Lim Eng Beng

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lim.
Lim Eng Beng
Shooting Guard
Personal information
Born ,
Nationality Philippines
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Career information
College De La Salle University-Manila
Pro career 1975–1986
Career history
Concepcion Industries, U/Tex Wranglers, San Miguel Beer, Crispa Redmanizers, Manila Beer
Career highlights and awards

  • 2000 Awarded one of 25 PBA Greatest Players
  • 1982 PBA Awarded for Career 5,000 pts mark
  • 1980 PBA Sportsmanship Award
  • 1978 PBA Mythical Five
  • 1975 PBA All-Star Mythical Five

Lim Eng Beng (林嚶鳴), is a former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player. Played from 1975–1986, he is one of the greatest players in the history of the PBA. He is much remembered playing for the U/Tex Wranglers, where he was named to the Mythical Five on two occasions, and won two championships and two runner-up finishes. Wearing the jersey with No. 14, he plays the point and shooting guard. In year 2000, he was named one of the PBA's 25th Anniversary All-Time Team. He is also one of the best players in the sports history of the De La Salle University varsity team.

PBA career[edit]

Career highlights[edit]

  • Joined the Concepcion Industries during the birth of the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) in 1975
  • Member, Mythical 5 in 1975
  • Joined the U/Tex Wranglers in 1976
  • Second place in 1977 season
  • Champion team in 1978 season.
  • Mythical 5 in 1978 season
  • Second place in 1979 season
  • Champion team in 1980 season with a Sportsmanship Award
  • Awarded 5,000 points in 1982 season
  • Joined San Miguel Corporation team in 1983
  • Joined the Crispa Redmanizers in 1984
  • Joined Shell in 1985 and was awarded for being in the PBA for ten (10) years
  • Joined Manila Beer in 1986 season
  • Joined PBL (Philippine Amateur Basketball League) in 1988 for AGFA colors as player and coach until 1990

College career[edit]

Lim Eng Beng joined the Green Archers (De La Salle College) in 1971 and won the NCAA championship that year. It was the first championship in fifteen years, since 1956. He continually played for the Green Archers through his four year college years. In 1974, his senior year, he led the team to the NCAA championship against the Ateneo Eagles. He was awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Player) with a trophy and a plaque. In addition, he was awarded by NCAA as the Most Popular NCAA player in 1974. For sportsmanship, he garnered the sportsmanship plaque of recognition from De La Salle College. He holds the All-time record for the most points scored in a single NCAA game (55 points). He is also the All-Time record holder in average points per game in the NCAA (32 ppg). Lim Eng Beng's jersey number 14 was eventually retired in honor of his collegiate basketball career. Lim Eng Beng was offered many financial deals to leave for the professional league but he stayed on and went to win the NCAA championship for La Salle.

Chinese-Filipino Community[edit]

Lim Eng Beng started playing for a Chinese Filipino high school team (now known as, Chiang Kai Shek College) in Manila, Philippines in 1968. With the help of his elder brother, Lim was recruited to the high school varsity team where he led the high school team for 3 consecutive championships. The team consecutively travelled to Taipei, Taiwan each year to play for an invitational basketball tournament, where Lim's "deadly" shooting skills earned him great reputation among the Taiwan youth. In his senior year and leading his school team to the championships for the third consecutive year, he was awarded the Most Outstanding Varsity Player by the school principal.

He joined China Bank in Manila, in 1970, to play in the Inter-bank tournament and bagged the championship trophy.

In 1975, when he started playing in the newly created PBA (Philippine Basketball Association), the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce quickly awarded him as one of the four Most Outstanding Youth in the Chinese-Filipino community.

Continually playing in professional basketball from 1975 to 1986, he was among one of the few elite Chinese-Filipino athletes in the Philippines to be recognized as a superstar athlete and have inspired many youths to follow his footsteps.

In 1989, the Chiang Kai Shek Alumni Association awarded him a plaque of appreciation for the Most Outstanding Player representing the Philippines in International Tournaments. From 1990 to 1999, he played as playing coach for his Batch 31 basketball team.

From 1997 to 2001, he represented the PCFBL (Philippine Chinese Filipino Basketball League), as playing coach in the World Chinese Basketball Tournament and in the ASEAN Chinese Basketball League. Following are his and his team's accomplishments:

World Chinese Basketball Tournament:

Year 1997- 3rd placer held in Thailand Year 1998- 5th placer held in Beijing, China Year 1999- 2nd placer held in Malaysia Year 2000- Champions held in Sydney, Australia Year 2001- 3rd placer held in Thailand

ASEAN Chinese Basketball League:

Year 2000- Champions held in Thailand Year 2001- Champions held in Singapore Year 2002-2nd placer held in Indonesia

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Preceded by
Freddie Hubalde
NCAA Seniors' Basketball Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Alex Marquez