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Emon74
03-20-2009, 01:08 PM
Cagers Shine
October 1997

Renato Morano’s flash of brilliance will have a lasting effect on his career and local basketball. Years from now, when Morano’s playing career is over, he’ll still be remembered as the guy who lifted the Philippines past Malaysia, 96-86, in their battle for the 19th Southeast Asian Games Cage Crown.
Some will remember the points he scored (28 points), the four triples he made and the two-handed dunk he executed, the 6-foot guy from albay really stole the thunder from his more illustrious teammates like Rommel Adducul, Danny Ildefonso, Chris Cantonjos and Jomer Rubi.
There were other heroes on the champion team, of course, Gerald Francisco,Ralph Rivera, Glenn Peter Yap and Rency Bajar can also chalk up those points while Richard Melencio stood out on defense.
Other members of the team which stretched the filipinos’ reign in the region to eight years are Norman Gonzales and Fernan Dino Manuel, who were personla choices of Coach Dong Vergeire.
The victory vindicated Vergeire, who was widely criticized for the Philippines Ninth-place finish in the Asian Basketball Confederation men’s championship only a month back. Luckily for Vergeire, BAP President Freddie Jalasco stood by him and supported him all the way.

Emon74
04-13-2009, 03:49 PM
Pinoys bow to Koreans
November 29, 1963

The Philippines bowed to South Korea, 59-62, but still led the final four of the Asian Basketball Confederation championships.
It was the first setback for the defending champion Filipinos after scoring five consecutive victories. The win was the fourth in six outings for the South Koreans.
Rangy Kim Yung Ki, kim Young II and Bang Yil powered the South Korean dribblers in the nerve-wracking contest which saw the score deadlocked four times, the last at 31.
Filipino ace guard Edgardo Ocampo, who was expected to muzzle Yung Ki, was benched by coach Fely Fajardo. Ocampo played only four minutes in the first half.
Renato Reyes topscored for the Philippines with 15 points and Elias Tolentino added 10 markers.

RP Quintet Retains ABC
Taipei, December 3, 1963

The Philippines retained the Asian basketball championships with a lopsided 91-77 victory over nationalist China in a sudden death playoff.
Aging and ailing skipper Carlos Loyzaga played for seven minutes despite a nagging back injury and swollen knees. He fouled out but his presence on the floor seemed to have a steadying effect on his teammates who lost to the Chinese the other night while he watched from the sidelines, forcing the sudden death game.

Emon74
05-07-2009, 06:43 AM
Easy victory for RP five
By: Jef Mikael Eroa
August 1996

Announce a tryout. Extract the best. Form a team. Train for less than two months. Win the first-ever Southeast Asia Basketball Association 18 and under basketball championships.
This was what happened as the Philippines 18 and under national team roared to victory in the recent SEABA championships at the windswept San Luis Sports Complex in Sta.Cruz, Laguna.
Lacking in preparations but not in fighting hearts, the filipino dribblers nevertheless were highly-favored to win the four-team tournament, serving as qualifying for the Asian Basketball championships set for September in Johore Baru, Malaysia.
"We're going home as champions" said Graham Lim, secretary-general of the Basketball Association of the Philippines. Lim, along with other BAP officials headed by executive vice-president Ogie Narvasa and treasurer Jaime Dichavez, went all-out for the team, travelling from Manila to Sta.Cruz everyday despite the inclement weather.
Missing the likes of Paolo Mendoza and Ryan Pamintuan, the nationals swept all their assignments, beating Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in succession by wide margins. In the repeat encounter, the youthful filipino dribblers dumped Singapore, 93-64, before a wildly-cheering crowd at the San Luis Sports Complex "Defense did it, I'm proud of the team" said coach Ato Badolato. He was ably backed up by former collegiate hotshot Louie Alas and national team member Jerome Cueto.
The victory was the second straight international title for the Filipinos, Earlier, another BAP-sanctioned team won the 22 and under SEABA championships in Brunei. Alas coach the team.
The Philippines 18 and under squad made us proud. Fans watched in droves whenever Filipino basketeers trooped to the Coliseum, which is outside the town proper. Renren Ritualo dazzled the crowd with his penetrations and outside shooting, skipper Aris Dimaunahan was tireless in defense, Jon-Jon Mesina, Marvin Ortiguerra and Melchor Latoreno ruled the shaded lane, Danzen Mariano and Kris Topacio orchestrated plays, Jerome Reyes and Teodoro Valera scored when needed as the nationals ambushed their rivals one by one.
Badolato, however, knows the ABC is another story, Last year, South Korea deposed China at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. The Philippines slumped to its worst finish ever sixth place and will now attempt to make amends. Refusal of some UAAP coaches, however, to lend their players to the national team are hurting the team's preparations. Observers agree that unless there will be changes in the composition of the team, it will be hard for the country to challenge the heavyweights.

Toto Battung
06-05-2009, 12:34 PM
Philippine Quintet Crush Goodyear

Quezon City, October 28, 1962 -

The Philippine national basketball team finally showed its true form and won the last game of its three game exhibition series with the visiting Goodyear Wingfoots.
Before a crowd of 15,000 cheering fans at the Araneta Coliseum, the Nationals behind the hot shooting Ed Pacheco and Narciso Bernardo prevailed, 73-52 over the Americans.
Carlos Loyzaga, Alfonso Marquez, Cristobal Ramas and Alberto Reynoso ably supported the group with their tight switching man to man defense.
Pacheco led the scoring with 18 points while Bernardo added 14 for the national cause.

Emon74
06-09-2009, 08:29 AM
Nationals rip Spain, 84-82
Rome, August 28, 1960

The Philippines edged Spain, 84-82, in the Olympic basketball contest following the first full-scale brawl that hit the 1960 Summer games.
It was the first triumph for the Filipino cagers, who lost to a taller Polish team, 86-68, in their first outing. Center Kurt Bachmann starred for the Philippine quintet as he dumped in the winning basket with only seconds to go in the regulation play. The Filipinos led at halftime by two markers, 35-33.
It was at the 10th minute of the second half, the score tied at 58-all, when a scramble for the loose ball ended up in a fight with both teams slugging it out on the court. It was not known who started the trouble that saw a Filipino player hitting one Spaniard in the face with a ball after he was slammed by two Spanish players. A wild melee ensued as the filipinos came off the bench to help their teammates.
The Filipinos impressed the Olympic crowd with their swift ballhandling and ability to play speed basketball. Roberto Yburan topscored for the Philippines with 16 points while Carlos Badion and Bachmann tallied 15 apiece. Alfonso Marquez added 12 points.
The Philippines, grouped with Poland, Spain and Uruguay, have to beat the taller Uruguayans in their next game to make the semifinal round.

Philippines nips Puerto Rico, 82-80
Rome, September 2, 1960

The Philippines edged out Puerto Rico, 82-80, in the consolation round to strengthen its hope for ninth place in the Olympic basketball championship.
Halftime score was 42-41 in favor of the Puerto Ricans. It was a thrilling game which saw the score tied over a dozen times in the second half with both teams alternately taking the lead. And with the score deadlocked at 80-all with 10 seconds remaining in the ballgame, Edgardo Ocampo took a long shot to seal the victory for the Filipinos.
Geronimo Cruz topscored for the Philippines with 24 points. Narciso Bernardo had 16 while Constancio Ortiz canned in 13 points. Ocampo had tallied only six markers. Earlier, the Filipinos automatically won over Bulgaria which withdrew from the basketball games for unknown reasons.
The Philippines should beat Hungary in the next match to be in the winners bracket of the consolation round, which it could top by taking ninth place in the overall Olympic basketball standings.

Emon74
07-04-2009, 01:15 PM
RP routs HK, 115-66
January 17, 1960

The Philippines, the Nationalist China and Japan, living up to the Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) championship rankings, posted impressive victories before 9,000 spectators at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
First-rated host Philippines routed Hongkong, 115-66, while debuting China dropped Korea, 78-71, and Japan spilled Indonesia, 74-57, to join the Philippines with two straight wins.
The Filipinos smothered the Indonesians, 92-46, in the inaugural while Japan routed Malaysia, 88-68, and Korea whipped Hongkong, 93-78. The Philippines-Hongkong match was close only in the first five minutes of play. however, the locals' domination of boards began to tell as they led 30-21 after 11 minutes when veterans Carlos Loyzaga, Carlos Badion, Loreto Carbonell and Alfonso Marquez were fielded in by coach Bobby Rius.
The quartet, aided by Constancio Ortiz, Jr. gave the Philippines a 61-40 margin at halftime, in spite of Hongkong's zone.

RP Five outscores Chinese, 96-83
January 22, 1960

The Philippine national team proved it is still tops in Asian basketball when the locals hammered out a 96-83 victory over the Nationalist Chinese cagers in the ABC championship round before 10,000 fans at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The triumph was the sixth straight win by the Filipinos, a one-game advantage over China, Japan had a 4-2 slate.
The big heroes of the game were Carlos "Bad boy" Badion, Narciso Bernardo, who was representing the country in international competition for the first time in the ABC, and NCAA stalwarts Kurt Bachmann and Nicolas Carranceja.
Bernardo belched for 19 points, Bachmann, who was a fill-in for the much-respected Carlos Loyzaga, hit for 17 and Badion, with his now-famous bicycle drives under the basket, canned in 18 points, Both Loyzaga and Carranceja scored 11 markers.

RP wins ABC, downs China, 99-78
January 28, 1960

The Philippine national team humbled Nationalist China, 99-78, to win the Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) before 11,000 fans at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Constancio Ortiz, Jr., Carlos Loyzaga, Narciso Bernardo, Carlos Badion and Edgardo Ocampo shared top honors for the victory, the Philippines' ninth in as many outings.
Ortiz's great jumpshooting kept the team abreast of China in the opening minutes, gave it a 46-34 spread at halftime and helped obstruct the Chinese zone in the second half. Ortiz topscored for the Philippines with 22 points. Loyzaga (18 points) was the most responsible for the Philippines' 50-33 edge in rebounding and terrorized the Chinese with his undergoal brilliance.
The top three placers were awarded trophies and individual medals after the game. Japan secured third place by repulsing Korea, 86-84, in the first game.

oca
07-04-2009, 08:45 PM
Nationals rip Spain, 84-82

Rome, August 28, 1960 – The Philippines edged Spain, 84-82, in the Olympic basketball contest following the first full-scale brawl that hit the 1960 Summer games.
It was the first triumph for the Filipino cagers who lost to a taller Polish team, 86-68, in their first outing. Center Kurt Bachmann starred for the Philippine quintet as he dumped in the winning basket with only seconds to go in the regulation play. The Filipinos led at halftime by two markers, 35-33.
It was at the 10th minute of the second half, the score tied at 58-all, when a scramble for the loose ball ended up in a fight with both teams slugging it out on the court. It was not known who started the trouble that saw a Filipino player hitting one Spaniard in the face with a ball after he was slammed by two Spanish players. A wild melee ensued as the filipinos came off the bench to help their teammates.
The Filipinos impressed the Olympic crowd with their swift ballhandling and ability to play speed basketball. Roberto Yburan topscored for the Philippines with 16 points while Carlos Badion and Bachmann tallied 15 apiece. Alfonso Marquez added 12 points.
The Philippines, grouped with Poland, Spain and Uruguay, have to beat the taller Uruguayans in their next game to make the semifinal round.

Philippines nips Puerto Rico, 82-80

Rome, September 2, 1960 – The Philippines edged out Puerto Rico, 82-80, in the consolation round to strengthen its hope for ninth place in the Olympic basketball championship.
Halftime score was 42-41 in favor of the Puerto Ricans. It was a thrilling game which saw the score tied over a dozen times in the second half with both teams alternately taking the lead. And with the score deadlocked at 80-all with 10 seconds remaining in the ballgame, Edgardo Ocampo took a long shot to seal the victory for the Filipinos.
Geronimo Cruz topscored for the Philippines with 24 points. Narciso Bernardo had 16 while Constancio Ortiz canned in 13 points. Ocampo had tallied only six markers. Earlier, the Filipinos automatically won over Bulgaria which withdrew from the basketball games for unknown reasons.
The Philippines should beat Hungary in the next match to be in the winners’ bracket of the consolation round, which it could top by taking ninth place in the overall Olympic basketball standings.




Mabasa ito ng mga bata ngayon, ewan ko kung maniwala sila.

Emon74
08-11-2009, 01:41 PM
I Want RP Team Intact - Rodriguez
August-September 1991

KOBE - No singular hero was named when the Philippine team scored a vengeful 126-77 win over SEA Games archrival in Amagasaki last Sunday. The coaching staff was right. Everbody in the team had a hand in the sensational feat which more than made up for the humiliation suffered by the RP squad at the hands of the Malaysians in the 1989 SEA meet in Kuala Lumpur. Each and every member of the RP quintet received a bonus - $100.
The Filipinos were indeed superior to the Malaysians, who have revamped their 1989 lineup, and left only two original mainstays. But the demolition of the Malaysian squad should leave no doubt about the ability of the RP team currently carrying the national colors here to win the SEA Games basketball gold in the Manila SEA Games in November.
"I want this team to be intact," clamored coach Francis Rodriguez. Not to undermine the capabilities of the pros, whom sports commission chairman Cecil Hechanova had vowed to commision for the SEA Games assignment in case of the all-amateur RP team fails in its mission here. But Rodriguez said putting in pros in the RP cage team for the Manila Games might unwittingly dilute its proven worth. Rodriguez has proven a point. The win over Malaysia had all but settled the issue of who would end up with the SEA Games basketball gold.
But when assistant RP team manager Buddy Encarnado of Sta.Lucia Realty sensed Chairman Hechanova might tarry and eventually call in the pros, he made a vow. "Sta.Lucia will support the national team in the SEA Games, but we want it to be intact. I dont see any reason why anybody from the national squad should be dropped. Everybody has worked hard." Encarnado hinted Sta.Lucia might pull out its sponsorship if even a single member of the RP team campaigning here is dropped from the SEA Games cage squad.
It's his way of rewarding his players, who have kept faith and gallantly carried the national colors here. The RP entry into the Asian men's basketball championship quarterfinal round was a big achievement enough. The team has definitely gone far. Winning the ABC championship might be an impossible mission for the young, all-amateur RP quintet. But Encarnado has vowed to shoot for the stars.


And here's an Editorial's note on the RP Men's basketball team.

It's easy to understand why Basketball Association of the Philippines president Lito Puyat is singing a different tune about the RP five to the Kobe Asian men's basketball championship these days. The all-amateur nationals are performing well above expectations.
The nationals routed Kuwait, 77-59, mauled SEA Games arch rival Malaysia, 126-77, bowed to powerhouse China, 79-107, and dumped ambitious Bahrain, 107-83, to advance to the ABC main draw. Though they dropped their first quarterfinal game to the Japanese, 83-110, the young pinoys have drove home two vital points.
They deserved donning the national colors and that there's no need for the pros in the SEA Games. With the spirited stand they put up against the mighty Chinese, they actually did better than the Asian Games all-pro nationals who meekly yielded to the Chinese twice.
No wonder, Puyat, who up to the last minute was knocking at the PBA doors for the inclusion of pros to the team, has taken a turnaround. He's now mum on the issue and is all praises for the boys instead. Funny guy, really, this Puyat.

Emon74
09-13-2009, 06:00 PM
A mere contender again
By: Dennis Eroa
December 1987

Nobody loves a loser. This worn out adage was proven anew last week when the RP Team, fancied to at least finished third in the 14th ABC championships, arrived to a silent welcome at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as a result of its fourth place in the 15-nation meet.
It was a shame. The result was very frustrating, said a veteran cage observer, who described the country's campaign in the biennial meet as a big flop. For the uninitiated, fourth place in a tournament such as the ABC is no big deal. For basketball-crazy filipinos, that finish deserves catcalls and jeers.
If there was one thing that gladdened the hearts of jaded observers, it was the fact that, after 12 long years, an all-filipino crew gave the opposition, especially China, a good fight. The Nationals actually had one chance to salvage third place. But they dropped a 75-89 decision to Japan.
That ended the Filipinos' roller-coaster drive in the two-week long cagefest. When it was over, not even coach Joe Lipa could come forward and offer a humble explanation. In fact, he shunned the PSA Sports Forum. Mauricio Martelino, BAP secretary-general claimed Lipa was indisposed.
Filipino spirit actually rose high when, at the start of quarterfinals play, the locals gave the Chinese a good fight, losing by only three points in the end, 94-97. They disposed of their SEA Games rival, Malaysia, and then booked a seat in the semifinals by carving out a 98-86 win over Thailand.
Against South Korea, an 88-105 loss, however, the Nationals fumbled and got lost in the face of the Koreans furious offensive although Lipa claimed later that he had actually entertained hopes of beating the Lee Chung Hee-led squad. Later, Lipa said he had done his best, adding he had no regrets whatsoever on the locals performance.
With no chance for the gold, the Filipinos set their sights on the bronze, with their drum-beaters claiming it amounted to no less than a gold. The Filipino community in Bangkok turned out in full force in the country's game against Japan. The Locals tried but their best simply was not enough against the Japanese.
Last Tuesday, Martelino said the ABC expedition was not a big flop, considering that the team had to undergo several problems back home before emplaning for Thailand. Well, some RP Team observers contend that despite the defeat, the Filipinos have regained a measure of respect from their Asian countries.
China's coach Qian Cheng Hai himself praised the Philippine team for playing tough basketball. India's Phitap Singh said the RP team will always be a contender in the ABC tourney.
Yes, contenders. But champions? Lipa cant give the answer now. Right after the Philippines dropped its game against Japan, he made it clear he wouldn't be coaching the national team again.

Unbelieving Mythical 5 awardee

Alvin Patrimonio himself couldn't believe he was named to the Mythical five selection of the 14th ABC cagefest. Patrimonio played several great games in the Philippines drive for the title in the two week tournament. But he also blew cold in other games. Patrimonio himself felt that his teammate Benjie Paras deserved the award more, "Sa kanya (Paras) ito" he said.
Of course, Patrimonio would readily trade his plaque to a bronze medal. He said he would be more satisfied had the Philippines won third overall, finishing fourth was not really disappointing "Ayos lang maski na fourth, malalakas naman talaga mga kalaban pero iba sana kung nakuha natin ang bronze." He didn't care a bit when no welcoming party was on hand during the RP Team's arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last week, but who cares? "I need a rest, gusto ko lang makauwi at makapiling ang aking pamilya." Alvin concluded.

Emon74
02-24-2010, 03:07 PM
RP Men's Team To New Delhi
It's Down To An Even Two Dozen
By: Ibarra J. Pascua
August 1982

After almost a month of tryouts, the Basketball Association of the Philippines has reduced the field of over 40 aspirants to the national team for the ninth Asian Games in New Delhi to just an even two dozen.
There are several reasons why Nat Canson, coach of the National Team, has cut the number to 24. Foremost is the plan to divide the 24 aspirants into 2 teams that will compete against each other come the day-long Philippine Olympic day celebrations to be held August 29 at the Rizal Memorial Complex.
Fourteen players will finally make it to the national team with two relegated to alternate slots. The remaining 10 would be placed in the national pool as reserves. "You see as in the past years, after every international basketball competition, almost half of the campaigners are elevated to the pros, having at least 20 players now will protect the national team, at least we are assured of having a team ready for the next Southeast Asian Games after the stint in New Delhi." reasoned out a beaming Nat Canson, currently coach of the interclub champions Paul Jordan. "Actually the basic criterion I used was attitude and interest, and then came punctuality" he added.

The 24 hopefuls include:
Edgar Amisola (Masagana)
Sonny Cabatu (Paul Jordan)
Dennis Carbonilla (Talon Zipper)
Dwight Chua (Talon Zipper)
Ramon Dela Cruz (Zesto & PJ)
Angelito Esguerra (Paul Jordan)
Artemio Gancayco (Paul Jordan)
Dante Gonzalgo (PJ)
Leo Isaac (Pizza Inn)
Federico Lauchengco (PJ)
Ernesto Loyzaga (Pizza Inn)
Joey Magana (Masagana)
Roberto Mariano (Concrete Aggregates)
Tata Merced (PJ)
Chris McGarry (FEU)
Rey Perez (LCAC)
William Pearson (La Salle)
Jay Ramirez (PJ)
Reynaldo Revilloza (Masagana)
Noni Robles (LCAC)
Adonis Tierra (PJ)
Guillermo Valerio (FEU)
Joshua Villapando (PJ)
Meneles Viray (Masagana)

However, there is a possibility that the list would be cut to 20 in order to conform a Gintong Alay directive. Nat Canson is assisted by Larry Albano with Skip Agcaoili and Fred Reyes as trainers. If plans push through, the BAP might send the team to participate in the Pesta Sukan tournament in Singapore as part of the training.

Toto Battung
05-06-2010, 12:03 AM
Supremacy Lost Forever
(The Tales of Philippine National Basketball Teams)

Their love of basketball led the Filipinos to conquer Asia in the sport of basketball early on. They played with heart, bravery and with gusto. They've always loved the competition and to showcase their talents.
Trials for national teams are fought to the end. Championship attitude is started with the first whistle to start the selection process. There's no let up till the "Dirty Dozen" are chosen.
Soon after, player positions are dissected by every sectors of society. Media, kibitzers, sports aficionados and coaches give their tw0-cent worth of ideas.
Despite repeated setbacks in both the Asian Games and the Asian Basketball Championships, basketball has remained as the nation's prime passion. Can we ever regain the lost supremacy we have in the region?

oca
05-06-2010, 06:43 AM
We can regain lost supremacy in Asia if we can have the "big men" who will give us a fair share of rebounds at both ends of the court.

This is basketball, first order of things is to have possession of the ball.

Toto Battung
05-06-2010, 10:59 AM
We can regain lost supremacy in Asia if we can have the "big men" who will give us a fair share of rebounds at both ends of the court.

This is basketball, first order of things is to have possession of the ball.



So true.....

Emon74
05-13-2010, 03:41 PM
RP Youth 5 had it coming
March 1995

No Excuses.
We lost in the 13th ABC Youth Cage championship because of two main reasons.
First, the team was poorly coach, motivation was sorely missing throughout. And second, our Asian neighbors have left us by leaps and bounds in basketball.
Contrary to other claims, the Filipino dribblers not born later than 1976, were not ill-prepared. Fact was, the team had been together for a year and even palced third in an invitational in Seoul, South Korea.
So why the sixth-place finish?
If one will believe longtime BAP president Lito Puyat, the reason for the continuing decline were the PBA and the PBL.
But this immediately drew a stinging rebuke from Jose Concepcion III, chair of the two leagues. And with good reason.
"It has been a habit of Mr.Puyat for the past 25 years or so, to blame others for the poor development of basketball in our country. This, in spite of the fact that as BAP president, basketball development is his primary responsibility." Concepcion said.
The pro league, Concepcion said, has already assumed responsibility for the formation of the national team in the Asian Games, while the PBL will answer for the ABC and SEA Games.
"Responsibility for the ABC Youth squad sits squarely on BAP, it is the least they can do." Concepcion said.
Both, however, agreed on one thing, All concerned parties should sit and talk in order to address the problem and formulate long term solution to these problems.
Villavicencio, termed absent-minded? by the cocky Taiwanese mentor Hang Kuan-Yun, added to the confusion when he failed to use his timeouts. As expected, the crowd, who at the start cheered lustily for the Filipinos, heckled and booed the Philippine team at the final buzzer.
"Masakit" said assistant coach Boy de Vera. The Philippine team trooped to the dugout with heads bowed and unable to throw a look at the gallery. "We gave it our best try" said Villavicencio, who also coaches La Salle in the UAAP cagefest.
It was obvious, however, that Villavicencio was frustrated by the showings of the slow-moving, fumbling Mark Clemence Telan, 6-foot-6, and regarded as the main man of the Philippine campaign.
Obviously not fully recovered from his ankle injury, Telan was a pathetic sight, losing easy shots, getting clobbered in the slot and being jeered as he attempted to get points outside the slot. "I really could not pushed him, baka masira ang future niya" said Villavicencio.
This drew a collective howl from observers, "Why include Telan in the lineup? Hindi pa pala magaling, nakakahiya lang tuloy" they said.
Paolo Mendoza, the sportsmanship awardee, Joseph Gumatay, a member of the mythical five, Bryan Gahol, Rommel Adducul, Ralph Rivera and Allen Patrimonio sparkled but it was obvious the power and teammanship of eventual champion South Korea and china were just awesome.
So where do we put the Philippines? Hopefully not along the company of minnows Brunei, Hongkong and Macau.

Emon74
05-13-2010, 03:46 PM
Tracing caging’s decline
By Jun Rodriguez
July 1995

When was the last time the Philippine flag was hoisted with the singing of the national anthem in international caging?
Can’t remember? Don’t be surprised. It’s been that way the past few years.
Just recently, a ragtag team from the PBL gave the country its worst finish in an international competition, 12th, in the Asian Basketball Confederation men’s championship in Seoul, Korea.
It would be recalled that a PBA selection to last year’s Asiad could not even produced a bronze after its sorry loss to Japan,a team the Filipinos used to dominate.
No doubt these sad experiences are the results of bickerings among authorities in Philippine Basketball. Not to mention such other kinks as lack of preparation, no long term vision, etc. But forget the past.
Lately, the PBL and the PBA, through Joey Concepcion III, the youthful chairman of the board of both leagues, had proposed a “viable solution to save the country from farther humiliation in international basketball competitions.”
Concepcion said the Philippines can regain Asian supremacy if everybody, especially those who are concerned, will corporate in the long term program they are proposing to the BAP.
Clarifying issues on the BAP’s claim that the PBL should be blamed for the dismal 12th place finish in the ABC, Concepcion proposed the immediate formation of a national pool similar to that undertaken by Northern Cement Corp. (NCC) in the past.
The NCC, then bannered by Allan Caidic, Hector Calma, Samboy Lim and three naturalized Americans – Jeff Moore, Chip Engelland and Dennis Still – had played in the PBA and went on to clinch the Jones Cup title in 1985 by beating a formidable US team.
Concepcion’s vision of this national pool is exactly a carbon copy of that NCC team. It will be handled exclusively by a corporate firm willing to sponsor all the training and exposure.
But will the BAP agree?
“The ball is in the hands of the BAP because it has the sole authority to form a national team,” said Concepcion.
Should the BAP agree to this proposal, Concepcion is even willing to lend a PBA team to the forthcoming Southeast Asian games in Chang Mai, Thailand in December.
But this has nothing to do with the national pool since the players that will form the nucleus of the team would come from the collegiate backyard, particularly the UAAP and the NCAA.
“Our goal is to really come out with the national pool. There are certain conditions to this proposal. But there’s no meeting of the minds yet between me and Puyat. All I can say is we have virtually agreed upon with this concept,” he said.
He added that there are many corporate firms willing enough to bankroll the national team, including San Miguel and RFM.
“This team, which will represent the country in all international competitions, should be given enough exposure. We should select the best players in the UAAP and the NCAA now and give them acceptable salaries and incentives,” said Concepcion.
Well said. Only the color of money can prevent amateurs from biting the lure of the PBA.

LOST

Don’t expect anything to come out from the PBA and PBL’s offer to form the national basketball team for future international competitions.
The Basketball Association of the Philippines won’t allow its inherent role to be taken by others even if it means the continous decline of local basketball.
There is also no point in sitting down. Both sides have presented their views and, clearly, the differences are irreconcilable.
The PBA and PBL wanted to help, on condition that the BAP would have nothing to do with the team’s formation.
Such a move would only be possible if the BAP, being the sole body recognized by the International Olympic Committee to field a Philippine team, agrees to relinquish that right.
And, based on the actuations and pronouncements of Puyat, that’s unlikely to happen.
Despite the debacles the Philippine basketeers have suffered during his long term as BAP head, Puyat continues to think that he is infallible, Tossing the blame on everybody, but him.
Having been the targets of some of Puyat’s tirades, it’s but natural for the PBA and the PBL to disassociate from him.
Clearly, the PBA and PBL want full responsibility in their action regardless the result.
The BAP should see the light. After all, local basketball has long been in the dark. Lost.

Emon74
07-01-2010, 12:46 AM
The Magnificent 12
By Jef Mikael Eroa
October 1996

They are here. The magnificent 12.
Last Friday, youthful coach Dong Vergeire and the coaching staff composed of Louie Alas, Nel Parado, Boysie Zamar and Binky Favis submitted for approval to Basketball Association of the Philippines secretary-general Graham Lim the 12 dribblers competing in the 2nd under-22 ABC championship slated Nov.1-9 in Shanghai, China.
Lim will submit to BAP president Freddie Jalasco the list for final approval.
Vergeire, coach of NCAA finalist San Beda College and Aric Del Rosario's assistant on the UAAP history-making UST Tigers team, said the team is fast, can shoot from the outside and has the ability for quick transition plays. "We're not promising anything but we're determined to give the favorites a run for their money," said Vergeire, while presiding over the team's practice at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The members of the team are guards Dale Singson, Tonyboy Espinosa and Gherome Ejercito, big men Chris Cantonjos, Aramis Calpito, Danny Ildefonso and Rommel Adducul, wingmen Chris Calaguio, Ralph Emerson Rivera, Glenn Peter Yap, Richard Melencio and Gerard Francisco. Relegated to the national pool are Dino Manuel, Rency Bajar, Kerwin McKoy and Brixter Encarnacion.
Observers pointed out the just and fair decision made by the coaching staff. Even if Vergeire's handling San Beda, he opted not to play favorites and pick three Red Lions - McKoy, Manuel and Bajar.
Vergeire said the team is taking it one at a time. The Philippines is hard-pressed to equal or at least surpass its fourth-place finish in the inaugurals won by Chinese-Taipei in the 1993 Hong Kong tournament.
Asian powerhouse China did not compete. Korea placed second, followed by Japan.
After the drawing of lots held at the Panay Room of the Philippine Plaza Hotel, the Philippines found itself bracketed in Group D with Indonesia, Qatar and Kazakhstan. To advance to the quarterfinals, the Philippines must win twice.
Fourteen other nations will compete in the inaugurals with China, led by Olympian Wang Zhizhi, in Group A with Chinese-Taipei, Macau and Thailand.

Emon74
09-21-2010, 03:30 PM
RP TEAM RENEGADES
Traitors or not?
May-June 1993
By Maripaz Lorenzo

Forced to become men ahead of time, 10 young basketball players were made to decide their fates and face the consequences of their action.
Such is the situation 10 of the former RP team batch of 1993 is in. Expedito Falcasantos, EJ Feihl, Patrick Fran, Rey Evangelista, Dennis Espino, Marlou Aquino, Kenneth Duremdes, Noli Locsin, Richard Ticzon and Emmanuel Victoria had to make a painful decision the night before they were to leave for Hongkong with the Philippine delegation to the 22-under ABC tournament.
As PBL players, they were bound by a league rule which prohibited them from taking a leave of absence during a PBL tournament without the expressed permission of their mother teams. They had no way of knowing what would happen to them once they return to the country.
All of them wanted to play for the country even if, as their managers believed, they were being sent abroad for the wrong reasons. But they had to think of their futures, too. What if, in their absence, the PBL board decides to ban them from competition in the league's tournaments? What happens to their families which rely on their meager playing allowances?
So they held a meeting. It was a heart rending sight. Proud young men moved close to tears. Asked for assurances, only one party gave them guaranteed full support. The other brushed them off. They looked back. The PBL not only gives them financial security, it also gives them the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream to turn professional basketball players.
The BAP, national sports association in charge of the RP Team, allows them the priviledge of serving their country as representatives in international basketball competitions. True. But it also discards, without a benefit of a second glance, players, such as former colleague Boyet Fernandez who got injured during one of the RP team's minor tournaments.
Their choice made, however, anguish they felt that time, they let their RP team coach know of it at once. They felt that they, at least, owned him a courtesy. They were staying in the PBL. They will not be at the airport the next morning for the boarding call.
The next days proved almost unbearable. They were indefinitely suspended by the BAP. Their former coach called them traydor and mukhang pera at various intervies with newsmen. Accusations that reached the eyes and ears of the whole nation.
The boys-turned-men intoned during one interview, "Ang alam naming, naipit kami at ginawa lang naming ang inisip naming tama para sa panahong iyon, gusto man naming maglaro para sa bansa, hindi puwede dahil may mas nauna kaming obligasyong tinanggap", and they further stressed, "Hindi kami traydor at lalong hindi kami mukhang pera"
Proof of this is the fact that the relaxation of the PBA's age prerequisite for drafting has opened their fantasy world's doors for some of them. But they let go of that wonderful multi-million peso-filled opportunity. For flag and country.
Their saga does not end there. Three weeks before the SEA games, the BAP, in a show of reconciliation, invited Espino, Duremdes and Evangelista but not until after their former coach vehemently downgraded all of them by saying "Sikat lang sila pero kung sa ability lang din naman, pareho lang (the former battle-scarred team and his hastly formed youth level-laden team), Kung ako ang masusunod, wala akong ire-reconsider, mga walang backbones ang grupong iyan"
The recall was a chance for Espino, Duremdes and Evangelista to redeem their names. But they would not hear of it, "Magkakasama kaming nag-desisyon, we entered this as one, lahat kami walang kasalanan kaya kung may babalik, dapat lahat kami", was their unified stand.
Are they traitors? Or are they young men with principle? No backbone? Or heroes of their age?

Emon74
01-18-2011, 01:21 PM
Pity the RP Youth Squad
By Chino Trinidad
October 1992

Pity the RP Youth team campaigning in Beijing, China for the ABC Youth championships.
Theirs is a story of misadventures. Even before they left last week, the team members were low spirited.
Consider their plight. Weeks before their departure, the team was short on logistics, they had to practically beg for assistance. It's surprising no private entity took the RP Youth team under its wings.
Luckily, a day before they left for China, the PBL chipped in and gave $1,945.00. National coach Francis Rodriguez received the amount seven hours before their flight in China.
The team even almost got barbecued together with embattled Vice-President Erap Estrada. On the day of the team's departure, their flight was scrapped as the plane that was to take them to Hongkong developed mechanical trouble.
If not for the swift action of some officials thru the help of China Airlines, the team could have forfeited its game against Macau. Fortunately, the travel-weary boys still have something left as they blew away Macau off the court.
Those were not the only misfortunes the team had to hurdle. Just recently seven of its key players were dragged into a useless argument between the UAAP and the BAP.
There were threats by the UAAP to disallow their players to join the national team. In the end, the UAAP realized its precarious situation and allowed its players to join the team.
Let us not expect these young boys to do wonders at the ABC Youth championships. With the way this team has been treated, it will take a miracle for them to succeed.

Emon74
07-16-2011, 09:40 PM
How the Philippines won the 1985 Jones Cup
By Joaquin Henson

Winning the 1985 Jones Cup was no easy task for the Philippine team, wearing the San Miguel Beer colors. Coach Ron Jacobs' charges were up against formidable opposition, particularly the highly-touted US entry bannered by future NBA players Kenny Gattison, Harold Pressley, Kevin Henderson, and Joe Wolf.

Philippines has defeated:

West Germany(carrying the Steiner Optik colors), 82-61
Canada (44-25 halftime lead), 69-58
Italy, 96-76

fourth win came against South Korea, 108-86, In the first 12 minutes, the Koreans buried seven triples to open a 33-22 edge, the Philippines pulled away in the second half, leading by as many as 33 points, 79-46. Arthur "Chip" Engelland led the RP Team with 31 points, and Jeff Moore tallied 28. Lee Chung Hee shot 29 points for South Korea.
Sweden was the Philippines' fifth victim, both teams were unbeaten entering the contest, Bill Magarity, 6-7 forward was Sweden's big gun, Sweden was on top, 52-50, when the Philippines dropped a 9-2 bomb sparked by Samboy Lim. with time down to 2:10, the Philippines surged ahead, 70-59, and put the game on ice. Jeff Moore finished with 23 points, Dennis Still contributed 19 points and Samboy Lim wound up with 15.
Host Taiwan was next, the Philippines rolled to a 80-66 win.
Uruguay put up a courageous stand in losing a 57-64 thriller to the Philippines.

It came down to a single game, a title-showdown between the Philippines and the United States for all the marbles.

Samboy Lim and Allan Caidic were phenomenal, Lim shot 23 points, including three triples in a row that tied the count at 60-all. Caidic added 19, but the night belong to Chip Engelland, who was on fire and spewed 43 points, played the entire contest which went into a five-minute extension.
There were seven lead changes and six ties in the first half which ended at 40-all. The Americans were on top, 87-86 with 14 ticks left. Jeff Moore could've wrapped it up in regulation but missed a free throw in the final seconds.
In Overtime, Engelland buried two of his eight triples and the Philippines went on to humble the Americans, 108-100.
US coach, Purdue's Gene Keady, who predicted an easy win for the Americans, blamed the referees from Uruguay and Taiwan for biased officiating, but nobody cared to listen to Keady's bellyaching. The Philippines wouldn't be denied the glory and honor of its second Jones Cup title.

oca
07-17-2011, 10:51 PM
^
This game was aired same day on a delayed basis and ended past midnight.

The above article mentioned Engelland had 8 3ptrs and Samboy 3. IIRC, we had 15 that night and the Americans just 1.

Against bigger teams, the 3ptr was a great equalizer and more.

Bukam-bibig nang marami ang "Defense wins championships!" Well, kung kasing-tangkad mo ang kalaban at kasing-galing, defense will spell the difference. But how do you defend against a much bigger and taller team? You can't. You just have to shoot better to win!

genom222
07-19-2011, 04:00 AM
Nationals rip Spain, 84-82

Rome, August 28, 1960 – The Philippines edged Spain, 84-82, in the Olympic basketball contest following the first full-scale brawl that hit the 1960 Summer games.
It was the first triumph for the Filipino cagers who lost to a taller Polish team, 86-68, in their first outing. Center Kurt Bachmann starred for the Philippine quintet as he dumped in the winning basket with only seconds to go in the regulation play. The Filipinos led at halftime by two markers, 35-33.
It was at the 10th minute of the second half, the score tied at 58-all, when a scramble for the loose ball ended up in a fight with both teams slugging it out on the court. It was not known who started the trouble that saw a Filipino player hitting one Spaniard in the face with a ball after he was slammed by two Spanish players. A wild melee ensued as the filipinos came off the bench to help their teammates.
The Filipinos impressed the Olympic crowd with their swift ballhandling and ability to play speed basketball. Roberto Yburan topscored for the Philippines with 16 points while Carlos Badion and Bachmann tallied 15 apiece. Alfonso Marquez added 12 points.
The Philippines, grouped with Poland, Spain and Uruguay, have to beat the taller Uruguayans in their next game to make the semifinal round.

Philippines nips Puerto Rico, 82-80

Rome, September 2, 1960 – The Philippines edged out Puerto Rico, 82-80, in the consolation round to strengthen its hope for ninth place in the Olympic basketball championship.
Halftime score was 42-41 in favor of the Puerto Ricans. It was a thrilling game which saw the score tied over a dozen times in the second half with both teams alternately taking the lead. And with the score deadlocked at 80-all with 10 seconds remaining in the ballgame, Edgardo Ocampo took a long shot to seal the victory for the Filipinos.
Geronimo Cruz topscored for the Philippines with 24 points. Narciso Bernardo had 16 while Constancio Ortiz canned in 13 points. Ocampo had tallied only six markers. Earlier, the Filipinos automatically won over Bulgaria which withdrew from the basketball games for unknown reasons.
The Philippines should beat Hungary in the next match to be in the winners’ bracket of the consolation round, which it could top by taking ninth place in the overall Olympic basketball standings.




Jsut finished backreading, was 9th place finish the best finish ever for our National team?

MonL
07-19-2011, 06:11 AM
Nationals rip Spain, 84-82

Rome, August 28, 1960 – The Philippines edged Spain, 84-82, in the Olympic basketball contest following the first full-scale brawl that hit the 1960 Summer games.
It was the first triumph for the Filipino cagers who lost to a taller Polish team, 86-68, in their first outing. Center Kurt Bachmann starred for the Philippine quintet as he dumped in the winning basket with only seconds to go in the regulation play. The Filipinos led at halftime by two markers, 35-33.
It was at the 10th minute of the second half, the score tied at 58-all, when a scramble for the loose ball ended up in a fight with both teams slugging it out on the court. It was not known who started the trouble that saw a Filipino player hitting one Spaniard in the face with a ball after he was slammed by two Spanish players. A wild melee ensued as the filipinos came off the bench to help their teammates.
The Filipinos impressed the Olympic crowd with their swift ballhandling and ability to play speed basketball. Roberto Yburan topscored for the Philippines with 16 points while Carlos Badion and Bachmann tallied 15 apiece. Alfonso Marquez added 12 points.
The Philippines, grouped with Poland, Spain and Uruguay, have to beat the taller Uruguayans in their next game to make the semifinal round.

Philippines nips Puerto Rico, 82-80

Rome, September 2, 1960 – The Philippines edged out Puerto Rico, 82-80, in the consolation round to strengthen its hope for ninth place in the Olympic basketball championship.
Halftime score was 42-41 in favor of the Puerto Ricans. It was a thrilling game which saw the score tied over a dozen times in the second half with both teams alternately taking the lead. And with the score deadlocked at 80-all with 10 seconds remaining in the ballgame, Edgardo Ocampo took a long shot to seal the victory for the Filipinos.
Geronimo Cruz topscored for the Philippines with 24 points. Narciso Bernardo had 16 while Constancio Ortiz canned in 13 points. Ocampo had tallied only six markers. Earlier, the Filipinos automatically won over Bulgaria which withdrew from the basketball games for unknown reasons.
The Philippines should beat Hungary in the next match to be in the winners’ bracket of the consolation round, which it could top by taking ninth place in the overall Olympic basketball standings.




Jsut finished backreading, was 9th place finish the best finish ever for our National team?


For the Olympics, we placed fifth in Berlin, 1936. But basketball was played differently then.

Mel
07-19-2011, 09:47 AM
I think the 1936 Berlin Olympic team of Ambrosio Padilla officially finished 5th. They only lost one game though.

genom222
07-19-2011, 12:22 PM
Alright thanks for the info guys, I did read somewhere that we were the first Olympic basketball team to score at least 100 pts in a game.

MonL
07-19-2011, 12:34 PM
I think the 1936 Berlin Olympic team of Ambrosio Padilla officially finished 5th. They only lost one game though.



That loss came from the US in the quarterfinals.Charles Borck was our center then. He was 6'0" tall. The center play was in vogue then thus we were disadvantaged when we played the US who had a 6'8" center.

Through the quirks of the tournament rules then, that loss was enough to send us to the consolation bracket. We got two more wins to salvage 5th.

See the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball_at_the_1936_Summer_Olympics

BedanRoar
07-19-2011, 02:33 PM
I think the 1936 Berlin Olympic team of Ambrosio Padilla officially finished 5th. They only lost one game though.



That loss came from the US in the quarterfinals.Charles Borck was our center then. He was 6'0" tall. The center play was in vogue then thus we were disadvantaged when we played the US who had a 6'8" center.

Through the quirks of the tournament rules then, that loss was enough to send us to the consolation bracket. We got two more wins to salvage 5th.

See the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball_at_the_1936_Summer_Olympics



Strange Scores...Ang Baba! :o

MonL
07-19-2011, 04:47 PM
I think the 1936 Berlin Olympic team of Ambrosio Padilla officially finished 5th. They only lost one game though.



That loss came from the US in the quarterfinals.Charles Borck was our center then. He was 6'0" tall. The center play was in vogue then thus we were disadvantaged when we played the US who had a 6'8" center.

Through the quirks of the tournament rules then, that loss was enough to send us to the consolation bracket. We got two more wins to salvage 5th.

See the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball_at_the_1936_Summer_Olympics



Strange Scores...Ang Baba! :o


There was no shot clock at that time. Plus the "Center Play" was in vogue then. This consisted of having a jump ball at the center court after every field goal made. It was only at the advent of the NBA that the shot clock was adopted after stalling strategies kept the scores low and kept popularity low as well.

LION
07-19-2011, 06:20 PM
^ Akala ko pang 70's NCAA lang ang knowledge ni tito Monl. Pati 1930's pala. International pa. ;D

MonL
07-19-2011, 09:37 PM
^ Akala ko pang 70's NCAA lang ang knowledge ni tito Monl. Pati 1930's pala. International pa. ;D


Love of the game lang yan, pareku. ;D

BedanRoar
07-20-2011, 08:34 AM
http://www.philstar.com/SportsArticle.aspx?articleId=704951&publicationSubCategoryId=69


Islanders: the original 'Azkals'
THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco (The Philippine Star)


Long before the Philippines had a football team the country could rally around, there was a bunch of intrepid young men who were thrown together, then cast into the first of international competitions they weren’t really prepared for. But they acquitted themselves incredibly well in a team sport just discovered by an adoring public, and made a name for themselves and their country internationally.

In 1934, organizers of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games held a meeting to discuss the rules for the new sport to be played as part of Adolph Hitler’s display of Aryan might. Though the rules were vastly different from the game we recognize today, this was basketball in its nascent form, and the Philippines was sending a team.

At the time, there were only two basketball courts in the territory now known as Metro Manila, the more popular one at the Manila YMCA, where a mall now stands. The sport of choice for the affluent was baseball, also introduced in schools by American educators. The less fortunate ran track. Though basketball was originally considered an effeminate sport by Filipinos, it was starting to catch on among young men who played it in the streets. In fact, Olympic team member Jacinto Ciria Cruz, known then as “Jumping Jack”, was so enamored of the sport that even when his father hid all his pants to keep him from leaving the house, he simply pulled down his sleeveless undershirt, and used a safety pin to hold its ends together between his legs so he could play.

A 26-year old lawyer named Ambrosio Padilla, two years retired from the game primarily for lack of competition and the need to pursue his career, was recalled to captain the team. In two interviews with this writer in 1987 and 1988, he recounted the first Philippine Olympic basketball team’s achievements in vivid detail more than 40 years later.

“At first, we really didn’t know each other that well,” admitted the former senator and Philippine Olympic Committee president in those conversations. “We had our differences in background and upbringing, but we were also excited to play in the Olympics.”

The first major hurdle our team faced was getting to the Olympics on time. Remember, there were no commercial flights in the days leading up to World War II. The players spent three weeks onboard a ship just to get to Paris. They endured seasickness, the lack of rice, boredom, loneliness and their primary piece of equipment – a basketball – falling into the ocean. There was still no television and for long stretches, not even radio broadcasts or even newspapers.

“But that was how we got to know one another,” Padilla explained. “There was nothing else to do except talk. And we were all dying to play.”

The ordeal wasn’t over. From Paris, the squad spent one more week crammed into tiny compartments on a train to Berlin. Needless to say, by the time they arrived at the Games, they were ready to run roughshod over anyone standing in their way.



There were many historical touchstones in Berlin. James Naismith, the father of the game of basketball, was there, his signature on the players’ ID badges. Adi Dassler was still hand-making shoes for German athletes in the infancy of his global brand, adidas. And of course, Hitler had hired the best filmmakers in the world to document what he thought would be his greatest triumph, though he would be embarrassed by the four gold medals won in record-breaking fashion by Jesse Owens.

Then something strange happened. In the days when the game was being played on dirt, had no shot clock, and where every basket resulted in a jumpball, this platoon of handsome, mysterious young men from a small archipelago started grabbing attention. German teen-agers swooned and handed them scented love letters begging for clandestine rendezvous. The wealthy were inviting them to parties. People were putting down their newspapers because our boys played a faster game. And they were nudging other events out of sports page headlines. They were christened “The Islanders” from the Philippine Islands. Though scores rarely surpassed the high teens in those days, the Filipinos’ games became events, complete with their own mobs of shrieking blonde or brunette fans who didn’t understand any language the player spoke.

“I think people were surprised by us, by how well we played,” Padilla remembered, recounting the scores of every game The Islanders played. “People wanted to meet us. It was a great experience.”

Sadly, the unblemished record would be tainted by two unfair decisions made on the spot by tournament organizers. First, the US, which did not attend the organizational meeting two years earlier, had twice as many players as allowed, including four over the 6’2” height limit. One of them was a 6’8” All-American named Joe Fortenberry, who was also allowed to play. With the numerous jumpball situations, this provided an unfair advantage for the Americans.

Secondly, the schedule as originally envisioned was too long. Desperate to find a way to shorten the tournament midstream, organizers decided that from that point onwards, each team that suffered a loss would be demoted to the consolation bracket, and would not be able to medal. As luck would have it, The Islanders’ next opponent was the US, whose size was overwhelming. It was a standard practice for to hold onto the ball for as long as possible once they had built any kind of lead.

Despite suffering just that loss, the Philippines was relegated to fifth place and watched as the United States thrashed Canada in a rain-soaked, muddy gold-medal game. Though they still faced the prospect of a month-long return journey home, The Islanders held their heads high. They not only proved they could beat the world at this new game, they also captured the hearts and imaginations of spectators from around the world.

genom222
07-20-2011, 10:24 PM
^very nice piece sir, thanks for sharing! Is this the highest place an Asian country has ever achieved in Olypic basketball?

maroonmartian
07-21-2011, 12:03 AM
http://www.philstar.com/SportsArticle.aspx?articleId=704951&publicationSubCategoryId=69


A 26-year old lawyer named Ambrosio Padilla, two years retired from the game primarily for lack of competition and the need to pursue his career, was recalled to captain the team. In two interviews with this writer in 1987 and 1988, he recounted the first Philippine Olympic basketball team’s achievements in vivid detail more than 40 years later.



Ang alam ko naging Senator pa siya at part ng 1987 Constitution Commision. Yes it was the highest finish by any Asian country at 5th place. Not even PR China (not China Republic) could duplicate this.

Two decades later, another set of legends led by Caloy Loyzaga and Ed Ocampo will lead the Philippines to a 3rd place finish in FIBA World Championship, also a record for an Asian squad.

By the way, do you think OK na na tune-up ng Gilas yung laban sa NBA All-Star? Me lalaban sa mga iyon sa Olympics.

genom222
07-21-2011, 12:33 AM
^Thanks for the info sir! Hopefully we get back our winning ways in the international arena. Regarding SMART Gilas vs NBA All Stars, I think we the fans will be the only ones who will benefit kasi for sure its going to be "fun" game and not really competitive. Showcasing or talents lang siguro yan ala NBA All Star game. I hope I'm wrong though...

maroonmartian
07-21-2011, 08:11 PM
I am just hoping the fans will support the Smart Gilas team. Or the least don't boo them. According to Ricky Olivarez, the crowd in Araneta booed the team during the UAAP-Gilas game where Kobe played for UAAP selection. Bakit naman ganun? National team yan eh. As much as I like to cheer for the NBA Stars, the supporters should show respect to both sides. Walang talo sa game na iyon at walang kaaway. They should reserve it to the opponents of the Philippines.

genom222
07-24-2011, 11:38 PM
I am just hoping the fans will support the Smart Gilas team. Or the least don't boo them. According to Ricky Olivarez, the crowd in Araneta booed the team during the UAAP-Gilas game where Kobe played for UAAP selection. Bakit naman ganun? National team yan eh. As much as I like to cheer for the NBA Stars, the supporters should show respect to both sides. Walang talo sa game na iyon at walang kaaway. They should reserve it to the opponents of the Philippines.


yeah booing your own national team is clearly wrong. I think na excite lang sila sa NBA stars, kahit sino naman e. Pero look at the last 2 minutes of the NBA vs Gilas game, the crowd was cheering defense when the ball was with the NBA guys. in the end alam naman siguro alam nila saan allegiance nila :)

genom222
07-24-2011, 11:40 PM
AND I WAS WRONG! it was a competitive game against the NBA stars! I think this is a good confidence booster for our team, imagine holding a team of NBA stars to less than 100 in an exhibition game? thats something! And Gilas played an inspired game! Great job guys!

sorry mods OT :) on topic: did any incarnation of our national team play against top NBA players of the same era? I heard during the 70's our NT played against a Jerry West led team?

danny
07-25-2011, 02:23 AM
The National Team got booed in our own country, our own territory?

Madami na talagang retarded na basketball fans. PI, mura lang tiket papuntang Amerika. Sige bumili na ng tiket at huwag nang bumalik ng Pinas. Tangnang mga star-struck at jologs na Pilipinong yan... basura! :-\


FCUK YOU!!!

danny
07-25-2011, 03:26 AM
Well, in America, the US National Football Team got booed in L.A.

At least these Mexican-Americans knew that California was part of Mexico prior to the Western Expansion/Purchase. ;D

U.S. soccer team booed in their own country as Mexican fans turn LA into an 'away' game

* Majority of 93,000 fans supported Mexico
* U.S. goalie Tim Howard swears after trophy ceremony in Spanish

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008444/Only-America-U-S-soccer-team-booed-Mexico--California.html


If the U.S. soccer team were hoping for the home advantage during Saturday's Gold Cup final then they were in for a nasty surprise.

Despite being the 'home' side in California's Rose Bowl stadium, the majority of fans - most of them American born of naturalized Mexicans - booed and jeered the U.S. team.

The surprising scenes were followed by angry outbursts from U.S. team goalkeeper Tim Howard, who was visibly shaken after the entire post match ceremony was conducted in Spanish.

Speaking after the game, Howard said: '[tournament organisers] CONCACAF should be ashamed of themselves.
'You can bet your a$$ that if we were in Mexico City, it wouldn't be all in English'

'I think it was a [expletive] disgrace that the entire post match ceremony was in Spanish.

'You can bet your a$$ that if we were in Mexico City, it wouldn't be all in English.

'It never ceases to amaze me all that stuff.'

Tempering his comments, the ex-Manchester United keeper added: 'It was a good crowd today.

'They were up for it, doing the wave, it was what we expected. We know it's going to be like this.'

Speaking to the LA Times, Mexican supporter Victor Sanchez said: 'I love this country, it has given me everything that I have, and I'm proud to be part of it.'

The 37-year-old Monrovia resident reflected the sentiment of most of the 93,000 strong crowd when he added: 'But yet, I didn't have a choice to come here, I was born in Mexico, and that is where my heart will always be.'



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For some retarded Pinoy NBA lovers, born in the Philippines but booed the National Team. Fcuk you!

MonL
08-03-2011, 02:08 PM
AND I WAS WRONG! it was a competitive game against the NBA stars! I think this is a good confidence booster for our team, imagine holding a team of NBA stars to less than 100 in an exhibition game? thats something! And Gilas played an inspired game! Great job guys!

sorry mods OT :) on topic: did any incarnation of our national team play against top NBA players of the same era? I heard during the 70's our NT played against a Jerry West led team?


IIRC the 1973 ABC Champions, prior to going to Puerto Rico for the "MundoBasket" World Championships in 1974, played several tuneup games against visiting foreign teams such as the Brazilian team Palmeiras led by Marcel De Souza, Milton'Carioca' Setrini and future Crispa import Cyrus Mann, the Harlem Globetrotters, the NC State Wolfpack team then led by future ABA/NBA pros David "Skywalker" Thompson and 5'5" Monty Towe, and a Winston-Salem sponsored NBA Selection led by Elgin Baylor and Calvin Murphy.

bydpogi
08-06-2011, 07:02 PM
Jones Cup Update

Phi 73
Iran 59

Douthit scored 24pts and played solid defense on Haddadi
Philippines out rebounded Iran 35 - 27
Blocks Phi 8 (Japeth with 4 blks)

Go Gilas!!! ;)

Toto Battung
08-12-2011, 10:40 AM
Emon74... we can start doing research on games, names of our Philippine national basketball teams. It would be nice to read those up until the Gilas-Smart national teams. 8)

genom222
08-12-2011, 07:36 PM
we won against a dangerous but inexperienced Japan team today 94-78. They were leading by 3 at the start of the 4th 68-65 but we held them to 10pts in the final canto. Japan was also leading by 9 or 10 pts earlier in the 2nd quarter but our experienced showed in the last quarter of the game. Congrats Gilas! It seems like Iran will be our final 4 opponent, I'm sure they will be looking for payback!

Toto Battung
08-13-2011, 12:53 AM
Always nice to get a win against the Japan. Remember Taniguchi, Shigeaki Abe of way back then. Next stop a win against Iran then South Korea.

Emon74
08-25-2011, 02:00 PM
RP Team members that won the country its first Jones Cup title in 1981.

Northern Cement coach by Ron Jacobs

Ricardo Brown
Willie Pearson
Frankie Lim
Jayvee Yango
Eddie Joe Chavez
Bokyo Lauchengco
Ed Cordero
Itoy Esguerra
Dennis Still
Jeff Moore
Steve Schall

Among our victims in a perfect 8-0 mark in the 13-team tournament

France, 60-49
New Zealand, 73-55
Ekman of Sweden, 73-68
University of Canada, 91-58
MidWest Select of the United States, 86-85 OT
Chinese-Taipei, 74-44

oca
08-25-2011, 03:50 PM
RP Team members that won the country its first Jones Cup title in 1981.

Northern Cement coach by Ron Jacobs

Ricardo Brown
Willie Pearson
Frankie Lim
Jayvee Yango
Eddie Joe Chavez
Bokyo Lauchengco
Ed Cordero
Itoy Esguerra
Dennis Still
Jeff Moore
Steve Schall

Among our victims in a perfect 8-0 mark in the 13-team tournament

France, 60-49
New Zealand, 73-55
Ekman of Sweden, 73-68
University of Canada, 91-58
MidWest Select of the United States, 86-85 OT
Chinese-Taipei, 74-44


Kulang yata ang list. From what I recall, this was the tournament we had a bastardized NT.

24 yata ang players ng team na yan, 12 naturalized at 12 homegrown. IIRC, of the homegrown players only Lim and Yango actually saw action in this Jones Cup.

This four in the list- Eddie Joe Chavez, Dennis Still, Jeff Moore and Steve Schall had no single drop of Pinoy blood in them, pero di lang silang apat na banyaga ang nasa NT.

Emon74
08-25-2011, 10:44 PM
RP Team members that won the country its first Jones Cup title in 1981.

Northern Cement coach by Ron Jacobs

Ricardo Brown
Willie Pearson
Frankie Lim
Jayvee Yango
Eddie Joe Chavez
Bokyo Lauchengco
Ed Cordero
Itoy Esguerra
Dennis Still
Jeff Moore
Steve Schall

Among our victims in a perfect 8-0 mark in the 13-team tournament

France, 60-49
New Zealand, 73-55
Ekman of Sweden, 73-68
University of Canada, 91-58
MidWest Select of the United States, 86-85 OT
Chinese-Taipei, 74-44


Kulang yata ang list. From what I recall, this was the tournament we had a bastardized NT.

24 yata ang players ng team na yan, 12 naturalized at 12 homegrown. IIRC, of the homegrown players only Lim and Yango actually saw action in this Jones Cup.

This four in the list- Eddie Joe Chavez, Dennis Still, Jeff Moore and Steve Schall had no single drop of Pinoy blood in them, pero di lang silang apat na banyaga ang nasa NT.



Based on what I saw on Ricardo Brown's facebook account, kulang pala ito given lists, si Steve Schall was a 7-footer na naturalized player natin noon.

Emon74
01-10-2012, 06:18 PM
With the Centennial Team's Win in the Jones Cup...
RP Regains Respect
September 1998

The Philippines, bracketed in Group B, started its campaign with a 78-60 rout of Saudi Arabia. However, the filipinos got the scare of their lives when they needed five extra minutes to put away Japan in their next outing, 90-87. In that contest, the Japanese led by six points with a little over a minute remaining in regulation play. But the Filipinos were determined to pull the game out of the fire and they did just that. Alvin Patrimonio sent the game into overtime with a ten-foot jumper off a pick and roll play with Johnny Abarrientos.
Somehow, that harrowing experience with the Japanese brought the tiger in the Filipinos who came out with their full might against a hapless Thailand squad beating the opposition to a pulp, 84-34. Then came an 83-72 win against Costa Rica, the only non-Asian country in the tournament, to top the Group, 4-0.
In the semifinals, the Filipinos routed Korea's 22-and-under team, 96-77, to set up the championship game against host Taiwan. There was no stopping the Filipinos at that point as they dictated the tempo of the game against the Taiwanese and won with plenty to spare, 82-72.
"It's all about respect," said Patrimonio during an impromptu press conference held at the Hyatt Hotel upon the arrival of the Philippine Team from Taipei. Coach Tim Cone, on the other hand, said that he was proud of the manner the Filipinos conducted themselves on and off the court in Taiwan. "We projected a good image."
Kenneth Duremdes shone brightest for the Filipinos knocking in double figures in all of the six games that he played proving to all that indeed his time has already arrived.

MonL
05-31-2012, 08:13 AM
Former NCC sharpshooter Chip Engelland, who was instrumental in improving Steve Kerr's and Grant Hill's shooting, once more gets special mention in the improvement of Tony Parker's game:

"Parker's toughness grew, and after the Spurs gave him assistant coach Chip Engelland, one of the sport's great shot doctors, his game went from good to great. "

For the rest of the story, see this link:
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--spurs-follow-tony-parker-s-lead--take-2-0-edge-over-thunder-in-west-finals-.html

Emon74
07-30-2013, 02:47 PM
RP five beats MICAA stars
October 25, 1956

The Olympic bound basketball team, displaying well-coordinated play and fine shooting, turned back a stubborn MICAA selection, 88-84, in a top attraction of a three-game exhibition bill at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Carlos Loyzaga, Carlos Badion and Rafael Barreto combined to give the Nationals a 69-52 lead from a 42-40 halftime deficit and their teammates expertly used this to cushion a big MICAA rally before 9,000 fans.
In the earlier games, the NCAA selection defeated the UAAP stars, 83-72, while Tagalog Novice Stars humbled the Eclipse five, 83-79.
Only two nationals, Antonio Genato and Martin Urra did not see action. Genato injured his right arm in practice. The MICAA selection, composed mostly of cagers who failed to make the national team, took a 25-22 lead in the first quarter, Loyzaga carried the brunt of the scoring in the second period as the Nationals moved to within two, 40-42.

Emon74
10-24-2013, 04:35 PM
Dutch Boy Paints wallops RP team
November 6, 1983

Dutch Boy Paints outplayed the Hong Kong-bound Philippine Training team last night, 107-84, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The Painters, a nine-man, all-American team tapped to give the Filipinos the competitive exposure they needed for the coming ABC championship in Hong Kong, taught the locals a pure basketball lesson in the second half as they dished out what could be their best game in the series so far.
RP team coach Ron Jacobs, who was instrumental in winning back the Asian Youth title for the country last year, said that as far as preparation is concerned, everything is on schedule. He expects the team to peak up in Hong Kong. Arrangements have been made to have the two teams play once more tomorrow and Wednesday after which the Filipinos take on the 1973 Philippine ABC champion team on Friday on what is dubbed as "Spirit of 73" against the "Spirit of 83".
The nationals are also scheduled to play Great Taste today at the Araneta Coliseum. For the first time in the series, Alfredo Almario shared scoring honors with Jeff Moore, each with 12 points.

The rest of the nationals:
Engelland - 11
Calma - 10
Still - 10
Valenciano - 9
Hegwood - 8
Nash - 7
Uichico - 2
Gonzalgo - 2
Yturri - 1
Tan - 0

Emon74
02-03-2016, 09:15 AM
20 players of the 1981 RP Training Team in preparation for the SEA games held in Manila that year, with the final 12 to be finalized.

4 - Moore
5 - Pearson
7 - Lauchengco
8 - Still
9 - Yango
11 - Cordero
12 - Schall
13 - Lim
14 - Chavez
15 - Relosa
16 - Esguerra
17 - Collins
18 - Reyes
19 - Brown
22 - Pumaren
23 - Alfarero
24 - Mendoza
25 - Roxas
26 - Rojales
27 - Copada

They played against PBA teams as part of their training, the results of their exhibition games:

92-95 loss to Toyota
77-70 win over U/tex
86-97 loss to Crispa
77-77 deadlock against Presto
111-72 win over St.George
113-77 win over Tefilin
95-62 win over Finance

Emon74
02-03-2016, 09:15 AM
The final 12 for the ABC and SEA games in 1981.

Jose Yango
Frankie Lim
Federico Lauchengco
Angelito Esguerra
Ed Cordero
Ricky Relosa
Elmer Reyes
Frederick Pumaren
Teddy Alfarero
Wilton Roxas
Richard Mendoza

The coach is Filomeno Pumaren and Americans Ron Jacobs and Ben Lindsey are the trainers, the last berth for the dirty dozen is a toss-up between two Filipinos, John Copada and Osmundo Rojales. The players, who were collegiate standouts, were named to the team following the collapse of negotiations between ABC officials and the local officials. The issue left unsolved was the inclusion of three naturalized players to beef up the local squad in the drive to restore the Philippines back to Asian Supremacy.
This crash program was launched by Eduardo Cojuangco last year to revitalize amateur basketball after the local talents joined the professional league. But, as recounted, Cojuangco had to announce that an all-Filipino combination would be used for both the Asian Championships and South East Asian Games.

Emon74
02-05-2016, 02:15 PM
The Philippine National team in the ABC Championships

1971 - William Adornado, Danny Florencio, Robert Jaworski (Skipper), Rosalio Martirez, Lawrence Mumar, Manny Paner, Adriano Papa Jr, Alberto Reynoso, Joaquin Rojas, Marte Samson, Jesse Sullano, Freddie Webb. Coach: Ignacio Ramos

1973 champion team - William Adornado, Francis Arnaiz, Ricardo Cleofas, Ramon Fernandez, Alberto Guidaben, Robert Jaworski, Jaime Mariano (Skipper), Rosalio Martirez, Rogelio Melencio, Manny Paner, David Regullano, Alberto Reynoso. Coach: Valentin Eduque

1975 - Nicanor Bulaong, Eliezer Capacio, Virgilio Cortez, Gregorio Gozum, Fernando de Guzman, Rudolf Hines, Jaime Javier, Roberto dela Rosa (Skipper), Jaime Taguines, Arnie Tuadles, Tito Varela, Paulino Velasco. Coach: Francisco Calilan

1977 - Eliezer Capacio, Bernardo Carpio, Alex Clarino, Ramon Cruz, Anthony Dasalla, Matthew Gaston (Skipper), Joseph Herrera, Jaime Javier, Angelito Ladores, Renato Lobo, Alejandro Manansala, Paulino Velasco. Coach: Honesto Mayoralgo

Emon74
02-05-2016, 02:15 PM
The Philippine National team in the ABC Championships

1960 Champion team - Emilio Achacoso, Kurt Bachmann, Carlos Badion, Narciso Bernardo, Loreto Carbonell, Nicolas Carranceja, Eduardo Lim, Carlos Loyzaga (Skipper), Alfonso Marquez, Edgardo Ocampo, Constancio Ortiz, Leonardo del Pilar, Mariano Tolentino, Roberto Yburan. Coach: Arturo Rius.

1963 Champion team - Engracio Arazas, Narciso Bernardo, Geronimo Cruz, Manuel Jocson, Carlos Loyzaga (Skipper), Alfonso Marquez, Edgardo Ocampo, Eduardo Pacheco, Renato Reyes, Alberto Reynoso, Edgardo Roque, Elias Tolentino. Coach: Felicisimo Fajardo

1965 - Engracio Arazas, Orlando Bauzon, Narciso Bernardo (Skipper), Manuel Jocson, Jaime Mariano, Alfonso Marquez, Roehl Nadurata, Edgardo Ocampo, Renato Reyes, Alberto Reynoso, Joaquin Rojas, Edgardo Roque. Coach: Felicisimo Fajardo

1967 champion team - Orlando Bauzon, Narciso Bernardo, Danny Florencio, Robert Jaworski, Jaime Mariano, Rogelio Melencio, Edgardo Ocampo, Adriano Papa Jr, Renato Reyes, Alberto Reynoso (Skipper), Joaquin Rojas, Edgardo Roque. Coach: Carlos Loyzaga

1969 - Danny Florencio, Felix Flores, Robert Jaworski, Rudolf Kutch, Ramon Lucindo, Jaime Mariano, Rogelio Melencio, Lawrence Mumar, Renato Reyes (Skipper), Joaquin Rojas, Elias Tolentino, Freddie Webb. Coach: Lauro Mumar

Emon74
01-06-2017, 10:01 AM
17th Southeast Asian Games (1993)
Pinoy Cagers defy the odds
By Dick Santos

The Philippines is basketball country. One can't deny that fact. Truth is, in 1991, then Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Cecil Hechanova said it was imperative we won the basketball gold.
"Even if we end up as overall champions of the SEA Games, if we lose in basketball, that would be considered as a major debacle, a national tragedy," said Hechanova.
At the close of the 17th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, the Philippines dropped to third place behind Indonesia and Thailand. But somehow, the pains of the demolition were soothed as the RP cagers succeeded in retaining the basketball title against all odds.
Coach Rogelio "Tembong" Melencio steered the Filipinos to a masterful (and suspenseful) 71-66 win over Thailand in the finals.
Earlier, there were doubts as to the capability of the Filipinos to retain the title as they were beaten by the same Thais, 73-62. Before that, the RP squadhad to go through overtime to beat Indonesia, 77-75, on two free throws by Cris Bade. Regulation play ended at 66-all.
In the finals, it was a tough struggle all the way for Melencio and his boys. Peter Naron and Edward Juinio proved to be the heroes of the game as they hit clutch baskets in the crucial stages of the match.
Admittedly, the RP squad to the SEA Games was the weakest team ever assembled for the biennial meet. Melencio had to scramble to form a team when the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) banned the ten original players who failed to join the RP squad's trip to the 1st ABC 21 and under meet in Hongkong two months ago.
Aside from Naron, Juinio and Bade, other members of the RP squad were Bethune Tanquincen, Angelo David, Henrico Gascon, Gilbert Castillo, Rodney Santos, Michael Orquillas, Ramon Singson and ex-pros Harmon Codinera and Onchie dela Cruz.
Consider this: The Philippines could have sent a team composed of Marlou Aquino, Edward Joseph Feihl, Dennis Espino, Noli Locsin, Rey Evangelista, Patrick Fran, Boybits Victoria and Rudolf Belmonte among others.
But instead of doing so, the BAP stood pat with its decision to ban these players. The triumph in Singapore is a product of hard work on the part of Melencio who had to revise his team thrice.
More than that, the victory was a result of determination to rise above numerous obstacles strewn along the way.
However, the general feeling is that the Philippines was purely lucky in the SEA Games. The BAP can't afford to bank on luck the rest of the way. But, for a moment, it is proper to set aside differences and rejoice for the conquest of the Filipino basketeers in the Singapore SEA Games.