- Basketball in the Philippines
Philippineswas among the world's first basketball-playing nations; and Filipinos are some of the world's most avid followers of the sport. The Philippines is the home of the world’s second oldest (and Asia’s first) professional basketball league, the Philippine Basketball Association(PBA) which has for 30 years helped to shape the history of Philippine basketball. Before the professional era, the Philippines national basketball teamdominated basketball in Asia, being some of the world’s best in the 1950s.
The beginning and the pre-war era
Around 1900, the Americans’
Young Men's Christian Association(YMCA) introduced the newly invented sport of "Basketball" to the Philippines. Prior to this period, football (soccer)was the most popular sport in the Philippine Islandsdue to its history as a Spanish colony (and influenced by British sailors from Hong Kong), even during the Far Eastern Games. Basketball and other American sports such as baseballeventually supplanted soccer (football).
historianand national artist Nick Joaquín, basketball was first introduced to Filipinos within the historic walls of Intramuros, Manila.
From the 1910s to the early 1930s, the Philippines dominated the Far Eastern Games basketball tournament winning 9 of 10 basketball championships.
In 1936, the Philippines played in the Berlin Olympic Games basketball tournament, the first time basketball played as an official sport. The Philippines started the tournament winning two in a row beating Mexico and Estonia but lost to the United States in the quarterfinals. The Philippines went on to beat Italy and Uruguay to finished fifth in the tournament with a 4-1 record. The 5th place finish was the best finish by an Asian country in the Olympic Games men’s basketball tournament. If not for controversial rulings, the Philippines could have at least won silver or bronze medal.
Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association(MICAA) was formed in 1938, and dominated Philippine basketball for almost 40 years.
In the 1950s, the Philippine team was among the best basketball teams in the world after winning two consecutive
Asian Gamesbasketball gold medals (1951, 1954).
Despite missing the first
FIBA World Championship(1950) in Argentina, the Philippines participated in the 1954 FIBA World Championshipheld at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Philippines finished with a 5-2 win-loss record in the Final Round games, and captured the bronze medal. The third place-finish is still currently the best finish by an Asian country in the World Championships. Carlos Loyzagafinished as the world tournament’s third leading scorer (148 points/16.4 points per game) and was named in the FIBA World Mythical Five Selection.
Before the end of the decade, the country retained the Asian Games basketball gold medal in 1958. During this period, the Philippines had also consistently played, in the
Olympic Gamesbasketball tournament since 1936.
In the 1960s, the first
FIBA Asia Championshipwas won by the Philippines with Carlos Badionas the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. In 1962, the Philippines won its fourth consecutive Asian Games gold medal and retained the Asian championship in 1963.
Meanwhile, the Philippines won the right to host the third
FIBA World Championshipbut were suspended after then President Diosdado Macapagal, father of current President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, refused to issue visa to players from communist countries (notably basketball powerhouse Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union).
In the Asian Games, after Carlos Loyzaga’s retirement, the Philippines' dominance declined but the country continued to play competitively in the Asian and World Championships. While in the Olympic Games, the country played poorly, unable to reach the top 10.
The professional era
The 1970s and 1980s witnessed the birth of two new leagues: the
Philippine Basketball Association(PBA), founded in April 1975, and the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) in 1983; both leagues replaced the 34 year old MICAA.
In 1978, the Philippines hosted the FIBA World Championship and finished 8th in the tournament, despite losing all its games. The event was the first World Basketball Championship ever to be held in Asian soil.
In the 1980s,
San Miguel-Philippines, a club team specially formed to represent the country, won the FIBA Asia Club Championship (1984) and earned the right to play in the Intercontinental Cup (1). The team also captured the William Jones Cupchampionship.
In 1985-1986, the Philippines won its fifth
FIBA Asia Championshipand earned the right to play in the 1986 FIBA World Championshipheld at Madrid, Spain. The team failed to play in the world championships due to political crisis, and the eventual coming of the Philippines' People Power Revolution. Later in 1986, the Philippines captured the bronze medal in the Asian Games after a controversial semi-final loss to South Korea. American shooting maestro Arthur Engelland, Hector Calmaand Allan Caidic, bannered the San Miguel-Philippines and national teams in 1984-1986.
In 1990’s, the Philippines sent all-professional national teams in the Asian Games basketball tournaments. The PBA was given the task to reclaim basketball supremacy in Asia but was limited by the national association, the
Basketball Association of the Philippines(BAP), to play just in the Asian Games.
The first all-professional national team was formed in 1990, coached by the "Living Legend"
Robert Jaworskiand the team was bannered by PBA superstars Alvin Patrimonio, Avelino “Samboy” Lim and 1990 PBA Most Valuable Player Allan Caidic. The dream team finished second and captured the silver medal after losing to China in the finals. Samboy Lim was named in the Asian Games basketball all-star mythical five selection.
San Miguel Beermen, which captured the PBA All-Filipino Cuptitle, and earned the right to represent the Philippines in the Asian Games. The team also included loaned PBA players and amateur standouts. The PBA-San Miguel Philippines team finished fourth place after losing to China and Japan in the play-offs. Allan Caidic, Asia’s most feared Filipino player, finished as the Asian Games’ leading scorer and was named in the Asian Games All-Star Mythical Five Selection.
In 1998, the PBA formed the celebrated
Philippine Centennial Teamwhich captured the 21st William Jones Cup championship and the bronze medal in the Asian Games held at Bangkok, Thailand.
The centennial celebrations also witnessed the birth of the
Metropolitan Basketball Association(MBA), the country’s second-ever professional league.
In 2000, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) celebrated its 25th anniversary and named the “
PBA's 25th Anniversary All-Time Team”, the top 25 were – Johnny Abarrientos, William "Bogs" Adornado, Ato Agustin, Francis Arnaiz, Lim Eng Beng, Ricardo Brown, Allan Caidic, Hector Calma, Philip Cezar, Atoy Co, Jerry Codiñera, Kenneth Duremdes, Bernard Fabiosa, Ramon Fernandez, Danny Florencio, Alberto Guidaben, Freddie Hubalde, Robert Jaworski, Jojo Lastimosa, Samboy Lim, Ronnie Magsanoc, Vergel Meneses, Manny Paner, Benjie Paras, and Alvin Patrimonio. Later, the PBA All-Star Selection beat the FIBA Asia All-Star Selection, which was led by Filipino and MBA superstar Rommel Adducul.
Prior to 1950
1898-1900s – Americans introduced the newly invented sport of “
Basketball” through the YMCAin the Philippines.
1913 – The first ever
Philippine national basketball teamwas formed to compete for the first Far Eastern Championship Games(the precursor of the Asian Games) held at Manila, Philippines.
- The Philippines played and won its first international basketball game against China. The Philippines also won the first basketball gold medal of the Far Eastern Games.
1915 – The Philippines retained the basketball gold medal in the second Far Eastern Games held at
1917 – The Philippines, for the third time, captured the basketball gold medal in the Far Eastern Games held at
1919 – The Philippines captured the basketball gold medal for the fourth time in the fourth Far Eastern Games held for the second time in Manila, Philippines.
1921 – China upset and put to an end to the Philippines' unbeaten run in the Far Eastern Games basketball tournament. The Philippines finished with a silver medal for the first time, losing 30-27 to China. 1923
* The Philippines recaptured the Far Eastern Games basketball gold medal in
* In the Far Eastern Games, Luis “Lou” Salvador scored the Philippines’ and the Far Eastern Games all-time record for the most points scored by a player in a single game. He scored 116 points to lead the Philippines beat China and recapture the gold medal.
* Filipino veteran
Jovito Gonzaleswon his sixth consecutive Far Eastern Games basketball medal. Gonzales was a member of the first ever Philippine national team that won the first ever Far Eastern Games basketball title and went on to end his career with five gold medals and a silver in the Far Eastern Games. He holds the all-time record for the most appearances by a Filipino in the Far Eastern Games basketball tournament.
1924 – The
University of the Philippineswon the first ever Philippine National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Basketball championship. The NCAA is the oldest collegiate sports tournament in the Philippine history.
1925 – The Philippines retained its basketball title in the seventh edition of the Far Eastern Games held for the third time in Manila, Philippines.
1927 – The Philippines again captured the basketball gold medal of the eighth Far Eastern Games held at Shanghai, China.
1930 – The Philippines beat host Japan and won its eighth basketball gold medal in the Far Eastern Games at Tokyo, Japan.
- Filipino veteran
Augusto Bautistawon his fifth consecutive Far Eastern Games basketball medal. Bautista won four basketball gold medals and a silver medal in the Far Eastern Games, in addition to his volleyballmedals won in the same Games.
1934 – The Philippines won its ninth and final Far Eastern Games basketball championship title at Manila, Philippines. It was the final edition of the championship, as
Japaneventually invaded Chinain the late 1930s, which led to the Pacificversion of World War II.
Mariano Filomeno, one of the greatest Filipino players in the pre-war era, won his fifth consecutive Far Eastern Games basketball gold medal and ends his career with 25-30 points per game.
Basketball Association of the Philippines(BAP) joined the international basketball governing body – Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur FIBA.
* The American Commonwealth of the Philippines issued the world’s first basketball stamp.
* The Philippines participated in the first official
Olympic Gamesbasketball tournament held at Berlin, Germany. The national team finished fifth with a 4-1 win-loss record and is the best finish by an Asian country in the Olympic men’s basketball history. The team, lead by Ambrosio Padilla, beat Mexico (32-30), Estonia (39-22), Italy (32-14) and Uruguay (33-23), and losing only to eventual champion Team USA (23-56).
* Two-time Philippine Olympic basketball team coach Dionisio “Chito” Calvo organized the
Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association(MICAA). It was the country’s top commercial league for 41 years with H.E. Hecock, Inc. as its first champion.
Far Eastern Universitywon the first ever University Athletic Association of the Philippines(UAAP) Basketball championship.
1941 – The Philippines, lead by
Charlie Borckand the Fajardobrothers, participated in the Japan-sponsored Greater Asian Co-Prosperity SphereGames.
* The Philippines, finished 12th with a 4-4 win-loss record in the Olympic Games basketball tournament held at
London, England, United Kingdom.
* The Philippines became the first country to score at least 100 points in a single game in the Olympic men’s basketball history. The Philippines beat Iraq 102-30 in the opening game of Group A.
1950 – The first FIBA World Basketball Championship was held at
Buenos Aires, Argentinabut Asian countries like the Philippines, Japan and China did not send their national basketball teams.
1951 – The Philippines won the first ever
Asian Gamesbasketball gold medal with a 4-0 record. The first Asian Games was held at New Delhi, India.
1952 – The Philippines finished 9th with a 3-2 record in the Olympic Games basketball tournament held at
* The Philippines retained the basketball gold medal (6-0) of the Asian Games held at Manila, Philippines.
Lauro Mumarwon his second consecutive Asian Games gold medal and was named with Carlos Loyzagaas co-captains for the Philippine national team bound for the world championships. Mumar later coached the India national basketball teamand the Philippine national team.
* The Philippines finished third and captured the bronze medal in the second FIBA World Championship held at
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Philippines finished with a 6-3 win-loss record and was the best finished by an Asian country in the world championships.-Carlos “Caloy” Loyzaga regarded by many as the greatest Filipino basketball player of all time, finished as the third leading scorer of the tournament (148 points and 16.4 points per game) and was named in the FIBA World Championship all-tournament mythical five selections.
1956 – The Philippines finished 7th with a 4-4 record in the Olympic Games basketball tournament held at
* The Philippines won the Asian Games basketball gold medal with a 6-1 record held at Tokyo, Japan.
* Chinese Taipei ended the Philippines unbeaten run in Asian basketball. The last time the Philippines lost a game against Asian rivals was 37 years ago when China beat the Philippines in finals of 1921 Far Eastern Games held at
Mariano Tolentinowon his third consecutive Asian Games gold medal. Tolentino was one of the very few players to play several times for the national team.
1959 – The Philippines finished 8th with a 4-2 record in the FIBA World Championship held at
Araneta Coliseumwas completed in Quezon Cityand was during that time the largest covered-entertainment center in the world, and one of the biggest basketball coliseums in the world.
FIBA Asiawas formed at Manila, Philippineswith Filipino basketball legends Ambrosio Padillaand Dionisio Calvoelected as the first President and the first Secretary-General of the newly formed Asian basketball federation.
* The Philippines won the first ever Asian Basketball Confederation (now
FIBA Asia Championship) gold medal with a 9-0 record held at Manila, Philippines.
Carlos Badionwas named the first ever FIBA Asia Most Valuable Player of the tournament and was named in the Mythical five selection.
- The Philippines finished 11th with a 4-4 record in the Olympic Games basketball tournament held at
1962 – The Philippines won its fourth consecutive Asian Games basketball gold medal with a 7-0 record held at
Carlos Loyzagawon his fourth consecutive Asian Games basketball gold medal and sets the Filipino all-time record for the most appearances by a Filipino in the Asian Games basketball tournament. - The Philippines was suspended by the basketball governing body, FIBA, after then President Diosdado Macapagalrefused to issue visas to players from communist countries ( Yugoslavia). In addition, the Philippines lost the right to host the third FIBA World Championship.
1963 – The Philippines won its second consecutive FIBA Asia Championship title with a 9-2 record held at
- Carlos Loyzaga ended his long illustrious career for the national team and ends his career as the most successful Filipino player ever to play for the Philippine national team. He later coached the national team to the Asian Championship and the Olympic Games.
1964 – The Philippines finished 6th with a 3-6 record in a 10-nation pre-Olympic qualifying tournament held at
Yokohama, Japan. The Philippines, despite being the Asian champion, has to play a qualifying tournament due to its early suspension in 1962.
1965 – The Philippines finished 2nd with a 4-1 record and captured the silver medal in the FIBA Asia Championship held at
Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (now Malaysia).
1966 – The Philippines finished 6th with a 4-3 record in the Asian Games basketball tournament held at
1967 – The Philippines won its third FIBA Asia Championships with a 9-0 record held at
Seoul, South Korea.
- The Philippines finished fifth in the
World University Gamesheld at Tokyo, Japan.
- The Philippines finished 3rd and captured the bronze medal in the first ever Intercontinental Basketball Tournament for players under 5-11 held at
Barcelona, Spain. The Philippines finished behind the United Statesand host Spainbut beat South Americangiant, Braziland European representative, France.
1968 – The Philippines finished 13th with a 3-6 record in the Olympic Games basketball tournament held at
Mexico City, Mexico.
1969 – The Philippines finished 3rd with a 7-2 record and captured the bronze medal in the FIBA Asia Championship held at Bangkok, Thailand.
1970 – The Philippines finished 5th with a 4-4 record in the Asian Games basketball tournament held at Bangkok, Thailand.
1971 – The Philippines finished 2nd with a 7-1 record and captured the silver medal in the FIBA Asia Championship held at Tokyo, Japan.
1972 – The Philippines finished 13th with a 3-6 record in the
Olympic Gamesbasketball tournament held at Munich, West Germany(now Germany).
1973 – The Philippines won its fourth FIBA Asia Championship title with a 9-0 record held at Manila, Philippines.
1974 – The Philippines finished 4th with a 2-4 record in the Asian Games basketball tournament held at
- The Philippines finished 13th with a 2-5 record in the FIBA World Championship held at San Juan,
1975 – In April, ten MICAA commercial ball clubs broke up with the
Basketball Association of the Philippines(BAP) and formed Asia’s first professional basketball league, the Philippine Basketball Association(PBA). The league’s first champion was the Toyota Comets.
1976 – The
Crispa Redmanizers, coached by Baby Dalupan, won the PBA first ever Grand Slam title after winning three consecutive PBA conferences in one season.
Gonzalo G. Puyat IIwas elected President of the international basketball governing body, FIBA. Puyat was later reelected and finished his term in 1984 and became FIBA's honorary president.
1977 – The Philippines won the first ever
South East Asian Gamesbasketball gold medal.
1978 – The Philippines for the second time won the right to host the
FIBA World Championship.
- The Philippines finished 8th with a 0-7 record in the FIBA World Championship held at home in
1979 – The Philippines won its second South East Asian Games basketball gold medal.
- Future PBA superstar
Ricardo Brownwas drafted by the Houston Rocketsfor the National Basketball Association(NBA).
1981 – The Philippines composed of Filipino and naturalized American players won the fifth R. William Jones Cup International Basketball Championship held at
Taipei, Taiwan. The team was bannered by Dennis Still, Jeff Moore and Filipino-American NBA draftee Ricardo Brown.
- The Philippines captured its third straight South East Asian Games basketball gold medal.
1983 – The Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) was formed as an amateur basketball league for collegiate players and was sponsored by large companies in the Philippines. The PABL would later be renamed into the
Philippine Basketball League(PBL) as it grew into a commercial, semi-professional league.
- The Philippines retained its basketball gold medal in the South East Asian Games.
Crispa Redmanizers, coached by Tommy Manotoc, won the its second PBA Grand Slam title after winning three consecutive PBA conferences in one season.
1984 – The Northern Consolidated (San Miguel-Philippines) team won the FIBA Asia Club Championship and earned the right to play in the
FIBA World Club Championshipheld at Girona, Spain. The team was bannered by American shooting maestro Arthur Engelland, Hector Calma, Samboy Limand Filipino hotshot Allan Caidic.
San Miguel-Philippinesfinished 4th place in Group B with a 1-3 win/loss record in the FIBA World Club Championship held at Girona and Barcelona, Spain. (1)
- The Philippines captured the 9th
William Jones Cupchampionship after beating the United States in overtime 108-100 in the finals.
- The Philippines won its fifth consecutive
South East Asian Gamesbasketball gold medal.
1985-1986 – The Philippines won its fifth
FIBA Asia Championshiptitle held at Ipoh, Malaysia. The team beat China in the finals 82-72 behind Filipino triggerman Allan Caidic’s 22 points. The championship earned the Philippines the right to play in the FIBA World Championshipheld at Madrid, Spain but due to political crisis in the country, the team failed to participate for the world championship finals.
1986 – The Philippines finished 3rd and captured the bronze medal after a dramatic semi-final loss against South Korea in the Asian Games basketball tournament held at
Seoul, South Korea.
1989 – The international basketball governing body, Fédération Internationale de Basketball
FIBA, has now agreed to let professional players to play in any international basketball tournaments including the FIBA World Championships and the Olympic Games. - The San Miguel Beermen, coached by Norman Black, won the third PBA Grand Slam title after winning three consecutive PBA conferences in one season.
1990 – The Philippines finished 2nd and captured the silver medal after losing to China in the finals of the Asian Games basketball tournament held at
Beijing, China. The team was the first ever all-professional national team sent by the Philippines and fittingly deserved to be called the “ Philippines Dream Team”. The team, coached by Robert Jaworski, was bannered by PBA superstars Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, Hector Calma, Benjie Paras, Avelino “Samboy” Lim and 1990 PBA Most Valuable Player Allan Caidic.
-Samboy Lim was named in the Asian Games basketball tournament All-Star Mythical Five Selection, the top 5 best players of the tournament.
1991 – On
November 21, Filipino Allan "Triggerman" Caidic scored 79 points and lead the Presto Tivoli beat Ginebra San Miguel. Caidic’s 79 points was the most points scored by a Filipino in a single PBA game and sank 17 three-point field goals, the most three-point shots made in a single game. Other PBA records he sets in the game are the most points scored in a single half (53 points), in a single quarter (37) and the most consecutive triples and most triples in a single quarter (8 triples).
1992 – Former NBA player and PBA import Tony Harris of the Swift Mighty Meaties scored 105 points against against Ginebra San Miguel in a 151-147 victory on
October 10. The 105 points was the most points scored by a player, both locals and imports, in a single PBA game.
1994 – The
San Miguel Beermenearned the right to represent the Philippines in the upcoming Asian Gamesafter winning the PBA All-Filipino Cup Conference championship. Later, the national team, not only includes San Miguel players, but also includes loan players from the other PBA franchises (notably Alvin Patrimonio and Johnny Abarrientos) and from the collegiate teams.
- Allan Caidic finished the Asian Games as the tournament’s leading scorer and was named in the Asian Games basketball tournament All-Star Mythical Five Selection, the top 5 best players of the tournament.
- (July) former FIBA President
Gonzalo Puyat IIalong with FIBA's founding father Renato William Jonesand 14 others were awarded with the FIBA Order of Merit.
1996 - The Alaska Milkmen, coached by
Tim Cone, won the fourth PBA Grand Slam title after winning three consecutive PBA conferences in one season.
1998 – The
Philippinescelebrate its centennial100th year of national independence from Spain; to commemorate the anniversary, the Philippine Basketball Association(PBA) formed the Philippine Centennial Team. The PBA Centennial Team was the national team for the year 1998, task to represent the country in international basketball tournaments.
- The Philippine Centennial Team captured the 21st
William Jones Cuptournament after beating Chinese Taipei, 82-72, in the finals.
-The Philippine Centennial Team finished 3rd and captured the bronze medal in the Asian Games basketball tournament held at
- Filipino international veterans
Alvin Patrimonioand Allan Caidicplayed in their fourth consecutive Asian Games tournaments and won their third Asian Games medals. Both players became the most capped Filipino players (23 games) in the Asian Games after the legendary Caloy Loyzaga (24 games), for the most appearances by a Filipino player in the Asian Games basketball tournament, and share the distinction of being the only PBA players to represent the country in four Asian Games. In addition, Allan Caidic won his second William Jones Cup title and became the only Filipino player in the 20th Centuryto win the William Jones Cup twice in history. Once as an amateur with San Miguel-Philippinesin 1985 and once as a professional with the Philippine Centennial Teamin 1998. - The Metropolitan Basketball Association(MBA), Philippines’ second professional basketball league, was formed and effectively regionalized the basketball professionalism throughout the country. The league’s first championship was won by the Pampanga Dragons.
- The PBA named the Philippine Basketball All-Time Mythical Five:
Carlos Loyzaga(1950s), Narciso Bernardo(1960s), Robert Jaworski(1970s), Hector Calma(1980s) and Alvin Patrimonio(1990s).
1998-1999 – Philippine basketball legend Robert Jaworski ended his PBA career that spanned since 1975. Jaworski was elected to the
Philippine Senatein 1998 and retired from playing pro-basketball. At 52, he was the world’s oldest professional basketball player in history.
1999 - The
Manila Metrostarsset the MBA league record by winning 23 consecutive games during the elimination round, en route to a 26-4 record and the MBA National Championship. The record was also seen by many as the most in Philippine professional basketball history, breaking the PBA's Crispa Redmanizers' record of 19 consecutive victories in 1980.
- The first batch inducteed to the Philippine National Basketball Hall of Fame was named. They were Filipino legends that brought gold and glory to Philippine basketball: Carlos Loyzaga, Fely Fajardo, Gabby Fajardo, Ambrosio Padilla, Charlie Borck, Tony Genato, Jacinto Ciria-Cruz, Primitivo Martinez, Ramoncito Campos, Ed Ocampo and Narciso Bernardo.
Mauricio Martelino, former secretary-general of the Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) from 1991–1998 and member of the powerful FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Central Board, became the second Filipino ever to be awarded with the FIBA Order of Merit after Gonzalo Puyat.
2000 – The
Philippine Basketball Association(PBA) celebrates its 25th Anniversary and named the “ PBA's 25th Anniversary All-Time Team.” The 25 players include PBA Most Valuable Player awardees, national team players, all-time statistic leaders, superstars and so on. - The PBA All-Star Selection won the exhibition game against the FIBAAsian All-Star Selection led by MBA superstar Rommel Adducul. Johnny Abarrientos was named the game’s Most Valuable Player with Eric Menkand Lebanon’s Elie Mchantafreceiving the Sportsmanship Award.
Philippine Basketball League(PBL) named the PBL All-time Legacy Team – 12 best players of all time. The team includes Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras, Allan Caidic, Vergel Meneses, Johnny Abarrientos, Danny Ildefonso, Jerry Codiñera, Jun Limpot, Jojo Lastimosa, Marlou Aquino, Eric Menkand Sonny Cabatu.- The Philippine Young Men’s national team registered what could be the world's biggest lead in an amateur basketball game when it clobbered Brunei Darussalam, 160-19, at the Ninoy Aquino Stadiumon July 2, 2000. The 141-point lead could be the biggest for any amateur basketball team since basketball was introduced in the Philippines by the Americans. It later won the Southeast Asia Basketball Association(SEABA) Young Men's Tournament crown against Malaysia.
2002 – The Philippines finished 4th in the Asian Games basketball tournament after losing to China, South Korea and Kazakhstan in the play-offs. The team was bannered by Filipino-Americans
Asi Taulava, Eric Menk, Rudy Hatfieldand PBA veteran Kenneth Duremdes.
2003 – The Philippine Basketball League (PBL) celebrated its 20th year and named the “Top 20 Greatest Players Ever of All Time.” The 20 players were: Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras, Allan Caidic, Vergel Meneses, Johnny Abarrientos, Danny Ildefonso, Jerry Codiñera, Jun Limpot, Jojo Lastimosa, Marlou Aquino, Eric Menk, Sonny Cabatu, Kenneth Duremdes, Ato Agustin,
Roger Yap, Yancy de Ocampo, Ren-Ren Ritualo, Rommel Adducul, and Leo Austria.
- The PBA Classic All-Star Game between Crispa and Toyota, the league’s greatest rival teams. Toyota won the game, 65-61, after Robert Jaworski’s heroics at the end of the game.
Coca Cola Tigers' head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes was named the new head coach for the Philippine national basketball teamto compete in international competitions. He also became the de facto coach of San Miguel-Philippines as the national team were about to compete as a club in the FIBA Asia Club Championship (also known as the FIBA Asia Champions Cup).
– The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
- The PBA Classic All-Star Greatest Game between
Baby Dalupan’s Legends versus Robert Jaworski’s Greats, both teams composed of the PBA’s 25 greatest players named in 2000. The Legends beat the Greats 96-92, behind the game’s Most Valuable Player, Allan Caidic’s 30 points.
- San Miguel Philippines finished fifth in the FIBA Asia Club Championship held at Manila, Philippines.
Rommel Adduculwas named in the mythical five selection.
- The Philippines for the third time is suspended by the international governing body -
FIBA, after the Philippine Olympic Committeesuspended the FIBA-recognized Basketball Association of the Philippines(BAP) due to the BAP's political agenda and its failure to develop the national team into a powerhouse in Asia (or send a competent team for that matter). As a result, the national team was suspended to play in any FIBA-sanctioned tournaments like the FIBA World Championship, FIBA Asia Championship, the Olympic Gamesand the Asian Games.
- San Miguel-Philippines took part in the Las Vegas Global Hoop Summit in the
United Statesand was named the most exciting team of the tournament.
- The Philippines, despite being suspended by the international governing body -
FIBA, finished third and captured the bronze medal with a 6-3 record in the 27th William Jones Cup tournament.
- San Miguel-Philippines captured its first ever Shell Rimula-Brunei Cup title after defeating the
Alaska Acesin the All-Philippine finals in Brunei. Jayjay Helterbrandwas named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
- The PBA Legends Tour of Australia, the touring team were bannered by Alvin Patrimonio, Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim, Jerry Codinera, the Loyzaga brothers and Bong Alvarez.
- Basketball was not included in the
2005 Southeast Asian Gamesheld in the Philippines due to the Philippines' suspension.
- San Miguel-Philippines captured its back-to-back Shell Rimula-Brunei Cup championships after beating the Darwin All-Stars in the finals.
Danny Seiglewas named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
- The Philippine national team played and won 2 games against the FIBA World Championship-bound Lebanon national team and an American All-Star team led by former
National Basketball Associationplayer Dennis Rodman. 2007
- In February, the FIBA suspension from 2005 is lifted and a new group, the
BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas(SBP), becomes the country's basketball governing body.
- In March, the late
Dionisio Calvo, former national team coach for basketball and football, the founding father of the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association(MICAA) and the Asian Basketball Confederation, former Secretary-General of the Asian Basketball Confederation, became the first Filipino inducted to the FIBA Hall of Fame. He was named alongside James Naismith(the inventor and father of basketball) and William Jones(one of the founding fathers of FIBA).
- In May, San Miguel-Philippines finished fourth in the 18th FIBA Asia Champions Cup (formally known as the FIBA Asia Club Championship), held at Tehran, Iran.
Danny Seiglewas in the tournament's first mythical team selection while Mark Caguioawas named in the second mythical team selection.
- In May, the
Philippine national basketball teamwon the SEABA Championship 2007 in Ratchaburi, Thailand, earning the right to play at the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship in Tokushima, Japan
- In July, The Philippine national basketball team finished third with a 5-4 record and captured the bronze medal in the 29th
William Jones CupInternational Basketball Tournament held at Taipei, Taiwan. A week after the Jones Cup, the Philippines won the 4-Nations Manila Invitational Basketball Cup at home in Quezon Cityand San Juan City, Philippines. The tournament was participated by the national basketball teams of China, Syria, Lebanon and the Philippines in preparation for the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship. Jimmy Alapagwas named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and was named in the mythical five selection along with teammate Kelly Williams, Michael Madanlyof Syria, Lebanon’s Joseph Vogeland superstar Fadi El Khatib.
- In August, the national team finished ninth - their best finish in 12 years - in the
FIBA Asia Championship 2007at Tokushima, Japan. Grouped in the "group of death," the national team beat the Chinese for the first time in 22 years.
BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinasannounced the formation of three new basketball leagues: the Filipina Basketball Leaguefor women, the Philippine Collegiate Championship, and the community-based, LGU-supported, commercially sponsored Liga Pilipinas, which was formed through the merger of the National Basketball Conference, the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association, and Third Force, Inc.
September 5, 2008, 6'1" and 18 year old high school basketball playerKeith Agovida of the JRU Light Bombers etched his name in Philippine basketballhistory when he unleashed a record-setting shooting binge, scoring 82 points in 37 minutes in a 127-49 rout of the Malayan Red Robins in the juniors division second round of the Philippines' National Collegiate Athletic Association. Agovida's previous high was a 57-point performance against the same squad in the first round. His feat (23, 13, 20, and 26 points in each quarter, respectively) at the Cuneta Astrodome, surpassed the old mark of 71 points set by Letran Squire Erwin Bola-Bola in the 1970s. [ [http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=130323 abs-cbnnews.com, NCAA player scores 82, sets RP basketball scoring record] ] [ [http://sports.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20080905-158889/JRU-cager-Agovida-scores-NCAA-record-of-82-points sports.inquirer.net, JRU cager Agovida scores NCAA record of 82 points] ]
*Pedro Villanueva (1930)
*Alfredo del Rosario (1934)
Dionisio Calvo(1936, 1948, 1952)
*Felicisimo Fajardo (1952-1966)
*Herminio Silva (1954)
*Leo Prieto (1956)
*Valentin Eduque (1958, 1973-1974)
* Virgilio "Baby" Dalupan (1959, 1970)
*Arturo Rius (1960)
*Enrique Crame (1962)
*Ignacio Ramos (1971-1972)
*Nicanor Jorge (1978)
*Joe Lipa (1986-2000)
Norman Black(1994, 2006)
(Past and Present)
Johnny Abarrientos(MVP, 2000 Philippines versus FIBA Asia All-Star Exhibition Game)
Carlos Badion(MVP, Mythical Five, 1960 Asian Basketball Confederation)
Allan Caidic(Mythical 5, 1994 Asian Games)
Jacinto Ciria Cruz
*Geronimo Cruz (MVP, Mythical 5, 1963 Australian Pan Pacific Games)
*Avelino "Samboy" Lim, Jr. (Mythical 5, 1990 Asian Games)
Carlos Loyzaga(Mythical 5, 1954 World Basketball Championship)
*Jaime "Jimmy" Mariano
* Alfonso Marquez
*Adriano "Jun" Papa, Jr.
*Alberto "Big Boy" Reynoso
*Luis "Lou" Salvador
* (1) http://www.linguasport.com/baloncesto/internacional/clubes/intercontinental/IC_85.htm
*Bocobo, Christian and Celis, Beth, Legends and Heroes of Philippine Basketball, (Philippines, 2004)
*Dela Cruz, Juan, Book of Pinoy Facts and Records, (National Bookstore, Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 2004)
*Philippine Basketball Association, The First 25 Years, (Philippines, 2000)
* [http://www.pba.ph Official Website of the Philippine Basketball Association]
* [http://www.mypbl.com Official Website of the Philippine Basketball League]
* [http://www.mypba.com/ My PBA]
* [http://freepages.school-alumni.rootsweb.com/~dickbolt/Dagupan1910BasketballGirls.jpgGirls Basketball in Dagupan City 1910 Post Card]
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