Northern Cement basketball team
|Northern Cement basketball team|
|Leagues||Philippine Basketball Association
|Team colors||Red, white and black|
|President||Eduardo M. Cojuangco, Jr.|
|Head coach||Ron Jacobs|
|Championships||1981 William Jones Cup,
1981 Southeast Asian Games Gold Medal,
1982 ABC Juniors Championship,
1985 William Jones Cup
1985 PBA Reinforced Conference,
1985 Southeast Asian Games Gold Medal,
1985 ABC Championship
|Website||Northern Cement Corporation|
The Northern Cement basketball team (popularly known as, the NCC basketball team) refers to the team that represented the national basketball program and training pool for the Philippines men's national basketball team from 1980 to 1986. The team was owned by businessman Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco, Jr. under the banner of Northern Cement Corporation.
- 1 Beginnings
- 2 PBA (1984-1985)
- 3 1985 FIBA Asia Championship
- 4 Disbandment
- 5 List of players
- 6 PBA season-by-season records
- 7 San Miguel-Team Pilipinas (2005-2007)
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
In 1980, businessman and ambassador Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco, founder and owner of Northern Cement Corporation, was appointed by the Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos to become the project director for basketball in the country. Cojuangco (despite not being an officer or member of the national basketball governing body at that time - the Basketball Association of the Philippines) was tasked to set up, finance, and develop the national basketball team to represent the country internationally. During that time, the best players in the country were playing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the first professional basketball league in the Philippines, and in Asia. With the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur ruling that only amateur basketball players would be allowed to participate in national basketball team tournaments, Cojuangco sought a way to keep the Philippine basketball competitive on the international stage, without the country's best players.
American collegiate coaches Ron Jacobs and Ben Lindsey were brought in to handle the team. Eventually, Jacobs became NCC's head coach.
The first NCC team (1981-1982)
Seeking to fast-track the success of the program, the first team formed in 1981 was mainly made up of eight American players who became naturalized Filipinos (a practice also common to European national teams at that time) which included Dennis Still and Jeff Moore. Two Filipino-Americans, Willie Pearson, and National Basketball Association Filipino-American draftee Ricardo Brown were included, along with two local players in JB Yango and Frankie Lim, both from San Beda College. This was done with the intention of passing on new basketball technology to the Filipino cagers. The team easily won the 4th William Jones Cup in 1981, but failed to gain support among some Filipino fans, as they viewed the program as merely having foreigners represent the country. The first team was eventually scrapped, and Jacobs was then asked to develop local talents instead.
In 1981, at the Southeast Asian Games held in Manila, Jacobs was tasked to retain the country's gold medal in men's basketball. Noting the lack of competition, Jacobs decided to appoint De La Salle University head coach Pilo Pumaren as coach for the Philippine team, made up of players from the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association. The team successfully retained the gold medal.
In 1982, Jacobs mentored the Philippines' under-19 basketball team to the Asian Basketball Confederation Juniors Championship in his first official tournament as head coach for the Philippines' teams. The team included players such as Alfie Almario, Elmer Reyes, Tonichi Ytturi, Franz Pumaren, Teddy Alfarero, Rey Cuenco, Leo Austria, Jong Uichico, Hector Calma, and Louie Brill. The team beat China in the final at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila. However, even as Jacobs went about developing local talents, the players were still deemed "raw".
The second NCC team (1983)
In 1983, owing to the lack of tall players on the new team, Jacobs brought back Jeff Moore and Dennis Still from the original team, and included a new player in Arthur "Chip" Engelland. The new national pool was composed of the three naturalized players and amateur Filipino stalwarts such as, Hector Calma, Louie Brill, Samboy Lim and Allan Caidic.
In 1984, Eduardo Cojuangco became chairman of San Miguel Corporation and continued to support the new program.
NCC competed as a guest team in the 1984 and 1985 PBA seasons and eventually won the 1985 PBA Reinforced Conference championship. The team went on to represent the Philippines and captured the 1984 ABC Club Championship, as well as the 1985 William Jones Cup championship, under the name "San Miguel Beer". Because of their win at the Asian Club Championship, the team represented the Asian region at the 1985 World Cup for Champion Clubs at Girona, Spain as "Northern Consolidated Cement".
1985 FIBA Asia Championship
In 1985, the members of the NCC team played for the country's national basketball team. The NCC-powered national team won the 1985 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament and the Asian Basketball Confederation Championship on January 5, 1986 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, tournament which the country had not won since 1973. In winning the ABC Championship, the team qualified for the 1986 World Basketball Championship in Madrid, Spain and the 1986 Goodwill Games. At this time, Jacobs mapped out a new plan to ensure continuity in the national team program. New local players such as Benjie Paras, Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codiñera were already being eyed to replace the aging Still and Moore. Engelland, on the other hand, was already honing the shooting skills of Allan Caidic, Naning Valenciano and Pido Jarencio. Amateur star Jojo Lastimosa was expected to fill Engelland's slot on the team in the future (Engelland eventually became the shooting coach of the San Antonio Spurs). However, the NCC program was scrapped in the aftermath of the 1986 People Power Revolution in the Philippines. The team was forced to withdraw from the World Championship as a result.
After the fall of the Marcos government in 1986, the NCC national team program was scrapped by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), which was the national basketball governing body of the country at that time. The players of the NCC went on to play for the Philippine Basketball Association, with most of them ending up in Cojuangco's San Miguel Beer team. Some of the NCC players would again see action for the national team at the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, China, which copped a silver medal.
In 1994, the San Miguel Beer PBA team won the 1994 PBA All-Filipino Cup championship and earned the right to represent the country in the upcoming Asian Games, held at Hiroshima, Japan. The national team was composed of the San Miguel players serving as the core of the team and other PBA players (notably Alvin Patrimonio from Purefoods and Johnny Abarrientos from Alaska) and amateur standouts (notably Marlou Aquino from the Philippine Basketball League). The team, led by NCC alumni Allan Caidic and Hector Calma, went on to finished fourth with Caidic finishing as the Asian Games basketball tournament top scorer.
List of players
PBA season-by-season records
|Season||Conference||Team name||Overall record||Finals|
|1984||First All-Filipino Cup||Northern Cement||39||14||.625|
|Second All-Filipino Cup|
|Reinforced Conference||Northern Cement 4, Manila Beer 0|
|Overall record||72||36||.667||1 championship|
San Miguel-Team Pilipinas (2005-2007)
|San Miguel-Team Pilipinas basketball team|
|Leagues||Philippine Basketball Association|
|History||San Miguel Beer
San Mig Coffee
Purefoods Carne Norte Supremo
|Team colors||Blue, white and red|
|Head coach||Chot Reyes|
|Championships||2005 Brunei Cup
2006 Brunei Cup
|Website||San Miguel Corporation|
PBA appointed Vincent "Chot" Reyes to form an all-professional national team, supported and funded by San Miguel Corporation to represent the country in future international events. San Miguel–Team Pilipinas, as the team is called, went on to represent the country in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2005 (finished fifth), the Las Vegas Global Hoop Summit (most exciting performing team), the William Jones Cup (finished Third), and the 2005 Shell Rimula-Sultan Cup of Brunei (Champion). The team was bannered by Asi Taulava, Rommel Adducul, and Ren-Ren Ritualo. Unfortunately, the Philippines was suspended by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) due to political conflict between leaders of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP).
San Miguel–Team Pilipinas finished sixth in the William Jones Cup and fourth in the Al-Emadi International Basketball Tournament, held at Doha, Qatar. The team has recently played in a goodwill series against Lebanon and won the Shell Rimula-Sultan Cup title in Brunei for the second year in a row.
After the FIBA suspension was lifted in February 2007, the team went to an intensive training in the United States training camp that was attended before by NBA players. During the said training trip, they also played some tune up games with some NCAA teams. Next stop for San Miguel–Team Pilipinas was the FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2007 held in Terhan, Iran. They played mostly against Arab teams that have two imports while they played without an import. After playing 8 games in 8 days, they finished 4th place in the tourney, a creditable showing as all the other teams played with imports.
List of Players