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Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Philippines
Image:TeamPilipinas.gif
Colours Blue, white and red
Nickname Team Pilipinas
(Team Philippines)
Coach Chot Reyes
FIBA Affiliation 1936
FIBA Ranking 65
World Championship Appearances : 4
Medals : 1
(Bronze Medal - 1954)
Olympic Games Appearances : 7
Medals : 0
(5th Place - 1936)
Asian Championship Appearances  : 21
Champions : 5
(1960, 1963, 1967, 1973, 1985)

The official national basketball team of the Philippines is a team currently under suspension by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) after a series of disagrements between the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) which is still going on as of this writing.

The current national team, called "Team Pilipinas" (Team Philippines) sponsored by another basketball organization, albeit unrecognized by FIBA and the BAP, Pilipinas Basketball, which is sponsored by the San Miguel Corporation and backed by the POC. The team consists of players from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), coached by Vincent "Chot" Reyes.

The Philippines has won five FIBA Asian Championships for Men, four Asian Games Men's Basketball gold medals and the bronze medal in the 1954 FIBA World Championship for Men. The country has also participated in four FIBA World Championships and seven Olympic Basketball Tournaments.

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[edit] History

The Philippine national team was one of the most dominant basketball teams in Asia since 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, 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 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.

[edit] FIBA suspensions

[edit] 1963

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 Olympic Games. <ref name="ban">The politicization of Philippine basketball. Retrieved on November 6, 2006.</ref>

[edit] 2001

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. <ref name="ban"/>

[edit] 2005-present

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 RP National team lost to a lowly Parañaque Jets team 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.

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 for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association tournament, a qualifier for the FIBA-Asia tournament in Doha, Qatar. FIBA Secretary-General Patick 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 has passed and no significant moves have been made since then. <ref name="ban"/>

[edit] Past records-men's team

[edit] World tournaments

[edit] FIBA World Championships record

  • 1950 - Did not participate
  • 1954 - Bronze (3rd) (6-3)
  • 1959 - 8th (4-2)
  • 1963 - Did not qualify (was supposed to host the event but was suspended by FIBA for refusing to issue visas to players from participating Communist countries)
  • 1967 - Did not qualify
  • 1970 - Did not qualify
  • 1974 - 13th (2-5)
  • 1978 - 8th (Host) (0-7)
  • 1982 - Did not qualify
  • 1986 - Qualified (but did not participate due to political crisis at home)
  • 1990 - Did not qualify
  • 1994 - Did not qualify
  • 1998 - Did not qualify
  • 2002 - Did not qualify
  • 2006 - Did not qualify

[edit] Olympic Games record

  • 1936 - 5th (4-1)
  • 1948 - 12th (4-4)
  • 1952 - tied for 9th (3-2)
  • 1956 - 7th (4-4)
  • 1960 - 11th (4-4)
  • 1964 - Did not qualify
  • 1968 - 13th (3-6)
  • 1972 - 13th (3-6)
  • 1976 - Did not qualify
  • 1980 - Did not qualify
  • 1984 - Did not qualify
  • 1988 - Did not qualify
  • 1992 - Did not qualify
  • 1996 - Did not qualify
  • 2000 - Did not qualify
  • 2004 - Did not qualify


[edit] Asian tournaments

[edit] FIBA Asia Championships record

  • 1960 - Champion (9-0)
  • 1963 - Champion (9-2)
  • 1965 - 2nd (4-1)
  • 1967 - Champion (9-0)
  • 1969 - 3rd (7-2)
  • 1971 - 2nd (7-1)
  • 1973 - Champion (9-0)
  • 1975 - 5th
  • 1977 - 5th
  • 1979 - 4th
  • 1981 - 4th
  • 1983 - 9th
  • 1985 - Champion (6-0)
  • 1987 - 4th
  • 1989 - 8th
  • 1991 - 7th
  • 1993 - 11th
  • 1995 - 12th
  • 1997 - 9th
  • 1999 - 11th
  • 2001 - Qualified but did not participate (suspended by FIBA)
  • 2003 - 15th
  • 2005 - Did not qualify

[edit] Asian Games record

  • 1951 - Gold (1st) (4-0)
  • 1954 - Gold (1st) (6-0)
  • 1958 - Gold (1st) (6-1)
  • 1962 - Gold (1st) (7-0)
  • 1966 - 6th (4-3)
  • 1970 - 5th (4-4)
  • 1974 - 4th
  • 1978 - 5th
  • 1982 - 4th
  • 1986 - Bronze (3rd) (2-2)
  • 1990 - Silver (2nd) (4-2)
  • 1994 - 4th (3-3)
  • 1998 - Bronze (3rd) (5-2)
  • 2002 - 4th
  • 2006 - Did not qualify (suspended by FIBA)


[edit] Southeast Asian tournaments

[edit] Southeast Asia Basketball Association Championships record

  • 1994 - 4th
  • 1998 - Champion (5-0)
  • 1999 - Champion (5-0)
  • 2000 - Champion (3-0)
  • 2001 - Champion (5-0)
  • 2002 - Champion (Two Philippine Teams both with 4-1 record[1])
  • 2003 - Champion (3-0)
  • 2005 - Did not participate (suspended by FIBA)

[edit] Southeast Asian Games record

  • 1977 - Gold (1st)
  • 1979 - Gold (1st)
  • 1981 - Gold (1st)
  • 1983 - Gold (1st)
  • 1985 - Gold (1st)
  • 1987 - Gold (1st)
  • 1989 - Silver (2nd)
  • 1991 - Gold (1st)
  • 1993 - Gold (1st) (4-0)
  • 1995 - Gold (1st) (6-0)
  • 1997 - Gold (1st) (3-1)
  • 1999 - Gold (1st) (7-0)
  • 2001 - Gold (1st) (5-0)
  • 2003 - Gold (1st) (5-0)
  • 2005 - Sport not held


[edit] Non-FIBA-sanctioned tournaments

[edit] Far Eastern Championship Games record

  • 1913 - Champion
  • 1915 - Champion
  • 1917 - Champion
  • 1919 - Champion
  • 1921 - 2nd
  • 1923 - Champion
  • 1925 - Champion
  • 1927 - Champion
  • 1930 - Champion
  • 1934 - Champion

[edit] William Jones Cup record

  • 1998 - Champion [2]
  • 1999 - 8th - Withdrew from the Tournament [3]
  • 2000 - 4th
  • 2001 - 4th
  • 2002 - 5th
  • 2004 - 8th
  • 2005 - 3rd
  • 2006 - 6th


[edit] Past records-women's team

[edit] Asian tournaments

[edit] FIBA Asia Championship for Women record

  • 1965 - 4th
  • 1968 - 6th
  • 1970 - Did not participate
  • 1972 - Did not participate
  • 1974 - Did not participate
  • 1976 - 6th
  • 1978 - 8th
  • 1980 - Did not participate
  • 1982 - 8th
  • 1984 - 4th
  • 1986 - Did not participate
  • 1988 - Did not participate
  • 1990 - Did not participate
  • 1992 - Did not participate
  • 1994 - 10th
  • 1995 - 9th
  • 1999 - Did not participate
  • 2001 - Did not participate
  • 2003 - Did not participate
  • 2005 - 11th

[edit] Famous players

Johnny Abarrientos - Philippine basketball's and Asia's best point guard in the 1990's. 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 championship. Abarrientos was named Most Valuable Player in an exhibition game against the FIBA Asia All-Star team led by his countryman, Rommel 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 was 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 to captured the 1985 South East Asian Games and the 1985-1986 FIBA Asia Championship. In 1994, he was the Asian Games basketball tournament leading scorer and was named in the All-tournament mythical five selection. In 1998, he represents 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 player of the professional era. He represent the country in numerous international tournaments and one of the last Filipino basketball players to play in the World Championship and in the Olympic Games.

Samboy Lim - one of the best players ever to play for the Philippines. A prolific scorer, he represents the Philippines in the 1982 Asian Youth Championship and in the 1985-1986 FIBA Asia Championship. He was later named in the 1990 Asian Games mythical five selection.

Carlos Loyzaga - the greatest international Filipino basketball player in the history. He led the Philippines in four consecutive Asian Games gold medals and three Asian championship titles. His biggest achievement was leading the country into third place and captured the bronze medal in the 1954 FIBA World Championship, the best finished by an Asian country in the World Championships. He was named later in the all-tournament mythical five selection after finishing third leading scorer of the tournament.

Ambrosio Padilla - one of the greatest player of the pre-war era. He played for the Philippines in the Far Eastern Games before leading the country to a fifth place finished in the 1936 Olympic Games, the best finished by an Asian country in the Olympic basketball tournament.

Luis "Lou" Salvador - one of the most prolific Filipino scorer in history. Salvador played for the Philippines in several Far Eastern Games tournaments but in 1923, Salvador set an all-time record for the most points scored by a Filipino in a single international game, he scored 116 points against China to lead the country to gold medal.

[edit] Men's basketball team roster (as of 2005)

[edit] Team sponsored by Pilipinas Basketball

Pos Name Year Born Club
Guard Jimmy Alapag 1977 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Talk N Text Phone Pals
Guard Ren-Ren Ritualo 1979 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Talk N Text Phone Pals
Guard Dondon Hontiveros 1977 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg San Miguel Beermen
Guard Anthony Helterbrand 1976 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Barangay Ginebra Kings
Guard Mark Caguioa 1979 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Barangay Ginebra Kings
Guard Willie Miller 1977 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Alaska Aces
Forward Danny Seigle 1976 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg San Miguel Beermen
Forward Nic Belasco 1973 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Alaska Aces
Forward Anthony Dela Cruz 1979 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Alaska Aces
Forward Kelly Williams 1982 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Sta. Lucia Realtors
Forward Eric Menk 1974 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Barangay Ginebra Kings
Center Asi Taulava 1973 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Talk N Text Phone Pals
Center Enrico Villanueva 1980 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Red Bull Barako
Center Rommel Adducul 1976 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg San Miguel Beermen
Center Don Allado 1973 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Talk N Text Phone Pals
Center Kerby Raymundo 1980 Image:Flag of the Philippines.svg Purefoods Chunkee Giants
[edit] Coaching staff

[edit] Team sponsored by BAP

  • Samigue Eman
  • Christian Luanzon
  • Jeffrey Bombeo
  • Dondon Villamin
  • Ruben dela Rosa
[edit] Coaching staff
  • Boyzie Zamar - head coach

[edit] Latest scores

  • Philippines 98-65 Darwin All-Stars (Australia) (Final; 2006 Brunei Cup at Bandar Seri Begawan)
  • Philippines 79-48 Saudi Arabia All-Stars (Semi-finals; 2006 Brunei Cup at Bandar Seri Begawan)
  • Philippines 107-67 Jordan All-Stars (Eliminations; 2006 Brunei Cup at Bandar Seri Begawan)
  • Philippines 74-73 Barangay Ginebra Kings (Philippines) (Eliminations; 2006 Brunei Cup at Bandar Seri Begawan)
  • Philippines 99-84 Darwin All-Stars (Australia) (Eliminations; 2006 Brunei Cup at Bandar Seri Begawan)
  • Philippines 79-72 Saudi Arabia All-Stars (Eliminations; 2006 Brunei Cup at Bandar Seri Begawan)
  • Philippines 101-93 SK Knights (South Korea) (Eliminations; 2006 Brunei Cup at Bandar Seri Begawan)
  • Philippines 105-100 Lebanon (Friendly, RP-Lebanon Goodwill Games, at The Arena in San Juan)
  • Philippines 94-75 Lebanon (Friendly, RP-Lebanon Goodwill Games, at the Cuneta Astrodome)
  • Philippines 69-78 Qatar (Third place playoff; Al-Emadi International Basketball Championship, at Doha)

[edit] Women's basketball team roster

The team is currently inactive due to FIBA's suspension

At the 2005 FIBA Asia Women's Championship:

  • Aurora B. Adriano
  • Jo Angeli Carreon
  • Matilde C. Carreon
  • Estrellita T. Enriquez
  • Shella V. Esteban
  • Marsha I. Faustino
  • Felisyl A. Lizondra
  • Ma. Cristina S. Madridano
  • Machiko D. Matsumo
  • Kathrina C. Nido
  • Divina Gracia M. Reyes
  • Charmaine C. Salalila

[edit] Coaching staff

  • Raymond E. Celis - head coach
  • Shellayn L. Gabagat - assistant
  • Bernie V. David - assistant coach

[edit] References

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[edit] External links


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