Those 2 games were one of the greatest games ive ever watched entertainment wise. Jeff moore and the whole NCC team was like god to me then. They were very popular because 2 years prior to that...The 82 youth game led by super guard Hector Calama put us back into the limelight when they defeated the mighty China. While the 84 squad which until now is ( my opinion) is perhaps the greatest convergence of talent as far as the youth team is concerned. The likes of Ampalayo whom was already playing commercial ball in Davao at the young age of 17! ( taga cebu dumadayo sa davao), Romy Ang, Cui, Anthony Mendoza,totoy Marquez, the high leaping Jerome Cueto and of course Samboy could compete with any team at that time.
The games were held at the historic Rizal ( i miss the heat and those big fans there). Man, Samboy Lim put on a show. He blocked Jeff moores shot and made those patented midair shots ( bastusan ). During warmups, his repertoire of dunks were unseen at that time in Filipino basketaball history. The atmopsphere was electrifying so to speak. That was also the first time i saw samboy live! Of course, that youth team wasnt succesful in retaining the crown ( korea yata site). But almost all of the players went on to become succesfull. Man, what ill do to go back for a day.
Thank you smart gilas!!!
1987 Men's Basketball Team:
Coach: Joe Lipa
If that is your lineup for a national team you will be destined really for a final 4 appearance
To becomes Asia's Best, we need to compete against the World's Best..
And I recall it was Tanduay that sponsored the 1987 ABC team. I watched one of that team's tune-up games and saw Joshua Villapando shooting free throws, and emblazoned on his uniform was the trademark "Tanduay".
At that time there were already rumors that Tanduay, the PBA team wa disbanding, and I thought if that were the case why was it sponsoring the amateur national basketball team.
It turned out to be true when later on it sold its PBA franchise to Purefoods.
LABAN KUNG LABAN! KAYA NATIN PILIPINAS!
Mabuhay ang TEAM PILIPINAS !!!!
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!
THE DREAM LIVES ON !!!!
Head Coach: Johnny Tam
This squad easily won the SEABA Juniors tournament held in Lucena City, Quezon. Unfortunately, star players like Menor, Taganas and Castro did not make it to the ABC Juniors due to conflict with the NCAA (This problem remains unsolved until this day). The only remnants of the SEABA champion team were Ababou, Sy, Bautista and Calatayud.
Thus, the BAP was forced to form a weaker team for the stronger tournament. The result was devastating as the nationals finished 13th out of 16 teams.
2004 ABC Juniors Team
Head Coach: Johnny Tam