Jacinto Ciria Cruz

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Jacinto "Jumping Jack" Ciria Cruz (died December 25, 1944)[1] was a Filipino basketball player and coach.[2] Ciria Cruz played for the University of Santo Tomas men's basketball team and also represented the Philippines at the 1936 Summer Olympics as a member of the country's national basketball team. He later ventured into coaching different collegiate squads.

In 1938, Ciria Cruz took over as Letran basketball coach from Herminio Silva, who had earlier inherited the job from Ciria Cruz when the latter played in the Berlin Olympics. It was the year Letran wins its first NCAA cage title.

He was killed during World War II.[3]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jacinto Ciria Cruz Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
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  3. ^ "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 July 2018.