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AnthonyServinio
09-24-2006, 11:44 PM
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* * *TWO years ago this day, a daring group of basketball minds opened the United Regional Basketball League (URBL), a community-based league that hoped to continue from where the professional Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) left off after the latter suspended operations indefinitely in August of 2002.* Fitting elaborate rites at the New Cebu City Coliseum covered live over ABC-5 opened the new league with a bang.

* * *Most of the group was composed of former MBA personalities, led by basketball legend Ramon S. Fernandez, who reprised his role as league commissioner.

* * *The league counted five teams in its roster in a good representation of various ethnic groups of the whole Philippines: Ilocos Sur Snipers, Harbour Centre-Pampanga, Quezon Coco Huskers, Lactovitale-Cebu Province and M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu City.

* * *Forward Melchor Latoreno of the Huskers had the honor of making the first basket in URBL history but his team lost to Lactovitale in the opening game, 77-82.

* * *M. Lhuillier defeated the Snipers, 3-1, to win the only URBL championship.* M. Lhuillier guard Woodrow Enriquez was named as the Most Valuable Player.* Joining him in the Mythical Five were teammate Bruce Dacia, Sniper Jerome Barbosa and Harbour Centre's Billy Bansil and Ariel Garcia.* Bansil and Garcia led the league in rebounds and points respectively.

* * *Unfortunately, the group could not ride on the momentum of a very successful first season and had trouble putting together the second season in 2005.* After several months of dormancy, management decided to close down the league offices in Pasig City, rendering the URBL into the archives of Philippine basketball history.

AnthonyServinio
11-21-2006, 11:56 PM
* * *HERE is a listing of all the players and head coaches of the first and only run of the United Regional Basketball League (URBL) from September to December of 2004:

M. LHUILLIER KWARTA PADALA-CEBU CITY
4 Tom ARCENO (released)
5 Woodrow ENRIQUEZ
6 Pableo CANONEO
7 Darryl SMITH
8 Jomer RUBI
9 Bruce Jeffrey DACIA
10 Leo Genaro BAT-OG
11 Leode GARCIA
12 Danilo AYING
14 Aldrin OCANADA
15 Jose DE GUZMAN
16 Romulo MARATA
17 Roman James LAYGO
18 Jessie LUMANTAS
19 Melfred SAMPILO
Coach Raul ALCOSEBA

LACTOVITALE-CEBU PROVINCE
1 Franklin NAILON (released)
3 Bonel BALINGIT
4 Bernie URSAL (released)
4 Lloyd ORTIGUESA
5 Roderick BUGHAO (released)
6 Francis SANZ
7 Doroteo ALMACIN
8 Gilbert CASTILLO
9 Roy GOMEZ (released)
9 Marlon PIODO
10 Richard Ian SALADAGA
11 Alex CAINGLET
13 Christopher DARUCA (released)
14 Lowell BRIONES (released)
14 Ruben DELA ROSA
15 Marvin MERCADO
17 Deodato LUNDAY (released)
17 Regidor LICANDA
27 Baltazar JUEVES (released)
27 Carlos SAYON
28 Manuel HUELAR
41 Rey DELA VICTORIA (released)
33 Christopel ABELLANA (released)
53 Brian Michael ORQUILLAS (released)
Coach Rodesendo GOMEZ

ILOCOS SUR SNIPERS
1 Richard HARDIN
3 Johnedel CARDEL
5 Michael MANIGO
6 Mark Mico QUITORIANO
7 Francis RAUSCHMAYER
9 Philip BUTEL
11 Allan YU
13 Orly TORRENTE
14 Ramsey CABRADILLA
15 Richard MICHAEL (released)
16 Ryan BERNARDO (released)
17 Ben Ryan YULO (released)
18 Donamar MENDOZA
19 Jerome BARBOSA
23 Orlan TAMA
25 Harold SANTA CRUZ
71 Jeffrey Tyrone SANDERS
Coach Mario QUITORIANO

HARBOUR CENTRE-PAMPANGA
1 Jojo MANALO
3 Jayson MENDOZA (released)
4 Welihado DUYAG
5 Marvin YAMBAO
7 Alexander BOGNOT
8 Ariel GARCIA
9 Nino SONGCO (released)
9 Romel John DIZON
10 Dusty RONQUILLO (released)
11 Robert SIERRA (released)
12 Reynaldo MENDOZA (released)
14 Billy BANSIL
15 Randy MAGPAYO
16 Ronald RUIZ
18 Vincent John SANTOS
19 Joel SOLIS (released)
33 Rolof LIANGCO
38 Angelo DAVID
41 Mark NANNINGA
Coach Alexis GONZALEZ (released)
Coach Adriano GO

QUEZON COCO HUSKERS
4 Jonathan BELANO (released)
4 Melvin TAGUINES
5 Larry RODRIGUEZ
6 Arnold RODRIGUEZ
7 Norman NUNEZ (released)
7 Cristopher GUERRERO
8 Jomar TIERRA
9 Arnold BOOKER
10 Edrick FERRER
11 Jerry SISON (released)
12 Edgar ECHAVEZ
13 Eljun LAPERA (released)
14 Nino MARQUEZ
15 Gilbert TENORIO
16 Gonzalo CATALAN
17 Melchor LATORENO (released)
17 Rodel MALLARI
18 Vincent SAN DIEGO
21 Jovito SESE (released)
28 Randy ALCANTARA
50 Mark Joseph KONG
Coach Francis RODRIGUEZ

MVBA
12-16-2006, 10:48 PM
* * *HERE is a listing of all the players and head coaches of the first and only run of the United Regional Basketball League (URBL) from September to December of 2004:
* * *HERE is a list of former URBL players that have seen action in the MVBA's inaugural season 2006:

M. LHUILLIER KWARTA PADALA-CEBU CITY
5 Woodrow ENRIQUEZ - M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu
6 Pableo CANONEO - Cebu Landmaster-Toledo (1st Conference)
8 Jomer RUBI - PacMan-GenSan (1st Conference)
9 Bruce Jeffrey DACIA - Talisay Aquastars
10 Leo Genaro BAT-OG - Cebu Landmaster-Toledo (1st Conference), Talisay Aquastars (2nd Conference)
11 Leode GARCIA - Mantawi Traders (1st Conference), Talisay Aquastars (2nd Conference)
12 Danilo AYING - M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu
14 Aldrin OCANADA - M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu
17 Roman James LAYGO - Pryce Pharma-MisOr (1st Conference), Talisay Aquastars (2nd Conference)
18 Jessie LUMANTAS - Pryce Pharma-MisOr (1st Conference), Talisay Aquastars (2nd Conference)

LACTOVITALE-CEBU PROVINCE
1 Franklin NAILON (released) - Holcim Pryce Pharma-MisOr
4 Bernie URSAL (released) - Cebu Landmaster-Mantawi
6 Francis SANZ - Toyota-Iloilo Warriors (1st Conference), Iligan Archangels (2nd Conference)
7 Doroteo ALMACIN - Mantawi Traders (1st Conference)
9 Marlon PIODO - M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala
10 Richard Ian SALADAGA - Cebu Landmaster-Mantawi
11 Alex CAINGLET - Cebu Landmaster-Mantawi
15 Marvin MERCADO - Pryce Pharma-MisOr (1st Conference)
27 Baltazar JUEVES (released) - Lanao Royals
27 Carlos SAYON - Cebu Landmaster-Mantawi
28 Manuel HUELAR - Cebu Landmaster-Toledo (1st Conference), Holcim Pryce Pharmaa-MisOr (2nd Conference)

ILOCOS SUR SNIPERS
5 Michael MANIGO - M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu
9 Philip BUTEL - Montana Pawnshop-Davao (1st Conference)
18 Donamar MENDOZA - Holcim Pryce Pharma-MisOr
19 Jerome BARBOSA - Holcim Pryce Pharma-MisOr

HARBOUR CENTRE-PAMPANGA
7 Alexander BOGNOT - Iligan Archangels (1st Conference)
19 Joel SOLIS (released) - Cebu Landmaster-Mantawi

QUEZON COCO HUSKERS
none

AnthonyServinio
11-11-2010, 10:37 AM
LINK: A tribute to the United Regional Basketball League (URBL) (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/one-shot-of-urbl/).