September 14, 1952 |
Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||192 lb (87 kg)|
|College||University of San Jose - Recoletos|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|1985||Tanduay Rhum Makers|
|1986||Manila Beer Brewmasters|
|1987–1988||San Miguel Beermen|
|1989||Alaska Air Force|
|1990–1993||Pepsi Hotshots/7-Up Uncolas|
|1994–1995||Shell Rimula X|
|Career highlights and awards|
Alberto "Abet" Guidaben (born September 14, 1952) is a Filipino retired professional basketball player in the PBA. He was part of the fabled Crispa Redmanizers ballclub that won two Grand Slams, in 1976 and 1983. He was a two-time Most Valuable Player awardee, in 1983 and 1987, joining a select few who are multiple winners of the award such as Bogs Adornado, Ramon Fernandez, Alvin Patrimonio, Benjie Paras, Danny Ildefonso, Willie Miller, James Yap, and June Mar Fajardo.
Collegiate and amateur career
Guidaben started his career with the Agoho (Mambajao, Camiguin) Pirates and the University of San Jose - Recoletos. Then in 1973, he became part of the Crispa team in the old Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA). Later that year, he and Crispa teammate Bogs Adornado were named to the Philippine team that won the 1973 Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) held in Manila. The two also suited up for the national team that played in the 1974 Mundo Basket (the World Championship) held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Crispa-Floro duo were again in the national team skippered by Jaworski for the 1974 Asian Games in Teheran.
In the PBA, Guidaben was a "late-bloomer" with Crispa. During the league's early years, he played in the shadows of his more illustrious teammates like Philip Cezar, Atoy Co and Bogs Adornado. But slowly, his talent as a big man emerged and became one of Crispa's greatest assets. He was already a good rebounder but later developed a strong inside game complimented with accurate off-the-glass jumpers from the perimeter. He was also one of the earliest dunkers in the PBA making the slam dunk vogue in the league a decade before the arrival of highflyers like Samboy Lim, Paul "Bong" Alvarez, Vergel Meneses and Nelson Asaytono. He also had a great rivalry with Toyota's Fernandez which was considered a classic in itself. He won MVP honors in 1983 while with Crispa and 1987 while with San Miguel Beer. Unfortunately, he wound up as a journeyman of sorts having played for eight teams. Aside from Crispa and San Miguel, he also suited up for Manila Beer, Tanduay, Purefoods, Alaska Milk, Pepsi Mega and Shell Rimula X.
He finished his PBA career as the No. 2 all-time leading scorer with 15,775 points (behind Fernandez's 18,996), No. 2 all-time in total rebounds with 8,570, No. 2 in defensive rebounds with 6,197, No. 1 in offensive rebounds with 2,373 and No. 1 in games played with 1,081. He also had 2,284 assists, 340 steals and 922 blocks in 29,577:10 total minutes played (No. 3 behind Fernandez and Patrimonio). He finished with career averages of 14.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 77.6% FT (2,875/3,707), 53.1% FG (6,420/12,092).
PBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||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|
|1985||2 Teams (Combined)||67||33.85||.546||..227||.759||9.96||3.87||0.58||1.25||20.66|
|1988||San Miguel Beer||47||34.66||.505||.167||.822||11.49||3.32||0.30||0.70||19.9|
|1988||2 Teams (Combined)||57||31.38||.504||.143||.746||10.63||3.23||0.30||0.63||18.81|
|1991||2 Teams (Combined)||17||34.25||.559||.000||.801||8.04||2.15||0.24||0.85||16.8|
|1993||Shell Helix Ultra||9||16.89||.525||.000||.875||4.56||1.11||0.22||0.55||5.4|
|1994||Shell Rimula X||50||18.62||.553||.000||.794||4.44||0.72||0.16||0.50||8.0|
Retirement and later life
In 2000, he was named as one of the PBA's 25 greatest players of all-time in elaborate awards ceremonies that highlighted the 25th year anniversary of the league. After his retirement, he went into the construction business, and in 2003, he migrated to New Jersey in the United States with his family. Even in the U.S. he actively took part in benefit basketball events staged by the PBA Legends USA Foundation.
In 2012, he suffered two strokes in a span of one week, and was diagnosed with meningitis. He was again admitted to the ICU as a result.
Guidaben, with his wife, Maridol, has four children (Maria Elizabeth, JR, Michael and Katherine) and several grandchildren.
- An Abet Guidaben for Mon Fernandez swap happened twice. In 1985, Guidaben was shipped from Tanduay to Manila Beer for El Presidente during the last conference. Three years later, Guidaben, then playing for San Miguel, was sent to Purefoods for the disgruntled Fernandez.
- Guidaben has worn the jersey #5 during his time with the Crispa Redmanizers. Ever since then he has worn other jersey numbers equaling to 5 such as 14 (1+4), 23 (2+3), 32 (3+2) & 41 (4+1).
- Nathanielsz, Ronnie. "ABET GUIDABEN IN DIRE STRAITS". www.philboxing.com. Philboxing.com. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- Celis, Beth. "Ironman deaths". www.inquirer.net. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
- Henson, Joaquin. "Guidaben dreams to return to RP". www.philstar.com. Philippine Star. Retrieved 26 December 2014.