Philippines, 22 Oct 2021
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        




 
 
News  


1954: Memorable for PH basketball


PhilBoxing.com



PH team captain Rafael Hechanova.

Year 1954 went into the records as the most memorable moment in the history of Philippine basketball.

In a span of six months, Filipino basketeers scored a double whammy by, first, retaining the Asian Games crown won by their predecessors four years previous in 1951 before travelling in far away Rio de Janeiro in Brazil where they romped off with the bronze medal by way of ending up third in the field of nine teams, including eventual champion the United States and host Brazil.

The team, made up of seven Olympians ? Rafael Hechanova, Carlos Loyzaga, Pons Saldana, Mariano Tolentino, Florentino Bautista, Eduardo Lim and Antonio Genato (all of 1952 Games), and Lauro Mumar (1948 London) and reinforced by young MCAA, NCAA and UAAP stalwarts, regaled the thousands that trooped to the Rizal Memorial Coliseum who watched their countrymen demolished all that crossed their path.

Other members of the team, acknowledged as the strongest ever assembled for international competitions, were Bayani Amador, Jose Ma. Cacho, Napoleon Flores, Ramon Manulat, Francisco Rabat and Ignacio Ramos. Coach was Herminio ?Herr? Silva.

Like their 1951 counterparts in the First Asiad held in New Delhi, Hechanova ran roughshod the opposition with lopsided victories over Singapore, 82-63; Cambodia, 105-41; South Korea, 84-45; Japan, 68-40; South Korea again in the semifinals, 78-52; and Republic of China (now Chinese-Taipei), 34-27 in the gold medal play.

The Philippine ROC finale could have also been one-sided but for a tactic cooked by coach Silva, which later helped revolutionize the game.

The strategy, masterminded by Silva, would be remembered as the ?longest freeze? in all of basketball history that gained for the wily Filipino guru, and the country as well, international fame.

Amador, who was to become an councilor in Binan, Laguna, recalled during a meeting with sports media men at the Memorial Caf?, a favorite hangout among sports leaders, athletes, coaches and spotswriters until the early 90s, Silva ordered his men to employ his well-thought-out tactic that denied the Formosans possession in almost the entire second half.

With barely a minute and 15 seconds gone in the second half, and with Genato and Ramos displaying their dribbling prowess, the Filipinos paralyzed the enemies with ball-handling magnificence for full 19 minutes until the last whistle sounded signalling the host country had won its back-to-back basketball plum.

Years later the world ruling body of the dribble-and-shoot sport? the International Basketball Federation ? prescribed a 30-second limit for a team to shoot the ball upon gaining possession and allow the opposing squad possession of the leather.

The Asiad gold medallist team of Silva, with minor changes, travelled to Rio de Janeiro six months later in October that historic year for the World Championship.

Skipper Hechanova begged off from the Brazilian sojourn when he got married after the Games. Same with Cacho, Lim and Ramos, who, for one reason or another didn?t make it, too.

They were replaced by Benjamin Francisco, and Rafael Barreto with Francis Wilson and Alfredo Sagabarria joining the trip as alternates. Mumar was named team captain in lieu Hechanova. (That?s another story).

The basketball team?s gold medal turned out to be the Philippines delegation?s 14th as the Filipinos? remained, too, the second best sporting nation this part of the world, next only to Japan, which also emerged the overall champion in New Delhi.

Rounding out the country?s gold, medal harvest was five in boxing, and four each in swimming and shooting.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Eddie Alinea.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Throwdown in A-Town: Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson Primed for Saturday's Championship Clash
    , Fri, 22 Oct 2021
  • “The Conquest: Oscar Rivas vs. Ryan Rozicki" Official Weights from Montreal
    , Fri, 22 Oct 2021
  • Josh Taylor-Jack Catterall Undisputed Junior Welterweight Title Clash Postponed to February 26 at The OVO Hydro in Glasgow
    , Fri, 22 Oct 2021
  • ALEXIS “LEX” ROCHA VS. JEOVANIS BARRAZA SET AS CO-MAIN EVENT FOR MUNGUIA VS. ROSADO
    , Fri, 22 Oct 2021
  • PROBELLUM PARTNERS WITH VENEZUELA'S MORON BOXING
    , Fri, 22 Oct 2021
  • RAEESE "THE BEAST" ALEEM FEELS LIKE MODERN DAY MARVIN HAGLER SAYS EVERYONE IS DUCKING HIM, WANTS WINNER OF FULTON VS. FIGUEROA
    , Fri, 22 Oct 2021
  • SPORTS SHORTS 244: DONNIE NIETES JOINS NONITO DONAIRE AT PROBELLUM
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Thu, 21 Oct 2021
  • CANELO ÁLVAREZ VIRTUAL WORKOUT QUOTES
    , Thu, 21 Oct 2021
  • NBA Daily: Spurs Young Guns Overwhelm Magic 123-97
    By Reylan Loberternos, , Thu, 21 Oct 2021
  • New dawn for Tapales
    By Joaquin Henson, , Thu, 21 Oct 2021
  • LÓPEZ AND KAMBOSOS JR. SET TO FIGHT AT HULU THEATER, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ON NOVEMBER 27
    , Thu, 21 Oct 2021
  • WBO Champion Jonathan "Bomba" Gonzalez Belted in Guaynabo, PR
    , Thu, 21 Oct 2021
  • SPORTS SHORTS 243: TERENCE CRAWFORD FACES SHAWN PORTER ON NOVEMBER 20, YORDENIS UGAS AIRS DISGUST ON WBA'S WELTERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT
    By Maloney L. Samaco, , Thu, 21 Oct 2021
  • FOUR-WEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION DONNIE NIETES SIGNS WITH PROBELLUM
    , Thu, 21 Oct 2021
  • DON KING TO PRESENT WBC CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT PITTING WBC CHAMP ILUNGA JUNIOR MAKABU & WBC SILVER CHAMP THABISO MCHUNU
    , Thu, 21 Oct 2021
  • 22-1 Jeovanis “Meque” Barraza to headline “Down & Dirty” International pro boxing event
    , Thu, 21 Oct 2021
  • Barcenilla powers Laguna over Paralympic in PCAP chess
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Thu, 21 Oct 2021
  • When KO Artist World Champions Got Iced: Morris East and the Biggest Title Winning Upset Knockout Victories by Filipino Fighters (Second of Two Installments)
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Wed, 20 Oct 2021
  • Boxing Fighters System II: Two WKN World titles up for grabs in Nimes, France
    , Wed, 20 Oct 2021
  • Friday: Oscar Rivas-Ryan Rozicki Inaugural Bridgerweight Title Clash to Stream LIVE on ESPN+
    , Wed, 20 Oct 2021
  • Jose Soto Vs Ganigan Lopez Headline Boxeo Telemundo on Friday
    , Wed, 20 Oct 2021
  • Fernandez captures ABF title; Haddabah Shines in Clearwater
    , Wed, 20 Oct 2021
  • Episode One of Two-Part ALL ACCESS: CANELO VS. PLANT Series Premieres Friday, October 22 on SHOWTIME®
    , Wed, 20 Oct 2021
  • ALEXIS “LEX” ROCHA VS. JEOVANIS BARRAZA SET AS CO-MAIN EVENT FOR MUNGUIA VS. ROSADO
    , Wed, 20 Oct 2021
  • RICHARD SCHAEFER PROUD TO SEE PROBELLUM REPRESENTING FIGHTERS ALL OVER THE WORLD
    , Wed, 20 Oct 2021




  •  



     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2021 philboxing.com.