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  1. The Ugly Basketball Mercenary

    How precious is the Filipino citizenship of Juan dela Cruz?

    To many, it?s a badge of honor so sacred that he would even be so willing to die for his country.

    Let no one cheapen or trifle with the word ?Filipino.? It is priceless and not for sale to the highest bidder. You may sell your soul to other countries ? I don?t really care ? but do not do it here and insult the intelligence of nationalistic Filipinos by selling the country country down the river for several pieces of silver.

    It is in this scenario that I say: Good riddance to this ugly basketball mercenary. Sure you had played for the national flag for some time but you, too had been handsomely been paid for your services.
    But now, you have opted out of your national obligations for reasons that no sane hoops follower can fathom.
    Was it all about money? And without a contract? You want more moolah to suit up for the national colors after bankrolling $2.5 million in playing 30 games in five months for a Chinese professional team this past campaign? And because it was not here, you opted out?
    For security reasons? Scared because the FIBA Asia Cup (the precursor of the Asian Basketball Confederation then FIBA Asia Championship) is being held in war-torn Lebanon in the next two weeks (August 8-20)?

    An American, of which you truly are, is scared of setting foot on Lebanon soil? But are you not also a Filipino now by virtue of a ?quickie? naturalization act by Congress that cheapen the value of Filipino citizenship? You acquired Filipino citizenship on a silver platter even BEFORE you had first seen the light of day in the Philippines or eaten balut or adobo; you simply visited the Philippine embassy in New York to secure your naturalization papers there perhaps even believing you were going to be the Savior of Philippine Basketball.

    Some ordinary people who were born and lived here for decades needed some time and effort to obtain naturalized Filipino citizenship, but here is somebody who got one in a jiffy, simply for basketball?

    The Filipinos are a brave race. You only have to look up to our battle-scarred soliders out fighting local and foreign extremists in Marawi City for the past three months.

    And now it?s time that this basketball mercenary to show how Filipino you are, you chickened out. What a blast!

    So close to the 16-nation FIBA Asia Cup then this former NBA journeyman pulled the plug from the national team and left it with an empty bag.

    Sure, Filipino-German Christian Karl Standhardinger is his replacement as the team?s naturalized ?import? but I just wonder why the 6-7, 28-year Munich-born frontliner on the PH contingent, which placed fourth in the club-based 39th William Jones Cup competitions won by Canada last July, has been designated as our ?import? if he owned Filipino blood unless he did not declare any Filipino lineage before his 16th birthday, a FIBA policy to prevent teams from circumventing the one-naturalized-player-per-team rule.

    Basketball mercenaries have mushroomed all over the world because of FIBA?s decision to allow one naturalized player per team (it was two in the distant past). Show me your money and give me some love and I?m willing to play for your country without sacrificing my American (or other) citizenship. This is bastardized basketball at its worst.

    Unlike the aforementioned mercenary on the PH team, I like the attitude of his predecessor Marcus Eugene Douthit who, too, acquired Filipino citizenship through a quickie act of Congress. In the case of this 6-11 native of Syracuse, New York did not abandon ship. The Providen College product, who now plays for the Hanoi Buffaloes in the fledgling Thailand Basketball Super League (TBSL), was relieved by the national basketball federation following a four-year stint due to old age (he?s now 37 years old).

    This brings me to another point. If Douthit officially became a naturalized Filipino citizen on March 11, 2011, why did he have to play as an ?import? for Air21 Express in the professional Philippine Basketball Association league during the 2011-12 season?

    Was there a double standard committed? In the past, some players of Chinese descent who later became naturalized Filipino citizens (Fortunato ?Atoy? Co Jr., for example) also played in Asia?s first pro league but they were considered as ?local? players with no restrictions whatsoever. Is not the sauce for the gander also the sauce for the goose?

    Something is strange. I wonder aloud.
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  2. PBA History: Homegrown Players with 50 points-or-more Games

    Among the most prolific offensive players in the 41-year existence of the local professional league Philippine Basketball Association, only seven ?homegrown? Filipino athletes were able to score 50 points or more in a single game during their distinguished careers.
    All seven players are no longer active in the PBA.

    Five actually broke the 60-point barrier ? ?The Triggerman? Allan Caidic , ?Mr. Excitement? Paul (Bong) Alvarez, William (Bogs) Adornado, Danilo Florencio and Abe King.

    As if scoring a 60 was not mind-boggling enough, two men ? Caidic and Alvarez ? even went over that mark to collect a 70 on separate occasions.

    This is truly a remarkable feat when one considers that their singular individual performances during the PBA?s early years could easily have been the total output of a team in a 48-minute game in today?s era.

    In one shining moment, Caidic chalked up 79 points in a game ? the highest ever by a homegrown Filipino player in league annals ? for Tivoli (Presto) on November 21, 1991. The former University of the East gunslinger also had a 68 for Presto on November 2, 1989.
    Alvarez tallied 71 points for Alaska on April 26, 1990. Adornado knocked in 64 scores for U-Tex on December 23, 1980; Florencio netted 64 points for Seven-Up on November 5, 1977; and King collected 60 points for Toyota on June 21, 1979.

    All the aforementioned efforts happened between 1977 and 1991.

    Of the six 60 points-or-more feats, four came on a winning note ? Caidic (79, Tivoli 162-Ginebra 149), Alvarez (71, Alaska 169-Shell 13, Caidic (68, Presto 175-Alaska 159 OT) and Adornado (64, U-Tex 126-San Miguel Beer 111).

    The two that were recorded in a losing cause: Florencio (64, Seven-Up 121-Toyota 136) and King (60, Toyota 142-Crispa 172).

    Venancio (Benjie) Paras and Fortunato (Atoy) Co Jr. are the two other homegrown Filipino cagers with 50-point games in the past.
    Paras, who has moonlighted as a comedy actor on television and in the big screen since his prime playing years, once made 50 markers with Shell in 1989.

    It was the year that the amiable 6-5 Paras became the first and only player in PBA history to secure Rookie of the year and Most Valuable Player honors in the same season.

    Like Paras, Co only had a single 50-point performance during his outstanding PBA career.

    Monikered ?The Fortune Cookie,? Co, who was famous for his difficult turnaround, fadeaway jumpers, got a 50 with the fabled Crispa Redmanizers franchise in 1979. He, too, gained the MVP plum that year albeit in a controversial fashion.

    Co was way behind Toyota?s Ramon Fernandez in the MVP statistical category but subsequently collected all the media votes ? following a get-together with the sports editors of the top national dailies by the late Crispa team manager Danny Floro ? to walk away with the MVP award.
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  3. PBA History: El Presidente's near Triple-Double Season

    Collecting 50 points in one game may be one of the measurements of offensive wizardry, yet some of the legendary players in Philippine Basketball Association history never reached the plateau during their illustrious careers.

    Strange but true, all-time PBA greats Robert Vincent Salazar (Sonny) Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, all of whom were once recipients of the Most Valuable Player hardware during their heyday, never tallied a 50 at any time.

    Jaworski, a 6-foot-1 guard whose play epitomized the never-say-die spirit that defined the teams he later handled in pro coaching, chalked up his personal high of 34 with the famed Toyota franchise in 1980 at age 34.

    Needles to say, however, the Big J was more known for his rugged and gung-ho defensive skills than his offensive prowess.

    Jaworski, also monikered ?The Living Legend,? helped the Toyota Tamaraws win nine PBA conference championships in nine seasons with the Ricardo Silverio-owned franchise (from the league?s inception in 1975 until the team?s disbandment after the 1983 season). The Baguio City-born son of a Polish-American father Theodore Vincent Jaworski and an Ilocano mother Iluminada Bautista Salazar was voted the PBA MVP during the 1978 season when he posted averages of a career-high 20.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 55 games and Toyota snared two of the three conference championships at stake.

    Jaworski, the first playing coach in PBA history in 1985 with four more championships with the Ginebra San Miguel franchise, last saw action in Asia?s first-ever pro league in March 1997 in a game held in Dumaguete City, making him the oldest player ever to suit up in a PBA game at age 51.

    Jaworski won a Philippine Senate seat during the 1998 elections and served for six years (June 30, 1998-June 30, 2004). He turned 70 last March.

    Fernandez, a gangling 6-foot-5 center, was a teammate of Jaworski during the Toyota era. Fondly called ?El Presidente? for his elegant, silky-smooth offensive skills, Fernandez owned a career high of 48 points with the Tamaraws in 1980.

    The year that Jaworski earned his MVP award, Fernandez actually wound up as Toyota?s season scoring leader with 20.6 points along with 9.7 rebounds in 54 appearances. Like the Big J, he won nine title rings with and a league MVP trophy in 1982 with Toyota. Following Toyota?s disbandment, the Maasin, Southern Leyte native and product of the University of San Carlos hooked up with Beer Hausen in 1984 during which he captured a second MVP hardware with a career-high 27.8 scores, 11.2 boards, 9.9 assists, 1.55 steals and 2.09 shot blocks in 64 outings.

    It was probably the most dominant one-season individual performance in PBA annals with Fernandez, who netted 46 points at one time during the campaign, came just five assists short of a triple-double average. However, he was unable to steer Beer Hausen to any conference championships, winding up with only fourth-, second- and third-place finishes (arranged in order of conferences).

    Fernandez also would romp away with the PBA MVP honor with Tanduay in 1986 and Purefoods/San Miguel Beer in 1988 (getting 47 points with Purefoods in one game, one short of his career high), becoming the only player ever to win four MVP trophies with four different franchises.
    Fernandez, who hung up his jersey in 1994 after a record 19 PBA conference crowns, tried national politics during the 1995 mid-term elections but was soundly beaten in the senatorial polls.

    He subsequently relocated to Cebu City and ventured into various businesses.

    In July 1 this year, Fernandez, who turned 63 last October 3, was named one of the four commissioners of the Philippine Sports Commission under the new administration.

    Like Fernandez, Patrimonio also collected an all-time high of four PBA MVP awards during his entire 17-year tenure (1988-2005) with the Purefoods franchise, accomplishing the feat in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997.

    Known as ?The Captain,? the 6-3 forward chalked up a career-high 47 points with the Purefoods Hotdogs in 1991.

    Since his retirement, Patrimonio, who turns 50 on November 17, has acted as the team manager of the Purefoods franchise under different banners ? B-Meg Derby Ace, San Mig Coffee and now, Star Hotshots.

    It?s truly amazing that Fernandez (first), Patrimonio (third) and Jaworski (ninth) continue to rank among the top 10 on the PBA?s all-time scoring ladder until now even if neither of the three all-time greats registered a 50-point game during their remarkable careers.
  4. PCYAA Basketball: Pace beats Grace, Takes Final Twice-to-beat Incentive at No. 4

    3rd PCYAA News Release 3

    Juniors Division Standings
    1-Philippine Cultural College (6-0), 2-Saint Jude Catholic School (5-1), 3-Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (5-2), 4-Pace Academy (4-3), 5-Grace Christian College (3-4), 6-Uno High School (2-5), 7-Jubilee Christian Academy (1-5) and 8-Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-6)

    Games Schedule at Uno HS gym

    Tuesday February 9
    7 p.m. – Pace Academy (4) vs. Grace Christian College (5)

    Thursday February 11
    7 p.m. – Makati Gospel Church-MGC (3) vs. Uno High School (6)

    Saturday February 13
    10:30 a.m. – Saint Jude Catholic School (2) vs. Jubilee Christian Academy (7)
    12 noon – Philippine Cultural College (1) vs. Saint Peter the Apostle School (


    Pace Academy survived a huge endgame rally by Grace Christian College to register a pulsating 72-70 victory on a right corner triple by Dean Ong with 7.9 seconds left off an assist from Pol Antiporda, and clinch the No.4 spot in the Juniors Division of the 3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions at the Uno High School Gym in Tondo, Manila.

    The Pacers finished the seven-game elimination round with a 4-3 record and will play sixth-seeded GCC again in the quarterfinal playoffs that begin this week armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

    Trailing by 14 points with 5:10 left, Grace Christian scored 15 straight points to take a 70-69 lead on a three-point play by Sebastian Choi with 12.8 ticks left.

    GCC had a golden opportunity to reverse the outcome but Choi’s three-point attempt at the buzzer was blocked.

    Ong topscored for Pace with 19 points, followed by Pol Antiporda’s 16 points, and big man Getson Lim’s nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

    Grace, whose record slipped to 3-4, got 15 points apiece from Choi and John Ing and 11 from the John Patrick Ong.

    In the only other Juniors game Saturday, Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy downed Uno High School, 75-47. MGC, the No. 3 seed with a 5-2 record, bank on the heroics of the league’s No. 1 scorer Carl Ong (17.1 ppg), who collected 16 points and 10 rebounds; and Cedric Ho, who knocked in three triples and 15 points. Kim Tanlo topped Uno HS, 2-5, with nine points.

    The quarterfinal matchups feature host and unbeaten top seed Philippine Cultural College vs. winless and No. 8 seed Saint Peter the Apostle School, defending champion and No. 2 seed Saint Jude Catholic School vs. No. 7 seed Jubilee Christian Academy (a rematch of last year’s finals), No. 3 seed MGC-NLCA vs. No. 6 seed Uno HS, and No. 4 seed Pace Academy vs. No. 5 seed Grace Christian College.

    PCC, SJCS. MGC-NLCA and Pace own a twice-to-beat advantage over their respective opponents.
  5. PCYAA Basketball: Pace Takes Care of Uno

    3rd PCYAA Boys Basketball
    Day 12 Thursday February 4, 2016
    Venue: Uno High School Gym

    GAME RESULTS

    Aspirants Division
    Pace Academy 73 – Uno High School 66

    Juniors Division
    Pace Academy 66 – Uno High School 55

    TEAM STANDINGS

    Aspirants Division – Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (5-0), Jubilee Christian Academy (4-1), Grace Christian College (3-2), Saint Jude Catholic School (3-2), Philippine Cultural College (2-4), Pace Academy (1-4) and Uno High School (0-5)

    Juniors Division – Philippine Cultural College (6-0), Saint Jude Catholic School (5-1), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (4-2), Grace Christian College (3-3), Pace Academy (3-3), Uno High School (2-4), Jubilee Christian Academy (1-5) and Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-6)

    It was a double victory for Pace Academy Thursday night (February 4) in the 3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions at the Uno High School gym as its Aspirants team (aged 13-and-under) and Juniors team defeated Uno High School.

    In the Juniors Division, Pace Academy beat Uno, 66-55 victory over Uno to gain a share of fourth place with Grace Christian College with identical 3-3 records.

    Pace and Grace will duke it out on Saturday (February 6) with the winner taking the No. 4 spot armed with a twice-to-beat advantage over the No. 5 seed (the game’s loser) in the quarterfinal playoffs. Essentially, it a best-of-three series between the two teams.

    Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (4-2) is guaranteed the No. 3 seed regardless of the result of its game against Uno on Saturday (February 6) because it has beaten both Pace and Grace and will prevail in a tie-breaker under the winner-over-the-other rule.

    Host Philippine Cultural College (6-0) and Saint Jude Catholic School (5-1) are assured of the No. 1 and No. 2 positions without regard to the outcome of their final elimination-round contests against winless Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-6) and Jubilee Christian Academy (1-5), respectively, on Sunday (February 7).

    In the Pace-Uno encounter, the Uneans knocked in the game’s first six points and were ahead by a point, 15-14, after the first quarter.

    The Pacers, however, came back to take the half, 36-25, as Tyrone Tan (eight) and Pol Antiporda (seven) combined for 15 markers during the second period.

    Pace entered the fourth canto ahead by five, 45-40, before never-say-die Uno crawled to within two points twice, 53-51 and 55-53, with three minutes remaining.

    Jeff Lugay and Tan each drained a triple as the Pacers grabbed 63-55 edge at the 1:31 mark. Jaden Ng scored four straight points to seal the deal, 65-55, for the Pacers with 29 seconds left.

    Pace got 16 points and three assists from Tan; 13 markers and 11 boards from Ng; 11 points (all in the first half) and 13 rebounds from Antiporda; and seven scores (six of them in the final period),14 boards and three blocks from man-mountain Theodore Getson Lim.

    Uno, whose win-loss record dropped to 2-4, was led by hulking Jesse Ching, who chalked up 20 points and hauled down 19 rebounds. Warren Tan added 12 points, five boards and four steals. Unean guard Jozshua Healy was injured early in the first quarter and did not return.

    In the Aspirants Division for players aged 13 and under, Pace Academy registered its first win in five assignments with a hard-earned 73-66 decision over Uno HS.

    Jashper Fernando played the hero's role as he tallied the young Pacers’ final 10 points.

    Pace held the upperhand most of the way, taking the half, 37-31, However, Uno rallied to grab a four-point advantage, 65-61, with 3:57 left behind the inside snipings of hardworking Matthew Lim.

    Lim, who finished with 27 points and 17 rebounds, fouled out with 2:22 left, allowing Pace to reassert its might once again.
    That's when Fernando, a transferee from Philadelphia High School, went to work.
    He netted 10 points while going 6-for-6 from the foul line, grabbed a pair of rebounds and blocked an enemy missile in the final 2:20. It was Fernando himself who broke a 65-all tie.
    Fernando wound up with 18 points and 10 boards for the Pacers, who were led by Airick Jaden Sy's 23 points.
    In addition to Lim’s contributions, Uno, which is still winless at 0-5, got 20 points and 13 rebounds from Gian Chung and 12 scores, five rebounds and three steals from spunky Jaden Alberto.
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