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    Bogs before making the bold jump
    By: Lyn Versoza
    October 1988

    It is now confirmed that Bogs Adornado will coach the Alaska quintet after Arturo Valenzona tendered his resignation a week ago. Alaska recently took it on the chin against a badly-depleted Anejo Rum in the 2nd Coca-Cola PBA-IBA World Challenge Cup.
    Prior to that championship encounter, this writer had a short tete-a-tete with Bogs in his comfortable, elegant household in Valle Verde. Bogs' wife, the former Agnes Heredia has been a close friend since the pre-People's Power revolution days.
    The three-time PBA MVP recounted how he found his way to the Pat Riley Camp in California right after the Open Conference ended. The couple flew to the States last July 27, just in time for the camp's opening on July 31. When Adornado reached Thousand Oaks, California on the day of the registration, he already had a feel of what it would be like at the summer camp conducted by a well-renowned NBA coach. There was camaraderie all around youngsters with their parents understandably excited about this forthcoming training under the able tutelage of coach Riley himself, plus around 20 coaches and several counselors.
    Bogs was able to meet Riley up close at the camp held at the College of the Lutheran University. And as a sign of goodwill and friendship, Bogs handed Riley a book about the Philippines and the EDSA Revolution.
    In one of their talks, the LA Lakers mentor told Bogs "I understand you're a three-time MVP, have you played with Billy Ray Bates," Bogs told him about Bates' stint in the PBA then. And when Bogs requested that he be allowed to observe the practice games of the Lakers, Riley chided him, "Why do you want to see the practice?...You wanna change me?" there was of course laughter and conviviality all around, further breaking the ice between Riley and his new-found friend.
    Of course, Bogs already knew the fundamentals, the basics. But it was worthwhile seeing all those moves given another dimension. For after all, the one leading the camp is Pat Riley himself, the mentor of the NBA World Champions. It wasn't just anybody discussing the proper attitude that players must always be armed with. The more Bogs listened, the more he realized he really had a lot to learn from this NBA institution.
    In one of those day-to-day sessions, one of the kids attending the camp kept trying to shoot from way out. Somehow, the ball would always bounce off the rim and would drift towards Adornado. Bogs would then get the ball and would accurately shoot from afar. Amazed, one of the lady's parents said, "Hey, three in a row" and looked at Bogs with unbelieving eyes. They didn't have the slightest idea that shooting from that area is one of the assets of this former star forward and now head coach of Alaska.
    Right now, Adornado has his hands full. He will take over the coaching reins of the Milkmen and it will surely be a tremendous burden. But given his own abilities plus all those times he sat on the bench listening to their head coach, he probably pass the crucial tests.
    So, shall we say, let's give the guy a break.
    Last edited by Emon74; 11-23-2016 at 02:47 PM.

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    September-October 1988

    Former national basketball team coach Ron Jacobs came "home" recently for a brief visit and predicted the Philippines could regain supremacy in the sport in Asia with the right kind of leadership.
    Jacobs, who planed in with the Los Angeles Jaguars last Sept.16 and left a week later, said the advent of open basketball would primarily benefit the Philippines not the United States. He said despite the expected opening of the doors to the pros in the Olympic and world basketball competitions, American stars in the NBA would hesitate to jeopardize their lucrative contracts by joining international tournaments.
    But while Filipino pros would become eligible to play in the Olympics, Jacobs foresaw problems in negotiating for the release of certain stars from their mother clubs to be drafted into the national squad. He said training for the Olympics or the biennial Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) championships can't be done in two or three months, recalling his own experience at the helm of the national team. That will certainly be a damper on the hopes of commercial establishments employing pros to win in the PBA.
    Jacobs lamented the fact that the nucleus of a cohesive national team built up by former project director Eduardo Cojuangco has been dismantled. "It took us five years to assemble a competitive national team and it took the BAP only a single blow to destroy what we worked so hard for," he sighed.
    The former West Coast Athletic Conference (WCAC) Coach of the year from the Loyola Marymount University said under Cojuangco, players never wanted to turn pro because the Tarlac businessman gave them the direction to remain intact. "Money was never a factor in keeping the boys together," he said, citing each player received a monthly allowance of "only" P4,000 until late 1985 when it was raised to P14,000, still comparatively less than what the PBA could offer. "But the team had tremendous loyalty for Mr.Cojuangco who looked after their families, listened to their problems, and promised them jobs in his companies when their playing days were over. He provided for free education and advised them to think of their future, of what they could be after basketball."
    In fact, Jacobs related how the players voted to remain intact even without receiving salaries when Cojuangco was forced into exile in February 1986. But a BAP decision to release the nationals to the PBA made the vote academic.
    Jacobs said he couldnt understand how the Philippines could deteriorate so fast as an Asian basketball power. He explained that with the right combination of talent, the national team could easily beat the People's Republic of China and South Korea.
    "Of course, you would train differently for the Chinese than the Koreans but I know we should never have any problems with either," he said "Against the Chinese, all you do is stop them from dominating the inside, control the defensive boards, and force them to play the perimeter. I think that with the three-point shot, we could beat anybody on a good night as we showed at the world club championships in Barcelona and the Jones Cup in Taipei in 1985."
    In Spain, the Filipinos lost 78-77 decision to Brazil which showed up with national players Marcel and Maury de Souza, Israel Andrade, Joao Vianna, and American import Bob Miservicious. The nucleus of that same Brazilian squad upset the United States at the Pan American Games last year.
    "We don't need seven-foot centers," continued Jacobs. "I'd rather choose 6-7 or 6-8 centers like Dennis Still who are mobile and get at the ball rather than wait for the rebound to come their way. There are enough Filipinos at that height right now who could be developed without us having to recruit naturalized players for the job. but without a credible leader with the vision to motivate players, we'll always find it difficult to compete internationally."

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    Re: Coaches

    Emon74..thanks for keeping this Coaches topic alive. Haven't had the time to do more research on great coaches of the Philippines. Hope others should do more research for stories on coaches.

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    Re: Coaches from yesteryears ?

    The Legacy of Valerio "Amang" Lopez
    1999 Article

    Amang, as he is fondly called by everyone in local cagedom, is presently the Athletic Director of the Mapua Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering, and for many years now, an active member of the Management committee of the NCAA.
    But very few of those who belong to today's "X" generation know much about Amang's feats and exploits as a player.
    Amang brought MIT to several championships in the NCAA - as a player for the Cardinals in 1949 when MIT captured its first ever NCAA title, in 1965 as a coach of the senior team that brought home the second title for the school, and in 1981, this time as the athletic director for the intramuros-based school.
    As an athlete, Amang was arguably the flashiest in the court. He would terrorize his opponents with his amazing delivery of plays, and would always come out the speediest among 'em all.
    "Siya ang Johnny Abarrientos nung panahon namin," Angel De Jesus, a basketball consultant and teammate of Amang in the early 40s relates.
    An injury later on prevented Amang from pursuing his basketball career but he continued by displaying his wares from the bench. Under Amang's stewardship, the Cardinals and the Red Robbins went on to capture several titles in the NCAA.
    He later became another champion coach in the MICAA while handling the Concepcion Motorola team. Among those who reached stardom under the guidance of Amang were Junel Baculi, Bong Ramos, Leo Isaac, Atoy Co, Bong Dela Cruz, Freddie Hubalde, Kevin Ramas and Alvin Patrimonio.
    Amang says that basketball during the early 40s and 50s were entirely different from the basketball that we're seeing today. "Nung panahon namin noon, ang mga players, laban kung laban, patay kung patay. Talagang nagpapakamatay para sa bola. Ngayon, ang mga players natin, takot na takot sa banggaan. Dahil baka nga naman mabasag ang mukha nila, mawala yung pagka-pogi nila."
    Amang spent more than half of his life serving Mapua and yet his most fulfilling reward is seeing his athletes gain good fortune and good life. Basketball will always be in Amang Lopez's heart. And mind.
    And basketball, too, will never forget it once had a flashy, wily backcourt general whose wisdom in the hardcourt has continued to influence basketball players generation after generation.

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    The Drillmaster from UST
    By Joaquin Henson

    Herminio Silva was nickname Herr for good reason. He was like a Prussian drillmaster, often resorting to Gestapo-like tactics to put his boys in line.
    For years, Silva was a toast of Philippine basketball and acknowledged dean of coaches. He piloted University of Santo Tomas to several UAAP crowns and also had a stint on the Letran bench.
    In 1934, Silva played on the Philippine squad that captured the Far East Games title, whipping China, 37-27, in the Finals. His teammates included UST standouts Jacinto Ciria Cruz and Primitivo Martinez plus such stars as Ambrosio Padilla and Franco Marquicias. The national coach was then Alfredo del Rosario.
    Twenty years later, Silva called the shots to the National team at the Asian Games in Manila and made international headlines by using the freeze to steer the hosts to the crown. After the Philippines erected a seven-point lead early in the second half. Silva instructed his charges to kill the clock and put China to sleep. With no shot clock in use. Silva ordered his boys to hold the ball until hell froze over. The frustrated Chinese, playing a zone were helpless and couldn't adjust their defense.
    The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) eventually got wise to Silva's trick and in 1956, instituted the 30-second shot clock.
    Silva never coached in the Olympics but was clearly a legend of his own time. He married Mina Custodio, head of the UST Physical Education program for girls, and died in the 1970s.

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