SMART Gilas-Pilipinas’ successful championship bid in the 34th William Jones Cup triggered a massive celebration on the microblogging site Twitter on Sunday night as the nation celebrated the most significant achievement by a Philippine basketball team overseas in 14 years.
An outpouring of congratulatory messages from sports officials, players, coaches, and common basketball fans flooded the microblogging site minutes after coach Chot Reyes and his national team edged out the United States, 76-75, to win the annual tournament.
Everyone from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas head and Gilas' top patron Manny Pangilinan to the official MMDA account tweeted messages as the hash tags #L.A Tenorio and #Congrats Philippines became top trending topics.
Here's a rare tweet from MVP:
Tenorio rallied the Nationals from a 14-point deficit by scoring seven points in a row during the fourth quarter, before completing his heroics by hitting the game-winning jumper inside the final 19 seconds of the game.
The Alaska point guard finished with 20 points as he led the Nationals in winning the title they last won in 1998 behind a team backstopped by Alvin Patrimonio, Vergel Meneses, Jojo Lastimosa, among others.
That prompted a message from PH Youth team coach Olsen Racela @thebigOls who tweeted: Racela
Pwde bang ipa check birth cert ni idol @LA_Tenorio? Baka naman born '94 siya at pwde pa sa Energen Pilipinas?Congratulations Gilas 2!
Below are just some of sample tweets praising the Nationals for a job well done.
@MMDA Congratulations to Smart Gilas for beating USA and winning the Jones Cup Championship, from all of us here at MMDA. :)
@coachav (Ariel Vanguardia) Saw the happy faces od the OFWs in Taiwan... Great game Gilas 2! @coachot great job!
@jb baylon (JB Baylon) Mabuhay Gilas PILIPINAS! You've done this basketball crazy nation proud!!!
@charlestiu (Charles Tiu) Gold for the philippines! Whoo! Good start for the new gilas 2 team. Too bad the jones cup doesn't affect the fiba rankings.
@chaddelrosario (Richard Del Rosario) PUSO NG PINOY!!! #GoPilipinas!
@magoomarjon (Magoo Marjon) i told y'all yesterday, @LA_Tenorio for president!!! mabuhay ang
@shadow96 (AliCerteza) Allright as they say "u r hero of the day" LA Tenorio! Galing! Congrats guys! Hugs and kisses for u all
@willieboy11 (Willie Miller) congrats pilipinas!!!!! jones cup champions baby!!
@NardyM (Nardy Madrasto) Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Team Pilipinas beat Team USA 76-75, Philippines wins the Jones Cup for the 4th time. Proud to be Pinoy!