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    WE DON'T COUNT YEARS, WE COUNT CENTURIES

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    Final two minutes... FINAL TWO MINUTES!!!

    I absolutely adored this league back in the days. I loved how they didn't allow world imports but let foreign nationals born in the PHL or the naturalized citizens play. It looked at par with the PBA at one point due to the hype created by collegiate standouts signing with their member clubs.

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    I really believe an MBA type league with big media backing, multi-channel tv deals, national/local sponsorships, gate receipts, internet revenues, merchandise etc. is very feasible at present time with improved gyms, hotels, easier and convenient air/land travels.
    5 teams from MM, 7 from Luzon and 4 from Vismin. But it will only work if the best players are playing. It cannot co-exist with the PBA. The PBA has to reformat or dissolved to form a new league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subsandwiched View Post
    I really believe an MBA type league with big media backing, multi-channel tv deals, national/local sponsorships, gate receipts, internet revenues, merchandise etc. is very feasible at present time with improved gyms, hotels, easier and convenient air/land travels.
    5 teams from MM, 7 from Luzon and 4 from Vismin. But it will only work if the best players are playing. It cannot co-exist with the PBA. The PBA has to reformat or dissolved to form a new league.
    Agree. Doing otherwise or worse, compete with the PBA, will start the downfall of such league.

    As for the regionalization of the PBA, we'll see with the upcoming EASL season if such format will appeal the PBA board and have them seriously consider despite the financial challenges. With 2 PBA teams representing PHL, that's the closest to a high-level regional format professional league that we'll ever see in our country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subsandwiched View Post
    I really believe an MBA type league with big media backing, multi-channel tv deals, national/local sponsorships, gate receipts, internet revenues, merchandise etc. is very feasible at present time with improved gyms, hotels, easier and convenient air/land travels.
    5 teams from MM, 7 from Luzon and 4 from Vismin. But it will only work if the best players are playing. It cannot co-exist with the PBA. The PBA has to reformat or dissolved to form a new league.
    MBA was halfway there. They were on a bidding war with PBA on some of the vets with expiring contacts , and was successful on some ( Bong Ravena, Vince Hizon, Ato Agustin etc). They almost cleaned out the college ranks and raided the up and coming college stars, not through drafts, but by directly signing them (Willie Miller, Chris Calaguio. Gherome Ejercito etc ). and MBA (with ABS-CBN's inputs) strategically placed this players , sort of trying to balance the teams, and placing players they would shine best.

    Unfortunately, this was during the height of the Asian Financial Crisis, and ABS-CBN was bleeding money with all this expenses. They were sudsidizing salaries of the MBA stars like Adducul, Ferriols etc. Also, the cost of travel and lodging was very expensive. ...Not to mention the cost of producing the TV coverage. The revenue was generated NOT through the paying fans in the arenas, the real money was from TV revenue. unfortunately the cost far -outweighed the revenue it was generating. Eventually ABS withdrew from its partnership with MBA. and that was the start of its downfall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dotch View Post
    MBA was halfway there. They were on a bidding war with PBA on some of the vets with expiring contacts , and was successful on some ( Bong Ravena, Vince Hizon, Ato Agustin etc). They almost cleaned out the college ranks and raided the up and coming college stars, not through drafts, but by directly signing them (Willie Miller, Chris Calaguio. Gherome Ejercito etc ). and MBA (with ABS-CBN's inputs) strategically placed this players , sort of trying to balance the teams, and placing players they would shine best.

    Unfortunately, this was during the height of the Asian Financial Crisis, and ABS-CBN was bleeding money with all this expenses. They were sudsidizing salaries of the MBA stars like Adducul, Ferriols etc. Also, the cost of travel and lodging was very expensive. ...Not to mention the cost of producing the TV coverage. The revenue was generated NOT through the paying fans in the arenas, the real money was from TV revenue. unfortunately the cost far -outweighed the revenue it was generating. Eventually ABS withdrew from its partnership with MBA. and that was the start of its downfall.
    I think the same exact reason why PBA is hesitant to reformat the league into a regional one. Kahit in our Collegiate leagues (NCAA/UAAP) whose schools have good quality courts in their campuses can't even host an home and away format setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodbi View Post
    Agree. Doing otherwise or worse, compete with the PBA, will start the downfall of such league.

    As for the regionalization of the PBA, we'll see with the upcoming EASL season if such format will appeal the PBA board and have them seriously consider despite the financial challenges. With 2 PBA teams representing PHL, that's the closest to a high-level regional format professional league that we'll ever see in our country.
    PBA teams will either travel an hour and a half by train after a four-hour flight to Korea where it's 7 degrees cold... or a two-hour bus ride after a four and a half hour flight to Japan where it's 10 degrees cold... while whoever comes after a 4 hour flight will just walk from Conrad to MoA Arena (or Novotel to Araneta) because Filipinos are such hospitable hosts.

    In an alternate reality, the MBA somehow survives five more years and becomes profitable enough when air travel costs would plummet and the idea of travelling the country while getting paid to play basketball would be enough for those UAAP/NCAA players (especially those who were recruited from places like Pampanga and Cebu) to try out for MBA teams instead of going through the PBA Draft... surpassing the contract offers of the PBA until social media a decade later catapults the league into an ultra-regionalist platform where a Gems vs Slashers game will have local riot police every game and would make La Salle vs Ateneo look like a 3rd grade schoolyard. It would have been the ultimate dayo liga with looser foreign player restrictions and teams can sign players out of high school if they're good enough as the EASL chooses to partner with them instead of the PBA. Just the thought of a Korean or Japanese team going to a small gym that looks like AUF or DHVSU passing through literal burning hot Kamote fields would be so awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paolylo View Post
    PBA teams will either travel an hour and a half by train after a four-hour flight to Korea where it's 7 degrees cold... or a two-hour bus ride after a four and a half hour flight to Japan where it's 10 degrees cold... while whoever comes after a 4 hour flight will just walk from Conrad to MoA Arena (or Novotel to Araneta) because Filipinos are such hospitable hosts.
    That would suck, the contrasting conditions on road games I mean. It might be fun at first but eventually, such travel routine would be too long and boring by Pinoy standards and might even become quite the heavy burden forcing PBA players and team management to rethink about the league's EASL participation (crybaby move). On the other hand, visitors will experience rock star treatment here in the capital just because most of what they need is within reach (wag lang maiipit sa traffic). These conditions could be reversed though if PBA is a regional league, with the provinces still lacking the infra to allow smooth land travel.

    Quote Originally Posted by paolylo View Post
    In an alternate reality, the MBA somehow survives five more years and becomes profitable enough when air travel costs would plummet and the idea of travelling the country while getting paid to play basketball would be enough for those UAAP/NCAA players (especially those who were recruited from places like Pampanga and Cebu) to try out for MBA teams instead of going through the PBA Draft... surpassing the contract offers of the PBA until social media a decade later catapults the league into an ultra-regionalist platform where a Gems vs Slashers game will have local riot police every game and would make La Salle vs Ateneo look like a 3rd grade schoolyard. It would have been the ultimate dayo liga with looser foreign player restrictions and teams can sign players out of high school if they're good enough as the EASL chooses to partner with them instead of the PBA. Just the thought of a Korean or Japanese team going to a small gym that looks like AUF or DHVSU passing through literal burning hot Kamote fields would be so awesome.
    I miss that in/famous Visayas derby from back in the day. Both teams have very rabid fans that most of their playoff games have to be stopped due to PET bottles, coins, umbrellas, or any other object that can be used as projectile being pelted incessantly on the court whenever poor officiating happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodbi View Post
    That would suck, the contrasting conditions on road games I mean. It might be fun at first but eventually, such travel routine would be too long and boring by Pinoy standards and might even become quite the heavy burden forcing PBA players and team management to rethink about the league's EASL participation (crybaby move). On the other hand, visitors will experience rock star treatment here in the capital just because most of what they need is within reach (wag lang maiipit sa traffic). These conditions could be reversed though if PBA is a regional league, with the provinces still lacking the infra to allow smooth land travel.



    I miss that in/famous Visayas derby from back in the day. Both teams have very rabid fans that most of their playoff games have to be stopped due to PET bottles, coins, umbrellas, or any other object that can be used as projectile being pelted incessantly on the court whenever poor officiating happens.
    Cebu Gems vs. Negros Slashers best rivalry in MBA History along side San Juan and Pasig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulLee3 View Post
    Cebu Gems vs. Negros Slashers best rivalry in MBA History along side San Juan and Pasig.
    It would be a stretch to call it the fiercest rivalry in PHL sports history due to its duration, but I believe it's up there. Definitely the fiercest and most rabid of the late 90's and early 2000's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulLee3 View Post
    Cebu Gems vs. Negros Slashers best rivalry in MBA History along side San Juan and Pasig.
    is this the rivalry that involve the crowd throwing umbrellas on the players/playing court?

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    They have some of the cringiest basketball nicknames.
    I still remember Eric Gascon's nick.
    ERIC "Step on the Gas"con
    Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoJ View Post
    is this the rivalry that involve the crowd throwing umbrellas on the players/playing court?
    It was the Gems vs Slashers, most notably their playoff series in 1998 and 1999 seasons being marred by violence from fans of both clubs. I remember the same with the SJ Knights vs. either Pasig or Metrostars. Truly rabid fan bases those teams had back in the day.

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    MBA Historical Statistics

    1998 and 1999 Player Statistics Totals
    Rommel Adducul of Manila Metrostars
    Regular Season

    FIELD GOALS REBOUNDS
    Year GP FGM FGA FG% FT% OFF DEF TOT RPG APG SPG BLK BPG PTS PPG
    1998 22 56% 41% 12.3 1.4 0.4 2.2 14.6
    1999 29 52% 49% 11.9 2.0 0.8 1.9 18.5
    Totals: 51 341 643 53% 207 408 615 12.1 106 2.0 864 16.9
    Playoffs
    Year FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
    1999 56% 60% 8.8 3.6 0.7 1.9 20.2
    Alex Compton of Manila Metrostars
    Regular Season
    FREE THROWS
    Year GP FGM FG% 3FGM 3FGA 3FG% FTM FTA FT% AST APG SPG PTS PPG
    1998 22 37% 31% 82% 6.7 1.2 368 16.7
    1999 30 40% 41% 88% 6.2 2.2 692 23.1
    Totals: 52 306 154 416 37% 291 340 88.5% 335 6.4 1060 20.3
    Playoffs
    Year FG% 3FG% FT% APG SPG PPG
    1999 65% 35% 79% 5.5 1.9 20.9
    Dondon Hontiveros of Cebu Gems
    Regular Season
    FREE THROWS
    Year GP FTM FTA FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
    1998 4.2 1.4 15.4
    1999 5.7 4.1 2.3 1.4 16.5
    Totals: 41 154 200 77%
    1999 South Conference Finals
    RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
    6.0 5.0 3.8 1.5 13.8
    1999 Finals
    RPG APG SPG PPG
    5.5 6.5 1.3 22.0
    Regular Season Career Stats Leader
    1998 and 1999 combined
    Scoring (minimum of 800 pts)

    Player Team GP PTS PPG
    Alex Compton Manila Metrostars 52 1060 20.3
    Rob Wainwright Cebu Gems 43 843 19.6
    Peter Naron Cagayan De Oro Amigos 50 931 18.6
    Max Delantes Socsargen Marlins 52 955 18.4
    Johnedel Cardel Negros Slashers 51 923 18.1
    Hubert John Ferriols Negros Slashers 52 898 17.3
    Rommel Adducul Manila Metrostars 51 864 16.9
    Oscar Simon Laguna Lakers 33 761 23.1
    Oscar Simon played 22 games in 1998 and 11 in 1999
    Rebounds (minimum of 400)
    Player Team GP OFF DEF TOT RPG
    Rommel Adducul Manila Metrostars 51 207 408 615 12.1
    Max Delantes Socsargen Marlins 52 158 353 511 9.8
    Hubert John Ferriols Negros Slashers 52 133 365 498 9.6
    Dave Bautista Pampanga Dragons 49 185 280 465 9.5
    Eddie Laure Batangas Blades 51 118 331 449 8.8
    Peter Martin Manila Metrostars 50 153 284 437 8.7
    Gilbert Castillo Pasig Rizal Pirates 52 153 260 413 7.9
    Assists (minimum of 200)
    Player Team GP AST APG
    Alex Compton Manila Metrostars 52 335 6.4
    Maui Huelar Negros Slashers 51 254 4.98
    Billy Reyes Cagayan De Oro Amigos 1998 43 214 4.97
    Surigao Miners 1999
    Gherome Ejercito Pampanga Dragons 1998 49 243 4.95
    San Juan Knights 1999
    Steals (minimum of 100)
    Player Team GP STL SPG
    Maui Huelar Negros Slashers 51 148 2.9
    Wynne Arboleda Laguna Lakers 52 148 2.8
    Ato Morano Pangasinan Presidents 1998 50 106 2.1
    Pampanga Dragons 1999
    Max Delantes Socsargen Marlins 52 102 1.9
    Blocks (minimum of 80)
    Player Team GP BLK BPG
    Omanzie Rodriguez San Juan Knights 26 96 3.7
    Rommel Adducul Manila Metrostars 51 106 2.0
    Angelo David Pampanga Dragons 51 89 1.74
    Eddie Laure Batangas Blades 51 87 1.7
    Field Goal Percentage (minimum of 150 made)
    Player Team GP FGM FGA PCT.
    Francis Adriano Pasig Rizal Pirates 49 169 314 .538
    Rommel Adducul Manila Metrostars 51 341 643 .530
    Francis Aquino Iloilo Megavoltz 49 185 349 .530
    Max Delantes Socsargen Marlins 52 397 804 .493
    3 Point Field Goal Percentage (minimum of 60 made)
    Players Team GP FGM FGA PCT.
    Jomar Tierra Davao Eagles 46 70 178 .393
    Alex Compton Manila Metrostars 52 154 416 .370
    Ruel Bravo Pasig Blue Pirates 1998 49 60 163 .368
    Negros and Pampanga 1999
    Johnedel Cardel Negros Slashers 51 75 209 .358
    Stephen Padilla Cebu Gems 42 62 175 .354
    Free Throw Percentage (minimum of 100 made)
    Player Team GP FTM FTA PCT.
    Alex Compton Manila Metrostars 52 291 340 .855
    Oscar Simon Laguna Lakers 33 197 245 .804
    Dondon Hontiveros Cebu Gems 41 154 200 .770
    Playing Minutes (minimum of 1800 minutes)
    Player Team GP MINS MPG
    Alex Compton Manila Metrostars 52 2006 38.6
    Max Delantes Socsargen Marlins 52 1995 38.4
    Rommel Adducul Manila Metrostars 51 1821 35.7
    Hubert John Ferriols Negros Slashers 52 1825 35.1

    MBA Historical Stats

    https://pbaannual1998.neocities.org/...tatistics.html

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