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  1. NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE FOR CENTURY BALLER MACOY

    Four 100-point performances by a homegrown athlete in Philippine basketball history surprisingly have yet to be authenticated or documented by Wikipedia in its worldwide “List of basketball players who have scored 100 points in a single game.”

    Significantly, three of those performances were registered in a high-profile collegiate league in Cebu City. Moreover, two of them were accomplished by one player by the name of Julian A. Macoy, whom I met and engaged in a conversation in a recent trip to Sugbu.

    Macoy knocked in 101 points as a freshman with the Colegio de San Carlos (now known as the University of San Carlos) in a 1957 game against Cebu Normal School in the Cebu Collegiate Athletic Association (the precursor of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc.).

    One year later, Macoy torched the Cebu trade School for 126 markers in just 28 minutes of a CCAA contest, making him the only homegrown Filipino ever to record a pair of 100-point performances in PH basketball annals.

    A big-sized plaque with a replica of Macoy’s No. 6 Warriors jersey hangs along the corridors of the University of San Carlos gymnasium.
    Macoy was a teammate of the late national team player Rogelio (Tembong) Melencio with the Yutivo Opels in the old semi-professional league, Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA), after his school years.

    Macoy later found employment in the United States and stayed there for 11 years before returning to Cebu in 2005 to become the CESAFI deputy commissioner. He quit the post in 2012 to take the head coaching job with the USC Warriors in the CESAFI basketball competitions.

    Macoy was replaced by former pro Junthy Valenzuela as USC bench boss this past CESAFI season but remains a Warriors consultant until now.

    The only other Cebuano to surpass the 100-point barrier is Felix Duhig of Cebu Institute of Technology.

    Duhig tallied 112 points in a CCAA game against the Cebu School of Arts and Trades (now known as the Cebu Technological University) in 1990.
    In that contest, Duhig also registered 30 three-pointers for the all-time single-game record in PH collegiate history.

    Duhig subsequently saw action with Crispa in the now-defunct Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and was selected by Alaska in the second round of the 1993 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) draft.

    Despite his offensive prowess, Duhig failed to make it to Asia’s first professional circuit.

    The fourth 100-point Filipino marksman is Cesar A. Dumlao, a government official during the martial law regime of authoritarian ruler Ferdinand E. Marcos.

    The diminutive Dumlao undoubtedly owned an excellent shooting touch (meaning: he can put the rock into the hoops consistently with his set shot). However, most hoop fans took lightly the government league that he played in between the 1970s and early 1980s.

    How can anyone take Dumlao’s feats seriously when the opposition often left him unguarded (out of respect for the position he held in the government) during the games and the league even had a novel four-point rule?

    With a four-point rule that was – and still is – not endorsed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the games in the Government Commercial Athletic Association (GCAA) could hardly be deemed “official” in nature.

    For whatever its worth, the then-50 years old-or-more Dumlao once scored 148 points for the National Irrigation Authority in the GCAA, an inter-government department competition that also featured teams from the National Grains Association, Masagana 99 and Maisagana 77.

    Still, let us give Dumlao some credit. Outside of him, I have yet to encounter another 50-year-old local who could light up the scoreboard for that many points.

    Hoisting the rock a hundred times in a 40-minute game – official or unofficial – is already hard enough and real tiresome. And to make them with a 50 percent accuracy is simply phenomenal.

    My five cents’ advice, though: Don’t try it even at your own gym. It could be hazardous to your health.
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  2. PCCL Owes An Explanation

    So there I was on a lazy Sunday afternoon watching the PCCL game between the Lasalle Green Archers and the Jose Rizal Bombers.

    I wanted to watch it for the simple reason that I wanted to see if Lasalle would be able to muster the roster that made the UAAP Final 4 this season.

    That's when I saw them.

    Ben Mbala, the highly touted 6'5" import out of Cebu, was doing the warm-up drills, along with 5'11" Joshua Torralba, formerly with the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals, the controversial 6'5" Daryl Pascual, formerly of San Beda, and 6'5" Larry Muyang, who came by way of San Sebastian then Lyceum.

    Over on the JRU side there was 6'5" import Abduladif Poutouchi.

    Lasalle would go on to win the game behind the nine points, 14 rebounds and one block of Mbala, withstanding a very late JRU rally instigated by Jordan De La Paz.

    But the game itself became a side feature. I wanted to know how all five of those newcomers came to play in the PCCL. I was texting and messaging back and forth with a couple of other media and basketball friends, and none of us could get to the bottom of it.

    Apparently Lasalle asked permission from the PCCL to field in their four newcomers, since all of them were already on their B Team, and had in fact seen action in the recently concluded Fr Martin Cup Division 2 ruled by Mapua B. I assume that means JRU asked for and was granted the same permission to field Poutouchi. Poutouchi also saw action with JRU B in the same Fr Martin tournament.

    Even if that is the case, my query still remains unanswered: Has there been a rule change in PCCL eligibility?

    Unfortunately Gameface has been unable to get a hold of Joe Lipa and Rey Gamboa, the two gentlemen who have been the moving forces behind the PCCL.

    Let me therefore just share some thoughts on this:

    I think Lasalle had to ask if they could field in their four newcomers simply because they might not have enough guys to field. Lasalle only fielded 14 guys on their regular UAAP roster for this season. Three of their main guys have used up their eligibility: Norbert Torres, Yutien Andrada, Almond Vosotros. Arnold Van Opstal apparently is done with Lasalle basketball even though he still has one more year of eligibility left. Two more valuable rotation guys are not on their PCCL roster - Julian Sargent and Jason Perkins, without a specific reason given. That leaves Lasalle with only eight guys, technically only half of a regular UAAP roster. That is most likely why they asked the PCCL to line up their B Team guys, i.e. to make up for such an obvious and massive personnel loss.

    I will assume this is the same case with JRU and Poutouchi, and most likely because their starting power forward Mike Mabulac might have been unable to compete as well. I don't remember seeing Mabulac in that game either.

    With this precedent, other teams will now presumably be allowed to field in their B Team players as replacement players, especially in the case of NCAA teams. NCAA teams allow their players to be drafted by the PBA while still playing in the NCAA, play out the remainder of the NCAA season, then go straight to the PBA right after the NCAA season ends, or their team is eliminated, whichever comes first. That means 6'4" import Donald Tankoua might be able to play for San Beda since the Semerad Twins and Kyle Pascual are now in the PBA. Too nad Perpetual Help has been eliminated already. They could probably have used their bull-strong 6'4" import Akouti Bright as a replacement for Harold Arboleda and Juneric Baloria, both of whom are now in the PBA too.

    For the UAAP, maybe hulking 6'9" import Prince Orizu can be tapped by Far Eastern to replace Karl Cruz, who has used up his UAAP eligibility. University of the East could line up TJ Sumang, to replace his older brother Roi.

    Of course with all of this replacement and substitution the main question remains: Is this still in keeping with the core principle of the PCCL? In its 11-year subsistence the Philippine Collegiate Champions League has always stuck to using only the regular-season lineup of all the teams invited to the tournament. It makes a lot of sense: use the guys you went to war with, especially if you won your league championship.

    What then are we to make of the PCCL seemingly going against its own core principle?

    If the PCCL is going with a mixed A and B Team concept, sorry to say the Fr Martin Cup has beaten them to it. The Fr Martin Cup Open Division held in the second semester is open even to A Team players, and schools normally send a mixed roster of their best B Team players with the end of their A Team bench.

    It's bad enough that the PCCL is not taken quite as seriously as it wants to be by the bigger schools, especially the ones based in Metro Manila. ...
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  3. 2014 MASA BASKETBALL – SCORING LEADERS (November 9)

    1-Bryan Navarro, NRYS, 6 games, 135 points, 22.5 ppg
    2-Jollo Go, HCHS, 4 games, 88 points, 22.0 ppg
    3-Bryant Terrado, SSHS, 4 games, 75 points, 18.8 ppg
    4-Renzel Yongco, SJCS, 4 games, 70 points, 17.5 ppg
    5-Bryan So, PHS, 3 games, 48 points, 16.0 ppg

    6-Richmond Legaspi, SSHS, 3 games, 45 points, 15.0 ppg
    7-Earl See, SJCS, 4 games, 57 points, 14.3 ppg
    8-Franz Yap, SSHS, 4 games, 54 points, 13.5 ppg
    9-Jherico Cagomoc, NYRS, 6 games, 73 points, 12.2 ppg
    10-Gershom Montes, CKSC, 5 games, 60 points, 12.0 ppg

    11-Joshua Ramirez, 5 games, 59 points, 11.8 ppg
    12-Luigi Laroco, SSHS, 4 games, 47 points, 11.8 ppg
    13-Daniel Pua, SJCS, 3 games, 33 points, 11.0 ppg
    14-Jerome Fuentes, NRYS, 6 games, 65 points, 10.8 ppg
    15-Maynard Yap, SCJS, 5 games, 51 points, 10.2 ppg

    16-Pranz Chan, PA Sakya, 5 games, 51 points, 10.2 ppg
    17-Ian Kristoffer Pasion, 6 games, 59 points, 9.8 ppg
    18-Allan Paul Bautista, NRYS, 6 games, 58 points, 9.7 ppg
    19-Antonio Miguel Yang, HCHS, 5 games, 45 points, 9.0 ppg
  4. 17th MASA Basketball: Yorklin Beats Sakya to Keep Final 4 Hopes Alive

    Team Standings (November 9) – Chiang Kai Shek College (5-0), Hope Christian High School (4-1), Saint Jude Catholic School (4-1), Saint Stephen’s High School (3-1), Northern Rizal Yorklin School (3-3), Philadelphia High School (1-4), Philippine Academy of Sakya (1-5) and Philippine Cultural College (0-6)

    Guest team Northern Rizal Yorklin School kept its Final Four hopes alive with a 70-52 rout of Philippine Academy of Sakya Sunday (November 9) afternoon in the 17th Metropolitan Amateur Sports Association (MASA) high school basketball tournament at the Philippine Cultural College Gym in Manila.

    Yorklin, which evened its slate at 3-3, broke the game wide open when senior forward Bryan Navarro came off the bench to explode for 14 of his game-high 18 points in a 24-12 second-quarter romp to enjoy a 37-19 advantage over Sakya at the half.

    Yorklin was never threatened at any time in the final 20 minutes and led by at least 10 points throughout.

    Aside from Navarro, who sat out the entire first period, two other Yorklin men were in double-digit scores – Allan Paul Bautista, 17 (11 in the second half), and Jherico Cagomoc, 10 (along with seven rebounds). Jerome Fuentes added nine points and five boards for the winners.

    Yorklin will meet fourth-running Saint Stephen’s High School in its final elimination-round assignment on November 15 (Saturday) in the third game of a quadrupleheader at the Philadelphia High School Gym.

    The Stephenians currently tote a 3-1 but still have to play against guest school and league-leading and Chiang Kai Shek College (5-0) and second-running and defending champion Hope Christian High School on November 16 and November 18, respectively.

    In other games on Sunday, host Saint Jude Catholic School secured its fourth win in five appearances with a 52-30 shellacking of winless Philippine Cultural College (0-6) behind Alec Johnson Billan’s 16 points and Chiang Kai Shek College improved to 5-0 with an easy 70-34 triumph against Philadelphia High School.

    The CKSC Blue Dragons zoomed to a 26-2 lead on a 22-0 run bridging the first and second quarters and bamboozled a Philadelphia team that showed up with just eight players with a suffocating defense that limited their foes to just two points in the first period (18-2) and four (53-19) in the third quarter.

    CKSC, which was mentored by John Sia, was up, 38-15, at the half.

    CKSC got 13 points and three rebounds from Adrian Martin Magada, 11 points and three steals from Jaylen Christian Ang and eight markers each from Dominique Ansis Cuevas and Richmond Sedrick King. Marc Erzel Quijano contributed six points and seven reebies and Robert John Minerva added four markers and nine boards for the Blue Dragons, who have practically sealed the No. 2 seed and will enter the Final Four playoffs at the PCC Gym on November 22 armed with a twice-to-beat advantage over the No. 4 seed.

    Philadelphia was led by Lennard Siam Dela Cruz’s 14 points (10 of them in the fourth quarter) and Charles Wesley Yap’s nine markers and six steals in the 36-point loss to CKSC. Big boy Kerwin James Huang only scored two free throws but plucked down eight rebounds for the Panthers, who own a 1-4 record.
  5. "Century" Scorers Revisited

    There have been seven 100 points-or-more performances by a homegrown athlete in Philippine basketball history.

    Strangely, only three found its way to Wikipedia’s “List of basketball players who have scored 100 points in a single game” around the world.
    The three 100-point feasts that have officially been documented by Wikipedia are the following:

    1. Luis (Lou” Salvador’s 116 points in the Philippines’ gold medal-winning encounter against China during the 1923 Far Eastern Games in Osaka, Japan, which supposedly was the forerunner of the Asian Games yet featured only three countries – Japan, China and the Philippines – at the time.

    Note that the 30-second shot clock was not yet in existence and neither was the three-point shot.

    A product of Jose Rizal College, the prolific and well-conditioned Salvador unbelievably connected on most of his shots from midcourt during his historic game against the Chinese, the highest output ever for an official international tournament (as distinguished from a local/foreign league competition).

    According to the Leyte-born Salvador, he had practiced with a medicine ball daily for a whole year at the YMCA compound before chalking up the mind-boggling 116-point feat.

    Salvador said that he used to throw the medicine ball continuously to accustom himself. And when the time came for him to make the attempt with the actual ball, everything was easy.

    Salvador, to the uninitiated, was also a movie/stage producer and was known to local showbusiness as the “Master Showman” and father to a dozen actors and actresses.

    Legend has it that he sired 58 – repeat, 58 – children during his earthly existence. He lived with 25 wives and had 14 of them under one roof at one time. To all the girls he had loved before, Salvador was their Julio Iglesias.

    Among Lou’s children were Leroy Salvador (+), Alona Alegre, Philip (Ipe) Salvador and future Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) professional Roberto (Jumbo) Salvador.

    2. Jeron Teng’s 104 points during Xavier School’s masterful 164-74 victory over Grace Christian College in a Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA) high school game on January 5, 2011.

    A 16-year-old HS junior at the time, Teng recently completed his third year of varsity eligibility with the De La Salle University Green Archers in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) with a third consecutive Final Four trip, including a championship and a Finals Most Valuable Player hardware in 2013.

    3. Just when everybody thought Jeron’s Philippine high school scoring record would take a long time to duplicate, let alone surpass, here comes unheralded Clark Quijano of the AMA Computer University Junior Titans with a whopping 120 points in a 166-85 shellacking of Lord’s Grace Christian School in the 7th Mariano Bondoc Cup tournament on October 20, 2013.

    Quijano thus now owns the individual record for the most points in a high school game in Philippine basketball history.

    For some reasons, Wikipedia has yet to document four other 100-point performances by a Filipino cager, including three from a collegiate league in Cebu City.
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