De La Salle loses to Masagana 99 but bags National Seniors Open championship
On the final day of the National Open Invitational basketball championship last Monday, May 2nd, Masagana 99, the defending Interclub champion, won over De La Salle University, 75-71, and tied the Archers and Taiwan's Flying Camels for a 3-win, 2-loss record but lost out in the quotient system. The Masagana team ended as runner-up to La Salle but had the distinction of winning all matches against local teams. La Salle's earlier victory over the Flying Camels proved to be the deciding factor following the BAP ruling that the local team with the best placing in the two-in-one basketball championship wins the National Seniors Open title.
It was a sweet victory for Director Domingo Panganiban as it was Masagana's first victory in three meetings with De La Salle in two years which is under coach Ron Jacobs.
Hang Ten wins the 1983 Philippine National Open and Invitational Championship
The "Hang Ten" Filipino-American team won the National Open and Invitational Championship last Monday, May 2nd, when it defeated Taiwan's Flying Camels, 91-81. The crack team based in San Francisco, California, was composed of two former NBA veterans, a former pro from Finland, and collegiate standouts from California. Originally conceived to be composed of all-Filipino California-based balikbayans, the Hang Ten became a selection of the above-mentioned cagers with only Danny Manalastas, Benjie Pineda, Al Ante, Rollie Quizon and Larry Banagan as the only Filipinos in the team.
Curtains fell on the 1983 edition of the MUCAA cagefest last November 17 as the Hi-Flyers of Feati downed stubborn title contender NCBA, 113-94, for the MUCAA senior crown.
Feati relied heavily on the streak shooting of Aurelio Jalmasco, a rookie, Jalmasco shot a game high 34 points. The 5-11 guard is from Bicol and had a year's stint with Southwestern University before playing for Mama's Love in a Cebu tournament. Feati is coached by Domingo Cruz, former assistant to Lauro Mumar with Meralco, U/tex, 7-Up and Filmanbank. Cruz handed Feati its fourth title in a row.
University of Manila salvaged third place in the senior division after beating PSBA, 100-86. As consolation, University of Manila romped off with the Junior cage crown, PCCR was second, NCBA was third and Feati finished fourth in the high school division. The final placings in the women's bracket: PSBA-champion, PCCR-2nd, Lyceum-3rd, Feati-4th.
The Junior ranks had Paul Alvarez of University of Manila as Rookie of the year, Joey Strait (UM) as MVP. Teofilo Cajucom of PCCR - highest individual score - 53 points and highest average - 27.28
The senior division had Ruel Papa (UM) -Rookie of the year, Aurelio Jalmasco (Feati) -Most Valuable Player. Ruel Papa has the highest average - 27.28, and Jalmasco with the highest individual score - 49 points.
Mama's Love Baby Oil, Conpinco Marketing, Detroit Auto Parts Bravura Mufflers, Seiko Quartz, Gaisano, Inc.
These are the familiar names among basketball followers in Cebu. At one time or another, these teams dominated the Cebu amateur basketball leagues, among them the defunct Gullas Cup, the Cebu Industrial Commercial Athletic Association, the Mayor's Cup, the Cebu Amateur Basketball Association and the Cebu Open.
a new name in local basketball is added to that. It is Bambi Vegetal Lard. Bambi, only two years old in the Cebu cage entry, stunned local basketball followers by winning the 1981 Cebu Open Basketball Championship three days after New Year. It was also Bambi's maiden year in the big time.
The University of San Carlos gym was filled to capacity - a record 7,000 fans as Bambi outplayed and outhustled the previously unbeaten Gaisano, 87-71, in the final.
The Vegetable Lard Makers were beefed up by Anthony Mendoza of Crispa, Leoncio Tan and Alfie Almario of National Inter-collegiate champion La Salle, Woodrow Balani of Bax Jeans, 6-5 Renato Soberano of Presto, another 6-5 Kelvin Siao, and John Najarro and Jessie Ramirez, a pair of MICAA hotshots.
Gaisano recruited 6-5 Kenneth Clark, a former teammate of Moses Malone and Calvin Murphy of the Houston Rockets in the NBA, they were also reinforced by Anthony Williams of FEU, and among the other players of Gaisano were one-time RP Youth cager Marcelino Diputado, Reynaldo Ybanez of Presto, Hermogenes Anciado and Rey Perez of Crispa, and Bienvenido Alenton of San Miguel Corporation.
It was Gaisano's only defeat in seven games, having beaten Bambi in the first round, 104-89, for a five game sweep. Bambi had also lost to Island Feed Mills, 83-81. At the start of the championship round, Gaisano crushed former Cebu Mayor's Cup champion Seiko Quartz, 103-87, while Bambi tripped Mama's Love, 88-81, to arrange the title showdown.
Colegio de San Jose Recoletos' Jaguars is this year's defending champion of Cebu City's premier basketball league, the CAAA, Cebu's version of the NCAA which starts on July 31st.
One reason for the popular appeal with the sports-loving Cebuanos, besides being the training ground of Cebu's future stars, is the keen competition among the member schools and no one can safely predict the outcome of the tournament.
The schools that are expected to give CSJR a stiff fight are the University of Visayas, the Southwestern University and the Cebu Central College, although the Jaguars remain a slight favorite to retain the title.
The odds tend to favor the Jaguars because they have kept their last year's lineup intact and has acquired a new recruit in Jojo Lastimosa, last year's most outstanding Ateneo Blue Eagle in the UAAP tournament.
The 6-foot, power forward-guard has further gained experience by playing with his brother Danny's team, Smoker's & Drinker's Aid in the recent Mayor's Cup tournament.
The other two, John Burgos, is a 6-feet-3 center who had a brief stint with the San Sebastian College in Manila before returning to Cebu. He has improved his game considerably and with more poundage to his skinny frame, will definitely help him in the slot area. Rey Abarquez is a 6-feet-2 forward, now in his third year as a Jaguar. Rey has developed into a good defensive player who can also be relied upon as a point-maker.
Rey, John and Jojo are also members of the Smoker's & Drinker's Aid team and their training and experiences in commercial competitions should serve them well in their school's campaign to retain the CAAA crown.
Yco, the wonder amateur quintet of last year, got booted out by Presto Fun Drinks in a game which decide which team would face Apcor for the championship because of its lack of tall men in the lineup.
Of course, JB Yango is sitll with the team, but he only has Chito Loyzaga for company in providing the slot sense for the squad. James Payne is more of an outside operator. Alex Diaz lacks aggressiveness. Alex Tan, who used to be a defensive cog inside, has changed playing style and is concentrating more on offense with his outside shots.
Yco got clobbered by powerhouse Apcor because the Financiers boast of massive Yoyoy Villamin, Padim Israel, Rad Pasco, Rey Lazaro and Alex Clarino. While the Presto Fun Drinkers are enjoying edge with Joel Banal, the much-improved Manny Victorino, Victor Magpantay and even Renato Soberano, would you believe?
It's really a battle of tall men, and Yco looks frail on this when compared to Apcor and Presto.
1980 Interclub Invitationals
Masagana 99 remains unbeaten and takes the lead in the Interclub Invitational basketball tournament currently on at Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The 99ers are pacing the race with two victories, toppling defending champion Usiphil (formerly Summa Kumagai) and pre-tourney favorite De La Salle University.
Other teams in the tournament are Technological Institute of the Philippines, Asia Land, Boogie Jeans, Bureau of Customs, Jag Jeans and PMI Colleges.
Four teams will advance into the semis.
The "Saints" of Perpetual Help College of Manila with Ramon "Cholo" Martin and Team Manager Marianito Tamayo, defeated De La Salle Green Archers, 75-62, to clinch the 12th Philippine Inter-Colleges Universities Athletic Association (PICUAA) 1987-88 basketball season at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum last January 25.
In winning its third PICUAA crown since joining the league in 1982, the Perpetual Help College "Saints" made a clean sweep of all its games.
It was a sweet revenge for the Saints over their tormentor, the Green Archers, who deprieved them of a third consecutive championship last year. The championship series, coming from a sweep of a four team, one round finish, was the third for the Saints, who won their first title in 1984-85 season also under coach Cholo Martin and the 1985-86 crown under coach Boy Ascue.
With its third PICUAA title, the Perpetual Help College team now ranks as one of the winningest in the league.
The 1987-88 PICUAA season ended with the Central Colleges of the Philippines as the runner up to Perpetual Help College, the De La Salle University coming in third and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in fourth place.
Special mention goes to the following "Saints" who played key roles in bringing the championship to PHC - Allan Borromeo, Ramoncito Hernandez, Enerito Sebial, Dandie Alcayde, Wilmer Garcia, Bay Filoteo, Reiner Polayagan and Luciano Vizcarra.
UST Tigers bag National Seniors title
By Graham Lim
The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, three-peat champions of the UAAP, annexed the first National Seniors championship Chairman's Cup in honor of BAP chairman Gonzalo Puyat to be held in five years last week on a 92-76 conquest of Manuel L. Quezon University-Boysen.
It was a sweet revenge for UST coach Aric del Rosario's boys, who were laced by the Pythons in quarterfinal round of play via a 95-81 decision.
The Tigers, pouncing on a demoralized Pythons in the final two and a half minutes of the game, lengthened away on two mighty dunks by Richard Yee following a controversial call on Rex Manansala's desperate overheard trey while being fouled.
In the playoff for third honors, Angeles University took the measure of an undermanned Las Pinas College five, 81-75.
Philippine School of Business Administration-QC regained the men's title by forfeiture as defending champion St.Francis of Assisi College walked out in the heat of the battle of the 5th McDonald's NCRAA basketball finals at the Astrodome.
The Doves refused to play in the second overtime due to what its officials claimed was "biased" officiating and immediately placed the result under protest.
St.Francis was leading by two points when referee Levi Valenzuela called a tripping foul on Armand Malabanan who was trying to prevent PSBA's Jay Magat from making a desperation three-point shot in an attempt to beat the final buzzer. No walkout was made by the Doves until Magat converted both of his free throws with no more time remaining to level the count, 70-all, and forced the second overtime.