Jimmy Alapag

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Jimmy Alapag
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Jimmy Alapag during the Asia Pacific College intramurals opening ceremonies in 2006.
No. 3 – Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
Position Point guard
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1977-12-30) December 30, 1977 (age 36)
San Bernardino, California
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
High school Upland (Upland, California)
College Cal State San Bernardino (1998–2002)
PBA draft 2003 Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
2003–present Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
Career highlights and awards
  • PBA All Filipino Cup Champion (2003)
  • PBA Commissioner's Cup champion (2011)
  • 4x PBA Philippine Cup Champion (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • PBA Commissioner's Cup Co-Finals MVP (w/Jayson Castro) (2011)
  • PBA Most Valuable Player (2011)
  • PBA Commissioner's Cup Best Player of the Conference (2011)
  • PBA Rookie of The Year (2003)
  • PBA 3-Point Shootout Champion (2003)
  • 9x PBA All-Star (2003-2011)
  • PBA All-Star Co-Most Valuable Player (w/Asi Taulava) (2004)
  • 3x PBA Mythical First Team (2003, 2005, 2011)
  • PBA All-Defensive First Team (2003)
  • Most Assists (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • POW Order of Merit (2009)

Jim Olmedo "Jimmy" Alapag (born December 30, 1977) is a Filipino professional basketball player for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in the Philippine Basketball Association. He is known to his nickname as The Mighty Mouse because of his small stature but plays with a mighty heart in the game.

Early Life, College and Amateur Career[edit]

Alapag is the youngest of six siblings and his parents are both Filipino immigrants from Leyte, making him a full-blooded Filipino. He was born and raised in San Bernardino, California. He said his greatest influence in playing basketball was his father and older brother Crispin. He started playing basketball at the age of 3.[1]

He played collegiate basketball at California State University, San Bernardino, where he established himself as a clutch three-point shooter.[2] In 2002, he had his first crack of Philippine basketball when he was invited by then-national team coach Jong Uichico to try out for the Philippine National Team bound for 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2003: Rookie Season[edit]

Alapag was selected 10th overall pick in the 2003 PBA draft by the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals and was considered the "steal of the draft" . Later on, Alapag formed a dynamic duo with slotman Asi Taulava, to lead the Phone Pals to the All-Filipino Cup Championship by beating the Coca-Cola Tigers in the finals, after overcoming the 0-2 deficit to the Tigers and winning the last four games in the series to capture its first ever title. At the end of the 2003 season, he won the Rookie of the Year award by a huge margin after averaging 14.5 points, 7.02 assists and 6.54 rebounds per outing while shooting a decent clip of 35.4 percent from the three-point region.[4]

2004-05 Season[edit]

In the 2004-05 PBA season, Alapag continued his remarkable play by winning his second mythical first team selection and co-MVP honors with teammate Taulava in the All-Star Game held in Cebu. He also led the Phone Pals to two straight Finals appearance but fail to win another championship against the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippine Cup and against San Miguel Beermen in the Fiesta Conference.[5]

2008-2011 Seasons[edit]

In the 2008-09 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Alapag would add another championship ring by helping the Tropang Texters vanquish the Alaska Aces in a grueling seven game series. He did the same trick in the 2010-11 PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel after beating the Beermen 4 games to 2 and shared the Finals MVP honors with Jayson Castro. In the 2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, he once again led the Tropang Texters to their back-to-back championships against Brgy. Ginebra, with him and Jayson Castro again both awarded as co-finals MVP. His team made it again in the 2011 PBA Governors' Cup Finals only to lose to the Petron Blaze Boosters in seven games. At season's end, he was minted as the season's Most Valuable Player, beating the likes of Arwind Santos and Mark Caguioa in the MVP race.[6]

2011-Present[edit]

In the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup, Alapag would again rose to the occasion as he anchored an epic comeback by beating their nemesis, Petron Blaze in seven games after overcoming 1-3 deficit in their best-of-seven semi-final series. In the Finals game, his team successfully defended the Philippine Cup trophy by beating the Gary David-ledPowerade Tigers, four games to one. In 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Tropang Texters again advanced to the Finals against the B-meg Derby Ace Llamados, only to lose the series in seven games. In the 2012–13 PBA Philippine Cup Finals he led the Texters sweep the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters four games to none and retain the Philippine Cup for the third time (they also took permanent possession of the Jun Bernardino Trophy).[7]

On December 23, 2014, he passed Ronnie Magsanoc to move to No. 2 behind Allan Caidic in the all-time three-point list with 1,172 three point field goals made.[8]

Fiba World Cup 2014 and 2014 Asian Games[edit]

Alapag played his first ever World Cup stint in Spain. He helped his team to win its first World Cup victory for the first time in 40 Years, beating Senegal. Despite his announcement of retiring for the national team after playing in the world cup, he accepted another offer after Jason Castro was declared unable to play for the Asian Games in Incheon. During the tournament, His National Team was expected to win gold because of their performance in the World Cup but went on to a disappointing run, losing three games in a row against Iran, Qatar, and the host, Korea, respectively. At the end of the Tournament, he retired for International Basketball.

Playing Style[edit]

Alapag is known for his lethal 3 pointers way beyond from the arc, excellent passing and play making ability, and an intelligent decision making in the game, especially in the last dying seconds on the clock. Despite his small size, Alapag takes advantage of his speed and agility to break down his defender and pass it on his teammate or score by the lay-up.[9]

Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of December 27, 2013[10]

Season[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003 Talk 'N Text 54 37.56 0.222 0.354 0.753 6.54 7.02 0.91 0.02 23.9
2004-05 Talk 'N Text 77 33.97 0.407 0.360 0.764 5.52 5.84 0.56 0.03 24.26
2005-06 Talk 'N Text 41 35.22 0.382 0.335 0.786 5.44 8.07 0.56 0.00 13.05
2006-07 Talk 'N Text 28 31.21 0.420 0.347 0.741 4.93 6.89 0.46 0.00 11.46
2007-08 Talk 'N Text 39 30.79 0.421 0.361 0.797 6.00 5.98 0.64 0.00 13.49
2008-09 Talk 'N Text 46 31.80 0.412 0.406 0.823 3.78 5.02 0.65 0.00 14.87
2009-10 Talk 'N Text 47 32.13 0.333 0.360 0.826 2.64 6.47 0.45 0.02 14.00
2010-11 Talk 'N Text 63 30.32 0.379 0.349 0.841 2.86 5.44 0.52 0.00 12.43
2011-12 Talk 'N Text 52 28.12 0.383 0.348 0.769 2.38 5.46 0.27 0.00 10.71
2012-13 Talk 'N Text 49 26.41 0.396 0.370 0.878 1.88 4.88 0.37 0.00 10.22
2013-14 Talk 'N Text 6 29.33 0.302 0.146 1.000 3.17 4.67 0.17 0.00 11.33
Career 502 31.83 0.369 0.357 0.798 4.16 6.00 0.54 0.01 12.98

Personal life[edit]

Jimmy's parents are Filipino immigrants Crispin and Aurora Alapag. He's the youngest of six siblings. He considers his father and elder brother Crispin Jr. as his greatest influence in basketball.[11]

He is currently married to Filipina actress LJ Moreno.[12] On December 5, 2014, They welcome their first child together a girl named Keona Skye.[13]

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Davonn Harp
PBA Commissioner's Cup Best Player Award
2011
Succeeded by
Mark Caguioa