Pinoy basketball fans were astounded by the young Gilas Pilipinas' performance against South Korea in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers on Wednesday night.
Even moreso were the players who had suited up for the national side.
Gabe Norwood, a many-time representative to international competitions, said coach Tab Baldwin did a good job preparing the young team for this particular match.
Barangay Ginebra's Jared Dillinger was impressed with SJ Belangel's game-winner that carried Gilas to an 81-78 win against their nemesis.
Magnolia's Calvin Abueva, who also had been in wars against other FIBA competitors, posted a message of praise for the squad.
Former UAAP star Kiefer Ravena, who now plays for NLEX, said Ateneo is blessed to still have 3 members of Gilas in its UAAP team.
May SJ, Dwight, Kouame pa pala kami.
Former national team coach Chot Reyes, the one who referred Baldwin to the team, celebrated Belangel's game winner.
COUNTED!!! Gilas Wins!!!
Shaking off a sluggish first quarter, Gilas mounted a furious fightback to claw its way out of a 17-point deficit against the visiting Koreans.
It drew impressive performances from Belangel, Dwight Ramos, naturalized player Ange Kouame and teenage sensation Kai Sotto.
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