Jimmy Alapag during the Asia Pacific College intramurals opening ceremonies in 2006.
|No. 3 – Meralco Bolts|
December 30, 1977 |
San Bernardino, California
|Listed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Listed weight||160 lb (73 kg)|
|High school||Upland (Upland, California)|
|College||Cal State San Bernardino (1998–2002)|
|PBA draft||2003 Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals|
|Playing career||2003-2015, 2015–present|
|2003–2015||Talk 'N Text Phone Pals / Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters|
|2015||Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters (team manager)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jim Olmedo "Jimmy" Alapag (born December 30, 1977) is a Filipino professional basketball player who currently plays for the Meralco Bolts of the Philippine Basketball Association. He is known to his nickname as The Mighty Mouse because of his small stature but plays with a mighty heart in the game.
- 1 Early life, college and amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 International career
- 4 PBA career statistics
- 5 Playing style
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life, college and amateur career
Alapag is the youngest of six siblings and his parents are both Filipino immigrants from Leyte. He was born and raised in San Bernardino, California. He said his greatest influence in playing basketball was his father and older brother Crispin. He started playing basketball at the age of 3.
He played collegiate basketball at California State University, San Bernardino, where he established himself as a clutch three-point shooter. In 2002, he had his first crack of Philippine basketball when he was invited by then-national team coach Jong Uichico to try out for the Philippine National Team bound for 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.
2003: Rookie season
Alapag was selected 10th overall pick in the 2003 PBA draft by the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals and was considered the "steal of the draft". Later on, Alapag formed a dynamic duo with slotman Asi Taulava to lead the Phone Pals to the All-Filipino Cup Championship by beating the Coca-Cola Tigers in the finals, after overcoming the 0-2 deficit to the Tigers and winning the last four games in the series to capture its first ever title. At the end of the 2003 season, he won the Rookie of the Year award by a huge margin after averaging 14.5 points, 7.02 assists and 6.54 rebounds per outing while shooting a decent clip of 35.4 percent from the three-point region.
In the 2004–05 PBA season, Alapag continued his remarkable play by winning his second mythical first team selection and co-MVP honors with teammate Taulava in the All-Star Game held in Cebu. He also led the Phone Pals to two straight Finals appearance but failed to win another championship against the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippine Cup and against San Miguel Beermen in the Fiesta Conference.
In the 2008–09 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Alapag would add another championship ring by helping the Tropang Texters vanquish the Alaska Aces in a grueling seven game series. He did the same trick in the 2010–11 PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel after beating the Beermen 4 games to 2 and shared the Finals MVP honors with Jayson Castro. In the 2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, he once again led the Tropang Texters to their back-to-back championships against Brgy. Ginebra, with him and Jayson Castro again both awarded as co-finals MVP. His team made it again in the 2011 PBA Governors' Cup Finals only to lose to the Petron Blaze Boosters in seven games. At season's end, he was minted as the season's Most Valuable Player, beating the likes of Arwind Santos and Mark Caguioa in the MVP race.
2011–2014 and retirement
In the 2011–12 PBA Philippine Cup, Alapag would again rose to the occasion as he anchored an epic comeback by beating their nemesis, Petron Blaze in seven games after overcoming 1-3 deficit in their best-of-seven semi-final series. In the Finals game, his team successfully defended the Philippine Cup trophy by beating the Gary David-led Powerade Tigers, four games to one. In 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Tropang Texters again advanced to the Finals against the B-Meg Derby Ace Llamados, only to lose the series in seven games. In the 2012–13 PBA Philippine Cup Finals he led the Texters sweep the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters four games to none and retain the Philippine Cup for the third time (they also took permanent possession of the Jun Bernardino Trophy).
On January 9, 2015, he formally announced his retirement during a press conference at the Smart Araneta Coliseum prior to the second game of the 2014–15 PBA Philippine Cup Finals between the Alaska Aces and the San Miguel Beermen. His #3 jersey was retired by Talk 'N Text on March 8, 2015, during halftime of the 2015 PBA All-Star Game.
He now serves as the Gilas Pilipinas assistant coach and served as the Tropang Texters' team manager. He was also appointed as a member of the FIBA Players Commission which will serve from 2014 to 2019. For his supposed final PBA game, he played for the South All-Star Team for 2015 PBA All Star. He scored 12 points and dished out 14 assists.
Coming out of retirement and return to basketball
On August 7, 2015 Alapag came out of retirement and was traded by the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters to the Blackwater Elite in exchange for Larry Rodriguez and then to the Meralco Bolts for Mike Cortez and James Sena. He signed a two-year deal with the Meralco Bolts worth P10.08 million.
Alapag played his first ever World Cup stint in Spain. He helped his team to win its first World Cup victory for the first time in 40 Years, beating Senegal. Despite his announcement of retiring from the national team after playing in the world cup, he accepted another offer after Jayson Castro was declared unable to play for the Asian Games in Incheon. During the tournament, the national team was expected to win gold because of their performance in the World Cup but went on to a disappointing run, losing three games in a row against Iran, Qatar, and the host, Korea, respectively. At the end of the tournament, he retired for international basketball, However, he played for the team on the 2015 William Jones Cup. He is included in the 24-man pool of the team for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship but did not make the cut so he just accepted the offer to be an assistant coach.
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|
Correct as of October 1, 2015
|2003||Talk 'N Text||54||37.6||.222||.354||.753||6.5||7.0||.9||.0||14.5|
|2004–05||Talk 'N Text||77||34.0||.407||.360||.764||5.5||5.8||.6||.0||14.3|
|2005–06||Talk 'N Text||41||35.2||.382||.335||.786||5.4||8.1||.6||.0||13.1|
|2006–07||Talk 'N Text||28||31.2||.420||.347||.741||4.9||6.9||.5||.0||11.5|
|2007–08||Talk 'N Text||39||30.8||.421||.361||.797||6.0||5.9||.6||.0||13.5|
|2008–09||Talk 'N Text||46||31.8||.412||.406||.823||3.8||5.0||.7||.0||14.9|
|2009–10||Talk 'N Text||47||32.1||.333||.360||.826||2.6||6.5||.5||.0||14.0|
|2010–11||Talk 'N Text||63||30.3||.379||.349||.841||2.9||5.4||.5||.0||12.4|
|2011–12||Talk 'N Text||52||28.1||.383||.348||.769||2.4||5.5||.3||.0||10.7|
|2012–13||Talk 'N Text||49||26.4||.396||.370||.878||1.9||4.8||.4||.0||10.2|
|2013–14||Talk 'N Text||46||25.6||.380||.324||.896||2.1||4.5||.3||.0||8.3|
|2014–15||Talk 'N Text||12||15.3||.543||.485||.929||2.2||2.3||.6||.0||6.6|
Alapag is known for his lethal 3-pointers from way beyond the arc, excellent passing and play making ability, and an intelligent decision making in the game, especially in the final seconds on the clock. Despite his small size, Alapag takes advantage of his speed and agility to break down his defender and pass it on his teammate or score by the lay-up.
Alapag's parents are Filipino immigrants Crispin and Aurora Alapag. He's the youngest of six siblings. He considers his father and elder brother Crispin Jr. as his greatest influence in basketball.
- "Jimmy Alapag – the basketball ‘The Mighty Mouse’. Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho one-on-one interview with the ‘The Mighty Mouse’ on basketball court". Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- Halili, Mico. "The Final Score: Jimmy Alapag’s parents saw something familiar in Game 3". www.gmanetwork.com. GMA News. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- Henson, Joaquin. "Fil-Am Jimmy Alapag: Big Little Man". www.philstar.com. Philippine Star. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- Sacamos, Karlo. "Jimmy Alapag leapfrogs Magsanoc to move to No. 2 behind Caidic in three-point list". www.spin.ph. SPIN.ph. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- "Talk ‘N Text retires Jimmy Alapag’s jersey in tiff with Rain or Shine; Barako Bull, Blackwater clash". InterAksyon.com. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- "Jimmy Alapag retires". Rappler. January 9, 2015.
- Badua, Snow (January 9, 2015). "Jimmy Alapag retires, takes on new role as Talk 'N Text manager, Gilas assistant coach". spin.ph.
- Lozada, Bong (January 9, 2015). "‘For me it’s time’, Alapag says as he retires". INQUIRER.net.
- "Alapag honored to be named to FIBA Players Commission". www.philstar.com. Philippine Star. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- Ganglani, Naveen (August 7, 2015). "Jimmy Alapag to come out of retirement, will join Meralco after trade". rappler.com. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
- Player Profile at PBA-Online!
- "LJ Moreno marries star cager Jimmy Alapag".
- "LJ Moreno welcomes baby girl with husband Jimmy Alapag".