Three-time basketball Olympian Ramoncito Campos passes away at 92

Philippine basketball lost a legendary star Monday with the death of 3-time Olympian Ramoncito Campos. He was 92.

Philippine Star veteran columnist Joaquin Henson posted on  his official Twitter account that Campos died at his home on Monday afternoon.

Campos was a deadly ambidextrous shooter during his heyday, who played for the University of Santo Tomas Glowing Goldies that went undefeated in the 1946 UAAP men’s basketball.

His legend only grew further after becoming part of the Philippine men’s basketball squad that placed 12th in the 1948 London Olympics.

Four years later, Campos was named to the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, where he played alongside then Philippine basketball star Caloy Loyzaga, Rafael Hechanova, Tony Genato and Mariano Tolentino, helping the national squad to a ninth place finish.

Campos had his last Olympic appearance in the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne where the Philippines finished a respectable seventh place. The national team posted an even 4-4 record after beating Thailand, 94-55, Japan (77-61), France (65-58) and Chile (75-68).

The Philippines’ first loss in the 1956 Olympics came at the hands of the US men’s squad (121-53), which was bannered by future NBA stars Bill Russell and K.C. Jones. The Filipinos also lost to Uruguay (70-79), Chile (69-88) and Bulgaria (70-80) during the classification round.

Campos later played for the legendary Yco Painters in the MICAA.

He was inducted into the La Salle Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Photo source: From the book Legends and Heroes of Philippine Basketball (Christian Bocobo and Beth Celis)

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