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Emon74
06-02-2009, 11:17 AM
Not too many have known that the legendary Crispa Redmanizers in the PBA started big time basketball in this league, the BAA known as Businessmen's Athletic Association, around 1955-1956 before the Danny Floro-Crispa Team joined the MICAA, other PBA squads that has roots with the BAA are Universal Textiles (U-Tex) and Tanduay.

For my First BAA article, this was exactly 50 years ago! on January 15, 1959

Frigidaires beat Kai Ming

Araneta Frigidaires regained top spot in the Businessmen Athletic Association (BAA) basketball series by halting Kai Ming Press, 88-66, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The victory was the third straight for the Araneta quintet. Adriano Mora, Reynaldo Manahan, Manny Torres and Gregorio Alcabao powered the Frigidaires to victory, Tallying 60 points among themselves, the quartet struck hard early in the second half and enabled Araneta to break away from a close 34-32 count at lemontime.
Earlier, defending champion Yutivo Chevrolets beat the Universal Textile Spinners, 96-63, to gain a third-place tie with idle Aircon with identical two wins, one loss record.

Emon74
06-04-2009, 09:03 AM
Yutivo downs Araneta, 76-69, bags pennant

April 17, 1960 - Yutivo-Chevrolet bagged the second-round flag of the Businessmen Athletic Association (BAA) basketball series by coming from behind for a 76-69 revenge victory over G. Araneta Enterprises at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Trailing by as many as 12 points in the first 14 minutes of play, the chevvies rallied towards the end of the first half and took a 34-32 halftime advantage on the shooting of Eugenio Sarabia, Ildefonso Senas and Abelardo Ilano.
The victory was Yutivo's fifth consecutive triumph in the six-team pool and earned the chevvies the right to meet Universal Textiles, first round winner, in the Best of Three finals.

Yutivo rips U-Tex, 84-71, wins BAA title

April 26, 1960 - Yutivo-Chevrolet proved its mastery over Universal Textiles, 84-71, and thereby bagged its second BAA basketball championship at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Close to 3,000 fans watched Yutivo take the rubber match of its Best of Three title playoff with first-round winner U-Tex. The Spinners won the playoff opener, 77-75, but the Chevvies got even in the second game, 93-61.
Yutivo first topped BAA in 1958, its third year in the league. Had it defeated Botica Boie last year, the Chevvies would have kept permanently the three-legged BAA trophy.
Shooting tremendously from both the field and the foul circle, Yutivo led from the start. Abelardo Ilano, Ildefonso Senas and Eugenio Sarabia drowned out the fire of Spinners Mike Littaua, Richard Johnson and Nap Flores to give Yutivo a 20-10 margin after nine minutes of play.
Emilio Lee and Johnson helped Teodoro Arriola, who topscored with 36 points, shave Yutivo's spread down to four, 27-23, but spring-legged Ilano and Dominador Dawal padded in two minutes, chevvies' cushion to 11, 35-24.

Emon74
06-09-2009, 12:36 PM
Weavers capture BAA cage pennant

March 16, 1961 - Universal Textiles hauled in the first round flag of the BAA cage series with a hard-earned 73-67 victory over Yutivo at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The Spinners were sluggish at the start allowing the Chevvies to lead as much as 10 points but rallied in the homestretch, breaking the defending champion Yutivo into pieces with their man-zone defense.
Coach Francisco Calilan's subtle changes of pace and timely substitutions wore the Chevvies to a frazzle. Teodoro Arriola paced the Spinners to their fifth consecutive win. The slippery forward scored 27 points, eight of which were crucial ones which enabled U-Tex to rally from behind a seven-point halftime deficit, 37-30, to tie the score at 57-all.

Kai Ming quintet nips Yutivo, 71-70

April 9, 1961 - Kai Ming Press blazed into the playoffs for the BAA cage championship by topping defending champion Yutivo, 71-70, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The Triumph gave the Pressmen automatic possession of the second round flag as Fil-Hispano knocked Botica Boie out of contention in the first game, 79-67.
The Pressmen survived an erratic and lackluster first half performance to beat the Chevvies who led at halftime, 40-32. Paced by Jim MacLayzoll, a reinforcement from Clark Air Base, and former AFP cage standout Romeo Legaspi, Kai Ming hacked down Yutivo's halftime lead and tied the score at 49-all.

Emon74
06-11-2009, 06:42 PM
KAI MING PRESS WINS BAA TITLE
April 20, 1961

Kai Ming Press dusted off Universal Textiles, 61-58, in overtime to claim the Businessmen Athletic Association (BAA) cage championship before 4,000 fans at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The win gave Kai Ming its first title after four years of trying. The Pressmen were down by 11 points, 18-29, in the first half when the Spinners caught them flatfooted with a pressing man-to-man defense. But they rallied in the second half and managed to tie the score at 52-all at the end of regulation period for the five-minute extension.
U-Tex had a chance to extend the best-of-three series with one second left in the regulation time after lanky forward Teodoro Arriola was fouled by Richard Wellington while driving to the hoop. It was a controversial call for it looked like Arriola had charged into Wellington. Referee W.de los Reyes gave Arriola only one free throw instead of two. Arriola, one of the deadliest at the foul line, muffed his charity shot.
The break for Kai Ming came with about 30 seconds remaining in overtime. The Pressmen were leading, 59-58, but in the ensuing play, Spinner Aniceto Chambers missed from the quartercourt and the ball landed on the hands of Reynaldo Arenas, However, Spinner Jose Roces barged into Arenas causing the lanky center to fumble.
Kai Ming's Romeo Legaspi heaved a long pass to Ronald Cannon at the inbound for an easy twinner to ice the ballgame for the Pressmen.

Emon74
06-16-2009, 09:55 AM
Boie rips foe
March 22, 1962

Boie ran Fil-Hispano down, 87-72, with an awesome display of outside firepower to pull abreast with idle General Textiles for the elad in the BAA cgae series at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Dominador Sevillano scored 32 big points, mostly on outside snipings, to spearhead Boie to its fourth straight victory.
The contest was close only in the opening minutes of the first half when Fil-Hispano led by a 10-7 count on the red-hot shooting of Romeo Legaspi and Carlos Francisco. But Sevillano fired back-to-back baskets to give Boie the lead from hereon.

Fil-Hispano, Boie outshoot opponents
April 22, 1962

Fil-Hispano and Boie opened their second round bids in the BAA cage series with walkaway triumphs over respective rivals at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Fil-Hispano ripped Tabacalera, 77-66, in the first game and the Boie Frigidaires snowed Sincere Insurance, 84-68, in the nightcap. Diminutive Alfonso Enriquez, Ernesto Gonzalo, Felizardo Casia and Rudolfo delos Santos powered Fil-Hispano to its sixth win in eight outings.
Dominador Sevillano, Daniel Camagong and Serafin Vida paced the Frigidaires as they combined for 38 points for the easy win. boie tied Fil-Hispano in the lead of the standings.

Gentex tallies ninth
April 29, 1962

General Textiles rolled up its ninth straight victory by trimming Sincere, 88-85, in the BAA basketball series at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The blackshirts called on their Filipino dribblers to subdue the Insurers, who went down with their 11th loss in as many starts in the loop. Alfredo Sagarbarria knocked in 15 points to pace the league-leading Gentex five. Edmundo Agcaoili, Felipe Ramos and Medardo Flores played supporting roles by canning in 10 points apiece.
Gentex reinforcements Ronald Cannon, Bill Ward and James Hill were seldom used in the contest.

Emon74
06-19-2009, 11:34 AM
Gentex rolls to 11th win
May 6, 1962

General Textiles posted its 11th straight triumph in the BAA basketball championship by outclassing Manalang Advertising, 88-81, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Led by lanky Medardo Felipe, the blackshirts broke away from a closely fought contest early in the opening half with a strong finish. The rally came in the last minute of the first half when the Gentex five cut loose for a 43-38 margin mostly on fastbreaks.
In another game, Fil-Hispano stayed close in the race for the league's championship by thumping Eastern Textiles, 90-84.

Gentex BAA King
May 22, 1962

General Textiles made its debut into big time a smashing one by climaxing its entry with an 84-80 win over Fil-Hispano to haul the BAA cage championship at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Sharp outside shooting enabled the blackshirts to hurdle the nip-and-tuck contest in the first half. Gentex broke the ballgame wide apart with a long range gunnery that spelled a 12-point lead, 57-45, with only five minutes to play.
Ronald Cannon, James Hill and Edmundo Agcaoili powered the blackshirts to triumph. Cannon, a 6-1 player from Clark Field, bombed in 30 points to lead the scoring box.

Emon74
07-03-2009, 01:34 PM
PCSO subdues Boie, in cagefest
April 7, 1963

Newcomer PCSO rocked the opening of the Businessmen's Athletic Association basketball tournament by routing top-seeded Boie-Frigidaires, 102-91, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Powered by Fulgencio Santos, Edmundo Misa, Quintillano Literal, Conrado Lacampuenga and Crispin Sta.Cruz, the Millionaires took a 53-35 halftime lead and withstood a late rally by the Drugmen in the closing minutes for the sparking debut victory. Asian Gamer Joselito Roa canned in 33 markers but his output failed to help the Drugmen.
In another game, defending champion General Textiles nipped Fil-Hispano, 68-66. A corner jumpshot by former University of the East mainstay Jaime Mariano in the last seconds enabled Gentex to escape the upset axe.

irateluvmachine
07-05-2009, 05:08 AM
the BAA was, i believe, a minor league of sorts compared to the MICAA. crispa, u-tex and yutivo are the three teams that went straight from the BAA to the MICAA. tanduay, on the other hand, started out as yco's farm team, as both were under the elizalde group. it would mostly be young prospects (i.e. felix flores, egay gomez, etc.) and past-their-prime vets (i.e. nano tolentino, bonnie carbonell) whom tanduay played regularly...

Emon74
07-14-2009, 10:25 AM
I wonder if our league itself named BAA has any historical significance with the American counterpart in the 1940s, Basketball Association of America (BAA) which merge with the NBL, to formed the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1950.

Emon74
07-15-2009, 07:46 AM
Tanduay falls!

May 14, 1963 - Boie-Frigidaire scored a big upset in the Businessmen Athletic Association (BAA) basketball series by demolishing touted Tanduay, 81-79, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Skipper Jose Gopal Singh, a former San Beda Red Lion, provided the winning margin for Boie with a lay-up, three seconds before the final buzzer. Clutch hits by Adriano, Camagong, Tomas Pacheco and Rudolfo delos Santos paved the way for Boie's big triumph. Boie led at halftime, 45-40.
It was a nip-and-tuck game in the final half after Tanduay rallied from a six-point deficit to tie the score at 79-all. But Singh drove in with three ticks remaining in regulation play to seal the win.
Adriano, Camagong and Pacheco combined for 44 points and performed well defensively to give Boie its hard-earned victory. The loss was the second in a row for the first-round champion Distillerymen. They also bowed to lowly-regarded Philippine Paints, 81-82.

RP Paints rips PCSO

May 21, 1963 - Philippine Paints handed PCSO its fifth straight setback in the Businessmen Athletic Association (BAA) cage series by smothering the Millionaires, 103-85, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
PCSO was never in the game after the Devoe Painters, powered by Capistrano, Sagmit, Mangubat and Cleofas who were scoring almost at will, took a 48-35 command at halftime.
In the second match, first-round champion Tanduay drubbed Tabacalera, 104-83.

Emon74
07-22-2009, 05:48 AM
Tanduay spills Boie, leads BAA
June 2, 1963

Tanduay Distillery spoiled Boie-Frigidaires, 86-78, to take the lead in the second round of the Businessmen's Athletic Association (BAA) basketball series at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Coach Leo Prieto's charges need only one win to wrap up the championship. The Winemakers topped the first round with a clean slate.
Led by veterans Loreto Carbonell, Francis Wilson and Eduardo Rivera, Tanduay shot to a 47-41 halftime advantage and never looked back. Daniel Camagong and Rudolfo de los Santos rallied for Boie at the start of the final period but Oscar Lopez, Felix Flores and Domingo Celis joined hands to give the Winemakers a 73-65 lead with less than five minutes left.

Emon74
07-27-2009, 09:53 AM
Hispano rips Tanduay, forces best-of-three

June 9, 1963 - Fil-Hispano trampled Tanduay, 87-71, to arrange a best-of-three shwodown with the Winemakers for the Businessmen Athletic Association (BAA) cage championship at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Coach Lauro Mumar's swift-striking cagers rallied to a 14-1 cushion in the first five minutes of play and maintained their torrid pace to take the half, 50-32. The desperate Coach Leo Prieto started with four big men; Mariano Tolentino, Oscar Lopez, Teresito Natividad and Felix Flores, in the second half to gain control of the boards and to stop the shaky penetrations of the tilemakers. But it was a bad move as Fil-Hispano opened up a 20-point bubble, 62-42, on hits by Romeo Legaspi, Rogelio Altavano and Angelino Barin.
Mumar's starting five of Altavano, Legaspi Barin, Bacus and Ireneo Caballero routed Tanduay's shifting zone defense to control the game right in the first canto.

Fil-Hispano Snares Title

June 16, 1963 - Fil-Hispano captured the Businessmen Athletic Association (BAA) basketball championship with a riotous 81-72 victory over Tanduay Distillery at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Carlos Francisco, 24-year old lefty who busted Tanduay defenses with his booming jumpshots, triggered the Tilers to their first major title by scoring eight in the last three minutes of play. The former MCU frontliner had a total of 32 markers.
What marred Fil-Hispano conquest of the crown was a swirling free-for-all that broke out with the score tied at 57-all, 10:40 remaining. The melee started after Tiler Reynaldo Legaspi swung at the fallen Felix Flores while they engaged in a mad scramble for the ball. Players and followers of both sides rushed to the court and soon there was punching, kicking and chair-throwing. The play was stopped for 15 minutes and a technical foul was slapped on Legaspi. Tanduay zoomed ahead after the incident, 62-59, on Eddie Rivera's free throws but the Tilers regained the upperhand with an 8-0 blast on Rogelio Altavano's corner shots and Francisco's lay-ups.
Coach Lauro Mumar's charges bagged the championship after winning the first game of their best-of-three playoff against the Winemakers, 82-78.

pachador
07-30-2009, 01:00 PM
There was another businessmen's or commercial basketball association. i forgot the name. one of their teams was Kairuz bicycle of the Filipino-lebanese Kairuz family . Kairuz bicycle had players who were San Beda alumni.

By the way the lebanese national team is now in manila practicing.

Speaking of lebanese-filipinos, there are filipinos of lebanese/syrian and middle eastern blood ever since the old spanish colonial times and even earlier.

For example, the following filipino families are of lebanese/syrian origin: Ysmael, ,Assad , Hemady , Bichara, Nassr , Karam (later changed to Caram) etc

Congressman Bichara from bicol has lebanese blood.

the Ysmael family(original spelling is Ismail) immigrated long time ago to the philippines during Spanish times. They owned race horses, Steel company, appliance company and a famous dynastic basketball team in the MICAA called Ysmael Steel that was the rival of Yco team. If my memory is correct, the Ysmael's moved their fortune to Australia due to politics.

another lebanese family, Kairuz, also had a basketball team called Kairuz Bicycles that had players from San Beda

When I was growing up in mindanao, I had a lebanese-Visaya girlfriend whose last name was Saab. The Saabs were into lumber and logging, etc

In the 1970s, during the Lebanese civil war, tens of thousands of lebanese fled to live in philippines. I met some of them who moved later to Los Angeles. His dad was lebanese and mom was filipina, and he was a chicks boy with 5 or 7 girlfriends(forgot how many na). very nice guy. He even offered me one of his chicks :D

One thing Filipinos have in common with Lebanese is a common history of Diaspora or scattered all over the world. I think there are up to 10 to 15 million lebanese overseas while there are about 10 million filipinos overseas as workers or immigrants.

Lastly, for those who do not read history, Lebanese are of 3 or more major religious faiths: Sunni muslim, Shiite muslim and Christians . They fought each other in the 1970s and at other times. By the way lebanese are very touchy about religion because of their bitter history of civil war so its better not to talk about it in public . Just read about it below but be careful when asking them ;)
quarrel between lebanese christian groups:
http://www.slate.com/id/2159740/
quarrel between lebanese sunni and shiite groups:
http://www.democracyinlebanon.org/Documents/CDL-Exclusives/DonQuixote(09-21-07).htm

And now on the happy and fun side, Lebanese are among the most socially sophisticated in the middle east. They know how to party.

Emon74
02-15-2011, 10:22 AM
There was another businessmen's or commercial basketball association. i forgot the name. one of their teams was Kairuz bicycle of the Filipino-lebanese Kairuz family . Kairuz bicycle had players who were San Beda alumni.

By the way the lebanese national team is now in manila practicing.

Speaking of lebanese-filipinos, there are filipinos of lebanese/syrian and middle eastern blood ever since the old spanish colonial times and even earlier.

For example, the following filipino families are of lebanese/syrian origin: Ysmael, ,Assad , Hemady , Bichara, Nassr , Karam (later changed to Caram) etc

Congressman Bichara from bicol has lebanese blood.

the Ysmael family(original spelling is Ismail) immigrated long time ago to the philippines during Spanish times. They owned race horses, Steel company, appliance company and a famous dynastic basketball team in the MICAA called Ysmael Steel that was the rival of Yco team. If my memory is correct, the Ysmael's moved their fortune to Australia due to politics.

another lebanese family, Kairuz, also had a basketball team called Kairuz Bicycles that had players from San Beda

When I was growing up in mindanao, I had a lebanese-Visaya girlfriend whose last name was Saab. The Saabs were into lumber and logging, etc

In the 1970s, during the Lebanese civil war, tens of thousands of lebanese fled to live in philippines. I met some of them who moved later to Los Angeles. His dad was lebanese and mom was filipina, and he was a chicks boy with 5 or 7 girlfriends(forgot how many na). very nice guy. He even offered me one of his chicks :D


Did you take the "Chick" hehe, Nice stories, Great history as always, we found out how the famous "Ysmael" name came from.