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09-23-2013, 01:42 PM
National Seniors
Can Yco retain the crown
May 1978

After one week of overly-light and heavy basketball at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, punctuated by heaven-sent victories and massacres, the 1978 National Seniors basketball championships got through with the 12-team semis to start with the finals featuring the tournament's top six teams.
Surviving the tightly-contested semifinals were defending champion Yco, Yanmar, Solid Mills, Frigidaire, ITM and Romago. Eliminated were San Beda, UP, FEU-Glenmore, JRC-ACB, San Miguel and Sunrice.
Expect to figure prominently in the championship round are Yco, Frigidaire, ITM and darkhorse Yanmar. Yco, playing minus ace gunners Jimmy Manansala and Abe Monzon who have turned pro, still remains the heavy favorite to retain the title all because of its rich lineup. It has acquired the services of Bonifacio de Jesus, the tallest amateur player at 6-8, and strong boy Nilo Cruz from the now-disbanded Manila Bank.
Yco still has national players Joseph Herrera, Ely Capacio, Gregorio Gozum and Nat Castillo, along with Alex Tan, Totoy Gagan, Ben Brillantes, Mando Yango and James Payne. Frigidaire, coach by Nat Canson, has the same lineup that placed fourth in the last MICAA, an addition, in the person of Amadeo Sagarbarria, an ex-Banker, has bolstered Frigidaire's frontline, still with the team are Joel Banal, Federico Lauchengco, Eduardo Merced, Errol David, Roberto Concepcion, Rafael Sison, Leopoldo Herrera, Rolly Pineda, Ramon Cruz, Joey Marquez and Jovenal Francisco.
ITM, with Romulo Mamaril, Cesar Yabut, Ric Mallari, Bien Dela Cruz, Efren Manila, Bebeng Martinez and the return of Wilfredo Tanduyan in the lineup, is enjoying the reputation of a team most likely to give Yco the stiff fight for the crown.
Yanmar, who came out a surprising runner up to Ameer-JM in the last interclub, is led by the burly Ken Bradley, Boy Cantada's team is expect to provide the hustle to the other quintet because of Bradley's dominating presence. Bradley will be supported by Billy Abarrientos, Pepito Malanay, Fred Demetrio, ex-Bankers Dave Hester, Butch Orozco and Rod Manalaysay.

09-29-2013, 03:12 PM
NCAA Opens today
July 1975

The Ateneo Blue Eagles are the hands down choice of experts to perch atop the NCAA diadem, what with Steve Watson, last season's junior 'wonder' whiz, reinforcing the intact Ateneo lineup of last year, the 6"3' Eagle is only a senior in high school, but will play with college boys for lack of opposition from the junior ranks. Former Junior standout Louie Rabat, 5"11' son of ex-Olympian Frankie Rabat, also bears watching, he calls the shots well, delivers baskets with ease, and mans the center slot with facility. With more experience now behind them, skipper Gerry Verzosa, Chito Mistades, Joy Carpio, Manny Estrella and Pons Valdez - the same team that almost ignited coup, but managed only third place because of coach Baby Dalupan's untimely exodus - should deliver the winning tempo. Coach Dalupan will continue servicing the Eagles this season.

The encouraging hunting harvest of the Green Archers last season hasn't seemed to have ended yet. Even without Edward Dizon's heroics under the basket and Lim Eng Beng's outside bull's-eye, De La Salle looks formidable still to block the Eagles' championship quest. William Johnston, 6"2' and Lope Leonio, 6"1', could patch the slot vacated by Dizon, while Dennis Mendoza and Dee Sagarbarria should be able to contain the clutches, with coach Tito Eduque to spur hardcourt men into action - anything could happen.

The Bombers may be a bit crippled with the loss of Cristino Calilan, who is now with Crispa, Melchor Rabadon, and Lito Ladores, JRC officials are optimistic the Bombers will continue its giant killer role - the Bombers still have Jaime Javier, Renan Pablo, Nilo Claro, Marty Tierra and Ed Merced to realize this objective.

The San Sebastian Stags, the champion team in 1973, boast one of the tallest players in the league in Ramon Samson, 6"5', but don't deliver the credentials necessary to make a champion team. Their aces in Dave Supnet and Norbie Rivera will no longer be performing for them, veteran coach Ignacio "Ning" Ramos may be keeping some surprises underneath his sleeves.

The Cardinals of Mapua have aces Ramon Cannu and Adolfo Calaycay, and new sensation Romulo Mamaril, 6"6', the rookie-laden Cardinals still belong to the darkhorse category.

San Beda, with Caloy Loyzaga as mentor, has lost several veterans, including Milo Prado and Chito Bugia, the Red Lions belong to the class of San Sebastian, Letran and Trinity which may pull some upsets.

10-05-2013, 02:59 PM
Red Lions, Red Cubs rule first round
January 1979

Defending champion San Beda College, convincingly proving its supremacy in the NCAA caging, expectedly romped away with the first round pennant of the holiday-interrupted NCAA basketball tournament.
The Red Lions finished with a record of six victories and zero defeats. Letran and La Salle had an identical 4-2 card, but the Knights prevailed to earned runner-up honors by virtue of their resounding victory over the Archers, La Salle settled for third.
Mapua and Jose Rizal College had the same 3-3 record but Mapua edged JRC which it beat earlier, to gain fourth place, Trinity finished with a victory over the winless Stags of San Sebastian.
In Junior competition, the Red Cubs of coach Edmundo Badolato duplicated the record of their senior counterparts, topping six other NC teams. second round hostilities resume on January 6.

10-22-2013, 04:48 PM
YCO Returns to MICAA throne
July 1975

Yco fans not need cry anymore. The team's long search for a cage title has finally ended. Last July 18, at the battle-weary Rizal Coliseum, the Painters did the final coating on the stubborn Golden bankers of Manilabank with a dramatic come-from-behind 72-69 victory.
It was a thrilling, tense-filled contest with all the trimmings of a real championship fight. hysteria among fans was overwhelming. The bankers were brilliantly applauded, there was a distinct drama in the Yco box section.
Yco's passport to the championship fight? A clean slate in the elimination round. It trounced San Miguel, 105-85; Seven-Up, 120-86; U-Tex, 109-76; Florotex, 119-88; Concepcion, 93-82; Delta, 87-83; and Manilabank, 82-80. In the championship round, it toppled Concepcion, 92-72, and San Miguel, 93-68.
It is nice to note that throughout the tournament, Coach Ed Ocampo's charges never played like superstars. Everyone in the team contributed and indeed is lucky to have heroes in its lineup.

Member of the Yco team:

Freddie Webb #14
Mike Bilbao #4
Bert Dela Rosa #6
Jose Laganson
Gregorio Gozum #13
Jose Remonte
Pablo Ocampo
Alejandro Manansala
Ely Capacio #12
Orly Castelo
Eric Ilustre #10

10-26-2013, 01:36 PM
Toyota, Noritake wins
November 29, 1976

Mariwasa-Noritake upsets U-Tex Wranglers, 115-106, while Toyota Silver Tamaraws beat Royal Tru-Orange, 124-112 in the second game, at the start of the All-Philippine championship third conference at the Araneta Coliseum.
Down by 18 points, 84-102, with 8:41 left in the final quarter, Noritake rallied and outscored the Wranglers, 31-4. Import James Cornelious, who scored 31 points, gave Noritake the lead at 106-105. The win was a gift from their new coach, Valentin Eduque, who previously coach Concepcion Quasar in the First Conference.
Eduque was also the coach of Mariwasa in 1972 when they won the MICAA championship. Meanwhile, the PBA announced that all games in the third conference will be played at the Araneta Coliseum, and that the scheduled games in Cebu on December 7 and 8 will not push through.

First Game
Noritake (115) - Cornelious 31, Papa 26, Dacula 12, Robinson 10, Reynoso 9, Alcantara 8, Rodriguez 6, Lucindo 4, Figuracion 4, Ariolla 3, Sullano 0.
U-Tex (106) - Florencio 19, Knight 18, Basilan 15, Cabading 14, Haven 13, Pineda 8, Hines 8, Frank 6, Lim 3, Noblezada 0
Quarterscores: 27-24, 53-53, 76-90, 115-106

Second Game
Toyota (124) - Jones 24, Arnaiz 22, Acuna 20, Fernandez 13, Jaworski 11, Smith 10, Tolentino 8, Segura 7, Bauzon 5, Clarino 4
Royal (112) - Bird 46, Estrada 20, Paner 17, Miego 8, Martirez 6, Rivera 5, Baguio 4, Regullano 4, Edmonds 2, Velasco 0, Cuevas 0
Quarterscores: 36-24, 64-51, 91-80, 124-112

11-06-2013, 05:40 PM
MICAA title showdown
A real solid victory

YCO had taken the first game of the best-of-three playoff for the 1978 MICAA title by a hairline, 80-79, but Solid Mills got up from the floor in the second game to win also by a thin margin, 84-83.
So now the series stood all square holding a win apiece and needing only a win in the sudden death finish to resolve once and for all which is the best ballclub in the country's premier amateur basketball circuit.
In the first half, the Painters bounced back from 11 points down in the first nine minutes of the tense match, grabbed the lead at 30-29, and went on from there to lead by eight on a string of nine points by Jimmy Manansala. Solid Mills close the gap at four points, 45-41, at the half.
Two hits by Renato Lobo and Ray Obias tied the count at 45-all, at the start of the second half, after YCO's Payne came thorugh with his two hits from near quartercourt, Benjamin Chua ran loose with Marte Saldana and Anthony Dasalla to shove Solidenims out front by eight, 61-53, time down to 11:22, Solid pad the lead to 13 with 4:30 left, and eventually won, 89-81, to capture the title which eluded them last year when it lost the playoffs to Crown Motors, which hobbled in fourth place in this year's tournament under its new name, Frigidaires. The Frigidaires lost to San Miguel in the playoff for third place.
An ecstatic Solid coach Arturo Valenzona credited the way his boys fought for the rebounds in the second halfand their effective drive-in plays for the victory. YCO coach Ed Ocampo, a former Painter, could only say "my boys gave their best but we bungled it in a way, I had talented players but Solid Mills had solid ones."

01-16-2014, 08:31 PM
UAAP '78: Where Eagles dare

Defending champion Adamson University, FEU, UST, UE, UP, NU, and yes, Ateneo de Manila University, Seven teams all over the UAAP cage hostilities, paraded before a huge crowd at the Loyola Center last Sunday, July 16, with newcomer Ateneo getting the wildest cheers.
Leading them were their respective team captains and muses: Ateneo, Bambi Kabigting and Myra Anson; FEU, Florante Dela Cruz and Frances De Leon; UST, Edmund Yee and Aloha Carag; UE, Ronald Golding and Leona Macatangay; Adamson, Lito Dandan and Nanette Bundalian; UP, Joey Bernabe and Racky Lagman; NU, George Ligaya and Antoinette Salvador.
Exhibition numbers billed as Linang-kasan '78 delighted the opening day spectators. This was participated in by the seven schools. Letty Paguia, UAAP President, formally declared the tournament open, while Domingo Jhocson tossed the ceremonial first ball, NU's George Ligaya led the oath of sportsmanship.
Opening day winners were the UP belles over FEU, 72-54; Adamson over Ateneo, 103-91; FEU and UE over NU and UP, 119-76 and 95-85.

02-01-2014, 12:39 PM
FEU misses out in two title tries

1975 is a heartbreaking year in basketball for Far Eastern University. The Baby Tamaraws, after forcing the Baby Falcons to a rubber match, succumbed to the spirited play of coach Moises Urbiztondo's boys, with star-support, the diminutive Edgardo de Jesus. The Baby Falcons plastered the Morayta squad, 85-81, to bag this year's UAAP junior crown.
In the senior championship fight, UE, with Tito Varela providing the hustle and power and Emer Legaspi humbling the number of guards thrown to him, beat FEU, 85-80, to retain the title it won from the same team last year. Had FEU made it, the victories could have been fashioned ala-Ateneo.
Emer Legaspi, the same Warrior the Tamaraws limited to 11 in their clash a week before the championship fight, finished with 31. FEU's Anastacio Deles and Pablo Javier, failed miserably in containing the UE hotshot who got all the screens he needed from Varela and Benjie Chua. Varela showed his national teammate Nicanor Bulaong what power in basketball could be, FEU's duo of Bulaong and Anthony Dasalla proved no match to UE's head-shaven hero.

02-11-2014, 06:23 PM
SBC is '78 NCAA champion!
Alex Marquez is MVP

San Beda College lived up to its image as NCAA's newest cage titan when it subdued La Salle in a dramatic, tense-filled finale, 108-103, before some 10,000 fans at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum to clinch the much sought NCAA cage title.
Starring the gangling JB Yango and the slow moving Chito Loyzaga, the Bedans' 1-2 punch got strong support from the spitfire twins Joel and Noel Guzman to lead and take control of the entire contest. SBC coach Bonnie Carbonell: "Determination did it, clear, inspired game all the way." La Salle rookie coach Joaquin Trillo: "They really have the edge, they deserve to win, besides we could not get the breaks in the second half."
The champions: Joel Guzman, Ric Dabu, Louie Brill, Chuck Barreiro, Noel Guzman, Gabby Lim, Jiggs Bregendahl, Elmer Reyes, Frankie Lim, Chito Loyzaga, Ber Martin, Rollie Evangelista, Manolet Manosa, Cholo Martin and JB Yango.
Alex Marquez, the La Salle spitfire, bagged the Most Valuable Player award for the second time. He received his first in 1975 as Knight of Letran. Zaldy Latoza of Trinity was declared Junior MVP.
SBC finished the first round with a clean record of six victories, In the second round, it didn't proved too lucky as it bowed to the Letran Knights in its 12th and last game, 94-97, to grope in what could have been an NCAA historical feat of winning the crown via a sweep.
Earlier in the second round, it had clobbered San Sebastian, 89-73, Trinity, 97-90, Jose Rizal, 101-90, Mapua, 93-81, and La Salle, 88-87. In the fight for the second round pennant, it toppled Letran first, 96-83, before banging La Salle for the clincher.
This year's crown was San Beda's eleventh in 54 years. It became champion in 1927, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1959 and 1977.

04-27-2014, 10:07 PM
Masagana 99 joins Frigidaire
May 1979

Masagana 99, starring the duo of Joey Ocampo and Anching Aban, surprised heavily-favorite Frigidaire, 112-105, in a thrilling action that rocked the National Seniors at the Rizal Memorial the other day.
Coach Nic Jorge's charges, relying on a spontaneous offense and a paralyzing defense which virtually crippled Frigidaire's key men, Bokyo Lauchengco, Pol Herrera and Joel Banal, created a wild impact as they converted their first five field goals in succession to jolt the star-laden team of coach Nat Canson.
Romy Matias, the 6-2 Masagana forward, sparringly used in the past, got away with 17 points, while the peppery Ben Obrique contributed 10 to add lustre to Ocampo and Aban's scintillating performance as the team's top scorers with 23 points each.
It was the lefty Ocampo however, who only last MICAA played an important role for A&W Records, who wreaked havoc on the opposition by not only top-scoring for Masagana but also by leading his team in assists and overall defense.

Ten Teams enter semis

After more than a month of gruelling elimination games in the ongoing National Seniors, 10 teams, led by Yco, have advance into the semifinals. The ten teams are Yco, Builders Choice, Frigidaire, Masagana 99, Yanmar, Imperial Textile Mills, Solidenims, Kamayan, San Miguel and Letran.
These ten teams are bracketed into two groups, the top three of which will move to the finals. Expect to figure prominently in the championship are Yco, Frigidaire, Solidenims and darkhorse Yanmar, which enjoys the services of three burly Americans.

10-15-2014, 10:19 AM
Showdown: Back to Toyota-Crispa
June 1979

It was defending champion Toyota which first got a foot in the door leading to the finals of this year's All-Filipino. Opening with a hard-earned 99-88 victory over Filmanbank, it's title-playoff opponent in last year's All-Filipino, the powerhouse Tamaraws were again forced to go flat-out in their next game in the double-round semifinals before pulling out an uneasy five-point 109-104 win over the Tanduay Esquires.
Then it was the time for their first encounter in the semis and their third against arch rivals Crispa Redmanizers. Staged before the third sellout PBA turnout of the season, the match was typically Toyota-Crispa a great part of the way as the Tamaraws raced off to a 12-point lead, lost steam and then the edge in the third quarter which saw the Redmanizers lead by as much as 11 points, but then came back with all barrels blazing in the fiery fourth quarter to pull off a 120-111 victory. The win was Toyota's third straight in the round of four and it gave the Tams at least a tie for a berth in the title playoffs.
Three days later on June 19, the Tamaraws repeated over Filmanbank in the semis, 131-114, to earned a second straight crack at the title, earlier on the same day, Crispa moved to within a win of joining Toyota in the finals when it got over a shaky third quarter to win over Tanduay Esquires, 100-87.

01-13-2015, 12:19 PM
Interclub '79
Masagana 99, title-favorite

There was no grandiose or impressive trimmings. The air, humid though inside the Rizal Memorial Coliseum was cool and simple. It was the opening of the 1979 edition of Interclub.
Except for the PMI band which played tunes no end, the opening was drab, and surprisingly, as lullaby. Eight teams paraded before a thin crowd. These were Bax Jeans, Cosmos, Goodyear, Masagana 99, National Press Club, Philippine Maritime Institute, PSSLU Federation and Summa Kumagai.
Bureau of Plant Industry and NFAC Director Domingo Panganiban, who delivered a meaningful speech as opening rites' most special guest, also declared the tournament open.
Masagana 99, the tourney's top favorites to clinch the title, has signified its intentions of awarding a sack of rice to any paying spectator every Masagana 99 game. Coach by Nic Jorge, 1978 national mentor, the Masagana 99 dribblers are: skipper Santi Rodriguez, Ben Obrique, Romy Matias, Raul Evangelista, Roy De Guzman, Bote Bautista, Joey Ocampo, Ric Roces, Anching Aban, Ed del Mundo, Boy Aquino, Rudy Cayabyab, Ernie Gacayan, Gil Cichoso and Gary Vargas, a strong contender in the RP youth team that will participate in a youth invitational in Brazil this coming August.

10-05-2015, 01:00 PM
Summa Kumagai is 1979 Interclub invitational champion
By Pyke F. Jocson
December 1979

It took the unheralded pair of Eduardo Salvador and Romeo Martin and the silent effectivity of former San Beda Red Lion court-general Cholo Martin to lift the pressure off the Summa Kumagai dribblers when Walk Tall threatened on its way to clinching the 1979 Interclub invitational basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum last Sunday, December 9.
Salvador, the 5-10 star guard-forward of Adamson University in the UAAP shot 29 points to topscore for his team, while the burly Romeo Martin contributed 14 points. Gary Vargas, Summa's top forward, who was later named as the league Most Valuable Player, managed to squeeze in 16 points, mostly on towering lay-ups.
Summa Kumagai's first round record shows it toppled Masagana 99, 115-114; PSSLU, 131-104; Tads Jeans, 113-102; and PMI, 107-93; losing only to Walk Tall, 116-104. In the second round, Summa made a sweep, it clobbered Tads Jeans, 106-99; Masagana 99, 112-86; Walk Tall, 104-101, and PSSLU, 131-115.
In the best of three series against Walk Tall, Summa got the first game, 125-113, and yielded to the Jeansmakers in the second, 109-120, before clinching the third for the crown, 111-102.
The champions: skipper Joel Guzman, Gary Vargas, Joselito Dangoy, Donald Hickerson, Felix Armando Maimban, Frederick Adams, Sergio Geneblaza, Danilo Manalastas, Noel Guzman, Alberto Manuel, Eduardo Salvador, Romeo Martin, Maximiano Capulong, Rodolfo Garcia, Ramon Martin, Antonio Canono, Carlson Samlani and Ramon Araneta, Jr.
Winning coach Arturo Valenzona, national youth coach and one of the most respected and titled coach in amateur caging, was ably backed up by assistant coach and trainer Chee Poblete.

10-28-2015, 07:55 AM
Interclub III (1976)
Colorful inaugurals on the boob tube

There was a pervading festive air at the newly-coated Rizal Memorial Coliseum in the early afternoon of October 30, a Saturday.
Basketball enthusiasts had flocked the coliseum entrance as early as noon, thrilled and excited as early comers would be. 'Twas the opening of the much-anticipated Interclub basketball league.
12 teams are participating in this third edition of the Interclub. A&W Records, Cosmos, DM Nazareno, Dansei, Gaerlan, Grandtex, Mohawk, PMI, Sunrice, UTM, Volkswagen and Yanmar.
The Interclub, which got started last year, has contributed a lot in developing athletes for the national team. The exodus of the cream of local basketball, which snobbed amateur caging in favor of the PBA, has left a dent in the Philippines' bid for the Asian basketball crown. The Interclub hopes to have its share in chipping in talents for a more competitive lineup for the national team.
Several players, serving as finalists to this year's RP youth team, have skipped the tournament, with all the blessings of their respective teams. Among them are Anthony Dasalla and Renato Lobo of UTM, Alex Clarino of Sunrice, Roberto Poblete of Dansei, Nathaniel Castillo of A&W Records.
Representing the clubs in the presidential box during the televised inaugurals (GTV-4) were Boy Cantada, Sonny Santos, Butch Fernandez, Allan Villar, Mar Tanglao, Willie Tan and others. Lito Puyat, the BAP president and International Basketball Federation head, who was supposed to be the opening rites' guest of honor, failed to make it because he was sick.
A&W Records, under the name Villar, was the first Interclub champion. It wound up second to Solidmills (now UTM) in the last meet. Talon Zipper, Mark IV, Far East Bank-Bancom and Alcar are not joining this season's tourney.

12-25-2015, 09:41 PM
Yco's Taipei trip
By Pyke Jocson

The Taipei trip the Yco Painters had, June 14-30, was a "sort of prize for retaining the National Seniors title." The trip became doubly significant because the team became the country's official representative to the William Jones Cup, a prestigious cage meet participated in by nine squads.
Despite the height and bulk the Painters faced in the opposition, it managed to squeeze in two victories, against the City Bank of Taipei (62-59) and the Bahrain national quintet (83-72). Yco bowed to the Flying Camels, 83-76: Milton Keynes, 102-77: the Korean national team, 81-71: Whittier College, 74-65: Brewster, 102-84: and Yue Loong, 104-75.
The Yco Painters who saw action in the tournament were Alex Tan, William Johnston, Bonifacio de Jesus, James Payne, Eliezer Capacio, Gregorio Gozum, Alberto Gagan, Armando Yango, Joseph Herrera, Nathaniel Castillo, Romulo Gille and Alejandro Manansala. Officials in the trip were Jesus Bilbao, delegation head; Rafael Gallaga, assistant team manager; Edgardo Ocampo, coach; and Orlando Castelo, assistant coach.
James Payne, the American in the Yco lineup, made it to the tournament's mythical selection. The participating teams in order of finish: Brewster, Korean national team, Whittier College, City Bank of Taipei, Milton Keynes, Flying Camels, Yue Loong, Yco and Bahrain national quintet.

01-24-2016, 04:10 PM
1972 MICAA Finals
Best-of-three title series results:

May 16: Mariwasa 86 Crispa 74
May 18: Mariwasa 84 Crispa 80

Mariwasa-AKAI Recorders, playing the role of underdogs against the favorites, Crispa-Floro Redmanizers, ran off with the 1972 MICAA basketball championship in a hard-fought contest with some 8,000 spectators in the second game of their championship series at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
It was the Recorders third championship in five years and the fourth for their coach Valentin "Tito" Eduque. The Redmanizers had earlier led by 11 points at halftime. Their lineup was complete for the suspension of their five members for hounding a heckler ended after their 84-83 triumph over the AKAIs last May 13. The suspended Crispans who were back for the title playoff were Adriano Papa, Jr. , Rudolph Kutch, Rudy Soriano, Rey Alcantara and Rey Franco. It was their return that made the Redmanizers the favorites.
AKAI's 6-6 Cisco Oliver knocked in 20 of his 25 markers in the second half but it was Ramon Lucindo who pulled the Recorders out of the stalemate to give his team an 82-78 lead, from a 78-all deadlock with two minutes and five seconds remaining.

Mariwasa (84) - Oliver 25, Bernardo 12, Bauzon 12, Robinson 10, Sullano 9, Bilbao 4, Roque 4, Lucindo 4, Adolfo 4, Figuracion 0, Gregorio 0.

Crispa (80) - Adornado 17, Cowart 16, Soriano 10, Papa 10, Abarrientos 8, Florencio 7, Pecache 6, Scranton 3, de Leon 3, de la Paz 0.

10-11-2016, 08:04 PM
ROMAGO is 1977 BIBLE Champion
By Pyke Jocson

Romago, the much ballyhooed amateur basketball team in the country today, is proving true its reputation of "team to watch" in amateur caging.
With only the lesser acclaimed Metro Manila Group B championship title to back it up, it has suddenly become a focal point, the star of games played at the Xavier gym.
Romago is 1977 BIBLE champion! Yes, after a few months of serious caging. It toppled defending champion Sunrice, 69-63, in a titular clash marred by near riot which saw the Ricemillers empty their bench to walk out of the grand finals with still 13 minutes and 13 seconds left in the ballgame.
With each team refusing to yield to each other and pressure mounting with unnecessary trippings and other sportsmanlike gestures, Sunrice coach Jun Celis charged into referee Romy Guevarra "for biased officiating".
The champions: Jose Aldanese, Marcelino Alvaran, George Cezar, Benjamin Cleofas, Oliveros Dalman, Peter Garcia, Boysie Henares, Hector Hipolito, Cecilio Marcelino, Melchor Ravanes, Urcisio Rizane, Oscar Santiago, Don Scaife, Rudy Vinoya, Antonio Torrente and Arnulfo Tuadles.
Romago swept Division I with a clean slate, beating five other teams in the first and second rounds. Toppled were Sunrice, Cosmos, FPJ, Lorenzo and Mactan. Division 2 title was won by Ormoc. The teams of the division in their order of finish: Ogamor, Panpisco, Swingers, Sanyo and New Que Pe.
Versatile Don Scaife topscored for Romago with 22, followed by ABC veteran Tuadles. Sonny Co was the high pointman for the losers with 20. Halftime score was 52-43 in favor of the winner.
Romago hopes to make the MICAA next year.

11-18-2016, 07:10 AM
FICFAA Cage Finale
Sunrice dethrones Lorenzo
June 1979

Riding high on Mon San Juan's mastery of the fastbreak, Sunrice survived a desperate rally by the defending champion Lorenzo Shipping, to win the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Athletic Association basketball tournament title,
94-89, at the Dumlao gymnasium last June 20.
The champions of coach Engracio "Boy" Arazas: Roberto Cabas, Timoteo Coloso, Eduardo Ducut, Angelito Esguerra, Nelson Espinosa, Conrado Fernandez, Marcelino Flores, Chris McGarry, Ike Noble, Antonio Pujante, Ramon San Juan, Oscar Santiago, Herminio Sarmiento, Rodrigo Manalaysay and Delfin Canares.
Lorenzo's high-scoring Kenneth Yap, who finished with a team high 20, was shackled by the youthful and stocky Tim Coloso to somewhat put a drama on what is expected to happen in the coming NCAA, Lorenzo Shipping being carried by the La Salle team, and Sunrice bannered by Letran standouts.
Presidential Finance adviser Cesar Dumlao, assisted by MYSD Deputy Minister Elpidio Dorotheo and Son Chiang-Chung, first secretary of People's Republic of China embassy, awarded the championship trophy.

12-01-2016, 08:19 AM
A&W Records halts Frigidaire anew; Solidenims gets even with Yco
By Pyke Jocson

It was a repeat story for Frigidaire, leading practically all the way only to yield in the dying seconds, to the same team, A&W Records.
The Recorders of coach Nemie Villegas clobbered the Icemakers of Nat Canson twice in the same fashion, first, via two-point margin in the first round, 113-111, and this recent one, a squeaker, 104-103.
The two games also produced a hero in rookie Joselito Ocampo twice. In the first encounter, Ocampo gave A&W the lead through a pair of charities, aside from hauling down the winning rebound. In the two teams' next meeting, Ocampo again delivered the marginal shot with a side jumper with four ticks remaining in the game.
"We did it again" stated team manager Allan Villar, "Im so happy, I saw how my boys worked hard for that victory." In the other game, the Solidenims of coach Arturo Valenzona avenged their first game loss to Yco, 89-90, by outplaying Freddie Webb's charges, 102-93.
Starring the sweetshooting Arturo Cristobal and the powerful duo of Yoyoy Villamin and Rey Lazaro, the Solidenims sizzled with precise set plays to outdo the star-studded Yco quintet.

09-10-2017, 07:24 AM
A-B-C of D-E-F-ense, SMC-style
February 3-10, 1978

When San Miguel lost to Romago, 84-78, in the opening game of the MICAA, there was not a shade of shock nor a tinge of surprise established among the spectators and followers of the series. A bunch of second stringers and rookies, what did one expect.
But when San Miguel clobbered cage titans Yco, 100-94, and Crispa, 75-73, talks ran wild, eyes were quizzed and eyebrows were raised. "Defense is the name of our game. We toppled Yco because we managed to come out with an effective press which caused them several of their much-vaunted set. We beat Crispa because our double-teaming work. Defense obviously did it for us." Coach Nic Jorge said in one of those rigid drills the team undegoes regularly at the YMCA gym.
The '78 MICAA Braves: Skipper Bobby Santiago, Marty Tierra, Mini Perete, Cesar Bauto, Moi Cunanan, Jess Migalbin, Ben Ocariza, Mon Dizon, Danny Salvador, Manny Liwag, Boy Valencia, Rex de Asis, Boy Garferio and Boy Bayona.

01-18-2018, 08:26 AM
June 6, 1976

In PBA matches held in Manila, Tanduay upset Quasar, 141-126, with a record 50-point spree in the fourth quarter while Noritake squared its record to 7-7 with a 130-125 overtime victory over 7-Up.
It was the 13th straight loss for the Uncolas, who dropped into the cellar with a 1-13 mark.

First game
Tanduay (141) - R.Cleofas 36, Gutierrez 24 Canent 22, Salazar 18, Samson 16, Ijares 13, B.Cleofas 6, Moreno 6, Delos Santos 2, Supnet 0, Bacon 0.
Quasar (126) - Cabading 33, Mora 21, Mariano 16, Dionisio 12, Lim EB 12, Camus 11, Salonga 10, Abarrientos 9, Deles 2, Henares 0.
Quarterscores: 25-36, 64-66, 91-103, 141-126

Second game
Noritake (130) - Reynoso 21, Nery 20, Filipinas 18, Sullano 17, Rodriguez 16, Alcantara 12, Figuracion 8, Arriola 6, Tierra 6, Adolfo 4, Pablo 2.
7-Up (125) - Chua 32, Morales 16, Rodriguez 15, Mumar 13, Enriquez 12, Reynoso 10, Marcelino 9, De leon 7, Sta.Maria 5, Palijo 4, Malanay 2.
Quarterscores: 27-34, 61-61, 95-78, 114-114, 130-125

08-27-2019, 01:01 PM
Big Billy Robinson tops all PBA players in three departments
April 1976

Mariwasa-Noritake's Porcelain Makers may not be among the leaders in the currently All-Filipino Conference of the PBA but its non-Filipino source of strength, the versatile Billy Robinson leads in three departments after some three playing weeks of PBA play.
According to the statistics compiled, the colored American who is married to a Cebuana, has chalked up an aggregate of 163 points in four games for an average of 40.75 points per game. Running a far second to Robinson is Danny Florencio, the acrobatic No.8 forward of U-Tex Wranglers who sizzled with 136 points in 4 games for a 34 point average.
Ironically, Israel Cisco Oliver, who first played for Mariwasa-Noritake but now dons the Concepcion Quasar TV Makers uniform and who is bruited about as Robinson's keenest rival for PBA honors was a poor third in scoring 32.67 points per game. Rounding up the top five scorers of the PBA were Toyota's sweet-shooting guard Francis Arnaiz with 115 points in four games for a 28.75 average and Loreto Tolentino of the N-Rich Coffee Creamers who tallied 86 points in three games played for a 28.67 average.
Crispa's two-time All-Filipino Sports Awardee William Adornado failed to make the cut off number of five with only 109 points scored in 4 games played or a 27.25 average.

Rebounds (a total of 4 games):

Robinson (21.25 rpg), Fernandez (15.75 rpg), Oliver (15.00 rpg), Ritualo (14.75 rpg), Guidaben (14.25 rpg) and Paner (13.25 rpg).