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  1. #11
    Showdown: Back to Toyota-Crispa
    June 1979

    It was defending champion Toyota which first got a foot in the door leading to the finals of this year's All-Filipino. Opening with a hard-earned 99-88 victory over Filmanbank, it's title-playoff opponent in last year's All-Filipino, the powerhouse Tamaraws were again forced to go flat-out in their next game in the double-round semifinals before pulling out an uneasy five-point 109-104 win over the Tanduay Esquires.
    Then it was the time for their first encounter in the semis and their third against arch rivals Crispa Redmanizers. Staged before the third sellout PBA turnout of the season, the match was typically Toyota-Crispa a great part of the way as the Tamaraws raced off to a 12-point lead, lost steam and then the edge in the third quarter which saw the Redmanizers lead by as much as 11 points, but then came back with all barrels blazing in the fiery fourth quarter to pull off a 120-111 victory. The win was Toyota's third straight in the round of four and it gave the Tams at least a tie for a berth in the title playoffs.
    Three days later on June 19, the Tamaraws repeated over Filmanbank in the semis, 131-114, to earned a second straight crack at the title, earlier on the same day, Crispa moved to within a win of joining Toyota in the finals when it got over a shaky third quarter to win over Tanduay Esquires, 100-87.

  2. #12
    Interclub '79
    Masagana 99, title-favorite

    There was no grandiose or impressive trimmings. The air, humid though inside the Rizal Memorial Coliseum was cool and simple. It was the opening of the 1979 edition of Interclub.
    Except for the PMI band which played tunes no end, the opening was drab, and surprisingly, as lullaby. Eight teams paraded before a thin crowd. These were Bax Jeans, Cosmos, Goodyear, Masagana 99, National Press Club, Philippine Maritime Institute, PSSLU Federation and Summa Kumagai.
    Bureau of Plant Industry and NFAC Director Domingo Panganiban, who delivered a meaningful speech as opening rites' most special guest, also declared the tournament open.
    Masagana 99, the tourney's top favorites to clinch the title, has signified its intentions of awarding a sack of rice to any paying spectator every Masagana 99 game. Coach by Nic Jorge, 1978 national mentor, the Masagana 99 dribblers are: skipper Santi Rodriguez, Ben Obrique, Romy Matias, Raul Evangelista, Roy De Guzman, Bote Bautista, Joey Ocampo, Ric Roces, Anching Aban, Ed del Mundo, Boy Aquino, Rudy Cayabyab, Ernie Gacayan, Gil Cichoso and Gary Vargas, a strong contender in the RP youth team that will participate in a youth invitational in Brazil this coming August.

  3. #13
    Summa Kumagai is 1979 Interclub invitational champion
    By Pyke F. Jocson
    December 1979

    It took the unheralded pair of Eduardo Salvador and Romeo Martin and the silent effectivity of former San Beda Red Lion court-general Cholo Martin to lift the pressure off the Summa Kumagai dribblers when Walk Tall threatened on its way to clinching the 1979 Interclub invitational basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum last Sunday, December 9.
    Salvador, the 5-10 star guard-forward of Adamson University in the UAAP shot 29 points to topscore for his team, while the burly Romeo Martin contributed 14 points. Gary Vargas, Summa's top forward, who was later named as the league Most Valuable Player, managed to squeeze in 16 points, mostly on towering lay-ups.
    Summa Kumagai's first round record shows it toppled Masagana 99, 115-114; PSSLU, 131-104; Tads Jeans, 113-102; and PMI, 107-93; losing only to Walk Tall, 116-104. In the second round, Summa made a sweep, it clobbered Tads Jeans, 106-99; Masagana 99, 112-86; Walk Tall, 104-101, and PSSLU, 131-115.
    In the best of three series against Walk Tall, Summa got the first game, 125-113, and yielded to the Jeansmakers in the second, 109-120, before clinching the third for the crown, 111-102.
    The champions: skipper Joel Guzman, Gary Vargas, Joselito Dangoy, Donald Hickerson, Felix Armando Maimban, Frederick Adams, Sergio Geneblaza, Danilo Manalastas, Noel Guzman, Alberto Manuel, Eduardo Salvador, Romeo Martin, Maximiano Capulong, Rodolfo Garcia, Ramon Martin, Antonio Canono, Carlson Samlani and Ramon Araneta, Jr.
    Winning coach Arturo Valenzona, national youth coach and one of the most respected and titled coach in amateur caging, was ably backed up by assistant coach and trainer Chee Poblete.
    Last edited by Emon74; 10-05-2015 at 02:01 PM.

  4. #14
    Interclub III (1976)
    Colorful inaugurals on the boob tube

    There was a pervading festive air at the newly-coated Rizal Memorial Coliseum in the early afternoon of October 30, a Saturday.
    Basketball enthusiasts had flocked the coliseum entrance as early as noon, thrilled and excited as early comers would be. 'Twas the opening of the much-anticipated Interclub basketball league.
    12 teams are participating in this third edition of the Interclub. A&W Records, Cosmos, DM Nazareno, Dansei, Gaerlan, Grandtex, Mohawk, PMI, Sunrice, UTM, Volkswagen and Yanmar.
    The Interclub, which got started last year, has contributed a lot in developing athletes for the national team. The exodus of the cream of local basketball, which snobbed amateur caging in favor of the PBA, has left a dent in the Philippines' bid for the Asian basketball crown. The Interclub hopes to have its share in chipping in talents for a more competitive lineup for the national team.
    Several players, serving as finalists to this year's RP youth team, have skipped the tournament, with all the blessings of their respective teams. Among them are Anthony Dasalla and Renato Lobo of UTM, Alex Clarino of Sunrice, Roberto Poblete of Dansei, Nathaniel Castillo of A&W Records.
    Representing the clubs in the presidential box during the televised inaugurals (GTV-4) were Boy Cantada, Sonny Santos, Butch Fernandez, Allan Villar, Mar Tanglao, Willie Tan and others. Lito Puyat, the BAP president and International Basketball Federation head, who was supposed to be the opening rites' guest of honor, failed to make it because he was sick.
    A&W Records, under the name Villar, was the first Interclub champion. It wound up second to Solidmills (now UTM) in the last meet. Talon Zipper, Mark IV, Far East Bank-Bancom and Alcar are not joining this season's tourney.

  5. #15
    Yco's Taipei trip
    By Pyke Jocson

    The Taipei trip the Yco Painters had, June 14-30, was a "sort of prize for retaining the National Seniors title." The trip became doubly significant because the team became the country's official representative to the William Jones Cup, a prestigious cage meet participated in by nine squads.
    Despite the height and bulk the Painters faced in the opposition, it managed to squeeze in two victories, against the City Bank of Taipei (62-59) and the Bahrain national quintet (83-72). Yco bowed to the Flying Camels, 83-76: Milton Keynes, 102-77: the Korean national team, 81-71: Whittier College, 74-65: Brewster, 102-84: and Yue Loong, 104-75.
    The Yco Painters who saw action in the tournament were Alex Tan, William Johnston, Bonifacio de Jesus, James Payne, Eliezer Capacio, Gregorio Gozum, Alberto Gagan, Armando Yango, Joseph Herrera, Nathaniel Castillo, Romulo Gille and Alejandro Manansala. Officials in the trip were Jesus Bilbao, delegation head; Rafael Gallaga, assistant team manager; Edgardo Ocampo, coach; and Orlando Castelo, assistant coach.
    James Payne, the American in the Yco lineup, made it to the tournament's mythical selection. The participating teams in order of finish: Brewster, Korean national team, Whittier College, City Bank of Taipei, Milton Keynes, Flying Camels, Yue Loong, Yco and Bahrain national quintet.

  6. #16

    Mariwasa AKAI Recorders: 1972 MICAA Champions

    1972 MICAA Finals
    Best-of-three title series results:

    May 16: Mariwasa 86 Crispa 74
    May 18: Mariwasa 84 Crispa 80

    Mariwasa-AKAI Recorders, playing the role of underdogs against the favorites, Crispa-Floro Redmanizers, ran off with the 1972 MICAA basketball championship in a hard-fought contest with some 8,000 spectators in the second game of their championship series at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
    It was the Recorders third championship in five years and the fourth for their coach Valentin "Tito" Eduque. The Redmanizers had earlier led by 11 points at halftime. Their lineup was complete for the suspension of their five members for hounding a heckler ended after their 84-83 triumph over the AKAIs last May 13. The suspended Crispans who were back for the title playoff were Adriano Papa, Jr. , Rudolph Kutch, Rudy Soriano, Rey Alcantara and Rey Franco. It was their return that made the Redmanizers the favorites.
    AKAI's 6-6 Cisco Oliver knocked in 20 of his 25 markers in the second half but it was Ramon Lucindo who pulled the Recorders out of the stalemate to give his team an 82-78 lead, from a 78-all deadlock with two minutes and five seconds remaining.

    Mariwasa (84) - Oliver 25, Bernardo 12, Bauzon 12, Robinson 10, Sullano 9, Bilbao 4, Roque 4, Lucindo 4, Adolfo 4, Figuracion 0, Gregorio 0.

    Crispa (80) - Adornado 17, Cowart 16, Soriano 10, Papa 10, Abarrientos 8, Florencio 7, Pecache 6, Scranton 3, de Leon 3, de la Paz 0.

  7. #17
    ROMAGO is 1977 BIBLE Champion
    By Pyke Jocson

    Romago, the much ballyhooed amateur basketball team in the country today, is proving true its reputation of "team to watch" in amateur caging.
    With only the lesser acclaimed Metro Manila Group B championship title to back it up, it has suddenly become a focal point, the star of games played at the Xavier gym.
    Romago is 1977 BIBLE champion! Yes, after a few months of serious caging. It toppled defending champion Sunrice, 69-63, in a titular clash marred by near riot which saw the Ricemillers empty their bench to walk out of the grand finals with still 13 minutes and 13 seconds left in the ballgame.
    With each team refusing to yield to each other and pressure mounting with unnecessary trippings and other sportsmanlike gestures, Sunrice coach Jun Celis charged into referee Romy Guevarra "for biased officiating".
    The champions: Jose Aldanese, Marcelino Alvaran, George Cezar, Benjamin Cleofas, Oliveros Dalman, Peter Garcia, Boysie Henares, Hector Hipolito, Cecilio Marcelino, Melchor Ravanes, Urcisio Rizane, Oscar Santiago, Don Scaife, Rudy Vinoya, Antonio Torrente and Arnulfo Tuadles.
    Romago swept Division I with a clean slate, beating five other teams in the first and second rounds. Toppled were Sunrice, Cosmos, FPJ, Lorenzo and Mactan. Division 2 title was won by Ormoc. The teams of the division in their order of finish: Ogamor, Panpisco, Swingers, Sanyo and New Que Pe.
    Versatile Don Scaife topscored for Romago with 22, followed by ABC veteran Tuadles. Sonny Co was the high pointman for the losers with 20. Halftime score was 52-43 in favor of the winner.
    Romago hopes to make the MICAA next year.

  8. #18
    FICFAA Cage Finale
    Sunrice dethrones Lorenzo
    June 1979

    Riding high on Mon San Juan's mastery of the fastbreak, Sunrice survived a desperate rally by the defending champion Lorenzo Shipping, to win the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Athletic Association basketball tournament title,
    94-89, at the Dumlao gymnasium last June 20.
    The champions of coach Engracio "Boy" Arazas: Roberto Cabas, Timoteo Coloso, Eduardo Ducut, Angelito Esguerra, Nelson Espinosa, Conrado Fernandez, Marcelino Flores, Chris McGarry, Ike Noble, Antonio Pujante, Ramon San Juan, Oscar Santiago, Herminio Sarmiento, Rodrigo Manalaysay and Delfin Canares.
    Lorenzo's high-scoring Kenneth Yap, who finished with a team high 20, was shackled by the youthful and stocky Tim Coloso to somewhat put a drama on what is expected to happen in the coming NCAA, Lorenzo Shipping being carried by the La Salle team, and Sunrice bannered by Letran standouts.
    Presidential Finance adviser Cesar Dumlao, assisted by MYSD Deputy Minister Elpidio Dorotheo and Son Chiang-Chung, first secretary of People's Republic of China embassy, awarded the championship trophy.
    Last edited by Emon74; 11-18-2016 at 07:11 AM.

  9. #19
    A&W Records halts Frigidaire anew; Solidenims gets even with Yco
    By Pyke Jocson

    It was a repeat story for Frigidaire, leading practically all the way only to yield in the dying seconds, to the same team, A&W Records.
    The Recorders of coach Nemie Villegas clobbered the Icemakers of Nat Canson twice in the same fashion, first, via two-point margin in the first round, 113-111, and this recent one, a squeaker, 104-103.
    The two games also produced a hero in rookie Joselito Ocampo twice. In the first encounter, Ocampo gave A&W the lead through a pair of charities, aside from hauling down the winning rebound. In the two teams' next meeting, Ocampo again delivered the marginal shot with a side jumper with four ticks remaining in the game.
    "We did it again" stated team manager Allan Villar, "Im so happy, I saw how my boys worked hard for that victory." In the other game, the Solidenims of coach Arturo Valenzona avenged their first game loss to Yco, 89-90, by outplaying Freddie Webb's charges, 102-93.
    Starring the sweetshooting Arturo Cristobal and the powerful duo of Yoyoy Villamin and Rey Lazaro, the Solidenims sizzled with precise set plays to outdo the star-studded Yco quintet.

  10. #20
    A-B-C of D-E-F-ense, SMC-style
    February 3-10, 1978

    When San Miguel lost to Romago, 84-78, in the opening game of the MICAA, there was not a shade of shock nor a tinge of surprise established among the spectators and followers of the series. A bunch of second stringers and rookies, what did one expect.
    But when San Miguel clobbered cage titans Yco, 100-94, and Crispa, 75-73, talks ran wild, eyes were quizzed and eyebrows were raised. "Defense is the name of our game. We toppled Yco because we managed to come out with an effective press which caused them several of their much-vaunted set. We beat Crispa because our double-teaming work. Defense obviously did it for us." Coach Nic Jorge said in one of those rigid drills the team undegoes regularly at the YMCA gym.
    The '78 MICAA Braves: Skipper Bobby Santiago, Marty Tierra, Mini Perete, Cesar Bauto, Moi Cunanan, Jess Migalbin, Ben Ocariza, Mon Dizon, Danny Salvador, Manny Liwag, Boy Valencia, Rex de Asis, Boy Garferio and Boy Bayona.

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