If there's one thing Freddie Webb likes most about Gilas Pilipinas and its stint in the FIBA Asia Cup, it is the national players' willingness to make sacrifices.
Webb, a former senator and member of the Philippines' 1972 Olympic basketball team, said it's natural for players to want more minutes and play a starter's role, especially with the caliber of stars on head coach Chot Reyes' team.
But such individual aspirations, Webb believes, don't exist in Gilas.
"There are certain on people on this team that you can call role players that are really giving their best to become a member of the first five," Webb said in an interview with ABS-CBN News on Saturday.
"As a player, your vision, your mind is set on making the top 5, but I think the guys know very well what is more important than making the names in the scorecards. The most important thing is to win games."
Because players have embraced the roles given them, Gilas was able to overcome China.
Webb, a host of the "Fastbreak" radio program on dzMM, said the Philippines' victories over the defending champions and Iraq have "proven that even with the absence of top guns like (Andray) Blatche and (June Mar) Fajardo, they can win games."
"This team has the desire to prove something," Webb said.
He also praised Reyes, calling him the "perfect coach" because "he knows that we may have the disadvantage in height, but we have quick guys that can drive and pass."
When asked to comment on Terrence Romeo, Gilas' leading scorer and the main driving force behind the Philippines' first 2 wins, Webb appeared at a loss for words.
"He's unbelievable. Let's face it, he's the key," he said.
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