Silverio recalls road to 1973 ABC championship

February 6, 2013 11:57 pm 

By Eddie G. Alinea

MANILA, Feb. 6 — Dante Silverio, team manager of the Philippine side that regained the Asian men’s basketball championship in 1973, attributed the team's success to different factors.

“Yes, I give credit, first and foremost, to the Basketball Association of the Philippines, its president, Lito Puyat, and the coaching staff for coming up with the selection scheme and a very effective training program," he told the Philippines News Agency in an interview.

The coaching staff was composed of head coach Valentin “Tito” Eduque, assistant mentor Carlos “Caloy" Loyzaga, Nilo Verona and conditioning guru Juan Cutillas.

Silverio said the scheme and program helped flesh out success for the Filipinos in the title victory in the 1973 ABC (Asian Basketball Confederation) campaign,” Silverio added.

“Credit should also be given to the BAP technical committee, which religiously monitored the tryouts and the selection committee for the job well done in forming the final 14-man (which included two alternates) lineup that swept its 10-game assignment on the way to bringing home the pennant,” Silverio, a car-racer, golfer and basketball coach himself, said.

Silverio was referring to the technical body made up of BAP vice president for Luzon Fernando Bautista Jr., Bambi Aznar, Honesto Mayoralgo, himself as team manager and the coaching staff as well as the selection group of Puyat, BAP vice president for the Visayas Eddie Gullas, secretary general, Fr. Edgar Martin, Loyzaga and Mayor Demetrio Cortez.

They were responsible for naming the initial 38 candidates.

These men, according to Silverio, were the ones who faithfully followed the players’ performances in then the county’s premier commercial league MICAA from where candidates Robert Jaworski, Francis Arnaiz, Ramon Fernandez, Alberto Reynoso, Edward Camus, Rodolfo Segura and Orlando Bauzon of Toyota; Jimmy Mariano, Rogelio Melencio, Jaime Noblezada, Marcelino Diputado, Arthur Herrera, Roberto Salonga and Greorio Dionisio of Conception Industries;

Freddie Webb, Ricardo Cleodas, Valerio delos Santos, Rino Salazar, Ed Ocampo, Marte Samson and Mike Bilbao of Yco; Rosalio Martires, Manuel Paner, Ernesto Estrada and David Regullano of San Miguel;

William Adornado, Philip Cezar, Edgardo Carvajal and Abet Guidaben of Crispa; Larry Mumar and Danilo Basilan of Universal Textiles; Romualdo Cabading and Jojo de Guzman of Manila Bank; and Loreto Tolentino of Consolidated Foods Corp. were uprooted.

Joining the MICAA superstars in the list hopefuls were NCAA standouts Freddie Hubalde of Mapua and Norberto Rivera of San Sebastian and UAAP mainstays Roberto dela Rosa of Far Eastern University and Mario Marasigan of the University of Santo Tomas.(PNA)

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