ANG ALAMAT NG BASKETBOLAN SA CALUMPANG
Roy Gonzaga remembers:
For historical references, isama natin ang athletes nuong araw for their highlight play that inspired most of our current players to take their style into another level.
In my younger years, I’ve seen Quito Barlinan’s sidestep and under goal as one to emulate. (Although he was not in his prime kasi ‘di na natin inabot).
I’ve seen the ‘tirang pan-chicks” nina Kanlot at John Nillos, ang bali ni Boy Palaka, the shooting of Daniel Landicho and more.
I forgot that Quito and Daniel did not hone their basketball skills in our court since when they arrived in Calumpang, they were already talented basketball players but they made their impact in terms of how they play. Special mention si Gener Pones na dumating sa Calumpang nuong 1984.
Also, the legend of Insong Lirio as the original Enforcer in Calumpang inspires the likes of Hepe Picones,( Calumpang Senior 1985 Champion) to play defense the way Insong did and Tiroy Baguio (1987 last Champion Team of Calumpang) to concentrate only on their role and forget about scoring.
I think Noel Aparejo is also an enforcer but he scores. Sama na rin natin yung crossover ni Ariel Aparejo from right to left sabay jumpshot ng kanan.
Add ko rin ang kakaibang footwork at tira na kung tawagin ay ‘variation’ na pauso ni Jun Durusan. Although walang gustong umidol sa kanya ng mga pamangkin, but his trademark play is fun and a joy to watch.
I remember Eddie “Aso” Doblas as well as Eddie “Jabbar” Villadiego with Ato Maycacayan and Nesto Masim as the big men of Calumpang. Edding Aso plays without the fancy stuff but basic and effective basketball. He is most efficient in boxing out, giving the outlet pass, hitting open shot and drives to the basket. In some ways Terence Fontanilla plays like Edding Aso.
Nonie Dionglay is the first person I’ve seen (apologies don sa iba na hindi ko inabot) doing a right hand stretch lay up (tagilid pa).
Di naman ito self serving, but I will go for the 1987 as the best assembled team in terms of size, talent and how they play their roles together.
The 1987 squad had the deepest line-up from first five to second five. This team is loaded. There are two 6 footers with a mobile center forward, Raul Anore then a traditional center, Pogi Quisquino, plus the sweet shooting forward, John Masim, a high leaping forward who can dunk, Bong Ancheta and a 5′9″ point guard with no look and behind the back pass whose name escaped me. The team has the luxury of Polgips Antiporda and high leaping Dayo Roldan coming off the bench or starting. Toi Barlinan in his younger days is a very good defensive player with a nice running shot starting and sometimes off the bench, Jacen Bitong substitutes for John Masim for instant offense, with Ito Sumiquiab and Ogos Tabilin as guards on rotation, along with Rommel Concepcion and defensive enforcer Tiroy Baguio. Of course, good training and coaching helped this team of mostly superstars from their mother teams to play as a unit.
Plus, the fact that this squad is undefeated and always leads by double digit even before half time. After jump ball palang may sure 2 points na ang team and that is because of instruction of the coach.
Ariel is right arguably that 1979 team is one of the best with Noni Dionglay, Cezar Villadiego, Terence Fonatanilla, John Nillos, Noel and Ariel Aparejo, Ness Paralejas, Catarig, Randy at Glen. This team is the hataw board lay-up team since almost all players, except for one, were tapping the board when they go for lay-up during round.
Ariel Aparejo adds:
Kung pag-uusapan ay mga “alamat ng basketbolan ng Calumpang, laging kasali sa discussion sina Edding Aso, Emil & Noni Dionglay, Raul Anore, Bong Ancheta, Juan Masim, atbp… (bahala na kayo magdagdag…lalo na yung mga mas una dito) mga players na diyan talaga natuto magsyut at magpatukdol ng bola. Iyung team na nag champion sa bayan na ang coach ay si Quito Barlinan, sa palagay ko, best assembled team yun (pero pito o walo lang kung gumamit ng tao ang coach… he he he, which is the acceptable norm of rotation).
Roy, okay re phrase “arguably the best assembled team”. Pero siyempre iba- ibang panahon, iba-ibang opinyon, lalo na iyung mga nauna sa atin, papayag ba iyon na hindi sila. Kaya lang nasundan ko iyung team na iyun from a miron’s perspective. Kita mo at tanda ko pa kung ilan lang ang coach gumamit ng tao. Starting five: Eddie Doblas – MVP, Ato Maycacayan, Emil Dionglay, Ed Durusan, Unyuk Certeza . Pero kahit sinong team ang banggitin nila, it will always be debatable on who deserves the title of “all time best assembled team”. Yung team na sinabi ko at yung sinabi mo eh kasali yun tiyak sa pagpipilian dahil both teams were champions.
Roy Gonzaga writes:
In softball, there is Ka Itoy Aragones- ang catcher na hindi gumagamit ng glab, Si Kosme Lirio na bukod sa kayang humigop ng kumukulong kape at bumuhat ng dalawang sakong bigas is a great batter na ang sabi nila lampas minisipyo raw ang bola during inter- barangay softball legue kung saan ang playing field ay ang lupang kinatatayuan ng Municipal Gymnasium ngayon. I did not see the actual play of Kusme but always heard that from the old folks, but I witnessed him drinking boiling coffee and lifting up of 2 sacks of rice in his shoulder.
There is also Ka Ipe Villadiego na kumukurba ang bola pag binibigay sa batter. And the palong banting na si ka Benny Salvador ng Tagpo-Tagpo na siyang pioneer noon sa softball ng ganong klaseng palo.
Another great batter that I’d seen is Johnny, the bench hitter. There is also this great catcher Apin Sucgang who popularized the “Ibigay mo kid!!!!” phrase.
Ang softball venue nuon sa Calumpang ay beside the basketball court, ang dating parang nuon na ngayon ay puro bahay na.