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Nightmare in the NBL1

His name is Freddy and he is bringing hell

- JOSH SPASARO

FREDDY Webb climbed Darwin basketball’s stairway to heaven and was a premiershi­p winner with Ansett, and now he’s just as happy raising hell on courts around Queensland.

Webb was a matchwinne­r in his playmaking role at Ansett before joining Mackay for the 2021 NBL1 North season. He has taken on a different role but – ever the team man – the skilled guard has adapted in a starstudde­d outfit.

Every time the 21-year-old steps on to the timber, his instructio­ns are simple: Make the opposition point guard’s life hell.

FREDDY Webb climbed Darwin Basketball’s stairway to heaven and was a premiershi­p winner with Ansett – now he’s just as happy raising hell on courts all around Queensland.

Webb was a matchwinne­r in his playmaking role at Ansett before joining Mackay for the 2021 NBL1 North season.

His role is a different one now, but – ever the team man – the skilled guard has adapted in a star-studded outfit.

Every time the 21-year-old steps on to the timber, his instructio­ns are simple: make the opposition point guard’s life hell.

Webb, mainly playing a ball-distributi­ng role while harassing his opposing team’s top guard as much as possible in the limited game time he gets, has helped the Meteors qualify for this Saturday’s semi-final against University of Sunshine Coast.

The winner will go through to the NBL1 North final.

While Webb has not put up massive numbers (averaging 4.66 points a game this year), which his former Ansett teammates were accustomed to seeing, he has greatly impressed coach Joel Khalu, helping the Meteors finish the regular season in second spot.

“My role now is to come on and create a lot of pressure, and make life hell for the opposition’s best guard,” Webb said.

“Offensivel­y, it’s about me getting our players in the best positions to score points. I like setting up my teammates.”

One of those is 2016 DBA Championsh­ip-winning peer at Ansett, Jerron Jamerson. The American, who has had previous top-league experience in Queensland and Victoria, has been a revelation at the Meteors, averaging almost 19 points per game.

“Jerron brings passion and energy,” Webb said. “He’s an emotional player and we feed off his energy. He’s as strong as an ox, and marking up against him at training has made me a better player.

“Without a doubt (he can still play in the NBL), or definitely make an NBL team better at a training camp.”

Webb and Jamerson want to follow in the footsteps of Emmanuel Malou, the star swingman who was signed by Adelaide 36ers in July.

“Manny is in a league of his own – he’s the best player I’ve ever played with,” Webb said.

“He’s 6”9’ but has a great shot and is a nightmare matchup for other guards.”

Webb is expecting a tough challenge from University of Sunshine Coast.

“They beat us pretty convincing­ly (97-80 on June 27),” he said. “I learned a lot from that.

“They’ve got some great veteran players and I can’t wait to play them again, and get one back up on them.”

 ??  ?? Mackay’s star guard Freddy Webb during his time with Ansett in the DBA. Picture: Che Chorley
Mackay’s star guard Freddy Webb during his time with Ansett in the DBA. Picture: Che Chorley
 ??  ?? Former Ansett player Freddy Webb has starred with Mackay Meteors.
Former Ansett player Freddy Webb has starred with Mackay Meteors.

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