Gilas Pilipinas honors country, family and fans with sweet Seaba sweep. See IMAGES
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’s images of the sweet moments of victory after Gilas took home the Seaba crown.

The 2017 Seaba champion, Gilas Pilipinas

Gilas naturalized player Andray Blatche proudly carries the Philippine flag

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

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

Aguilar pays tribute to the fans

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

Fajardo with Batang Gilas towers Kai Sotto and Geo Chiu

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

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

Victory ride for Abueva's son

New dad Troy Rosario plants a sweet kiss on his inspiration

Fellow proud father Almazan follows suit

Abueva with a personal gift to the Ultras Filipinas

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

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