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    Retro 1970s: basketball articles

    National Seniors
    Can Yco retain the crown
    May 1978

    After one week of overly-light and heavy basketball at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, punctuated by heaven-sent victories and massacres, the 1978 National Seniors basketball championships got through with the 12-team semis to start with the finals featuring the tournament's top six teams.
    Surviving the tightly-contested semifinals were defending champion Yco, Yanmar, Solid Mills, Frigidaire, ITM and Romago. Eliminated were San Beda, UP, FEU-Glenmore, JRC-ACB, San Miguel and Sunrice.
    Expect to figure prominently in the championship round are Yco, Frigidaire, ITM and darkhorse Yanmar. Yco, playing minus ace gunners Jimmy Manansala and Abe Monzon who have turned pro, still remains the heavy favorite to retain the title all because of its rich lineup. It has acquired the services of Bonifacio de Jesus, the tallest amateur player at 6-8, and strong boy Nilo Cruz from the now-disbanded Manila Bank.
    Yco still has national players Joseph Herrera, Ely Capacio, Gregorio Gozum and Nat Castillo, along with Alex Tan, Totoy Gagan, Ben Brillantes, Mando Yango and James Payne. Frigidaire, coach by Nat Canson, has the same lineup that placed fourth in the last MICAA, an addition, in the person of Amadeo Sagarbarria, an ex-Banker, has bolstered Frigidaire's frontline, still with the team are Joel Banal, Federico Lauchengco, Eduardo Merced, Errol David, Roberto Concepcion, Rafael Sison, Leopoldo Herrera, Rolly Pineda, Ramon Cruz, Joey Marquez and Jovenal Francisco.
    ITM, with Romulo Mamaril, Cesar Yabut, Ric Mallari, Bien Dela Cruz, Efren Manila, Bebeng Martinez and the return of Wilfredo Tanduyan in the lineup, is enjoying the reputation of a team most likely to give Yco the stiff fight for the crown.
    Yanmar, who came out a surprising runner up to Ameer-JM in the last interclub, is led by the burly Ken Bradley, Boy Cantada's team is expect to provide the hustle to the other quintet because of Bradley's dominating presence. Bradley will be supported by Billy Abarrientos, Pepito Malanay, Fred Demetrio, ex-Bankers Dave Hester, Butch Orozco and Rod Manalaysay.

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    NCAA Opens today
    July 1975

    The Ateneo Blue Eagles are the hands down choice of experts to perch atop the NCAA diadem, what with Steve Watson, last season's junior 'wonder' whiz, reinforcing the intact Ateneo lineup of last year, the 6"3' Eagle is only a senior in high school, but will play with college boys for lack of opposition from the junior ranks. Former Junior standout Louie Rabat, 5"11' son of ex-Olympian Frankie Rabat, also bears watching, he calls the shots well, delivers baskets with ease, and mans the center slot with facility. With more experience now behind them, skipper Gerry Verzosa, Chito Mistades, Joy Carpio, Manny Estrella and Pons Valdez - the same team that almost ignited coup, but managed only third place because of coach Baby Dalupan's untimely exodus - should deliver the winning tempo. Coach Dalupan will continue servicing the Eagles this season.

    The encouraging hunting harvest of the Green Archers last season hasn't seemed to have ended yet. Even without Edward Dizon's heroics under the basket and Lim Eng Beng's outside bull's-eye, De La Salle looks formidable still to block the Eagles' championship quest. William Johnston, 6"2' and Lope Leonio, 6"1', could patch the slot vacated by Dizon, while Dennis Mendoza and Dee Sagarbarria should be able to contain the clutches, with coach Tito Eduque to spur hardcourt men into action - anything could happen.

    The Bombers may be a bit crippled with the loss of Cristino Calilan, who is now with Crispa, Melchor Rabadon, and Lito Ladores, JRC officials are optimistic the Bombers will continue its giant killer role - the Bombers still have Jaime Javier, Renan Pablo, Nilo Claro, Marty Tierra and Ed Merced to realize this objective.

    The San Sebastian Stags, the champion team in 1973, boast one of the tallest players in the league in Ramon Samson, 6"5', but don't deliver the credentials necessary to make a champion team. Their aces in Dave Supnet and Norbie Rivera will no longer be performing for them, veteran coach Ignacio "Ning" Ramos may be keeping some surprises underneath his sleeves.

    The Cardinals of Mapua have aces Ramon Cannu and Adolfo Calaycay, and new sensation Romulo Mamaril, 6"6', the rookie-laden Cardinals still belong to the darkhorse category.

    San Beda, with Caloy Loyzaga as mentor, has lost several veterans, including Milo Prado and Chito Bugia, the Red Lions belong to the class of San Sebastian, Letran and Trinity which may pull some upsets.

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    Red Lions, Red Cubs rule first round
    January 1979

    Defending champion San Beda College, convincingly proving its supremacy in the NCAA caging, expectedly romped away with the first round pennant of the holiday-interrupted NCAA basketball tournament.
    The Red Lions finished with a record of six victories and zero defeats. Letran and La Salle had an identical 4-2 card, but the Knights prevailed to earned runner-up honors by virtue of their resounding victory over the Archers, La Salle settled for third.
    Mapua and Jose Rizal College had the same 3-3 record but Mapua edged JRC which it beat earlier, to gain fourth place, Trinity finished with a victory over the winless Stags of San Sebastian.
    In Junior competition, the Red Cubs of coach Edmundo Badolato duplicated the record of their senior counterparts, topping six other NC teams. second round hostilities resume on January 6.

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    YCO Returns to MICAA throne
    July 1975

    Yco fans not need cry anymore. The team's long search for a cage title has finally ended. Last July 18, at the battle-weary Rizal Coliseum, the Painters did the final coating on the stubborn Golden bankers of Manilabank with a dramatic come-from-behind 72-69 victory.
    It was a thrilling, tense-filled contest with all the trimmings of a real championship fight. hysteria among fans was overwhelming. The bankers were brilliantly applauded, there was a distinct drama in the Yco box section.
    Yco's passport to the championship fight? A clean slate in the elimination round. It trounced San Miguel, 105-85; Seven-Up, 120-86; U-Tex, 109-76; Florotex, 119-88; Concepcion, 93-82; Delta, 87-83; and Manilabank, 82-80. In the championship round, it toppled Concepcion, 92-72, and San Miguel, 93-68.
    It is nice to note that throughout the tournament, Coach Ed Ocampo's charges never played like superstars. Everyone in the team contributed and indeed is lucky to have heroes in its lineup.

    Member of the Yco team:

    Freddie Webb #14
    Mike Bilbao #4
    Bert Dela Rosa #6
    Jose Laganson
    Gregorio Gozum #13
    Jose Remonte
    Pablo Ocampo
    Alejandro Manansala
    Ely Capacio #12
    Orly Castelo
    Eric Ilustre #10

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    Toyota, Noritake wins
    November 29, 1976

    Mariwasa-Noritake upsets U-Tex Wranglers, 115-106, while Toyota Silver Tamaraws beat Royal Tru-Orange, 124-112 in the second game, at the start of the All-Philippine championship third conference at the Araneta Coliseum.
    Down by 18 points, 84-102, with 8:41 left in the final quarter, Noritake rallied and outscored the Wranglers, 31-4. Import James Cornelious, who scored 31 points, gave Noritake the lead at 106-105. The win was a gift from their new coach, Valentin Eduque, who previously coach Concepcion Quasar in the First Conference.
    Eduque was also the coach of Mariwasa in 1972 when they won the MICAA championship. Meanwhile, the PBA announced that all games in the third conference will be played at the Araneta Coliseum, and that the scheduled games in Cebu on December 7 and 8 will not push through.

    First Game
    Noritake (115) - Cornelious 31, Papa 26, Dacula 12, Robinson 10, Reynoso 9, Alcantara 8, Rodriguez 6, Lucindo 4, Figuracion 4, Ariolla 3, Sullano 0.
    U-Tex (106) - Florencio 19, Knight 18, Basilan 15, Cabading 14, Haven 13, Pineda 8, Hines 8, Frank 6, Lim 3, Noblezada 0
    Quarterscores: 27-24, 53-53, 76-90, 115-106

    Second Game
    Toyota (124) - Jones 24, Arnaiz 22, Acuna 20, Fernandez 13, Jaworski 11, Smith 10, Tolentino 8, Segura 7, Bauzon 5, Clarino 4
    Royal (112) - Bird 46, Estrada 20, Paner 17, Miego 8, Martirez 6, Rivera 5, Baguio 4, Regullano 4, Edmonds 2, Velasco 0, Cuevas 0
    Quarterscores: 36-24, 64-51, 91-80, 124-112

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    MICAA title showdown
    A real solid victory

    YCO had taken the first game of the best-of-three playoff for the 1978 MICAA title by a hairline, 80-79, but Solid Mills got up from the floor in the second game to win also by a thin margin, 84-83.
    So now the series stood all square holding a win apiece and needing only a win in the sudden death finish to resolve once and for all which is the best ballclub in the country's premier amateur basketball circuit.
    In the first half, the Painters bounced back from 11 points down in the first nine minutes of the tense match, grabbed the lead at 30-29, and went on from there to lead by eight on a string of nine points by Jimmy Manansala. Solid Mills close the gap at four points, 45-41, at the half.
    Two hits by Renato Lobo and Ray Obias tied the count at 45-all, at the start of the second half, after YCO's Payne came thorugh with his two hits from near quartercourt, Benjamin Chua ran loose with Marte Saldana and Anthony Dasalla to shove Solidenims out front by eight, 61-53, time down to 11:22, Solid pad the lead to 13 with 4:30 left, and eventually won, 89-81, to capture the title which eluded them last year when it lost the playoffs to Crown Motors, which hobbled in fourth place in this year's tournament under its new name, Frigidaires. The Frigidaires lost to San Miguel in the playoff for third place.
    An ecstatic Solid coach Arturo Valenzona credited the way his boys fought for the rebounds in the second halfand their effective drive-in plays for the victory. YCO coach Ed Ocampo, a former Painter, could only say "my boys gave their best but we bungled it in a way, I had talented players but Solid Mills had solid ones."

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