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    May 19, 2017
    June Mar Fajardo celebrates with the fans at the Big Dome. Jerome Ascano

    THE latest version of Gilas Pilipinas got its first taste of international glory after sweeping the rest of the competition in the 2017 Southeast Asian Basketball (Seaba) Championship, capped off by a 97-64 victory over Indonesia in the finale on Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The victory that clinched the Philippines’ spot in the Fiba Asia Cup and Fiba World Cup qualifiers may have been expected by many, but it remains a worthy cause for celebration for the players and team staff who prepared hard and sacrificed plenty for the tournament.

    Pinoy hoop fans had reason to cheer as well after Gilas entertained those inside the Big Dome with a rare feat of winning the championship in front of the home crowd.

    Check out SPIN.ph’s images of the sweet moments of victory after Gilas took home the Seaba crown.

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    The 2017 Seaba champion, Gilas Pilipinas

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    Gilas naturalized player Andray Blatche proudly carries the Philippine flag

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    Winning debut for new Gilas boys Raymond Almazan, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright

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    June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar celebrate with former Gilas teammate Gabe Norwood

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    Aguilar pays tribute to the fans

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    Double victory for Manny V. Pangilinan as both Batang Gilas and Gilas Pilipinas dominated Seaba

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    Fajardo with Batang Gilas towers Kai Sotto and Geo Chiu

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    Calvin Abueva proud to fly the flag in his return to Gilas

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    Jayson Castro and Almazan take their kids at center court for the celebration

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    Victory ride for Abueva's son

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    New dad Troy Rosario plants a sweet kiss on his inspiration

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    Fellow proud father Almazan follows suit

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    Abueva with a personal gift to the Ultras Filipinas

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    Salamat Gilas. On to the Fiba Asia Cup and Fiba World Cup qualifiers

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    June Mar Fajardo celebrates with the fans at the Big Dome. Jerome Ascano
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