Aside from FIBA, there is also another international basketball tournament held every year since its conception in 1977 by the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA). Now in its 40th staging, the 2018 William Jones Cup is being held in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Our representatives are none other than the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Of course, the most well-known player in the Eagles' squad at the moment is Thirdy Ravena. Ravena is often recognized for his immense scoring ability and offensive prowess. But just hours ago, the team's best point guard showed off his defensive skills as well.
With the Eagles leading 74-70, Japan was trying to chase them on the score board via a fast break, but Thirdy won't have any of it and shut down a transition lay up with a minute and a half left in the game.
This got reactions from people especially from those really tuned in. Who stood out was the Ateneo lady Eagle who's been being linked to Thirdy, Bea de Leon.
He even got a salute via tweet from FIBA player Gabe Norwood.