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  1. PSSBC: Xavier Beats Chiang Kai Shek

    Mammoth Isaac Go had 18 points and 15 rebounds as Xavier School beat Chiang Kai Shek College, 84-63, Thursday afternoon to secure a quarterfinal spot (final eight) in the 2nd PSSBC high school basketball tournament held at the SGS gym in Quezon City. The Golden Stallions, who led by at least 10 points early in the 1st and as many as 25 points, 80-55, in a start to finish romp, will finish 3rd or 4th in Group A depending on the result of the National University-Mapua Tech game later in the day. If the UAAP champion Bulldogs beat the Red Robins, Xavier will be seeded 3rd and pull CKSC into the quarters at No. 4. If Mapua beats NU, the former will be No. 3 and Xavier No. 4 while resulting in CKSC's ouster.
  2. PBA Hall of Fame: 17 Homegrown Player Inductees

    With four inductees from Class 2013 – Venancio (Bejie) Paras, Ronald (Ronnie) Magsanoc, Lim Eng Beng and the late Edgardo (Ed) Ocampo – membership to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Hall of Fame has ballooned to 40 personages.

    Among the members of the elite list are 21 players, including 17 of the homegrown variety.

    In addition to Paras, Magsanoc and Lim Eng Beng, the other local-breed Hall of Fame athletes are William (Bogs) Adornado, Robert (Sonny) Jaworski, Fortunato (Atoy) Co, Jr., Ramon (Mon) Fernandez, Philip Cezar, Francis Arnaiz, Danilo (Danny) Florencio, Manuel (Manny) Paner, Alberto (Abet) Guidaben, Allan Caidic, Avelino (Samboy) Lim, Hector Calma, Alvin Patrimonio, and Alfredo (Freddie) Hubalde.

    Adornado, Co, Arnaiz, Cezar, Fernandez, Jaworski were among the 12 pioneer members of the PBA Hall of Fame in 2005. The six, either from Crispa or Toyota, engaged in one of the fiercest and greatest rivalries in PBA history during the 1970s and 1980s.

    Adornado, Co and Cezar toiled with Crispa while Jaworski, Fernandez and Arnaiz suited up for Toyota, Florencio, Guidaben and Hubalde also wore the Crispa colors at the time.

    Except for Arnaiz, Florencio, Paner, Samboy Lim, Calma, Magsanoc, and Lim Eng Beng, the rest of the homegrown Hall of Famers were recipient of the PBA Most Valuable Player award at least once.

    Fernandez (1982, ’84, ’86 and ’8 and Patrimonio (1991, ’93, ’94 and ’97) own the most number of MVP hardware in PBA annals with four each. Adornado (1975, ’76 and ’81) was a three-time winner while Paras (1989 and ‘99) and Guidaben (1983 and ’87) won it twice.

    Hubalde (1977), Jaworski (197, Co (1979), Cezar (1980), Caidic (1990) were named MVP once.

    The four non-homegrown athletes that have been inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame are Filipino-American Ricardo (Ricky) Brown (2009) and American imports Norman Black (2007), the late Bobby Ray Parks (2009) and Billy Ray Bates (2011).

    Brown, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. The 6-foot guard was a third-round draft choice of the U.S. National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets in 1979, the 59th player taken overall in the pro grab-bag.

    Brown never made the NBA grade. Instead, he toiled in the PBA with Great Taste and San Miguel Beer for eight seasons (1983-90) and registered career averages of 23.1 points and 7.3 assists in 340 games.

    Brown was the PBA’s Rookie of the Year with Great Taste in 1983. Two years later, he earned MVP honors while helping guide Great Taste Coffee Makers to a pair of conference crowns under the mentorship of the legendary Virgilio (Baby) Dalupan, also a Hall of Famer. Overall, “The Quick Brown Fox” won seven championships, including a triple-title feat (grand slam) with the San Miguel Beermen in 1989 under head coach Norman Black.

    To date, the 56-year-old Brown still ranks No. 1 on the league’s all-time career average list in both scoring and assists among the locals.

    Black, Bates and Parks won numerous PBA Best Import awards between 1982 and 1992.

    The 6-5 Black, who played three games with the NBA’s Detroit Pistons in 1980-81, won it twice with San Miguel Beer and Magnolia before turning into pro coaching, where he still holds the Talk ‘N Text bench reins until now. On the side, he also steered Ateneo de Manila University to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) title from 2008 to 2012.

    Bates, a 6-4 former NBA guard with Portland, Washington and the Los Angeles Lakers from 1979-83, was a two-time Best Import winner in 1983 when he won a pair of rings with Crispa. It was also the year that the fabled Redmanizers scored a grand slam (including the All-Filipino diadem) under coach Tomas (Tommy) Manotoc.

    Parks, a 6-5 native of Grand Junction, Tennessee and a product of Memphis State University, collected a record seven Best Import trophies – once with San Miguel Beer and six times with Shell from 1987 to 1992. Parks won three championships, including two with Shell, during the stretch. Overall, he collected four rings with an additional title with Formula Shell in 1998.

    Park was a third-round draft selection of the Atlanta Hawks in 1984 but never made it to the NBA. He died on March 30, 2013 at age 51 after a long battle with lung cancer.
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    The lovable, laughable power cager-turned-actor Venancio (Benjie) Paras has finally gotten his dues, making it to the growing list of members to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Hall of Fame this year.

    The honor was long overdue for the only same-season Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in PBA annals. Making it only until the fifth Hall of Fame class of four personages was hard to accept considering that Paras has long surpassed the required five-year wait, having hung up his jersey in 2003, and his achievements were

    Under the guidelines established for the PBA Hall, only players, coaches, league and club officials, team owners, and media people are eligible for induction.

    A player must be retired for a minimum of five years or must have made his last PBA appearance at least five years before the start of the nomination process to be eligible for consideration.

    A coach must be either retired or must not have been a part of the PBA or a PBA club for a minimum of five years before he can be considered for nomination. Media honorees are on a posthumous basis.

    While the PBA Hall of Fame only inducts new members every two years (in contrast, the U.S. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame comes up with new honorees annually), still it was very strange of the previous members of the Honors Committee to have snubbed Paras through the years.

    Through the four previous Hall of Fame classes, only four MVP awardees from the pre-2008 era (or the PBA’s first 34 seasons) were not voted to the Hall – Kenneth Duremdes (199, Johnny Abarrientos (1996), Vergel Meneses (1995), Renato (Ato) Agustin (1992), and Paras (1989 and 1999). Of the quartet, only Paras earned MVP honors twice.

    Known as the “Tower of Power” for his Hercules-like work around the shaded lane, the 6-5 Paras is the only PBA player ever to win Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in the same season, accomplishing the feat with Shell in 1989.

    He also was selected the league MVP in 1999, a gap of 10 years that is the longest in PBA annals as well.

    During his distinguished 15-year PBA tenure (1989-2003) with Shell and San Miguel Beer, the 45-year-old Paras posted averages of 17.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 586 games.

    He is one of only 13 men in PBA history to collect at least 10,000 points in his career.

    His 17.7-point clip is the fifth highest on the all-time PBA local list, trailing only Ricardo Brown, William (Bogs) Adornado, Ernesto (Estoy) Estrada and Allan Caidic.
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  4. 1st PCYAA Basketball Tournament: ST. JUDE, UNO Clash for Top Juniors Spot

    St. Jude Catholic School and Uno High School picked up their fourth victory in as many assignments Sunday afternoon to arrange a first-round leadership showdown in the Juniors Division of the 1st Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions at the Uno Gym in Manila.

    St. Jude made mincemeat of Grace Christian College, 56-31, and Uno High School blasted Makati Gospel Church New Life, 66-45, to post identical 4-0 records. The two schools duke it out on Wednesday, November 20, for the leadership in the homegrown high school division.

    In another contest last Sunday, St. Peter the Apostle School even its record at 2-2 with a close 76-73 decision over Philippine Cultural College (1-3).

    With its loss to the Judenites, Grace Christian College also fell to 1-3. Makati Gospel Church New Life remains in the cellar of the six-team standings at 0-4.

    In the Developmental Division for boys age 11 and under, Makati Gospel Church New Life zoomed to the No. 1 spot with an easy 62-42 win over erstwhile unbeaten Grace Christian College.

    MGCNL improved to 4-0 and GCC slipped to 3-1. PCC, which beat winless Uno High School (0-4), 58-28, Sunday morning for its first win, and St. Jude Catholic School own identical 1-2 cards.



    San Sebastian College Recoletos (3-1)
    National University (2-1)
    Mapua Institute of Technology (1-2)
    Chiang Kai Shek College (1-2)
    Xavier School (1-2)


    San Beda College (4-0)
    Hope Christian High School (3-1)
    Ateneo de Manila University (3-1)
    De La Salle-Zobel (1-3)
    Jose Rizal University (1-3)
    St. Stephen’s High School (0-4)


    Saturday, November 16, 2013
    SSC-R 59 vs. CKSC 54
    ADMU 88 vs. SSHS 58
    HCHS 78 vs. JRU 63
    NU 82 vs. XS 81 OT

    Sunday, November 17, 2013
    ADMU 72 vs. JRU 71
    CKSC 83 vs. MIT 80
    SSC-R 80 vs. NU 75
    HCHS 80 vs. DLSZ 74
    SBC 91 vs. SSHS 65

    Thursday, November 21, 2013
    XS 83 vs. SSC-R 81 2 OT
    SBC 20 vs. DLSZ 0 (default)
    NU 87 vs. CKSC 80

    Saturday, November 23, 2013
    MIT 79 vs. XS 70
    SBC 88 vs. JRU 73
    DLSZ 81 vs. SSHS 61
    HCHS 58 vs. ADMU 57

    Sunday, November 24, 2013
    SSC-R 69 vs. MIT 68
    JRU 75 vs. SSHS 43
    ADMU 82 vs. DLSZ 78
    SBC 77 vs. HCHS 70
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