipino sa court ng lebanon nakaka proud maging pinoy— Onins (@Ninorosaldo_) August 16, 2017
Here are more reactions from the netizens:Tweets: Gilas vs Korea - Curated tweets by RapplerSports
Gilas Pilipinas can still finish the FIBA Asia Cup at 5th spot if they manage to win their last two games in the Classification Round.
What do you think of Gilas Pilipinas' performance at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017? Let us know in the comments! – Rappler.com
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