Cebuana Lhuillier Gems

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Cebuana Lhuillier Gems
Leagues Metropolitan Basketball Association (1998-2002)
Philippine Basketball League (2006-2007)
PBA Developmental League (2011-present)
Founded 2001
History Cebu Gems
(1998-2000)
Cebuana Lhullier Gems
(2001-2002)
Location Philippines
Team colors Blue, White
Head coach Tonichi Yturri
Luigi Trillo
Boysie Zamar
Championships
Uniforms

The Cebuana Lhuillier Gems is a basketball team in the PBA Developmental League from 2011-2015. The ballclub is owned by the pawnshop and credit giant Cebuana Lhuillier and had previously played in the Philippine Basketball League during the 2006-07 season as Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala Moneymen. The team used to have a franchise before in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association in (1998-2002) as a Cebu Gems.

History[edit]

Cebu Gems (MBA seasons, 1998-2000)[edit]

The team owner was Jean Henri Lhuillier. The Gems had former national player Leoncio Tan, Jr as their first coach, he was replaced by former PBA player Tonichi Yturri during the inaugural season of the Metropolitan Basketball Association in 1998. Yturri would remain coach of the Cebu Gems until the final MBA season in 2002. Among the players who played for the Gems in their first season includes Michael Manigo, a 5-7 guard out of Cebu Doctors College, Dondon Hontiveros, who won the MBA Discovery of the year award. Fil-Am Rob Wainwright, Rob Duat, Chris Tan, Chris Mendoza, Stephen Padilla and ex-pro Rudy Enterina. Their home games were held at the well-known Cebu Coliseum. The Gems were able to take the Negros Slashers to a seventh game in the Southern Conference finals before finally losing.

The following year in 1999, the Gems added the likes of Homer Se, Edwin Manabat and Jan Montalbo to the lineup. They lost to Iloilo Megavoltz for the Visayas division title. [1] But the Gems made it to the national finals later that year against the Manila Metrostars. Cebu lost in six games to Manila in the best-of-seven series for the MBA national championship.

In 2000, with Fil-Americans Matt Mitchell and Kenny Evans, the Gems finished on top of the Southern Conference with 10 wins and two losses. They lost to Negros Slashers, three games to one, in the best-of-five finals for the Southern Conference title. [2]

Cebuana Lhuillier (2001-2002 MBA seasons)[edit]

The team was now known as Cebuana Lhuillier Gems. In the first phase of the 2001 MBA season, the Gems finished the eliminations with 10 wins and four losses and are tied in the same standing with Andok's-San Juan Knights and Negros Slashers. They lost to Negros via two-game sweep in the best-of-three semifinal series. [3] They lost again to Negros, this time in five games for the Southern Conference title in the MBA second phase tournament that season.

Philippine Basketball League[edit]

Cebuana Lhuillier resurfaced in the Philippine Basketball League in 2006-07 season as Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala under coach Luigi Trillo. They made it to the 2007 Unity Cup finals against Harbour Centre. The Batang Piers easily scored a 3-0 sweep over the Moneymen.

2007 PBL Unity Cup roster[edit]

Cebuana Lhuillier
Roster
Head Coach: Luigi Trillo (Flag of the Philippines.svg)
G 5 Flag of the Philippines.svg Macky Escanola Ateneo de Manila
C 7 Flag of the Philippines.svg Ken Bono Adamson University
G 9 Flag of the Philippines.svg Eric dela Cuesta USJ-Recoletos
G 11 Flag of the Philippines.svg Don Dulay El Camino College
G 12 Flag of the Philippines.svg Kelvin dela Peña Mapua Tech
F 18 Flag of the Philippines.svg Doug Kramer Ateneo de Manila
C 19 Flag of the Philippines.svg Joel Solis Philippine Christian University
G 20 Flag of the Philippines.svg Chris Viardo Rhode Island JC
F 24 Flag of the Philippines.svg Jervin Sta.Maria Mapua Tech
F 25 Flag of the Philippines.svg Mark Yee San Sebastian College
F 27 Flag of the Philippines.svg Michael Burscher De La Salle
G 28 Flag of the Philippines.svg Emerson Oreta UST
C 30 Flag of the Philippines.svg Alfie Grijaldo National University
G 33 Flag of the Philippines.svg Joeferson Gonzales Mapua Tech
F 42 Flag of the Philippines.svg Ariel Capus Jose Rizal University
(C) - Captain, (R) - Reserve, (S) - Suspended

List of D-League players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iloilo edges Cebu, tops Visayas division". Manila Standard. 
  2. ^ "San Juan, Negros, set up showdown". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  3. ^ "Negros makes it; Batangas halts Andok's". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 

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