Gilas' most memorable moments from the 2014 FIBA World Cup

Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 11, 2019.

Gilas Pilipinas made a return to the world stage in the 2014 FIBA World Cup after 36 years of absence.

Iran, Philippines and Korea were the representatives from Asia after finishing first, second and third, respectively, in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship in Manila.

Although Gilas had just one win in the tournament, there was no shortage of highlights when the Philippines returned to the basketball world in Seville, Spain.

Let's revisit some of the top moments during Gilas' 2014 World Cup campaign.

Gabe Norwood's poster dunks

Gilas impressed Argentina and its head coach Julio Lamas with its style of play in the Philippines' close loss.

The most memorable moment came when Norwood posterized NBA veteran player Louis Scola on a fast break dunk.

In the final three minutes of the opening game, a streaking Norwood received a pass from Jayson Castro in transition. Norwood took off for the vicious slam in the face of the 6-foot-9 Scola.

Norwood didn't stop there.

The lanky forward had another highlight in the third period. He faked a hand-off pass to Andray Blatche then dribbled to the basket for an emphatic left-handed slam against the outstretched arms of 6-foot-7 Marcos Mata.

Gilas meets the "Greek Freak"

Before Giannis Antetokounpo became the "Greek Freak" and an MVP candidate in the NBA, he played against Gilas in Spain.

Antetokounmpo, who was still raw at the time, finished with a measly three points -- all free throws. Greece, though, still disposed of Gilas, 82-70, behind Nick Calathes.

Gilas vs. Balkman

Much was at stake in Gilas' game against Puerto Rico -- a win by the Philippines would take them to the next round. There was a lot anticipation in facing Renaldo Balkman, who had a previous stint as an import in the PBA, during the critical match.

In 2013, Balkman earned a ban from the PBA after choking fellow Petron (now San Miguel) teammate Arwind Santos at the end of the game.

There was no choking in Spain, however, as Balkman and Puerto Rico leaned on JJ Barea to win the game, 77-73.

Jimmy Alapag's 3-pointers vs. Argentina

Jimmy Alapag made a living out of shooting from way beyond the arc. The Gilas captain drilled in five 3-pointers in the second half of the game against Argentina, the biggest of which was the one from way, way out -- dubbed as "Jimmy Country" -- that allowed Gilas to move within a whisker, 82-81, with 2:08 to go.

Things didn't go Gilas' way after that, though. NBA veteran Andres Nocioni sealed the win with a pair of free throws with 6.6 ticks remaining.

June Mar Fajardo comes up big in OT win over Senegal

Gilas' last game of the tournament was against Senegal. The team had to play with an all-Filipino lineup in overtime after Andray Blatche got his fifth and final foul.

June Mar Fajardo, who was Blatche's backup at the time, played a big role.

Gilas lost its first four games by an average of six points, and the Filipinos didn't want to go home empty-handed. Trailing 71-69 in overtime, Fajardo scored on a basket and two free throws to give Gilas some momentum.

Fajardo finished with 15 points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes of play in his best game during the World Cup.

It was Jimmy Alapag, though, who put the finishing touches with five free throws to end the game. The win was the country's first in 40 years in the FIBA World Cup.