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JCA domination in PCYAA

HAIL to the new princes of local basketball. Jubilee Christian Academy made it a double celebration over the weekend as it defeated Philippine Cultural College, 53-36, in the deciding Game 3 of the Aspirants Division (14-under) best-of-three finals in the 7th Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions to claim the crown for the […]

Cultural nears PCYAA title

UPSET-conscious Philippine Cultural College (PCC) looks to capture its second Aspirants (14-under) title in league history and Jubilee Christian Academy (JCA) seeks to lock up its first-ever Developmental (12-under) crown in its second finals stint as Game 2s of the best-of-three finals in both divisions of the 7th Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball […]

PCYAA Finals gets going

THIS Hoopster has been chronicling youth basketball in the Chinese-Filipino community for nearly two decades now and nothing beats covering the games in the multi-sport Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) league that is in its seventh year of operations. I have been attending the PCYAA games in the Developmental (12-U) and Aspirants (14-U) divisions […]

Height is might

HEIGHT is might in basketball, a game best served to tall men and women. Since Canadian physical education instructor Dr. James Naismith invented the game in mid-December 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts to keep youthful students in excellent physical shape during the cold months (winter) in the United States, international basketball has been dominated by athletes […]

Curry out for season?

STEPHEN Curry reportedly is unlikely to return to the Golden State Warriors this season following surgery for a fractured bone in his left hand in a game last November 1. The Warriors may be disputing the Bleacher Report but they could really shut him down for the season if there are no “competitive reasons” for […]

Who is Chuck Cooper?

TO the uninitiated, Charles Henry (Chuck) Cooper was the first African-American to be drafted by a team in the American professional league National Basketball Association (NBA). The Boston Celtics selected Cooper with the first pick in the second round of the 1950 NBA draft – the 14th pick overall – on April 25, 1950. Before […]

Masters of the game

THE blacks – or specifically African-Americans – have become the masters of the game of basketball. Earl Lloyd broke the color barrier in the National Basketball Association (NBA) by becoming the first black man to suit up in the American professional league on Halloween night in 1950. And more historic firsts by African-Americans were later […]

First black NBA player

ONCE a lily-white American professional basketball league, the National Basketball Association (NBA) is now dominated by African-Americans. The NBA, as a matter of fact, owns the highest percentage of black players in any of the four major pro team sports leagues (Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League and the NBA) in the […]

NBA is here again

HERE we are again — the 74th renewal of the world’s ultimate pro basketball forum that is the National Basketball Association (NBA) that will unveil on Wednesday, October 23 (Philippine time), with a pair of explosive games that will likely not feature one of the league’s top-five stars as well the prohibitive favorite to romp […]

Bill Russell is GOAT

BILL Russell is to the National Basketball Association (NBA) what the late Carlos Loyzaga is to Philippine basketball: GOAT. My choice of Russell as the American professional league’s greatest of all time may elicit violent reactions as many would put Michael Jordan ahead of 1960s star Russell in GOAT conversations. But Jordan was a beneficiary […]

PBA prolific scorers

AMONG the most prolific offensive players in the 44-year existence of the local professional league Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), only 11 “homegrown” Filipino athletes were able to score 50 points or more in a single game during their pro careers. All 11 players are no longer active in the PBA. Five actually broke the 60-point […]

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