Philippines Senior National Team (Men)
The national basketball team of the Philippines is one of the best-performing Asian teams in international tournaments, winning a bronze medal in the 1954 FIBA World Championship for men and a fifth-place finish in the 1936 Summer Olympics, the two best finishes of any Asian team in the history of the top two international basketball tournaments. Its national basketball federation is the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).
The current national team, nicknamed "Team Pilipinas" (Team Philippines), is sponsored by the San Miguel Corporation, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, the Philippine Basketball Association, and the Philippine Basketball League. The coach of the team is Vincent "Chot" Reyes.
Aside from the bronze medal at the World Championships and the fifth-place Olympic finish, the Philippines has won five FIBA Asian Championships for Men, four Asian Games Men's Basketball gold medals and a consistent winner at the Southeast Asian Games and at the Southeast Asia Basketball Association. The country has also participated in four FIBA World Championships and seven Olympic Basketball Tournaments.
HistoryThe Philippine national team is one of the most dominant basketball teams in Asia since the 1920s. The Philippines dominated the Far Eastern Games and the Southeast Asian Games but only partially dominate the Asian Games and FIBA Asia Championship with rivals like Israel, South Korea, Lebanon, Japan and especially China.
In the 1950s-1960s, the Philippines was among the best in the world, producing world-class players like Carlos Loyzaga, Lauro Mumar, Mariano Tolentino and Edgardo Ocampo. Loyzaga was even a part of the 1954 FIBA World Championship Mythical Team selection, where the Philippines won the Bronze medal.
The country lost its Asian basketball supremacy, when Asia's first and the world's second professional basketball league, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), was founded on April 1975. Slowly, the country lost its best players to the league with FIBA restrictions of professional players in the national teams.
After 1975, the Philippines only managed to win the 1986 Asian Basketball Confederation (the national team qualified to the 1986 FIBA World Championship in Spain but the team disbanded and failed to participate due to the 1986 EDSA Revolution political crisis in the Philippines) and a bronze medal in the 1986 Asian Games. Both teams were bannered by future PBA stars Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim and Hector Calma. In 1990, the Philippines sent and all-pro national team, coached by Robert Jaworski, to regain the country's basketball supremacy in the Asian Games but the team lost in the final against China and settled for a silver medal. The team includes 1990 PBA Most Valuable Player Allan Caidic, Alvin Patrimonio and Samboy Lim (who was selected for the Asian Games Mythical Team selection).
In 1998, the PBA formed the celebrated Philippine Centennial Team that captured the 21st William Jones Cup championship but finished with the bronze medal in the Asian Games. While in 1994 and 2002, the PBA-backed national team only managed fourth placed finishes.
In 1963, FIBA suspended the Philippines for its failure to stage the 1963 FIBA World Championship after President Diosdado Macapagal refused to allow players from Yugoslavia and other communist countries to enter the country. Later, the Philippines, despite being the Asian champion, was forced to play in a pre-Olympic tournament in order to qualify in the 1964 Olympics.
The Basketball Association of the Philippines leadership crisis worsened after a lengthy feud between the group of Graham Lim and Tiny Literal and the group of Freddie Jalasco and Lito Puyat which resulted in FIBA's suspension of the basketball NSA.
However, a few months after, FIBA stepped-in and ordered an election that resulted in Literal's victory as the President of the BAP. The suspension was quickly lifted and the Philippines was able to compete in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.
The Philippines was suspended by the International Basketball Federation on July 2005 after a long standing feud between the Philippine Olympic Committee and the BAP.
The story began on April 10, 2005, when the BAP-sponsored Cebuana-Lhuillier Philippine National team (comprised of little-known amateur players) lost to a lowly Parañaque Jets team (made up of showbiz personalities) in an NBC Preseason tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. After hearing the news, POC President Jose "Peping" Cojuangco called for improvements on the national team, most notably, the sending of a new team made up of professionals from the Philippine Basketball Association.
While both parties, with the involvement of the Philippine Basketball Association, the Philippine Basketball League, the UAAP and the NCAA, reportedly agreed on an agreement on the formation of a new national team, things soon returned to the usual verbal war. The POC, through a vote, first suspended, then in a later meeting, expelled the BAP as the official National Sports Association (NSA) member and installed a new member in the Philippine Basketball Federation. The BAP, under new President Joey Lina, said that the expulsion was unconstitutional in the by-laws of the POC.
The situation worsened, when both parties still could not agree on who will banner the national team for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association tournament, a qualifier for the FIBA-Asia tournament in Doha, Qatar. FIBA Secretary-General Patrick Baumann, then handed the suspension of the RP team from any FIBA-sanctioned tournament.
In hopes of securing a long term solution, FIBA, in a memorandum, ordered the PBA, PBL, UAAP, NCAA and Joey Lina (as a person or in Lina's claim, as a representative of the BAP) to form a new constitution or a formation of a new basketball body.
By March 2006, four stakeholders have signed into the propose new basketball body, which later named as Pilipinas Basketball. Lina, however, has refused to sign on the memorandum, citing unbalanced factors that was put in the draft for a new body. After the four stakeholders met with Baumann in South Korea, the suspension was not even lifted nor was the draft for a new body was even accepted since Lina has not signed it.
However, in a significant move by both Pilipinas Basketball and the BAP at the FIBA Congress in Japan, both parties signed an agreement that will pave the way for the formation of a new cage body on or before September 30. The deadline lapsed and no significant moves had been made until February 5, 2007.
After several meetings between FIBA Secretary-General Patrick Baumann, PB, and BAP officials in Geneva and Bangkok, a Unity Congress was held in which BAP, PB and Baumann attended. The BAP and PB agreed to merge to create the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) as the new national federation. The Philippine Olympic Committee recognized the group as the new national governing body for basketball, after which the FIBA finally lifted the almost two-year-old suspension it imposed upon the country.
Men's team past records
|Argentina 1950||Did not participate|
|Uruguay 1967||Did not qualify|
|Yugoslavia 1970||Did not qualify|
|Puerto Rico 1974||Classification||13/14||7||2||5||644||769|
|Colombia 1982||Did not qualify|
|Argentina 1990||Did not qualify|
|Canada 1994||Did not qualify|
|Germany 1998||Did not qualify|
|USA 2002||Did not participate|
|Japan 2006||Did not participate-suspended|
- Olympics record
- Berlin 1936 - 5th (4-1)
- London 1948 - 12th (4-4)
- Helsinki 1952 - tied for 9th (3-2)
- Melbourne 1956 - 7th (4-4)
- Rome 1960 - 11th (4-4)
- Tokyo 1964 - Did not qualify
- Mexico City 1968 - 13th (3-6)
- Munich 1972 - 13th (3-6)
- Montreal 1976 - Did not qualify
- Moscow 1980 - Did not qualify (The Philippines boycotted the Olympics)
- Los Angeles 1984 - Did not qualify
- Seoul 1988 - Did not qualify
- Barcelona 1992 - Did not qualify
- Atlanta 1996 - Did not qualify
- Sydney 2000 - Did not qualify
- Athens 2004 - Did not qualify
- Beijing 2008 - Did not qualify
- FIBA Asia Championships record
- Manila 1960 - Champion (9-0)
- Taipei 1963 - Champion (9-2)
- Kuala Lumpur 1965 - 2nd (4-1)
- Seoul 1967 - Champion (9-0)
- Bangkok 1969 - 3rd (7-2)
- Tokyo 1971 - 2nd (7-1)
- Manila 1973 - Champion (9-0)
- Bangkok 1975 - 5th
- Kuala Lumpur 1977 - 5th
- Nagoya 1979 - 4th
- Calcutta 1981 - 4th
- Hong Kong 1983 - 9th
- Kuala Lumpur 1986 - Champion (6-0)
- Bangkok 1987 - 4th
- Beijing 1989 - 8th
- Kobe 1991 - 7th
- Jakarta 1993 - 11th
- Seoul 1995 - 12th
- Riyadh 1997 - 9th
- Fukuoka 1999 - 11th
- Shanghai 2001 - Did not participate (suspended by FIBA)
- Harbin 2003 - 15th
- Doha 2005 - Did not participate (suspended by FIBA)
- Tokushima 2007 - 9th
- Far Eastern Championship Games (Pre-cursor to Asian Games) record
- Manila 1913 - Champion
- Shanghai 1915 - Champion
- Tokyo 1917 - Champion
- Manila 1919 - Champion
- Shanghai 1921 - 2nd
- Osaka 1923 - Champion
- Manila 1925 - Champion
- Shanghai 1927 - Champion
- Tokyo 1930 - Champion
- Manila 1934 - Champion
- Asian Games record
- New Delhi 1951 - Gold (1st) (4-0)
- Manila 1954 - Gold (1st) (6-0)
- Tokyo 1958 - Gold (1st) (6-1)
- Jakarta 1962 - Gold (1st) (7-0)
- Bangkok 1966 - 6th (4-3)
- Bangkok 1970 - 5th (4-4)
- Tehran 1974 - 4th
- Bangkok 1978 - 5th
- New Delhi 1982 - 4th
- Seoul 1986 - Bronze (3rd) (2-2)
- Beijing 1990 - Silver (2nd) (4-2)
- Hiroshima 1994 - 4th (3-3)
- Bangkok 1998 - Bronze (3rd) (5-2)
- Busan 2002 - 4th
- Doha 2006 - Did not participate (suspended by FIBA)
- Southeast Asia Basketball Association Championships record
- Segamat 1994 - 4th
- Manila 1998 - Champion (5-0)
- Manila 1999 - Champion (5-0)
- Manila 2001 - Champion (5-0)
- Kuala Lumpur 2003 - Champion (3-0)
- Kuala Lumpur 2005 - Did not participate (suspended by FIBA)
- Ratchaburi 2007 - Champion (4-0)
- Southeast Asian Games record
- Kuala Lumpur 1977 - Gold (1st)
- Jakarta 1979 - Gold (1st)
- Manila 1981 - Gold (1st)
- Singapore 1983 - Gold (1st)
- Bangkok 1985 - Gold (1st)
- Jakarta 1987 - Gold (1st)
- Kuala Lumpur 1989 - Silver (2nd)
- Manila 1991 - Gold (1st)
- Singapore 1993 - Gold (1st) (4-0)
- Chiang Mai 1995 - Gold (1st) (6-0)
- Jakarta 1997 - Gold (1st) (3-1)
- Bandar Seri Begawan 1999 - Gold (1st) (7-0)
- Kuala Lumpur 2001 - Gold (1st) (5-0)
- Ho Chi Minh City 2003 - Gold (1st) (5-0)
- Manila 2005 - Sport not held (due to FIBA-mandated suspension imposed upon host country Philippines)
- Pedro Villanueva (1930)
- Alfredo del Rosario (1934)
- Dionisio Calvo (1936, 1948)
- 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)
- Carlos Loyzaga (1967-1968)
- Lauro Mumar (1969)
- Ignacio Ramos (1971-1972)
- Nicanor Jorge (1978)
- Ron Jacobs (1981-1986)
- Joe Lipa (1986-2000)
- Robert Jaworski (1990)
- Norman Black (1994, 2006)
- Tim Cone (1998)
- Jong Uichico (2002)
- Vincent "Chot" Reyes (2005-present)
(Past and Present)
- Johnny Abarrientos (MVP, 2000 Philippines versus FIBA Asia All-Star Exhibition Game)
- Rommel Adducul (FIBA Asia All-Star, 1997-2000)
- Asi Taulava
- Kurt Bachmann
- Carlos Badion (MVP, Mythical Five, 1960 Asian Basketball Confederation)
- Charles Borck
- Allan Caidic (Mythical 5, 1994 Asian Games)
- Hector Calma
- Jacinto Ciria Cruz
- Geronimo Cruz (MVP, Mythical 5, 1963 Australian Pan Pacific Games)
- Danny Florencio
- Jovito Gonzales
- Danny Seigle
- Mariano Felomino
- Robert Jaworski
- Avelino "Samboy" Lim (Mythical 5, 1990 Asian Games)
- Eduardo Lim
- Carlos Loyzaga (Mythical 5, 1954 World Basketball Championship and 1960 Asian Basketball Confederation)
- Ramon Manulat
- Jaime "Jimmy" Mariano
- Alfonso Marquez
- Lauro Mumar
- Edgardo Ocampo
- Ambrosio Padilla
- Adriano "Jun" Papa Jr.
- Alvin Patrimonio
- Alberto "Big Boy" Reynoso
- Ponciano Saldana
- Luis "Lou" Salvador
- Mariano Tolentino
Johnny Abarrientos: Philippine basketball's and Asia's best point guard of the 1990s. Abarrientos played for the Philippines in the 1991 Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Games. He was later selected to play for the Philippine Centennial Team to represent the country in the 1998 Asian Games and the 21st William Jones Cup. Abarrientos was named Most Valuable Player in an exhibition game against the FIBA Asia All-Stars team led by compatriot Romel Adducul.
Allan Caidic: Asia's most feared three-point shooter and arguably one of the greatest players ever to play for the Philippines internationally. He is a four-time veteran of the Asian Games (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998) and a two-time William Jones Cup champion (1985, 1998). Early in his career, Caidic played a major role for the Philippines in capturing the 1985 Southeast Asian Games and the 1985-1986 FIBA Asia Championship. In 1994, he was the Asian Games basketball tournament's leading scorer and was named to the all-tournament Mythical Five selection. In 1998, he represented the country for the final time with the celebrated Philippine Centennial Team.
Robert Jaworski: The world's oldest professional basketball player and arguably the Philippines' most popular basketball player of all time. He represented the country in numerous international tournaments and is one of the last surviving Filipino basketball players to play in the FIBA World Championship and the Olympics.
Samboy Lim: One of the best players ever to play for the Philippine national team. A prolific scorer, he represented the Philippines in the 1982 Asian Youth Championship and in the 1985-1986 FIBA Asia Championship. He was later named into the 1990 Asian Games Mythical Five selection.
Carlos Loyzaga: Probably the greatest Filipino international basketball player of all time. He led the Philippines to four consecutive Asian Games gold medals and three Asian championship titles. His biggest achievement was leading the country to a third place finish and the bronze medal in the 1954 FIBA World Championship, the best finish by an Asian country in the history of the quadrennial tournament. He was later named into the all-tournament Mythical Five selection after finishing third leading scorer of that year's tournament.
Ambrosio Padilla: One of the greatest Filipino basketball players of the pre-World War II era. He played for the Philippines in the Far Eastern Games before leading the country to a fifth place finish in the 1936 Olympics, the best finish by an Asian country in the history of the Summer Olympics men's basketball tournament.
Luis "Lou" Salvador: One of the most prolific offensive players in Philippine basketball history. Salvador played for the Philippines in several Far Eastern Games tournaments where, in 1923, he set an all-time record for the most points scored by a Filipino in a single international game with 116 points against China to lead the Philippines to the gold medal. That record remains unbroken to this day.
On July 27, a day before the game against Iran, national team head coach Chot Reyes submitted the final composition of the national team for the FIBA Asia Championship 2007, the qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympic basketball tournament.
|1||Asi Taulava||C||6ft10||Coca Cola Tigers(PBA)|
|2||Kelly Williams||SF||6ft7||Sta. Lucia Realtors(PBA)|
|3||Gabe Norwood||SGSF||6ft6||Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters(PBL)|
|4||Mick Pennisi||C||6ft10||San Miguel Beermen(PBA)|
|5||Jared Dillinger||SG||6ft5||Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters(PBA)|
|6||Sonny Thoss||PF||6ft9||Alaska Aces(PBA)|
|7||Kerby Raymundo||PF||6ft8||Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants(PBA)|
|8||Jayjay Helterbrand||PG||6'0||Barangay Ginebra Kings(PBA)|
|9||Ranidel De Ocampo||SF||6ft6||Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters(PBA)|
|10||Japeth Aguilar||C||6ft11||Western Kentucky University(PBA)|
|11||Willie Miller||PG||6'0||Alaska Aces(PBA|
|12||Ryan Reyes||PG||6ft2||Sta. Lucia Realtors(PBA)|
|13||Cyrus Baguio||SG||6ft2||Barangay Ginebra Kings(PBA)|
|14||James Yap||SG||6ft3||Tender Juicy Giants(PBA)|
|15||Arwind Santos||SF||6ft4||Air 21 Express(PBA)