Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Philippines in the Asian Games (basketball)

This post is one of the continuations of the blog post: Philippine National Team Records in Official Tournaments.

The quadrennial Asian Games is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the region where most Asian countries send national teams in multiple sporting events and as well as the host nations given the chance to share its culture and national past time.

Anyway, the Philippines won seven basketball medals in the Asian Games including four consecutive gold medals from 1951 to 1962. One person stood out from the golden age of Philippine basketball, Carlos Loyzaga, one of the best players in the world in that era. He carried the team and led them to four consecutive Asiad gold medals, four consecutive medal finished in the Asia Championship (one as a coach), and a bronze medal in the World Championship. There is no surprise that the Philippine basketball declines when he ended his career along with the rise of basketball commercialism in the Philippines.

The Philippines did not win another medal until 24 years later when the last all-amateur national team, led by Allan Caidic, captured the “golden” bronze medal in 1986 Asian Games. During the semifinals of that year’s competition, the Philippines suffered one, if not the most, controversial loss in international basketball when a Japanese referee couldn’t distinguish the difference between a foul and a flop.
The 1986 RP Asiad Team that captured the "golden" Bronze

In 1990, the Philippines sent for the first time an all-pro national "Dream Team" coached by national team veteran Robert Jaworski and bannered by the reigning Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)’s MVP Allan Caidic and his fellow NCC teammates Samboy Lim and Hector Calma. The team only managed a silver medal finished with both Caidic and Lim, named in the all-tournament mythical five selections.

In 1994, the Philippines once again sent an all-pro team but only manage to finish fourth in the competition with the Triggerman (Caidic) named in the mythical five selections for two consecutive Asiad after leading the tournament in points scored.

In 1998, commemorating the centennial celebration of the Philippine Declaration of Independence, the PBA formed an all-pro national team known as the “Philippine Centennial Team” that went on to capture the country’s third William Jones Cup title and the bronze medal in that year’s Asian Games.

In 2002, the Philippines, once more, suffered one, if not the most, heartbreaking loss in international basketball after losing to host South Korea by 1 point in the semi-finals.

Here are the official record of the Philippine National Basketball Team in the Asian Games.

Appearances: 15 (1951, 1954, 1958,1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010)
Medals: 7 medals (4 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 2 bronze medals)
Best Finished: Gold (1951, 1954, 1958, 1962), Silver (1990), Bronze (1986, 1998)
Win-Loss Record: 106 games (72 wins, 34 losses)

1951: 1st place (gold) [vs. Burma, 63-19; vs. Iran, 65-41; vs. Japan, 57-33; vs. India, 86-36]

1954*: 1st place (gold) [vs. Singapore, 82-63; vs. Cambodia, 105-41; vs. South Korea, 84-45; vs. South Korea, 76-52; vs. Japan, 68-40; vs. Taiwan, 34-27]

1958: 1st place (gold) [vs. Siam, 97-40; vs. Malaya, 110-60; vs. South Korea, 99-85; vs. Singapore, ?-? (W); vs. Taiwan, 88-98; vs. Siam, ?-? (W); vs. Japan, 90-83]

1962: 1st place (gold) [vs. Cambodia, 81-52; vs. Thailand, 72-61; vs. South Korea, 84-67; vs. Indonesia, 107-74; vs. Thailand, 108-73; vs. Hong Kong, 100-68; vs. Japan, 101-67]

Rudy Soriano in 1974 Asian Games (PHL vs. Israel)
1966: 6th place [vs. South Korea, 82-83; vs. Burma, 132-49; vs. Iran, 103-69; vs. South Vietnam, 109-46; vs. Israel, 86-91; vs. Malaysia, 113-? (W); vs. Taiwan, 72-75]

1970: 5th place [vs. Hong Kong, 113-45; vs. Iran, 92-90; vs. South Korea, 75-77; vs. South Korea, 70-65; vs. India, 97-79; vs. Taiwan, 64-75; vs. Israel, 78-83; vs. Japan, 72-76]

1974: 4th place [vs. Israel, 73-122; vs. Iran, 93-91; vs. China, 91-86; vs. North Korea, 89-91; vs. Israel, 123-101; vs. China, 89-102]

1978: 5th place [vs. Pakistan, 85-79; vs. Bahrain, 97-49; vs. South Korea, 78-95; vs. Saudi Arabia, 87-73; vs. North Korea, 71-86; vs. China ?-? (L); vs. Japan, ?-? (L); vs. Thailand, ?-? (W)]

1982: 4th place [vs. India, ?-? (W); vs. United Arab Emirates, 109-81; vs. North Yemen, ?-? (W); vs. South Korea, 99-132; vs. Japan, 91-109; vs. Kuwait, 80-78; vs. North Korea, 82-77; vs. Malaysia, 70-84; vs. China, ?-? (L); vs. India, ?-? (W)]

1986: 3rd place (bronze) [vs. Japan, 81-78; vs. Hong Kong, 109-75; vs. China, 84-112; vs. Kuwait, 90-74; vs. South Korea, 102-103; vs. Malaysia, 84-68; vs. Jordan, 83-81]

1990: 2nd place (silver) [vs. Pakistan, 129-81; vs. Japan, 86-78; vs. North Korea, 98-82; vs. China 60-125; vs. United Arab Emirates, 80-75; vs. Japan, 94-90; vs. China, 74-90]

Allan Caidic in 1998 Asian Games
1994: 4th place [vs. Kazakhstan, 89-76; vs. Iran, 89-86; vs. United Arab Emirates, 87-71; vs. South Korea, 79-86; vs. China, 74-85; vs. Japan, 76-79]
1998: 3rd place (bronze) [vs. Kazakhstan, 53-52; vs. Kyrgyzstan, 91-50; vs. United Arab Emirates, 93-57; vs. Thailand, 86-60; vs. South Korea, 83-103; vs. China, 73-82; vs. Kazakhstan, 73-68]

2002: 4th place [vs. United Arab Emirates, 81-56; vs. North Korea, 89-63; vs. Japan, 79-74; vs. Taiwan, 83-69; vs. China 51-92; vs. South Korea, 68-69; vs. Kazakhstan, 66-68]

2006: Did Not Participate (Suspended by FIBA)**

2010: 6th place [vs. Kuwait, 76-69; vs. Iran, 50-65; vs. Qatar, 90-68; vs. Japan, 58-60; vs. India, 78-57; vs. Chinese Taipei, 82-73; vs. South Korea, 66-74; vs. North Korea, 96-69; vs. Qatar 71-81]

[*] Host Nation
[**] Suspended by FIBA due to internal fighting between the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) [basically, the continuing illegal existence of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)]



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