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    Ysmael Steel Wins MICAA Crown

    Manila, May 15,1962
    The Ysmael Steel Admirals behind a steady defense throughout the game took a precious 69-62 victory over the Yco Painters, to retain the MICAA basketball crown at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
    The game played before 10,000 fans started with the Painters at their best with a line up of Carlos Loyzaga, Edgardo Ocampo, Jose Laganson, Carlos Badion and Joe Braun.
    The Painters took an early 9-6 lead but a strong defense, consistent outside shooting and heads up play in the clutch gave the Admirals their third MICAA championship.
    The heroes for the champs were Kurt Bachmann, Manuel Jocson, Eduardo Pacheco, Eddie Cruz, Narciso Bernardo and coach Enrique Crame.
    Leading scorers were Bernardo and Pacheco with 14 points apiece. Cruz and Jocson added 13 and 12 points respectively.

    Heacocks Posts Fifth Win
    Osaka, Japan, September 8, 1959

    Manila's Heacock basketball team came from behind in the last minute of play to edge out the Matsushita Electric Company five, 86-85 in a pulsating game.
    Matsushita was leading 84-82 with less than a minute to play but Carlos Badion came through with a field goal to tie the game at 84-all, 20 seconds to go.
    Matsushita took the lead when Sho Sakamoto converted his first free throw with 4 seconds left in the game.
    But the Japanese muffed his second try and Emilio Achacoso got the ball and flung away desperately at the basket.
    It was the Filipinos fifth victory against two defeats in their 10-game goodwill series in Japan.

    Note: Our basketball teams used to hone up their skills with trips abroad usually playing goodwill series with top ballclubs and national teams. We don't do that as much. The Centennial team did a USA tour in 1998 and this year Coach Toroman's team will play goodwill series in Serbia and again in the USA.- Toto Battung

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toto Battung
    CRISPA nips TOYOTA in thriller, 122-121
    by: Ernesto Gonzales
    Date: ?

    Crispa nipped arch rival Toyota with a free throw by Fortunato Co with three seconds left, 122-121,last night, but the real action came after the game in a full-blown rumble by players of both squads at the Araneta Coliseum. It was the start of the All-Filipino Conference of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and though the Redmanizers and the Tamaraws comported themselves throughout the ferocious match, organizers found themselves helpless as players suddenly exhanged blows as they headed for their respective dugouts.
    There were different versions as to who started the free-for-all and Commissioner Leo Prieto said he would know by lunchtime today what to do after receiving eyewitness reports early this morning. Thrown into the background by the unexpected post-game fight was Presto's 122-111 rout of Royal Tru-Orange as Johnny Revilla celebrated his new role as team captain of the Flavorites by firing 34 points.
    Co's charity was a result of a technical foul slapped by referee Estafanio Bernos on Toyota coach Dante Silverio with the score tied 121-all. Bernos claimed that Silverio cussed him after he advised Silverio that he had only four players on the floor following Fortunato Acuna's acquisition of his sixth foul by charging off Freddie Hubalde. Hunalde, who earlier missed breaking the 121-all deadlock by muffing two free throws off Ramon Fernandez's sixth foul, also bungled his two charities after Co's winning free throw, to set the final count.
    Fernandez wound up with a mouse under his right eye, while Rodolfo Segura had a lump on his forehead as a result of the melee. Crispa's Rodolfo Soriano also had a lump over his right eyebrow.
    Reynaldo Franco of Crispa said it was Robert Jaworski who started the fight by punching him as the players walked to their respective dressing rooms. The Toyota skipper,however,denied this. "When I came in the trouble had statrted. Eveyone was rushing at me and I had to defend myself," Jaworski said. "Hindi maaring manggaling sa amin and away, sapagkat kami ang nanalo," said Crispa coach Virgilio Dalupan. Told that Crispa was blaming his boys for starting the five-minute fisticuffs Silverio said, "If that's what they're claiming, we will also claim that they started it."
    Games and Amusements Board Chairman Luis Tabuena said he would go after the guilty ones, although he pointed out that the fight erupted after the game had ended and with the players out of the playing arena.

    Note: There was a time I believe (my memory is foggy on this one) that both teams were brought to Camp Crame overnight because of their fights. Can any GameFace member have any recollections on this one? Emon74? Toto Battung
    This was the Crispa-Toyota game on April 18, 1977, where all 13 players of Crispa and 10 from Toyota were locked up in Camp Crame for 13 hours for charge of "alarm and scandal", some accusing fingers pointed to Fernandez and Atoy Co as those who started the brawl.

    Toto, meron ka ba PBA articles about the 1984-1985 Season, naghahanap kasi ako stories about teams that time like Beer Hausen, Gold Eagle, Countryfair as well as Shell when they were a new team in '85

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    Emon74, I am not sure if I have the 1984-85 PBA articles. But I'll try to check my "small archives" in boxes if I can find stories on the teams you mentioned. Hopefully some of our readers have them and share them with us. I think the thread is gaining momentum. Thanks, Emon74 for keeping the flame. The Torch is gaining light.

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    ^Try, if you have time, to check out the National Library's periodicals archives. If you're lucky, the old Sports Weekly and Sports World Magazines from 1974-onwards may still be there. For the YCO-Ysmael Era, there's the Manila Times or the Bulletin, with their Sunday supplements as well.
    We are not a nation of donkeys, we are a nation of Lions!

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    MonL, thanks a lot. I remember those magazines (Sports Weekly, Sports World) good sportswriters too. The Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Herald (?) and the Sunday Supplements have always good articles on basketball. Do we have those newspapers in microfilm?

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    RP Basketeers Bring Back Asian Championship Title After Long Drought Period
    Philippine Herald
    October 8,1967

    In the beginning in Seoul, Korea there was a good deal of predictions about the Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) championship-notably between Japan and South Korea- which for the last two years relegated the Philippines to the back of the curtains in Asian cagefest.
    But when the tourney hit full stride, the dopesters took notice of the Filipino's all-out effort to regain their position as Asian Basketball champions and at once the odds swung like a pendulum.
    What started the trouble for the Philippine basketball was when it was eliminated from the pre-Olympics in Yokohama. It suffered its severest blow when it lost the Asiad title in Bangkok and finished sixth place, the lowest spot it had in Asian caging.
    Back in Seoul the Filipinos first beat Indonesia, 103-67, then India, 111-63; before thrashing defending champion, Japan, 81-69.
    Midway in the loop, the locals continued the rout over Singapore, 107-58, before crushing Nationalist China, 83-79. Hong Kong became their seventh victim, 103-52 before paving the way for a titular match with the Koreans by defeating Thailand, 95-66.
    That fateful Sunday, Oct. 1, the Filipinos and the Koreans woke up early and took the bus together with the locals going to the church and the hosts went limbering in an undisclosed gym until the finale that night.
    The Koreans were fast starters leading early 15-2 in the first five minutes before the Filipinos narrowed the gap, 23-18, in the first quarter. Then Narciso Bernardo and Orlando Bauzon delivered the key blows which pulled up the Philippines, 27-26. The scores went 31-28, 54-47 and 60-53.
    The Koreans rallied to within one point, 62-61, for their last gasp of life.
    The drama unfolded in the dying last five minutes of the game with the Koreans keeping themselves within striking distance, 75-71, until they moved closer at 79-78.
    From out of the cold, Carlos Loyzaga gambled on Danny Florencio who made a freak outside shot, 81-80, which turned out to be the insurance shot for the Filipinos. Florencio followed this up with two free-throws which finally remained as the final score, 83-80.
    "Our boys were united in one cause," Loyzaga said afterwards, "and that was to regain the crown they lost two years ago in the third ABC in Kuala Lumpur."
    What made the RP team successful in Seoul?
    A composite team without prima donnas and the desire to win and bring back the title was what carried the Filipinos to their return to the throne.
    Narciso Bernardo, Danilo Florencio, Orlando Bauzon, Adriano Papa, Joaquin Rojas and Ed Ocampo proved the formidable combination for Loyzaga against any other team. And there was Alberto Reynoso, Rogelio Melencio, Jaime Mariano, Robert Jaworski, Ed Roque and Renato Reyes to round up the selection.
    (As a young kid, I listened to this championship game between the Philippines and South Korea in the province. I was glued to the radio in my room and prayed for a Philippine win. My prayer was answered and the result was history. The game became a turning point and eventually led me to loving basketball until to this very day. The journey continued as my sons also developed the love for the game. - Toto Battung )

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    JRC clips UE, wins Title
    Iloilo City, November 26, 1959

    Jose Rizal College was crowned the first double champion of the National Students basketball tournament when its senior cagers dethroned University of the East, 84-69, before a sellout crowd at the University of San Agustin Gym.
    Earlier, JRC's light bombers, the NCAA Champions, retained the National Inter-secondary diadem by repulsing the Union High Panthers, 69-47. Union had won the right to challenge the lighties by trouncing Feati Piper Cubs, 70-50, in the morning match.
    Coach Francisco Calilan's Heavy Bombers blasted off UE with their trademark calculated style, Virgilio Gasgonia driving through the center of UE's defense for either a shot, a sharp feed backwards or merely a foul-bait or Mario Abcede receiving a pass near the foul circle for a clear jumpshot behind the screens set up by Calilan's favorite triple post play.
    And if neither Gasgonia nor Abcede was in no position for a try, Franklin Yang, Thelmo Santos and Bienvenido Papa were always capable of providing the Bombers firepower.
    In the Junior Encounter, Caoch Jose Cabusao's lighties were paced by Elias Tolentino, Domingo Gomez, Francisco Citra and Renato Perez.

    FEU Tams clobber San Carlos, 95-71
    December 17, 1960

    Far Eastern University clobbered San Carlos University, 95-71, to retain the National Intercollegiate basketball crown at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
    Romeo Diaz scored 35 points to power the Tamaraws while Julian Macoy, who played for Crispa in the first round of the MICAA cage loop, paced SCU with 25 points.
    UAAP Champion University of the East defeated NCAA Champion Jose Rizal College by default to haul down second place. The Heavy Bombers were misinformed about the time of the tussle.
    NCAA Champion Mapua Tech bagged the Secondary title by tripping Union High, 61-52

    Diaz fires 50 points for FEU
    January 11, 1962

    Romeo Diaz exploded with 50 points to pace Far Eastern University to a 100-59 walkaway win over Manuel L. Quezon University in the National Intercollegiate cage championship at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
    The victory was the third straight for the Tamaraws and pushed them within a game of retaining the collegiate title. The Pythons, the top quintet in the UCAA cage circuit, were never in the ballgame after FEU jumped to a 30-12 lead in the first 10 minutes of play.

    UV Five pockets Crown
    January 13, 1962

    University of Visayas trounced Defending Champion Far Eastern University, 75-71, to wrest the National intercollegiate basketball title at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
    It was a magnificent come-from-behind triumph for the Lancers, a reminiscent of their 1957 title showdown with Ateneo which they won to bag the loop's diadem for the first time.
    Second stringers Faviano Cabahug and Diosdado Violango combined fire to whittle down FEU's led. Then UV coach Tony Lizares fielded in Matias Reyes, Amando Libarnes and Joaquin Rojas, who promptly responded as they scattered 10 points in a row to give the upperhand to UV, 69-66.
    Alberto Legaspi, the Tamaraws most consistent player of the match, scored with a drive to narrow the gap but Rojas faked a drive and fed Libarnes for a twinner.
    In the Secondary championship, Mapua Tech kept its title by beating the UV baby Lancers, 47-41.

    FEU outscores JRC, 77-75, in Finals
    February 12, 1964

    Undefeated Far Eastern University shaded Jose Rizal College, 77-75, to win the Metropolitan inter-collegiate basketball crown at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
    Joselito Roa, a veteran of the 1962 Asian Games, triggered the tamaraws to the title by scoring a game-high 37 points. The Heavy bombers, this year's unofficial NCAA champion, led by one at the half, 37-36, only to lose in the homestretch. Elongated Edgardo Gomez topscored for JRC with 26 points followed by Angel Patrimonio with 14. Casimiro Santos and Rene Canent added 12 markers apiece.
    It was a sweet victory for Jose Yee's charges who only managed to land at fourth place in the last UAAP tourney.
    Earlier, University of the East outlasted Feati University, 80-76, in Overtime to capture third place. Nat Canson, Norman De Vera and Angelito Flores, led the Warriors to the hard-earned victory.
    Last edited by Emon74; 11-18-2016 at 09:09 AM.

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    Florencio fires 47; U-Tex wins

    Manila Bulletin
    July 3, 1974

    Veteran Danilo Florencio set a new season record of 47 points last night as he powered the U-Tex Weavers to a 118-86 rout of E.R. Squibb in the All-Filipino MICAA basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.
    Florencio, regarded by many as the country's top forward, broke by four points the old mark of 43 established by Toyota's Rodolfo Segura against Seven-Up last May 30 at the Rizal Coliseum.
    The Weaver's winning margin also surpassed the 27-point spread posted by the Crispa-Floro Redmanizers against the same Seven-Up team last June 27, 127-100.
    It was the fifth win in six outings for Lauro Mumar's boys who had led by as much as 36 points, 105-69, with less than 5 minutes left. The loss was the medicine-makers sixth straight. The Weavers also got 20 points each from Lawrence Mumar and Ricky Pineda. In the second game, the Mariwasa Hondas clobbered the Uncolas, 101-82, after leading 46-38 at the half. The win boosted Mariwasa's record to 2-4 while the loss lowered 7-Up's mark to 1-5.
    Other scorers; U-Tex Deles 15, Basilan 9, Eguia 3, Frank 3, Delos Santos 1 Salvador 0
    ER Squibb- Brodett , Arpilleda 15 each, Manalo 12, A. Uy 8, Villareal 6, T. Uy 6, Arceo 6, Demetrio,Remonte,Abaya 4 each, Manalaysay and Gonzales 2 each.

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    PBA's great team Crispa almost did not make deadline in the inaugural PBA tourney. See the name of 8 players fielded to make the deadline. Toto Battung

    Series starts tomorrow

    Crsipa caught up last night with the final deadline of entries-48 hours before the Philippine Basketball Association kicks off its first season-with none of its six regular national players among the minimum eight it fielded. Commissioner Leo Prieto said Crispa was well within the rules and has up to the end of the first of three rounds to gather the maximum number of 16 players.
    Crsipa manager Danny Floro unsuccessful in his late bid to sign up William Adornado, Fortunato Co and four other members of the last regular national team, said they could catch up with the PBA after the national invitational. A Crispa official called in the Redmanizer list to make the 5:00 p.m. deadline and then followed with the contracts of Reynaldo Pages, Jesus Sta. Maria, David Ijares, Bernard Fabiosa, Virgilio dela Cruz, Eric Leano, Joel Gomez and Alex Azurin.
    None of the other eight other ballclubs had the maximum 16 although top favorite Toyota had 12, SevenUp 14, Mariwasa-Noritake 14, CFC Corp 15 and San Miguel (Tru-Orange) 13. Tanduay had nine and Concepcion-Carrier, 10.
    The Tru-Orange lineups include Manuel Paner, Rosalio Martirez, Ernesto Estrada and David Regullano.
    Tomorrow's opening gaames at the Araneta Coliseum pit Noritake against Carrier and Toyota against U-Tex. The next twinbill is set Saturday.
    The referees who have joined the association are Cesar Correa, Eriberto Cruz, Alex Ignacio, Remigio Bartolome, Felicoano Santarina and Venusto Marquez. THey will get P1,000 a month plus P150 for every game they work and P50 for every bye.
    (Wow, look at the money they make, that should make AIG officials blush.-Toto)

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    Meralco wallops Hong Kong, 99-76
    The Manila Times
    December 5,1968

    HongKong, Dec.2-
    The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) basketball team romped to a 99-76 victory over the HongKong selection Saturday in the first of its two engagements here.
    Ric Cabrera and Jaime Mariano sparked the Filipino hoopsters with 20 and 14 points, respectively. The Manila quintet was scheduled for a second engagement here Monday night before enplaning for Teheran on the second leg of a trip that will take them to Madrid for the Fourth Noel (Christmas) basketball tournament there Dec. 24-26.
    Three games in Tel Aviv await the Filipinos Dec. 7-11. They were also scheduled for matches at Zurich Dec. 14, Geneva Dec. 16 and Barcelona on the way back to Manila.

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