Fan Stories: Philippine Basketball Association

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The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has long been THE basketball league in the Philippines.

It’s not a surprise having the PBA as our gateway, as Filipinos, to our love of basketball. Whether you are a CEO, a radio host, a cab driver, a pro player, or a sports writer, you’ve been (or you’re still) a fanboy of the league.

In the first part of the series, we talked with the FOX Sports writers about the Association.

1.) What’s your favorite PBA team?

Jonas Reyes: San Miguel Beermen, because of Danny Seigle, Danny Ildefonso and Olsen Racela. You could see the teamwork and camaraderie amongst the players and coaching staff.

Lawrence Fernandez: Alaska Aces. I became a loyal fan since their 1996 Grand Slam run especially because MVP Johnny Abarrientos is just a few inches taller than me. What’s fascinating is that their fundamentals and their Triangle Offense are so sound that they just kept on winning.

Jordan Samar: The Meralco Bolts is my fave team because they are young and have lots of potential for years to come. I believe, along with some breaks, their elite coaching staff would elevate the franchise.

2) Who’s your favorite player in the PBA?

Jonas: Danny Seigle redefined the small forward position. He both had inside and outside moves that were regular fixtures to the Top 10 plays feature during halftime. As a kid, I would watch out for those highlight plays and Seigle would always be part of it.

Lawrence: Favorite player now is Vic Manuel. Aside from the journey that he had before finding a home in Alaska, he does the dirty work and is one of the few PBA players who still initiate low post plays regularly.

Jordan: My fave PBA player right now is Stanley Pringle. He’s very explosive off the bounce and can direct tempo for the team’s offense.

3) As fan, what’s you most favorite PBA moment?

Jonas: Beeracle. Down 0-3, no one thought that the Beermen could win four straight to beat Alaska and snatch the Philippine Cup Title. Even I lost hope for the Beermen back then. But winning one game after the other, it made believers out of doubters. That title run brought back the late 1990’s to early 2000’s SMB mystique.

Lawrence: When they (Alaska) won the 1996 Commissioner’s Cup against Shell en route to their grand slam. They had undersized Sean Chambers as import for the latter stage of the conference after Derek Hamilton was banned. Chambers stood his ground against the taller Ken Redfield and bagged the crown in seven games

Jordan: My fave PBA moment was when Rudy Hatfield sank a shot with his back on the floor. I’ve never seen like it and it gave me laughs for sure.

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