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    Supremacy Lost Forever
    (The Tales of Philippine National Basketball Teams)

    Their love of basketball led the Filipinos to conquer Asia in the sport of basketball early on. They played with heart, bravery and with gusto. They've always loved the competition and to showcase their talents.
    Trials for national teams are fought to the end. Championship attitude is started with the first whistle to start the selection process. There's no let up till the "Dirty Dozen" are chosen.
    Soon after, player positions are dissected by every sectors of society. Media, kibitzers, sports aficionados and coaches give their tw0-cent worth of ideas.
    Despite repeated setbacks in both the Asian Games and the Asian Basketball Championships, basketball has remained as the nation's prime passion. Can we ever regain the lost supremacy we have in the region?

  2. #12

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    We can regain lost supremacy in Asia if we can have the "big men" who will give us a fair share of rebounds at both ends of the court.

    This is basketball, first order of things is to have possession of the ball.
    We had a head start in this game. At one time we had a glorious 3rd place finish in the World Championship and was the undisputed power in Asia. But the world has learned how to play it. They may not be as good as us,but they have enough smarts to make use of their height. That is enough to beat us.

  3. #13

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    Quote Originally Posted by oca
    We can regain lost supremacy in Asia if we can have the "big men" who will give us a fair share of rebounds at both ends of the court.

    This is basketball, first order of things is to have possession of the ball.
    So true.....

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    RP Youth 5 had it coming
    March 1995

    No Excuses.
    We lost in the 13th ABC Youth Cage championship because of two main reasons.
    First, the team was poorly coach, motivation was sorely missing throughout. And second, our Asian neighbors have left us by leaps and bounds in basketball.
    Contrary to other claims, the Filipino dribblers not born later than 1976, were not ill-prepared. Fact was, the team had been together for a year and even palced third in an invitational in Seoul, South Korea.
    So why the sixth-place finish?
    If one will believe longtime BAP president Lito Puyat, the reason for the continuing decline were the PBA and the PBL.
    But this immediately drew a stinging rebuke from Jose Concepcion III, chair of the two leagues. And with good reason.
    "It has been a habit of Mr.Puyat for the past 25 years or so, to blame others for the poor development of basketball in our country. This, in spite of the fact that as BAP president, basketball development is his primary responsibility." Concepcion said.
    The pro league, Concepcion said, has already assumed responsibility for the formation of the national team in the Asian Games, while the PBL will answer for the ABC and SEA Games.
    "Responsibility for the ABC Youth squad sits squarely on BAP, it is the least they can do." Concepcion said.
    Both, however, agreed on one thing, All concerned parties should sit and talk in order to address the problem and formulate long term solution to these problems.
    Villavicencio, termed absent-minded? by the cocky Taiwanese mentor Hang Kuan-Yun, added to the confusion when he failed to use his timeouts. As expected, the crowd, who at the start cheered lustily for the Filipinos, heckled and booed the Philippine team at the final buzzer.
    "Masakit" said assistant coach Boy de Vera. The Philippine team trooped to the dugout with heads bowed and unable to throw a look at the gallery. "We gave it our best try" said Villavicencio, who also coaches La Salle in the UAAP cagefest.
    It was obvious, however, that Villavicencio was frustrated by the showings of the slow-moving, fumbling Mark Clemence Telan, 6-foot-6, and regarded as the main man of the Philippine campaign.
    Obviously not fully recovered from his ankle injury, Telan was a pathetic sight, losing easy shots, getting clobbered in the slot and being jeered as he attempted to get points outside the slot. "I really could not pushed him, baka masira ang future niya" said Villavicencio.
    This drew a collective howl from observers, "Why include Telan in the lineup? Hindi pa pala magaling, nakakahiya lang tuloy" they said.
    Paolo Mendoza, the sportsmanship awardee, Joseph Gumatay, a member of the mythical five, Bryan Gahol, Rommel Adducul, Ralph Rivera and Allen Patrimonio sparkled but it was obvious the power and teammanship of eventual champion South Korea and china were just awesome.
    So where do we put the Philippines? Hopefully not along the company of minnows Brunei, Hongkong and Macau.
    Last edited by Emon74; 11-18-2016 at 09:48 AM.

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    Tracing caging’s decline
    By Jun Rodriguez
    July 1995

    When was the last time the Philippine flag was hoisted with the singing of the national anthem in international caging?
    Can’t remember? Don’t be surprised. It’s been that way the past few years.
    Just recently, a ragtag team from the PBL gave the country its worst finish in an international competition, 12th, in the Asian Basketball Confederation men’s championship in Seoul, Korea.
    It would be recalled that a PBA selection to last year’s Asiad could not even produced a bronze after its sorry loss to Japan,a team the Filipinos used to dominate.
    No doubt these sad experiences are the results of bickerings among authorities in Philippine Basketball. Not to mention such other kinks as lack of preparation, no long term vision, etc. But forget the past.
    Lately, the PBL and the PBA, through Joey Concepcion III, the youthful chairman of the board of both leagues, had proposed a “viable solution to save the country from farther humiliation in international basketball competitions.”
    Concepcion said the Philippines can regain Asian supremacy if everybody, especially those who are concerned, will corporate in the long term program they are proposing to the BAP.
    Clarifying issues on the BAP’s claim that the PBL should be blamed for the dismal 12th place finish in the ABC, Concepcion proposed the immediate formation of a national pool similar to that undertaken by Northern Cement Corp. (NCC) in the past.
    The NCC, then bannered by Allan Caidic, Hector Calma, Samboy Lim and three naturalized Americans – Jeff Moore, Chip Engelland and Dennis Still – had played in the PBA and went on to clinch the Jones Cup title in 1985 by beating a formidable US team.
    Concepcion’s vision of this national pool is exactly a carbon copy of that NCC team. It will be handled exclusively by a corporate firm willing to sponsor all the training and exposure.
    But will the BAP agree?
    “The ball is in the hands of the BAP because it has the sole authority to form a national team,” said Concepcion.
    Should the BAP agree to this proposal, Concepcion is even willing to lend a PBA team to the forthcoming Southeast Asian games in Chang Mai, Thailand in December.
    But this has nothing to do with the national pool since the players that will form the nucleus of the team would come from the collegiate backyard, particularly the UAAP and the NCAA.
    “Our goal is to really come out with the national pool. There are certain conditions to this proposal. But there’s no meeting of the minds yet between me and Puyat. All I can say is we have virtually agreed upon with this concept,” he said.
    He added that there are many corporate firms willing enough to bankroll the national team, including San Miguel and RFM.
    “This team, which will represent the country in all international competitions, should be given enough exposure. We should select the best players in the UAAP and the NCAA now and give them acceptable salaries and incentives,” said Concepcion.
    Well said. Only the color of money can prevent amateurs from biting the lure of the PBA.


    Don’t expect anything to come out from the PBA and PBL’s offer to form the national basketball team for future international competitions.
    The Basketball Association of the Philippines won’t allow its inherent role to be taken by others even if it means the continous decline of local basketball.
    There is also no point in sitting down. Both sides have presented their views and, clearly, the differences are irreconcilable.
    The PBA and PBL wanted to help, on condition that the BAP would have nothing to do with the team’s formation.
    Such a move would only be possible if the BAP, being the sole body recognized by the International Olympic Committee to field a Philippine team, agrees to relinquish that right.
    And, based on the actuations and pronouncements of Puyat, that’s unlikely to happen.
    Despite the debacles the Philippine basketeers have suffered during his long term as BAP head, Puyat continues to think that he is infallible, Tossing the blame on everybody, but him.
    Having been the targets of some of Puyat’s tirades, it’s but natural for the PBA and the PBL to disassociate from him.
    Clearly, the PBA and PBL want full responsibility in their action regardless the result.
    The BAP should see the light. After all, local basketball has long been in the dark. Lost.

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    The Magnificent 12
    By Jef Mikael Eroa
    October 1996

    They are here. The magnificent 12.
    Last Friday, youthful coach Dong Vergeire and the coaching staff composed of Louie Alas, Nel Parado, Boysie Zamar and Binky Favis submitted for approval to Basketball Association of the Philippines secretary-general Graham Lim the 12 dribblers competing in the 2nd under-22 ABC championship slated Nov.1-9 in Shanghai, China.
    Lim will submit to BAP president Freddie Jalasco the list for final approval.
    Vergeire, coach of NCAA finalist San Beda College and Aric Del Rosario's assistant on the UAAP history-making UST Tigers team, said the team is fast, can shoot from the outside and has the ability for quick transition plays. "We're not promising anything but we're determined to give the favorites a run for their money," said Vergeire, while presiding over the team's practice at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
    The members of the team are guards Dale Singson, Tonyboy Espinosa and Gherome Ejercito, big men Chris Cantonjos, Aramis Calpito, Danny Ildefonso and Rommel Adducul, wingmen Chris Calaguio, Ralph Emerson Rivera, Glenn Peter Yap, Richard Melencio and Gerard Francisco. Relegated to the national pool are Dino Manuel, Rency Bajar, Kerwin McKoy and Brixter Encarnacion.
    Observers pointed out the just and fair decision made by the coaching staff. Even if Vergeire's handling San Beda, he opted not to play favorites and pick three Red Lions - McKoy, Manuel and Bajar.
    Vergeire said the team is taking it one at a time. The Philippines is hard-pressed to equal or at least surpass its fourth-place finish in the inaugurals won by Chinese-Taipei in the 1993 Hong Kong tournament.
    Asian powerhouse China did not compete. Korea placed second, followed by Japan.
    After the drawing of lots held at the Panay Room of the Philippine Plaza Hotel, the Philippines found itself bracketed in Group D with Indonesia, Qatar and Kazakhstan. To advance to the quarterfinals, the Philippines must win twice.
    Fourteen other nations will compete in the inaugurals with China, led by Olympian Wang Zhizhi, in Group A with Chinese-Taipei, Macau and Thailand.

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    Traitors or not?
    May-June 1993
    By Maripaz Lorenzo

    Forced to become men ahead of time, 10 young basketball players were made to decide their fates and face the consequences of their action.
    Such is the situation 10 of the former RP team batch of 1993 is in. Expedito Falcasantos, EJ Feihl, Patrick Fran, Rey Evangelista, Dennis Espino, Marlou Aquino, Kenneth Duremdes, Noli Locsin, Richard Ticzon and Emmanuel Victoria had to make a painful decision the night before they were to leave for Hongkong with the Philippine delegation to the 22-under ABC tournament.
    As PBL players, they were bound by a league rule which prohibited them from taking a leave of absence during a PBL tournament without the expressed permission of their mother teams. They had no way of knowing what would happen to them once they return to the country.
    All of them wanted to play for the country even if, as their managers believed, they were being sent abroad for the wrong reasons. But they had to think of their futures, too. What if, in their absence, the PBL board decides to ban them from competition in the league's tournaments? What happens to their families which rely on their meager playing allowances?
    So they held a meeting. It was a heart rending sight. Proud young men moved close to tears. Asked for assurances, only one party gave them guaranteed full support. The other brushed them off. They looked back. The PBL not only gives them financial security, it also gives them the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream to turn professional basketball players.
    The BAP, national sports association in charge of the RP Team, allows them the priviledge of serving their country as representatives in international basketball competitions. True. But it also discards, without a benefit of a second glance, players, such as former colleague Boyet Fernandez who got injured during one of the RP team's minor tournaments.
    Their choice made, however, anguish they felt that time, they let their RP team coach know of it at once. They felt that they, at least, owned him a courtesy. They were staying in the PBL. They will not be at the airport the next morning for the boarding call.
    The next days proved almost unbearable. They were indefinitely suspended by the BAP. Their former coach called them traydor and mukhang pera at various intervies with newsmen. Accusations that reached the eyes and ears of the whole nation.
    The boys-turned-men intoned during one interview, "Ang alam naming, naipit kami at ginawa lang naming ang inisip naming tama para sa panahong iyon, gusto man naming maglaro para sa bansa, hindi puwede dahil may mas nauna kaming obligasyong tinanggap", and they further stressed, "Hindi kami traydor at lalong hindi kami mukhang pera"
    Proof of this is the fact that the relaxation of the PBA's age prerequisite for drafting has opened their fantasy world's doors for some of them. But they let go of that wonderful multi-million peso-filled opportunity. For flag and country.
    Their saga does not end there. Three weeks before the SEA games, the BAP, in a show of reconciliation, invited Espino, Duremdes and Evangelista but not until after their former coach vehemently downgraded all of them by saying "Sikat lang sila pero kung sa ability lang din naman, pareho lang (the former battle-scarred team and his hastly formed youth level-laden team), Kung ako ang masusunod, wala akong ire-reconsider, mga walang backbones ang grupong iyan"
    The recall was a chance for Espino, Duremdes and Evangelista to redeem their names. But they would not hear of it, "Magkakasama kaming nag-desisyon, we entered this as one, lahat kami walang kasalanan kaya kung may babalik, dapat lahat kami", was their unified stand.
    Are they traitors? Or are they young men with principle? No backbone? Or heroes of their age?
    Last edited by Emon74; 11-28-2016 at 08:52 AM.

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    Pity the RP Youth Squad
    By Chino Trinidad
    October 1992

    Pity the RP Youth team campaigning in Beijing, China for the ABC Youth championships.
    Theirs is a story of misadventures. Even before they left last week, the team members were low spirited.
    Consider their plight. Weeks before their departure, the team was short on logistics, they had to practically beg for assistance. It's surprising no private entity took the RP Youth team under its wings.
    Luckily, a day before they left for China, the PBL chipped in and gave $1,945.00. National coach Francis Rodriguez received the amount seven hours before their flight in China.
    The team even almost got barbecued together with embattled Vice-President Erap Estrada. On the day of the team's departure, their flight was scrapped as the plane that was to take them to Hongkong developed mechanical trouble.
    If not for the swift action of some officials thru the help of China Airlines, the team could have forfeited its game against Macau. Fortunately, the travel-weary boys still have something left as they blew away Macau off the court.
    Those were not the only misfortunes the team had to hurdle. Just recently seven of its key players were dragged into a useless argument between the UAAP and the BAP.
    There were threats by the UAAP to disallow their players to join the national team. In the end, the UAAP realized its precarious situation and allowed its players to join the team.
    Let us not expect these young boys to do wonders at the ABC Youth championships. With the way this team has been treated, it will take a miracle for them to succeed.

  9. #19

    1985 Jones Cup

    How the Philippines won the 1985 Jones Cup
    By Joaquin Henson

    Winning the 1985 Jones Cup was no easy task for the Philippine team, wearing the San Miguel Beer colors. Coach Ron Jacobs' charges were up against formidable opposition, particularly the highly-touted US entry bannered by future NBA players Kenny Gattison, Harold Pressley, Kevin Henderson, and Joe Wolf.

    Philippines has defeated:

    West Germany(carrying the Steiner Optik colors), 82-61
    Canada (44-25 halftime lead), 69-58
    Italy, 96-76

    fourth win came against South Korea, 108-86, In the first 12 minutes, the Koreans buried seven triples to open a 33-22 edge, the Philippines pulled away in the second half, leading by as many as 33 points, 79-46. Arthur "Chip" Engelland led the RP Team with 31 points, and Jeff Moore tallied 28. Lee Chung Hee shot 29 points for South Korea.
    Sweden was the Philippines' fifth victim, both teams were unbeaten entering the contest, Bill Magarity, 6-7 forward was Sweden's big gun, Sweden was on top, 52-50, when the Philippines dropped a 9-2 bomb sparked by Samboy Lim. with time down to 2:10, the Philippines surged ahead, 70-59, and put the game on ice. Jeff Moore finished with 23 points, Dennis Still contributed 19 points and Samboy Lim wound up with 15.
    Host Taiwan was next, the Philippines rolled to a 80-66 win.
    Uruguay put up a courageous stand in losing a 57-64 thriller to the Philippines.

    It came down to a single game, a title-showdown between the Philippines and the United States for all the marbles.

    Samboy Lim and Allan Caidic were phenomenal, Lim shot 23 points, including three triples in a row that tied the count at 60-all. Caidic added 19, but the night belong to Chip Engelland, who was on fire and spewed 43 points, played the entire contest which went into a five-minute extension.
    There were seven lead changes and six ties in the first half which ended at 40-all. The Americans were on top, 87-86 with 14 ticks left. Jeff Moore could've wrapped it up in regulation but missed a free throw in the final seconds.
    In Overtime, Engelland buried two of his eight triples and the Philippines went on to humble the Americans, 108-100.
    US coach, Purdue's Gene Keady, who predicted an easy win for the Americans, blamed the referees from Uruguay and Taiwan for biased officiating, but nobody cared to listen to Keady's bellyaching. The Philippines wouldn't be denied the glory and honor of its second Jones Cup title.

  10. #20

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    This game was aired same day on a delayed basis and ended past midnight.

    The above article mentioned Engelland had 8 3ptrs and Samboy 3. IIRC, we had 15 that night and the Americans just 1.

    Against bigger teams, the 3ptr was a great equalizer and more.

    Bukam-bibig nang marami ang "Defense wins championships!" Well, kung kasing-tangkad mo ang kalaban at kasing-galing, defense will spell the difference. But how do you defend against a much bigger and taller team? You can't. You just have to shoot better to win!

    We had a head start in this game. At one time we had a glorious 3rd place finish in the World Championship and was the undisputed power in Asia. But the world has learned how to play it. They may not be as good as us,but they have enough smarts to make use of their height. That is enough to beat us.

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