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.
Early in the game, Jared Dillinger tweeted that he'd been seen Belangel coming, all along.
"Already a fan of SJ Belangel," he tweeted.
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.
NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena, another national team mainstay, chimed in on the Twitter party with a couple of tweets.
And even coach Chot Reyes joined in.
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.
"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."
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.
"Hayup ka @Sjbelangel What a game!" he said. "Congrats Gilas! So proud of everyone!"
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