Noah proves he’s got more than just the Webb hustle
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 07, 2016 06:10 PM
DO THE HUSTLE. Noah Webb was a two-way force as UP scored a rare fifth win.
Never known for his shooting stroke, Noah Webb was given much time and space as University of Sto. Tomas zeroed in on Jett Manuel.
And yet, when the University of the Philippines forward launched an awkward-looking jumpshot, it touched nothing but net. And it happened again, and again, and again.
Webb wound up with nine points, all from midrange jumpers together with one free throw, to help the Fighting Maroons score a rare fifth win. That level of offensive production came as a surprise, even for him, as he candidly said, “I’ll be honest, my offense isn’t always on. In my past games, I took two jumpshots and not make any of them.”
He then continued, “So I’m just relieved that my jumpshots started falling.”
Along with being State U’s second leading scorer last Sunday, the grandson of basketball legend Freddie, nephew of former Star coach Jason, and brother of Mahindra player David also registered his usual numbers of two rebounds and two blocks. “There’s one thing my team can count on me and that’s my defense. That’s just what I do,” he said.
Indeed, in typical Webb fashion, the 20-year-old got right in the face of Growling Tiger star Louie Vigil who still had 16 points, but missed 11 of his 17 shots.
Right after defending, Webb was sending himself all over the court while chasing the ball. “It’s a Webb trademark that all of us have hustle. I just wanna add skill to that,” he expressed while chuckling.
In the end, UP’s second-year forward said he only followed the lead of team captain Jett Manuel. “This wasn’t Jett’s greatest game and he kept emphasizing that we had to step up, anyone from the team. Today, it just happened to be me,” he said.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.