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10-27-2006, 09:46 AM
The longest games
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 10/27/2006

For a while, I thought last Wednesday’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) game between Purefoods and Talk ‘N’ Text would extend to a fourth overtime period at the Araneta Coliseum.

Since its inception in 1975, there has never been a quadruple overtime game in the PBA. The record now shows eight triple overtime contests, including the Chunkee Giants’ 109-103 marathon the other night. The previous triple overtime game happened two years ago when Red Bull outlasted Sta. Lucia Realty, 124-118, in Bacolod.

Three overtimes mean a maximum of 63 total minutes for a player. A regulation game accounts for 48 minutes or 12 minutes each quarter and every overtime is five minutes long.

Last Wednesday, Purefoods’ Kerby Raymundo logged 61 minutes, resting only a minute in the first half and another minute in the third period. He played without relief starting the fourth period until the end of the third overtime. Raymundo wound up with a career-high 31 points, 18 rebounds and five assists.

Others who played at least 50 minutes were Raymundo’s teammates Roger Yap (56) and James Yap (54) and Phone Pals’ forward Jay Washington (53). Talk ‘N’ Text’s Asi Taulava fouled out in the second overtime and Don Allado, in the third.

Three Giants played at least 50 minutes apiece, compared to only one for Talk ‘N’ Text, indicating a deeper Phone Pals lineup because of the more even distribution of playing time. Six Phone Pals logged at least 35 minutes each, compared to only four from Purefoods.

Raymundo, Pingris, the Yaps, Washington, Jimmy Alapag, Mark Cardona and Harvey Carey played the entire three-overtime stretch.

Talk ‘N’ Text got off to a hot start and erected a 20-point cushion at 38-18 in the second quarter. But Purefoods clawed back into the game behind a trapping full-court defense that disrupted the Phone Pals’ offensive flow and fueled a searing fastbreak attack.

The Phone Pals finished with 25 turnovers to Purefoods’ 18 and the change of possessions and the Giants’ 68-63 rebounding edge led to eight more field goal attempts. So it didn’t matter that Talk ‘N’ Text shot slightly better from the field, .396 to .385, because the Giants had two more connections, 40-of-104 to 38-of-96.

Although severely outsized, Purefoods (whose team is ironically called the Giants) refused to be intimidated by the bigger Phone Pals and carved out the hard-earned victory with heart, quickness and smarts.

The outcome could’ve been different if Taulava and Allado didn’t foul out and if RenRen Ritualo didn’t sit out the last 19 minutes of the game because of a bruised rib. But those are the breaks.

It was almost as if the game wouldn’t end because none of the players gave up until the final buzzer. That’s how intense the competition is in the PBA. Nobody dares to give an inch because there are many waiting in the wings, ready to take over a playing job once it becomes available. Every game is a test for each player and as the saying goes, you’re only as good as your last outing. * * *
By the way, the longest game in National Basketball Association (NBA) history was the Indianapolis Olympians’ 75-73 six overtime win over the Rochester Royals at the Edgerton Sports Arena in Rochester, New York, on Jan. 6, 1951. The contest lasted nearly four hours and the crowd of 3,300 went home past midnight.

Ralph Beard sank a layup off an outlet pass from Alex Groza a split second before the buzzer to break the tie and lift Indianapolis to a two-point victory in the sixth overtime.

There was still no 24-second shot clock in the pros so the Olympians took their time freezing the ball. The Royals also weren’t in a hurry as both teams played a cautious, slow-down tempo. The stall was so effective that neither team scored in the second and fourth overtimes.

In NBA Finals history, the longest game was the Boston Celtics’ 128-126 triple overtime win over the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the best-of-7 series on June 4, 1976. The series was tied at two wins apiece so Game 5 was crucial.

Before a wildly-cheering hometown crowd, the Celtics raced to a 32-12 lead but the Suns stormed back behind Paul Westphal and Alvan Adams. The score was tied, 95-all, at the end of regulation and it was still even, 101-all, after the first overtime.

In the second extension, the Celtics led by three with 15 seconds left. Dick Van Arsdale scored for Phoenix then Westphal stole the ball to feed Curtis Perry for a jumper that put the Suns on top, 110-109. John Havlicek sank a running one-hander to put Boston back in the lead, 111-110, with a second to go.

Westphal called a timeout although Phoenix had none left. Jojo White knocked down the technical free throw for Boston on the excessive timeout then Phoenix inbounded from midcourt and Gar Heard miraculously buried a corner howitzer on a catch-and-shoot to send it into a third overtime.

Celtics reserve Glenn McDonald, who would later play in the PBA, was the hero in the third overtime as he powered Boston to victory after midnight. Heard played 61 of the 63 possible minutes — a feat that Raymundo duplicated the other night.

Boston rode on the momentum of the triple overtime win and went on to trounce Phoenix, 87-80, in Game 6 to wrap up the title on the road. * * *
In hoop history, the longest game ever was the Boone Trail Pioneers’ 56-54 13-overtime decision over the Angier Bulldogs in the championship finals of the Harnett County North Carolina high school tournament at Campbell College’s Carter Gymnasium in Buies Creek on Feb. 29, 1964. The game was played under unique time limits — eight minutes a quarter and three minutes in each overtime. So with 13 overtimes, the maximum playing time for each player was 71 minutes.

Both teams failed to score in nine of the 13 extensions. The game mercifully ended after three hours and 25 minutes, including timeouts, intermission and a 10-minute interruption where the referees consulted officials of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association by telephone if they should call off the contest after the eighth overtime. It started at 8:30 p.m. on a Saturday and ended five minutes before midnight.

12-19-2006, 11:52 AM
* * *Here is an account of the first and thus far only double overtime game in MVBA history played last October 19, 2006 at the Almendras Gym in Davao City.


* * *DAVAO CITY – The MP Warriors-GenSan survived a double overtime thriller against the Iligan Archangels, 105-103, the close out the first half of the Mindanao Division classification round of the ML Kwarta Padala Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA) Second Conference at the Almendras Gym.

* * *With the scored tied at 103-103, Warrior Jeffy Locsin intercepted a pass meant for Jeffrey France and rushed down the court for the game-winning lay-up with four seconds to go.* Out of timeouts, the Archangels immediately threw up a prayer of a shot that went nowhere.* Locsin had earlier deadlocked the score via two free throws off Sammy Ayodele at the 25-second mark

* * *The game was not lacking in other dramatic moments.* Louie Medalla drew a foul off Michael Sereno while attempting a triple with two ticks left in regulation, calmly sinking all three to force the first overtime.* Kim Oliveros then knocked in a jumper with six seconds to play in the first overtime to set the stage for the second and final overtime, the first in this conference backed by ML Kwarta Padala, Nature’s Spring Drinking Water, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Reva Sandals, Gameface.Ph and Nike Basketball.

* * *Fortunato Sumampong topped the Warriors of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and Coach Ramon Pido with 19 points to raise their win-loss card to 2-1.* Apol Coronado added 17 and Medalla and Donald Tadena chipped in 15.* The Archangels of Mayor Lawrence L. Cruz and Coach Ed Arugay dropped to 1-2 as the combined 51-point effort of France and Ayodele went to naught.

How They Scored:

* * *MP WARRIORS-GENSAN (105) – Sumampong 19, Coronado 17, Tadena 15, Medalla 15, Recustodio 10, Locsin 9, Mejorada 7, Fernandez 5, Farochilen 4, Menor 4, Cabanlit 0.

* * *ILIGAN (103) – Ayodele 27, France 24, Oliveros 13, Canoy 11, Sereno 11, Cabili 11, Cosingan 3, Cadavis 3, Espinosa 0, Orbe 0, Bangloy 0.

* * *Period Scores: 20-14, 37-28, 58-50, 77-77 (reg), 92-92 (OT), 105-103 (2OT).

10-15-2007, 12:38 PM
* * *Here is an account of the second double overtime game in MVBA history played last June 10, 2007 at the Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro City.


* * *CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Holcim Pryce Pharma-MisOr needed two overtimes to turn back the Iligan Archangels, 99-92, and capture their second consecutive Mindanao Division championship in continuing playoff action from the 2007 Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA) First Conference Sunday (June 10) at the Xavier University Gym.* MisOr ended the best-of-three series, 2-1.

* * *MisOr of league chairman Gov. Oscar S. Moreno will now face Visayas Division champion Arthro Kontra Arthritis-Cebu in Game One of the best-of-three MVBA Finals this Tuesday (June 12) at the Xavier Gym.* Tip-off will be at 6:00PM.

* * *Gov. Moreno’s cagers rallied from nine points down, 70-79, with three minutes left in regulation.* Coach Bong Abad reinserted Julius Navales and the spitfire quickly unloaded eight straight points to start MisOr’s 11-2 closing run.* The Archangels fell in a maze of errors and missed free throws that allowed MisOr to come back.* Nico Pupos sent the game into the first overtime via a free throw split off a foul by Jan Malinao with a second left on the clock, 81-81.

* * *Anton Viloria hit a triple with 20 seconds to go in the first overtime to tie the score anew at 89-89.* Mark Abadia then drove strong to the basket only to see the rim cough out the ball at the buzzer and set the stage for the second extension.

* * *Nursing a one-point advantage, 93-92, MisOr held Iligan scoreless for the final three minutes of the exciting contest.* Dennis Concha buried a triple and Mark Ababon added a lay-up to deliver the knockout blows with 44 seconds remaining, 98-92.* Concha then settled the final tally with a free throw at the 37-second mark.

* * *Navales scored 17 of his team-high 20 points in the third and fourth periods of regulation.* Pupos and Frank Nailon followed with 16 points each.* Carlos Sayon led the Archangels of Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz and Coach Mike Reyes with 19 markers followed by Jaysar Esperat with 17.

How They Scored:

* * *HOLCIM PRYCE-MISOR (99) – Navales 20, Pupos 16, Nailon 16, Concha 15, Viloria 10, Numeran 8, Ababon 6, Tagupa 4, Apepe 2, Jabagat 2, Sagad 0, Sevilla 0.

* * *ILIGAN (92) – Sayon 19, Esperat 17, Malinao 16, Abadia 10, Lanete 7, Tundag 7, Abatayo 6, France 4, Jueves 4, Tangarorang 2, Sereno 0.

* * *Period Scores: 22-21, 36-35, 57-64, 81-81 (reg.), 89-89 (OT), 99-92 (2OT).

10-15-2007, 12:46 PM
* * *THE FEATI University Seahawks needed FIVE overtimes to defeat the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, 126-122, last Sunday at the Fifth Father Martin Cup Diviion II at the Saint Placid's Sports Complex inside San Beda College.

10-15-2007, 11:16 PM
* * *THE FEATI University Seahawks needed FIVE overtimes to defeat the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, 126-122, last Sunday at the Fifth Father Martin Cup Diviion II at the Saint Placid's Sports Complex inside San Beda College.

buti may player pang natira sa game na yan sir? ..

10-16-2007, 03:10 AM
* * *THE FEATI University Seahawks needed FIVE overtimes to defeat the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, 126-122, last Sunday at the Fifth Father Martin Cup Diviion II at the Saint Placid's Sports Complex inside San Beda College.

bakit parang laging talo ang ateneo sa FEATI....? ???

10-16-2007, 08:10 AM
Hindi sila palaging natatalo sa FEATI. Hindi mo lang napapansin na natatalo ng Ateneo ang FEATI kasi hindi yun nababanggit sa newspaper ad. ::)

10-16-2007, 08:25 AM
^ Baka mali ang inaabangan mo. Matingnan nga yong Billboards sa may Quiapo minsan. ;D

10-17-2007, 07:54 AM
From what I heard laging competitive ang Ateneo at FEATI games kaya halos close yata mga laro.