October 7, 1972 |
Santa Barbara, Pangasinan, Philippines
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|PBA draft||1996 Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the Ginebra San Miguel|
|1996–2000||Ginebra San Miguel / Gordon's Gin Boars / Barangay Ginebra Kings|
|2000–2011||Sta. Lucia Realtors / Meralco Bolts|
|Career highlights and awards|
Marlou B. Aquino (born October 7, 1972 in Santa Barbara, Pangasinan, Philippines) is a Filipino retired professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. During his prime he was known by fans as "The Skyscraper" and was, along with Dennis Espino, one-half of the so-called "Twin Towers" of the now-disbanded Sta. Lucia Realtors.
Although born in the province of Pangasinan, Marlou Aquino made an impact as a player in Metro Manila as he played for the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP. Marlou played in the Philippine Basketball League for the Sta. Lucia Realtors (before it joined the PBA) and Stag Pale Pilsen, and won a record-setting four PBL Most Valuable Player of the Year awards. He was famous for his so-called "Kili-kili Shot" (a shot from under the opponent's armpit).
In 1996, he made an impact in the Philippine basketball scene. He was drafted by the Ginebra San Miguel as the first overall pick. Expectations were high for Aquino and he became a starting player in his rookie year in a team headed by Robert Jaworski.
After showing strength in performance and leading the Kings to the All-Filipino finals, he earned the nickname, "The Skyscraper" and was tag as David and Goliath with his tandem point guard teammate Bal David. At the end of the season, Marlou Aquino became the first Ginebra player since Dondon Ampalayo in 1986 to win the Rookie of the Year award. He finished the season averaging 17.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 assist, 2.8 blocks in 40.7 minutes per contest.
In his second season, he continued his role as one of the dominant centers in the league when he took the Gordon's Gin Boars to a championship, winning the 1997 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Aquino finished the season averaging 17.9 points, 9 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks in 64 games. After two solid seasons with the La Tondeña franchise, he was traded to the Sta. Lucia Realtors for Jun Limpot and Banjo Calpito before the 2000 season.
Aquino gained his second championship ring when the Realtors captured their first-ever PBA title in 2001 by beating the San Miguel Beermen in the Governor’s Cup.
In 2010, he was acquired by the Barako Bull Energy Boosters. However, when the Energy Boosters filed a leave of absence for the 2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup, he was shortly signed by the Meralco Bolts where he eventually ended his professional basketball career.
Aquino was a big star in the PBL for Nikon and Stag Pale Pilsen but was involved in a controversial scandal in terms of his academic status with Adamson University. After the scandal, he jumped to the pros and made big waves upon his arrival.
Aquino, known to his variety of hook shots and under-goal stab, remained a strong shot-blocker in the middle and rebounder throughout his career, making him one of the premiere centers in Philippine basketball. He was also a two-time Philippine national team member.
Awards and records
- 3× PBA Champion (1997 Commissioner's Cup, 2001 Governors' Cup, 2007–08 Philippine Cup)
- PBA Defensive Player of the Year (1996)
- PBA Rookie of the Year 1996)
- PBA Mythical First Team 1996, 1997
- PBA Mythical Second Team 2000, 2003
- PBA All-Defensive Team 2003, 2001, 1997, 1996
- PBA Best Player of the Conference (1996 Governors' Cup)
- PBA Finals Most Valuable Player (1997 Commissioners' Cup)
- League leader in points (1996)
- League leader in free-throws made (1996)
- League leader in offensive rebounds (1996)
- League leader in blocks (1996, 1997, 2000, 2006–07)
- League leader in minutes played (1997)
- League leader in 2-pointers made (1997)
- Member of the 1994 and 1998 RP National Team
- 4× PBL Most Valuable Player
- Scored a career-high 38 points in 2007
- Salazar, Syd (October 24, 2011). "20 Best Rookie Seasons in the PBA (played in 2003 - present)". Sydrified.org. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
- Player Profile at PBA-Online!
|PBA Best Player of the Conference Award - Governor's Cup