If you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll never appreciate the emotional intensity of the last games that led the Philippine national team Gilas to win against Korea.
For the first time in many many years, we’re back in our top form, and will now have a chance at World cup of basketball, FIBA games in Spain. As the sports commentators say and coach Chot Reyes stressed, our big heart led us to win against a strong team.
I got teary-eyed when Reyes finally sat down and wept. He was overwhelmed with emotion, as he later admitted. All the emotions, the hard work, and perhaps the sleepless nights of thinking how to get to where they are now, just came crushing down.
Tonight, the country cries because it has once again proven our love for basketball, and our hunger for victory over bigger, faster, and stronger rivals. This same feeling happened when Pacquiao knocked out his opponents. This same feeling we had when the Philippine Azkals won. We’ve been waiting for our heroes–it’s been a while since we’ve had one.