Calvin Abueva, Tim Cone, Gabe Norwood + more applaud PH win over SoKor

Jun 16, 2021

THE curse is broken.

Shocking the world, the young Gilas Pilipinas squad escape longtime rivals Korea, 81-78, in a thrilling down-the-wire game, Wednesday night.

With '#LabanPilipinas', 'Gilas', 'Sj Belangel', 'Dwight Ramos', '#PUSO', 'Coach Tab' all trending on Twitter, these former national team players, PBA stars, coaches, and sports personalities also weighed in.

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    Early in the game, Jared Dillinger tweeted that he'd been seen Belangel coming, all along.

    "Already a fan of SJ Belangel," he tweeted.

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    Former Gilas flagbearer Calvin Abueva also expressed his support via Instagram, sharing a video of a game on his Stories.

    "Nice game idol," he said.

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    NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena, another national team mainstay, chimed in on the Twitter party with a couple of tweets.

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    And even coach Chot Reyes joined in.

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    Ginebra coach Tim Cone, of course, passed on his own heartfelt message.

    "Wow, what a way to win. Awesome! Congrats Gilas!!" the champion coach said.

    Another former Gilas standout, Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood, commended the coaching staff led by Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin.

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    "Coach Tab and the staff made the most of their time and preparation! Proud of the young fellas putting it to work on the court!"

    Norwood also posted a separate Instagram story in praise of the young team.

    CJ Perez shared a score card with the caption: "good job boys."

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    Thirdy Ravena, of course, applauded his teammates-turned-pals. He uploaded a two-story thread on Instagram. His voice can be heard celebrating in the background of the video.


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    "Hayup ka @Sjbelangel What a game!" he said. "Congrats Gilas! So proud of everyone!"

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