Xavier, Saint Jude duke it out in PCYAA finals

Andrei Tan of Xavier grabbing a rebound. [PCYAA photo]
February 19, 2023

Unbeaten No. 1 seed Xavier School (11-0) and streaking No. 2 seed Saint Jude Catholic School (10-1) slug it out in a blockbuster championship series that unwraps on Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:00 p.m. at the traditional-steeped Uno High School gym in Tondo, Manila.


Crispa’s Farewell: Adding insult to injury

Crispa bids goodbye to Philippine basketball at the end of the 1984 PBA season
February 23, 2022

Up two to one in the finals of the five-team Third Conference (Invitational) against Great Taste Coffee Makers, the tradition-steeped Crispa Redmanizers were poised to romp away with their 14th title in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) history.


Are the Lakers Doomed?

Will the Big Three scheme of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook work for the LA Lakers?
February 19, 2022

From being a preseason favorite to hold aloft the Larry O’Brien hardware that goes to the National Basketball Association champion, the underachieving Los Angeles Lakers have struggled mightily to remain afloat in the West play-in standings at the All-Star break.


Toyota’s Demise came on Valentine’s Day

Ramon Fernandez eyes the basket as Toyota mate Sonny Jaworski watches action.
February 12, 2022

It was to be an enchanting Lovers Day get-together. Ouch, it was not to be. There were no lollipops and roses on Valentine’s Day of 1984 for players and team staff of the Toyota Super Corollas (Tamaraws) who were told of the shocking news of the disbandment of the Delta Motors franchise in the PBA after a nine-year stay in the pro league during a team gathering for what was supposed to be a happy occasion for all.


1978 World Basketball Championship recalled

Philippine national team to the 1978 World Basketball Championship in Manila.
February 6, 2022

A year from now, the Philippines will co-host the 19th edition of the FIBA World Cup (formerly known as the World Basketball Championship before being renamed as such in 2014)) with Japan and Indonesia. With the hosting rights, the country is automatically seeded to the 32-nation quadrennial competitions.


Yesterday When I Was Young

February 4, 2022

Life was a breeze, not because I was a spoiled brat, but rather because my parents from the middle class got me all the things I need to have – emphasis on “need” – and not what I wanted.



Christmas [Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay]
December 18, 2021

As I was listening to a CD full of Christmas music while doing this column, the lyrics of one such song caught my attention that I am sharing with you readers.


Christmas in the NBA

The late Kobe Bryant owns the most career points in NBA Christmas Day games.
December 17, 2021

These are (Manila time and in chronological order): Atlanta at New York (1 a.m.), Boston at Milwaukee (3:30 a.m.), Golden State at Phoenix (6 a.m.; head-to-head series tied at 1-1), Brooklyn vs. the LA Lakers at the Crypto.com Arena (9 a.m.), and Dallas at Utah (11:30 a.m.).