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One, two, Freddy's back and coming for you

JAKARTA (Indonesia) - Freddy Ibrahim has had plenty of memorable moments with Jordan, but what he did on Monday night is surely up there with the best.

“I know what type of level of basketball I can play and so does my team, and that's why they keep me out there."

 

Realizing one of every hooper's wildest dreams, the 25-year-old nailed a tough shot from near the logo as time expired to lift Jordan past Chinese Taipei, 97-96, and send the Falcons soaring to the FIBA Asia Cup 2022 Quarter-Finals.

 

"Amazing," he said shortly after the thrilling encounter at the Istora Senayan. "It's not just the game, it's going to the Quarter-Finals. It's big-time."

His teammates were in total jubilation with the heroics of Ibrahim, which saw him score his side's last six points as well as 9 points in the last minute to complete the comeback. But it was really seeing the old Freddy back that made the squad the happiest. 

"I love it," expressed Dar Tucker, who led Jordan with 36 points and nine rebounds. "He was in a struggle for a little bit. But I think that shot really brought him back. I think we're gonna see something good from Freddy, I guarantee."

Ibrahim was far from his usual in the group stages of the continental meet. There, he averaged just 7.3 points on 27.5 percent field-goal shooting.

"Honestly, I don't know," he said when asked about the slump. "I feel like things just happen in life, and you don't really have an explanation. It's more of a feeling, right? Just haven't really been feeling myself."

Falcons head coach Wesam Al-Sous has a theory behind such, but never did he ever lose faith in Ibrahim, who's been with the men's team since 2019.

"I think the game against Lebanon in the Qualifiers affected him a little bit," he said, referring to their 70-89 loss to Lebanon in the recent World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers window where Ibrahim only scored five and went 0-for-12.

"So, he came with that mindset, he's trying to prove himself and he's putting a lot of pressure on himself. We trust him. You know, a lot of people, like, I get a lot of texts and stuff, 'Put him out,' you know. But I trust him. I believe him."

"He's a great player. He can give us what he showed at the last minute," added the 39-year-old, himself a former player and point guard of the national team. 

Ibrahim did repay that trust with the game-winner, which perfectly capped off his best performance of the tournament thus far. He finished with 19 points spiked by three triples, on top of four rebounds and three assists.

He's definitely glad not just to have gotten his groove back, but to be able to help show that Jordan deserves to be among the best in Asia. 

"I know what type of level of basketball I can play and so does my team, and that's why they keep me out there," Ibrahim said. 

"And, I was able to make a play not just for my confidence but for me and the country and the team," he added. "We deserve to be in the top eight in Asia. That's where we deserve to be."

Now, Ibrahim hopes to sustain the confidence he's regained moving forward as he and the Falcons aim to make a deep run in the tilt.

"It feels really good," he said, as they face Iran in the quarters on Wednesday. "Definitely have to build on this confidence for the next game."

FIBA