Larry Fonacier

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Larry Fonacier
No. 12 – Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
Position Swingman
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1982-05-13) May 13, 1982 (age 32)
Quezon City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Ateneo de Manila University
College Ateneo de Manila University
PBA draft 2005 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Red Bull Barako
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2007 Red Bull Barako
2007–2008 Magnolia Beverage Masters
2008–2010 Alaska Aces
2010–present Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
Career highlights and awards
  • 2005–06 PBA Rookie of the Year
  • 2005–06 PBA All-Rookie Team
  • All-Star (2007)
  • 2011–12 PBA Philippine Cup Finals MVP
  • 2011–12 PBA Mr. Quality Minutes

Larry Alexander N. Fonacier (born May 13, 1982 in Quezon City, Philippines) is a professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association who currently plays for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. He was drafted fourteenth overall by the Red Bull Barako in the 2005 PBA Draft.

Collegiate and amateur career[edit]

Larry first played for the Ateneo de Manila High School Blue Eaglets in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Juniors Basketball division, leading them to numerous winning seasons and championships along with Enrico Villanueva, Wesley Gonzales, BJ Manalo, and Bajjie del Rosario. He moved to the college ranks in 2000.

In his rookie year, under coach Joe Lipa, he played consistent minutes coming off the bench. The Blue Eagles managed to secure a twice to beat advantage against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws. Despite having the twice to beat advantage, they were defeated in both games. The Eagles would have faced the De La Salle Green Archers in a best of three series.

The following year, in 2001, Larry started in all of the games and played a significant role in the team. The team finished with 10 wins and 4 losses. They, again, secured a twice to beat advantage against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws. They defeated Far Eastern University Tamaraws 67–63. They faced the De La Salle Green Archers in the best-of-3 finals. The Eagles lost in Game 3 despite a 30-point game from L.A. Tenorio. The score was 93–88.

During the summer, the Ateneo-Hapee team joined the commercial and amateur Philippine Basketball League and won the championship under coach Joel Banal. At the start of the 65th season of the UAAP, with a championship caliber coach in Banal, the Ateneo de Manila community had very high hopes of finally ending the 14-year drought. The Eagles ended with 4 wins and 3 losses in the first round of the tournament, but lost their next two games, giving them a record of 4 wins and 5 losses. Most of the Ateneo community had lost hope. The Eagles, however, pulled off 5 straight wins, to end the elimination round with 9 wins and 5 losses. Furthermore, they spoiled the De La Salle Green Archers chances of sweeping the 14 game eliminations, which would have given them an outright berth in the championship round. Larry scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in that 76–63 win over the Green Archers. The Eagles would then face the UE Red Warriors. The team won both games and faced the De La Salle Green Archers in the finals in a best of 3 series. In game 1, Larry scored 11 points including 3 three points, with 6 assists and 2 crucial blocks against Mark Cardona in the game's dying seconds. In game 2, Larry scored his career high of 25 points but lost the game by 7 points. In game 3, Larry scored only 6 points because of food poisoning, but the team finally ended the 14 title year drought winning the UAAP Men's Basketball Championship with the score of 77–70. Larry was named co-Finals MVP, along with Wesley Gonzales, averaging 11.7 points per game.[1]

In 2003, the Blue Eagles made it to the Finals but lost to the FEU Tamaraws.

In 2004, Larry's last year, he only played 4 games in that season, getting an ACL injury on his left knee while driving to the basket in the fourth game against UP that ended his UAAP career.

Professional Career[edit]

Fonacier won the PBA Rookie of the Year award during the 2005–06 season, his first year in the PBA with the Red Bull Barako. Nicknamed the "Babyface Assassin", He played 55 games with the Barakos during the 2006–07 season, with 13 starts. During that time, he was named as an All-Star, and played for the North All-Stars team in the 2007 PBA All-Star Weekend. After being traded to the San Miguel Beermen, he was then dealt to the Alaska Aces with his team mate L.A. Tenorio in exchange for Ken Bono and Mike Cortez.[2] During the 2010 PBA Draft, he was traded by the Aces to the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in exchange for the draft rights of Elmer Espiritu.[3] The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters beat the Powerade Tigers in the 2011–2012 Philippine Cup and he was chosen as finals MVP.

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

PBA Season statistics[edit]

Updated as of April 12, 2013[4]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Red Bull 65 21.5 .421 .380 .809 3.6 2.1 .3 .1 8.0
2006–07 Red Bull 55 21.0 .438 .396 .761 3.4 2.0 .3 .1 9.9
2007–08 Magnolia/Alaska 29 16.6 .376 .370 .731 2.5 1.4 .2 .03 5.5
2008–09 Alaska 47 13.1 .383 .313 .774 1.5 1.0 .3 .1 4.8
2009–10 Alaska 54 15.2 .330 .336 .809 1.8 1.7 .2 .04 4.8
2010–11 Talk 'N Text 65 25.6 .378 .358 .796 3.8 1.8 .6 .2 9.3
2011–12 Talk 'N Text 62 29.8 .408 .398 .801 4.2 1.7 .4 .1 10.5
2012–13 Talk 'N Text 37 31.0 .368 .322 .813 4.7 2.6 .8 .2 11.1
Career 414 22.1 .393 .364 .794 3.3 1.8 .4 .1 8.2

RP Team statistics[edit]

[5]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 William Jones Cup Smart Gilas 8 16.75 .273 .304 .80 2.25 1.25 .375 0 6.38

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Preceded by
UST's school colors Alwyn Espiritu
UAAP Juniors' Basketball Most Valuable Player
1999
Succeeded by
UST's school colors June Cortez
Preceded by
La Salle's school colors Ren-Ren Ritualo
UAAP Men's Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player
2002 (with Wesley Gonzales)
Succeeded by
FEU's school colors Arwind Santos