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    Tim Cone leads praise after vengeful win over China: 'Who's next? Gilas is ready for anyone'

    Aug 9, 2017
    Euphoria over the Gilas win quickly spread from ringside in Lebanon to social media. Fiba.com

    IT'S not everyday that a Philippine team beats China in basketball.

    No wonder social media exploded in a fit of ecstacy after Gilas Pilipinas weathered a late meltdown to beat the defending champions, 96-87, in the two teams' Fiba Asia Cup debut on Wednesday night.

    Former national coach Tim Cone led the accolades for Gilas on Twitter after the undermanned side put on a brave performance to avenge its loss to China in the 2015 final of this tournament.

    [See Romeo dazzles in vengeful Gilas win over China]

    "Who's next? Bring em on. Gilas is ready for anyone," tweeted the Ginebra coach, who led a Philippine team to the bronze medal in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.

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    Top basketball patron Manny V. Pangilinan followed suit.

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    Most of the tweets were for Gilas hero Terrence Romeo, who topscored with 26 points including eight straight when the Filipinos regained the lead in the endgame.

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    More accolades for Gilas:

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    One tweet directed at the TV coverage team delivered a dash of humor amid the euphoria.

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