SYDman's Top 50 OPM Bands of the 90's (Part 6 - The Top 10)



Welcome to the final instalment. 

CLAP! CLAP! 

I assume you like or you hate some of the choices in this list. I also think you hate the fact that your favourite resides in the far regions of the countdown while the band you loathe the most is sitting pretty at the top.

It’s okay.

You’re human.

Just like me.

By the way, get the rest of the ranks by clicking...




Just in case you forgot about the other bands on the list. 


What if the 90s existed in the 2000s


What if these bands...




... were popular at the time of this band?




First of all, Tanya Markova is making things happen at the start of the 2010’s. While we have seen the end of acts like Bamboo, Sugarfree, Queso, Orange and Lemons, and Hale, it is Tanya Markova's moment to seize. They remind me of Parokya ni Edgar when they were just making their baby steps. I wonder when they’ll lose their makeup and Lady Gaga-ness because before their second album starts, they need to establish themselves to the public.

The music industry has evolved so dramatically that it’s mind-numbing. Back then, a band’s gig must rate well to land a record deal. Now rockers need to score great albums to score better gigs. Back then albums have 16 to 20 singles. Now you’re lucky if that album has twelve songs.

First of all, some bands will benefit in this time. Showbands will find work. Ito Rapadas, Jonathan Buencamino, and hell, even Glenn Jacinto could land acting gigs just like what that Kean of Callalily dude is doing right now. I am bent TV outfits would lure Kitchie Nadal and Barbie Almalbis to become teen idols. And maybe Chito Miranda and the guys from Grin Department and Da Pulis could do a sitcom. Also the wonders of technology could make some bands sound good on tape. Goodbye tunog lata! They can also score a lot of endorsement deals and host a variety show.

But that wouldn’t be right.   

I’m not going to stall your time any further and I’ll just blurt out the Top Ten.

GAME STARTS NOW


CRITERIA:

It’s important to have a gauge on who’s in and who’s not on the list. Aside from the fact that I have evidence to shield myself from stupid and baseless queries, it can make my article extremely credible!

YEAR: This part is very important. Very, very important! The particular band in the list must have released an album from 1990 to 1999. I don’t care if this was their debut or their swan song. I don’t care if this is an EP, a full-pledged album, or a live album (although I will give a shit on compilations and collaborations). While I could care on whether or not they released this particular album for a major label, it is important that they at least became recording artists during this span! 

MAINSTREAM: When you say their names and the person you’re talking to would say “Who are they” or “I almost forgot about them” then chances are, they won’t make the list. Bands need to sell themselves. I don’t believe in the whole “I am an artist and I won’t stoop to mainstream” act because if they were the ones that succeeded, they wouldn’t think like this. If the band can ride a jeepney without attracting any buzz, this means they have yet to be enjoyed or they are nobodies.

MAN AND CHICK FRIENDLY: Men would definitely pick on the bands who love to growl. Women won’t. Chicks would pick on the sappy seducers. Men won’t. If there is a way that man and chick could like the same kind of music, chances are they’ll rank up top.

INFLUENCE: Are they relevant? Did they do something awesome in OPMlandia? Kulay brought funky, hiphop stuffs on their gigs while Put3ska brought ska. Tropical Depression brought reggae while Francis Magalona introduced rap-rock. Because of the Eraserheads, the tunog lata movement exploded but they have to thank acts like Juan dela Cruz and The Jerks for opening the rock world for their generation.

GETTING SYDRIFIED: Of course, my inputs matter. Sure I had help from a lot of internet researches, interviews conducted in Facebook, MP3 download sites where I would listen to a particular band’s song. Fact is, I am a huge fan of the alternative rock genre. I wasn’t really a fan of the underground stuff then and although I am a fan now, I still find some acts amateurish.

I hate:

Shouting expletives for the sake of being cool.
Stupid lyrics.
Emo.
Songs with zero harmony.
Annoying vocalists.
Repetitive melodies inside one album.

With that said...

This is my list.

If you want to do yours, then do so.

That’s my disclaimer.


10 to 1


10 THE DAWN
YEARS ACTIVE: 1985 – 95; 2000 – PRESENT
90’S GROUP ROSTER: JET PANGAN, FRANCIS REYES, CARLOS BALCELLS, JB LEONOR
90’S HITS: IISANG BANGKA TAYO, BABAENG MAHIWAGA, SALIMPUSA, TALAGA NAMAN, SALAMAT (Salamat was from their 1989 album)  
With their slamming sound, they produced a bunch of wonderful songs that captured the hearts and minds of the Filipino audience. They were actually the first band I remembered. I think I was around eight then. They were also the first I saw in the news and it was due to tragedy and that was when they lost their axeman Teddy Diaz. Instead of moping and mulling disbandment the band used this as motivation to play inspired in front of audiences. Their songs are deep, patriotic, and inspirational but they aren’t just blabbing "down with the government" like other bands. Their songs have wonderful arrangements and lyrics. Every regular person can sing along with their hits. Talaga Naman is a great song. I used to treat Sali-Salita as a bonding song with my cousins whenever we joyride from Tanauan, Batangas to nearby Calamba, Laguna to check out their nightlife (meron din namang mga promding chicks na panalo). Salamat and Iisang Bangka are anthems to encourage people to strive. They disbanded during the late 90’s with Jet focusing on his band but they reunited in the early 2000’s with former Eraserheads’ member Buddy Zabala coming in on board. They branched out to film with their critically-acclaimed semi-biopic Tulad Ng Dati. JB Leonor is the only remaining original member of the band. Enveloped Ideas and Love Will Set Us Free are songs they did during the late 80’s. 


9 SIDE A BAND
YEARS ACTIVE: 1985 – PRESENT
90’S GROUP ROSTER: JOEY BENIN, NALDY GONZALES, JOEY GENEROSO, ERNIE SEVERINO, KELLY BADON
90’S HITS: FOREVERMORE, TELL ME, LET THE PAIN REMAIN, ANG AKING AWITIN, WILL I EVER, SO MANY QUESTIONS, TULOY PA RIN AKO
Of course they rank prominently in this list. If there are girls ardently checking out my site, I can sense that they will definitely riot if they can’t see these guys in the list. All the girls go into a zombie-like trance whenever Joey Benin belts out a tune. It is goddamn scary especially when they sing along with him. Side A’s songs are heavily played especially during feel-good events. There was a time that Valentine’s Day can’t happen without a Side A concert. Even if they sing mostly revivals, their heartfelt rendition makes them fan favourites. Try going to a wedding reception and not hear their songs being treated as background the minute the host instructs the guests to attack the buffet! Forevermore is their biggest song but in the course of their career they scored a bunch of revivals that turned down into hits. Notables include Ang Aking Awitin, Tuloy Pa Rin Ako, and Tell Me, which was popularized then by Joey Albert. Side A also had a slew of originals (or they made famous of) like Let the Pain Remain, So Many Questions, and Will I Ever. If a boyfriend failed to get tickets to their concert, they must brace for hell on earth. Once they return and reacquaint their selves with this current generation, expect the concert domination of Taylor Swift, Usher, Justin Bieber, and hell... David Pomeranz to end! TO END I TELL YOU!!!


8 YANO
YEARS ACTIVE: 1993 – 97; 2007 – PRESENT
90’S GROUP ROSTER: DONG ABAY, ERIC GANCIO, ONIE BADIANG
90’S HITS: BANAL NA ASO, SANTONG KABAYO, TSINELAS, ESEM, SENTI, PAALAM SAMPAGUITA
You can’t reminisce “Tunog Lata” music without these guys. While they can be patriotic just like the bands in their generation, they can also do tongue-in-cheek verses that anyone can relate to. Take Esem for instance. The song talks about going to SM just to get aircon. While it’s cool in some ways, it just sucks to go to a mall with nothing else to do because of financial shortage. Yes, I can relate... especially when I was in college. Anyway, their music can be armed for the poor. They can also talk about love, family, religious brouhaha, and ironies in general. Whenever Dong Abay tries to belt a tune, I assure you that it has substance. They are often batched up with The Youth because “their names start with ‘Y’” but believe me, their words are more worldly than that other band. Their song, Banal Na Aso, Santong Kabayo was one of the important singles of that era. If it wasn’t, then why did the Philharmonic Orchestra play during one of the concerts? Yano’s other titles are also critically-acclaimed like Senti and Askal. The band didn’t reach year 2000 and Abay formed a band called Pan before eventually going solo. Eric Gancio, one of the band’s original members, revived the band in 2007 but only as a one-man act. Is there such a thing as a solo band?


7 TRUE FAITH
YEARS ACTIVE: 1992 – PRESENT
90’S GROUP ROSTER (KNOWN MEMBERS): MEDWIN MARFIL, FRANCIS GUEVARRA, FERDIE MARQUEZ, CARYL CAMPOS, EAZER PASTOR, JUN DIZON, BIMBO YANCE,
90’S HITS: PERFECT, HUWAG NA LANG KAYA, MUNTIK NANG MAABOT ANG LANGIT, SA PUSO KO, ALAALA, BALIW, KUNDI RIN LANG IKAW, AWIT PARA SA KANYA 
They mixed ballad with alternative rock and often delve on catchy danceable tunes. True Faith is somewhere along the lines of showband artists and alternative rockers. They started their careers roaming around the metro and scoring gigs by covering a bunch of new wave songs. They were discovered and taken in by a major level and moments later, Perfect would play in the airwaves and launch them to new heights. While Perfect set their sights to bigger things, I wasn’t a fan of the song. For me, it was their haunting ballads that made me a fan of their work. Huwag na Lang Kaya, Awit Para Sa Kanya, and Muntik Nang Maabot ang Langit are their contributions to my being. Like the Eraserheads and Rivermaya, they did score a bunch of commercials and endorsements. I believe they starred in an Octo Arts movie when the outfit had a stable of talents and were still active in making movies. Muntik nang Maabot ang Langit was also the theme of Jennifer Mendoza’s launching movie. She was a teen star then and I think that movie turned out to be a bad decision. Anyway, time was kind to them as they were able to adapt in the ever-changing music scene and withstand decline. Oh scratch that – Medwin is the only member that mattered in True Faith. Since the band’s inception in 1992, Medwin Marfil remains to be the band’s only original member. Aside from Medwin, it is hard to remember the other band members.


6 RAZORBACK
YEARS ACTIVE: 1990 – PRESENT
90’S GROUP ROSTER: KEVIN ROY, DAVID AGUIRRE, LOUIE TALAN, MIGUEL ORTIGAS, TIRSO RIPOLL, BRIAN VELASCO* (*replaced Ortigas when he left the band in ’96)
90’S HITS: GIYANG, TABI NG BULKAN, PEPE THE HEPE, PAYASO, IKOT NG MUNDO, VOODOO WHO DO, MY BANYO SONG, MUNTING PARAISO, AS SPICY AS IT GETS  
Known as the more locally-inclined brother of Wolfgang, hordes of fans waste away to their beat. In the events that feature the band, flocks of men bob their heads and body slam their selves to the closest object near them (hopefully it’s a living thing and not an expensive object). The best is tried and tested and their best evidence for their awesomeness was when they got handpicked by Metallica and Rage Against the Machine to open for their concerts. Hebigat Sounds Volume One was one smashing debut album but it was Beggar’s Moon that brought them to superstar status back then. With their funky feel and their blues rock attributes, fans throw their selves to them as if they are at their disposal. Unlike other bands then with the tunog lata feel, their sound seems accomplished enough to feel as if the band is foreign. Most of their successful singles are written in Tagalog though. Despite getting limited airplay in the 90’s (with NU107 and LA105 as their turfs) Razorback was “digged” by rock lovers everywhere. If you want to jump insanely, then listen to Payaso. If you want a medium to unwind, check out Pepe the Hepe.


5 FRANCISM
YEARS ACTIVE IN MUSIC: 1989 – 2009
GROUP AFFLIAITION/S: FRANCIS MAGALONA, THE EVIL STEPSISTERS, HARDWARE SYNDROME
90’S HITS: KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD, BAHAY YUGYUGAN, BOW-WOW-WOW, GIRL BE MINE, KABATAAN PARA SA KINABUKASAN, MAHIWAGANG KAMOTE, THREE STARS AND THE SUN, WHOLE LOTTA LOVIN   
Yo... yes, yes, yo! Yo... yes, yes, yo! Check out the guy that’s rapping in the show of Alma Moreno!  Francism still lives even if this genius is now residing in heaven. The son of 50’s idols Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran, after years of doing youth-oriented flicks, the former Bagets and Ninja Kids star branched out to rapping. He began to sport a funky hairdo that has peace signs carved at the sides of his head and dyed shirts where in every given chance he would do a running man. Mga Kababayan Ko was his breakout hit but my favourite Francism rap is Cold Summer Nights. Dubbed as the Master Rapper and the King of Philippine Rap because of his earlier compositions (and a slew of Royal Tru-Orange TVC’s), he was also the person behind the Pinoy Rap-core genre. It was in 1993 where he experimented in combing rap and rock with the help of his band called the Hardware Syndrome. He had a ton of great tunes through the years where his vocal chops were backed up by super-charged beats, either via instruments or via electronic presets. Bar none Kaleidoscope World is his best song ever. I remember tuning in to Campus Radio during John Hendrix’s time slot because this was the song he used as his goodbye song and he used it for months! Aside from Kaleidoscope, his songs are impressive in terms of quality and quantity. He had a bunch of collaborations with different kinds of rockers most notably The Eraserheads guys, Joey Ayala, Heber Bartolome, Mike Hanopol, Kamikazee, and Parokya ni Edgar. His songs are timeless and can be appreciated by this generation as well as the succeeding ones.


4 PAROKYA NI EDGAR
YEARS ACTIVE: 1993 – PRESENT
GROUP ROSTER: CHITO MIRANDA, VINCI MONTANER, BUHAWI MENESES, DARIUS SEMANA, GAB CHEE KEE, DINDIN MORENO
90’S HITS: BULOY, TRIP, MANIWALA KA SANA, LUTONG BAHAY, SILVERTOES, HARANA, PANGARAP, PICHA PIE, INUMAN NA, HALAGA 
Their first single was a smash hit. People loved it because while it is trying to be funny, it was also a very truthful way to give tribute to a fallen comrade. “Buloy” was one of the best debut singles ever and despite the accusations that Parokya ni Edgar was exploiting the death of their friend to gain fame, it did brought superstardom to the group (the accusations were later dropped). Parokya Ni Edgar continues to attack the charts strongly and unlike other bands that have their members coming and going, their roster remains intact. PNE’s entries to the decade came from their three bitching albums filled with intensity and comedy. They debuted with a very powerful (albeit gibberish) album name and followed it with an equally powerful (that still has a gibberish name) sequel. The guys patrolled the stage wearing their mommy’s duster and they sung tunes that were designed to make people headbang. PNE is basically Yoyoy Villame multiplied and with growl – and that is not a bad thing. Yoyoy was a class act during his prime and it seems some of his swagger was inherited by the band. Their songs are easy to understand and can be extremely catchy for all types of people in all kinds of social classes. They have the ability to sing songs with zero sense and yet they can do heartfelt numbers to the delight of many. They also had a knack of parodying songs and making it their own. I could have ranked them higher... but I think the album that catapulted them to legendary status happened in 2003 (Bigotilyo).


3 WOLFGANG
YEARS ACTIVE: 1992 – 2002; 2007 – PRESENT 
90’S GROUP ROSTER: BASTI ARTADI, MANUEL LEGARDA, MON LEGASPI, WOLF REMORA
90’S HITS: ARISE, HALIK NI HUDAS, DARKNESS FELL, TULISAN, MATA NG DIYOS, ANINO, NATUTULOG KONG MUNDO, ROADWORTHY MAN, CENTER OF THE SUN 
Chicks often wonder why their boyfriends are headbanging with their walkmans on. First up –No, they are not listening to Boys II Men or Luther Vandross. From the wild, underground band scene spawned this hard rock choir known to many as Wolfgang. While their songs can only be heard on NU107 and LA105, they are considered as one of the pillars of Pinoy rock.  Basti Artadi is one of the best vocalists produced by the country... ever. Wolfgang songs stand out because of his wicked growls. Unlike popular bands of his generation, they got to release an album in Japan and the United States. While the Eraserheads are sorting out a path and happily stringing a bunch of various sound-alikes, Wolfgang also made a path of awesomeness whose spawns consists of underground heavy metal acts. The band was at its peak in terms of popularity with the release of their sophomore album Semenelin. The album had approximately sold 80,000 units which means it has reached double-platinum. All of a sudden, rocker chicks were pounding their tables to the beat of their songs. They were also a frequent winner at the NU Rock Awards. At the course of the decade, Basti won Vocalist of the Year thrice, Wolf won Drummer of the Year honors twice, Mon won the Top Bassist tag once, they are a 3-time Listener’s Choice winner, a two-time Artist of the Year winner, and their album Serve in Silence won Album of the Year honors in 1999. They disbanded in 2002 but they reunited in 2007 but by then, Francis Aquino has already replaced Wolf because of the latter’s commitment to his new band Lokomotiv.


2 RIVERMAYA
YEARS ACTIVE: 1993 – PRESENT
90’S GROUP ROSTER: BAMBOO MANALAC, RICO BLANCO, MARK ESCUETA, NATHAN AZARCON
90’S HITS: ULAN, 214, BRING ME DOWN, AWIT NG KABATAAN, ELESI, HINAHANAP-HANAP KITA, HIMALA, KISAPMATA, PANAHON NA NAMAN, NERBYOSO  
At that time they were the arch-enemy of the Eraserheads. If the Heads were Shawn Michaels, Rivermaya was Bret Hart. Amongst bandmania, Rivermaya was there to take the fans of the Heads whenever possible. There was a time that whenever the Heads make an album... Rivermaya will challenge it. Three of Rivermaya’s albums were hailed in the all-time best-selling albums list. Their self-titled debut album, Rivermaya, ranked fifteen and sold 217,000 units. Their third album Atomic Bomb, ranked sixteenth with 215,600 units and their sophomore album Trip, scored 213,700 units. They edged out, even the Eraserheads, as the only act in the list to score three hits that are all studio albums (The Heads also scored three but The Eraserheads Anthology is a greatest hits album unlike their other albums that made the list like Cutterpillow and Circus). Standing out from the rest of the band scene is Bamboo’s vocal awesomeness. Bamboo stood out because his voice has range and basically... he was not just there because he wants to play in a band but can’t play any instruments. One thing they also majored in is the fact that their songs were well-penned and ever-so-evolving. This is where Rico Blanco’s brilliance kicks in. Sometimes they’ll stick with the safe alternative sound but sometimes they will ditch the sound to do Manila Sound, ballad, blues, and even pop. This is why their songs are frequently revived. Even with the departure of Bamboo, they still managed to survive with Rico at helm. I think that was the phase where they were sounding a lot like foreign bands. The band is still active to this day despite all the hardships, Rico Blanco’s departure, roster changes, and lawsuits.


1 THE ERASERHEADS
YEARS ACTIVE: 1989 – 2002
GROUP ROSTER: ELY BUENDIA, RAIMUND MARASIGAN, BUDDY ZABALA, MARCUS ADORO
90’S HITS: ANG HULING EL BIMBO, PARE KO, MAGASIN, WITH A SMILE, TORPEDO, LIGAYA, OVERDRIVE, TIKMAN, KAILAN, SEMBREAK, HUWAG MO NANG ITANONG, SPOLARIUM, FRUITCAKE, SHIRLEY, AND MANY, MANY MORE!
If you are expecting some other band then you must be insane. Perhaps the greatest Pinoy rock band ever, a particular Pinoy human being (at least he was aged under-30 during the band’s peak) must die if he is oblivious to any of their songs! Even kids not born in their era knows their songs. Hell, my mom hums the intro of Magasin ever so often and she has a senior citizen ID! They started their career as “the” rebels. Senate inquiries shadowed them and parents would think they are bad influences. My respect for Tito Sotto then was almost tarnished when he questioned the “drug addict” nature of Alapaap (my respect for Val Sotto’s older brother has increased since). When my parents first heard the chorus of Pare Ko, they wanted to destroy my tape! When it was all said and done though, The Eraserheads will finish their careers as the epitome of band awesomeness. They managed to overthrow the balladeers, the divas, the pop stars, the rappers, and the boy bands and send them to the backseat in favor of the band acts. Their first three albums were big commercially while the rest of their albums unleashed their artistic prowess. In fact, Ultramagneticpop, Circus, and Cutterpillow made the Heads the first and only NU Rock Awards Album of the Year winner for three consecutive years. If you take out the insanely successful Jose Mari Chan (his two albums, Christmas In Our Hearts and Constant Change, has a combined 1.6 million units sold), then you’ll probably see the Eraserheads as the only act to reach diamond certification status with Cutterpillow earning 325,000 units sold. In 1997, Huling El Bimbo, won MTV Asia’s Viewers Choice Award. They made this an epic feat for all Filipinos when Ely blurted the now-famous “Mabuhay ang Noypi”. When they broke up in 2002, it was like Michael Jordan retiring and a spawn of Jordan play-a-likes coming in to take the throne. None of those bands were able to duplicate their feat though and it was further emphasized in their two reunion concerts which sparked a lot of buzz nationwide. There is no self-respecting person living in the Philippines that would pass up a chance to join these guys play their songs onstage.


So this ends the list. I’m glad you enjoyed it because I had a hard time writing and researching for it. I mean most of the bands in the list... I knew only because of fan interviews and with me downloading their albums! I mean for every number, I was checking whether or not the band had an album in the 90’s.

I may or may not do an “I’m sorry” list for the bands that I can consider worthy but failed to enter the list because either 1) I only knew them AFTER I finished the list; 2) People were egging me to include them; and 3) I totally forgotten how happy I was hearing their songs.

Again for those who enjoyed the list, thanks.

For violent reactions, well you can just write it here and if they are note-worthy reactions, I could answer them.

After this, I’m going to make a blast from the past list and name the Top 50 Bands before the 90’s... or the Top 50 Bands of the 2000’s.

Until then...

GAME OVER! 

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Will and Kate's Bachelor and Bachelorette Party




My officemate (name withheld for anonymity) Manuel Edralin was asking why I don’t have any posts about the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It has been covered extensively because it has been centuries since a commoner wedded a prince. Since I need to “Sydrify” stuffs, he taunted me to use stats to describe the event.

What can I possibly stat about the wedding?

How much horseshit will be dropped en route to the castle?

I mean... really?

So I visited the Funny or Die website because almost all things necessary in life is featured in that site. Upon my browsing, I got hold of a bunch of clips that feature "Will and Kate".

In this episode, Will and Kate will go their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties much to their chagrin.





By the way as if it matters, this site applauds the newlyweds!  

Hopefully when your kids are young they all look like Prince William but as they get older, we see more of Kate’s genes... especially on the teeth and hair part.

Game over.

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SYDman's Top 10: PBA's Season Scoring Leaders

Bogs Adornado against Robert Jaworski 


Last weekend, when I was strolling in the mall, I saw this book. It was an awesome book. It was like the handout that every PBA fanatic must have... until the information becomes outdated.

The minute I saw the book, I knew I just had to buy it. This is the first time I have ever bought a PBA Hardcourt Annual. Before that, I had two but those two were free because the league technically gave them to me when I was working for the TV stations that covered the games. I would use that in utmost gusto especially during historical games like the Cheers for the Years game they had in 2005.

While I was reading the book, I had an idea. Michael Jordan is a many-time scoring leader. Before Jordan, George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominated the scoring. So was it a big man sport before Jordan arrived? Hell no. Fact is though, these behemoths are lucky enough to become many-time scoring leaders in their careers. After Jordan, a slew of slashers fit the bill – I’m talking about Allen Iverson and then Tracy McGrady and then Kobe Bryant and then Lebron James and now Kevin Durant. We all know those that can score 20 points a night and apparently the guys that can score in the 30-point mark.

But what about in the PBA?

Who are the scoring leaders in the PBA?

Do you want to know?

If you do, then check this out.


CRITERIA:

It’s actually an easy hook. How many times does a player lead the league in the PBA seasons? This is the only rule. However, the rankings all of a sudden become the problem. We’re going to solve this using a tiebreaker method. For example, Jun Limpot and Vergel Meneses both led the league in scoring once. Limpot was part of Sta. Lucia when he scored 22.0ppg in 1994 while Sunkist’s Meneses led all scorers in the 1996 season with 19.6ppg. Stating the obvious, Limpot’s highest scoring average in that particular season trumps Meneses’.

Names with asterisks (*) are active PBA players as of this writing.

On a sidenote, just because they are in the Top 15 of the All-Time Best Scoring Average list doesn’t mean they automatically led in scoring for a particular season. Among those who failed to lead in scoring in a particular PBA season are Estoy Estrada (third on the list), Danny Seigle (fifth), Benjie Paras (sixth), Jun Papa (twelfth), and Francis Arnaiz (15th).

GAME STARTS NOW!


10 ATOY CO
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 1
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 17.3 (14 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 13
As of this moment, Gary David, James Yap, and Macmac Cardona are poised to oust the Fortune Cookie out. But as of this moment, he is still in the Top Ten. During the 1979 Season, Atoy Co averaged 23.2ppg while playing for the Crispa Redmanizers. This was also the year Co got his first and only Most Valuable Player Award.  


9 ERIC MENK* 
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 2
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 15.0 (11 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 23
Playing for the then-expansion squad, Tanduay Rhum Masters, Menk quickly made a statement to the other PBA squads that he is poised to dominate. In 1999, Menk was named the season’s top scorer after hitting a 20.1ppg clip. In the following season, Menk raised his average to 24.2ppg. However he only played 29 games in the combined 2000 and 2001 seasons because of citizenship issues.


8 MARK CAGUIOA*  
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 2
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 17.571 (8 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 11
Mark Caguioa is a scoring monster, playing all of his seasons with the Barangay Ginebra Kings. There was a time that he would always go berserk in the payoff period and it would definitely bring wins to the squad. His wrath was at its peak when he led the Kings and the league in scoring for two consecutive seasons. In the 2005-06 Season, he had 20.6 points. In the following season, The Spark increased his scoring with 24.6 points.


7 RAMON FERNANDEZ
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 2
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 17.68 (20 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 7
Despite all the MVP trophies and the all-time records, The Franchise only led the league in scoring twice. However, who the hell cares right? After all, he had a lot of records that is almost impossible to break. In 1983, El Presidente averaged 24.2 for the Toyota Corollas. This would be the Toyota’s last PBA Season and it also marked the end of the Fernandez-Robert Jaworski partnership. The following season, Don Ramon again led the league in scoring with 27.8ppg – this time playing for Beer Hausen. He also won the MVP trophy that year.


6 DANNY FLORENCIO
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 2
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 16.9 (8 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 14
Among the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players, it seems as if Danny Florencio is the least popular to the current generation. Contrary to what you think though, he is the first and only local player to average 30 points or more in a PBA Season. Playing for Seven-Up in the 1977 PBA Season, Florencio averaged 32.3 points. Unfortunately, the reason why Florencio had those numbers was because the Uncolas had a dismal 15-28 record. Seven-Up folded after that season and Florencio was picked up by Toyota. He again displayed his scoring prowess as he finished the season with 23.4ppg. Afterwards, his averages dipped after getting hit by a number of injuries and the fact that he's playing alongside Fernandez, Jaworski, and Arnaiz.


5 ALVIN PATRIMONIO
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 3
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 17.61 (17 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 8
The Captain is noted as one of the best scorers in the rich history of the league. Playing his career with the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs, Captain Lionheart led the league in three separate occasions. The first happened in 1992 where he averaged 25.2 points. A season later, Patrimonio averaged 21.6ppg. This was just actually bonus because the most important win for Alvin was clinching his second MVP plum. Patrimonio was also spending time with the Centennial Dream Team when his final scoring title happened in 1998 where The Captain scored 19.1 points.


4 RICKY BROWN
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 3 
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 23.1 (8 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 1
The Quick Brown Fox enjoyed eight short but sweet seasons in the PBA. His most productive seasons scoring-wise were as part of the Great Taste Coffee Makers. In 1985, Brown scored his first and only MVP trophy. He also scored a career-best 27.9ppg. In 1986, Brown did it again and scored 23.9ppg. In 1987, Brown did it again and while his scoring has dipped to 21.5ppg. This was the year Allan Caidic joined the Coffee Makers and the Triggerman was able to take a lot of his shot selections. The next season, Brown moved to San Miguel. His all-time scoring average has yet to be broken ever since he retired in 1990. 


3 ASI TAULAVA* 
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 4
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 17.58 (11 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 9 
The Rock is one of two players to lead the league in scoring in four consecutive seasons. However, Taulava’s averages aren’t that scary compared to the other participants in this list. In PBA’s history, five seasons failed to produce a 20+ per game scorer. Taulava led the league in two of those five years. In 2001, Taulava averaged 19.9ppg amidst citizenship issues for Talk N Text (called Mobiline at the start of that season). In 2002, Taulava averaged a very, very low 16.5ppg for TNT while also playing for the Selecta-RP pool. In 2003, The Rock averaged an emphatic 23.4 points for the Phone Pals which also gave him his first Most Valuable Player Award. In the 2004-05 Season, Asi averaged 20.2ppg for the Phone Pals. 


2 ALLAN CAIDIC
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 5
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 19.6 (13 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE RANK: 4 
The Triggerman is one of the league’s most... I’m sorry... let’s change that... The Triggerman is one of the most feared scorers in Asia. He holds the record for most points in a game with 79, most 3-pointers scored in a game with 17, and the all-time 3-point attempts made with 1242. When Ricky Brown moved to San Miguel, Caidic became the star of Great Taste which was eventually renamed as Presto. In 1988, Caidic averaged 21.5ppg. In 1989, Caidic did it again with 27.4ppg. This was the year The Triggerman scored 79 points. In 1990, Caidic again starred for Presto with 26.6ppg. Caidic also claimed his only MVP Award. In 1991, The Triggerman again led the league with 27.1ppg for Tivoli (formerly Presto). The last time Allan Caidic led the league in scoring, he was now part of the San Miguel Beermen where he averaged 21.0 points per game.


1 BOGS ADORNADO
NUMBER OF TIMES HE SCORED THE BEST AVERAGE IN A SEASON: 5
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGE: 20.4 (12 SEASONS)
ALL-TIME SCORING AVERAGEs RANK: 2
Even if Allan Caidic tied him in terms of leading scoring seasons, and even if Caidic’s highest scoring average was 27.4 and it is the same as Adornado’s, Adornado had the better All-Time Scoring Average rank which is why he ranks first. In Adornado’s three MVP wins, he topped the league in scoring. In 1975 where he won his first MVP Award playing for the Crispa Redmanizers, Bogs averaged 27.0. In 1976 where he won his second MVP Award, Adornado finished the season with 25.7ppg. Moving to the U-Tex Wranglers, Adornado scored 24.0ppg during the 1980 PBA Season. In 1981, Adornado scored 26.2ppg in the season where he also clinched his third MVP Award. One of the most decorated PBA players in league history – he claimed his fifth scoring title by nailing 27.4ppg for U-Tex in 1982. This was Adornado’s gift to the ballclub as this was the Wranglers’ last season with the league. Adornado after this season moved to Great Taste and then to Shell before finishing his career in Alaska.


Other scoring title holders besides the mentioned and Limpot (1994) and Meneses (1996) are Nelson Asaytono (1997 – 23.1ppg playing for the San Miguel Beermen), James Yap (2007-08 – 21.3 playing for the Purefoods TJ Giants), Macmac Cardona (2008-09 – 20.0 playing for the Talk N Text Phone Pals) and Gary David (2009-10 – 18.2 playing for the Coca-Cola Tigers).

Again, more power to those who made the Hardcourt Annual!

It’s freaking awesome!

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Struggling to Survive



2011 is a big year for the Memphis Grizzlies.

For the first time in 16 years, Memphis won a playoff game.

For the first time in 16 years, Memphis can win a playoff series.

For the first time since the Golden State Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 Playoffs, Memphis can become the fourth team in league history to qualify in the playoffs as the eighth seed and win the first round over the number one seeded team. The New York Knicks did the feat in the 1999 Playoffs where they went to distance before bowing out to the San Antonio Spurs in the finals.  

Leading 3-1 en route to Game 5, Memphis would have to wait another day to clinch these accomplishments.

By the way, this was an awesome game.


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Boozer: High 5 Fail... Scalabrine: High 5 Win



The Chicago Bulls just advanced the Eastern Conference semifinals by destroying the Indiana Pacers in Game 5. Derrick Rose is playing superbly while getting support from Joakim Noah.

But what about Carlos Boozer?

Boozer has been off-line in their first round matchup against the Pacers. In Game 1, he was owned by Tyler Hansbrough and that continued throughout their run. In the regular season, Booz claimed 17.5ppg, 9.6rpg, and 2.5apg. In the playoffs, Boozer is only good for 10.0ppg, 10.2rpg, and 1.6apg.

Kyle Korver who has yet to start in the series scores better.

Hopefully he’ll get out of his hellish slump because whether its Atlanta or Orlando, both teams have no inside presence that can handle the joint attack of Boozer and Noah.

If only Dwight Howard and Al Horford played for the same squad...

And just like what my friend Jorge Cosgayon said when he posted this GIF image on Facebook, this tells you how crappy his first round was.


CARLOS BOOZER... FAILED? CLICK THE PICTURE TO FIND OUT!



Yes my friends, Kurt Thomas snubbed him.

NBA version of a jar of mayonnaise, Brian Scalabrine would have high-fived Boozer. 


Scal is such a high-five whore. 

But come to think of it, a bench scene without Brian Scalabrine is really, really sad.

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Statmatsing of the Day - April 28, 2011



Game 1 arrived and boy did Talk N Text deliver. My Hoops “teammate” Chrisangelo Jacinto had it good when he said that TNT will deliver. The guy is a Ginebra diehard but he said if the Tropang Texters gets their groove on... the Kings will fight a weak and strenuous war.

Game 1 ended and the Tropang Texters finished the Barangay Ginebra Kings, 102 to 83.


IMPORT DUEL

Both of them stuck for their respective squads and one of them will win the Best Import Award. Paul Harris went nuts while Nate Brumfield grew stale. Harris unloaded 28 points while Nate struggled with ten. Harris had ten more made attempts (13 to 3), nine more rebounds (15 to 6), and two more steals (2 to 0). Brumfield had more assists (4 to 0) and tied Harris in the blocks (1 each) and turnovers department (3 each).

In my opinion and with Brumfield’s inconsistency as the conference lengthens, Harris should win the Best Import Award.


PBFANTASY: LOCAL STAT LEADERS

If you haven’t used RANIDEL DE OCAMPO, then you are lucky. Ranidel had 29 minutes and produced 10 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. For Ginebra, Mark Caguioa is something you can count on. Caguioa finished the match with 23 points, 8 rebounds, an assist and a steal in 30 minutes of action. Willie Miller’s minutes have grown less and less as the playoffs progresses and that makes The Spark a notable player to pick next week. Finishing the top performers in statlandia are Larry Fonacier, Jason Castro, and Rudy Hatfield.


BIG GAMES IN GAME 1

Ryan Reyes led the Tropang Texters in points with 19. Caguioa was the man for the Kings but then the only other double-digit scorer for the Kings aside from Brumfield was seldom used superstar JC Intal (10). Jason Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo joined Reyes in the double-digit club but fact is, Harris had 18 more points than Brumfield. Fonacier and Castro shackled Ginebra’s backcourt with their defense and made up for Jimmy Alapag’s three points. Expect Alapag and Ronald Tubid to bounce back in their so-so performances. Fonacier had bonus stats written all over him and while he was good for only nine points, he had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.


GAME 2

Extended ball possessions will be an important key here. Brumfield is an inside operator so having 6 rebounds is certainly unacceptable. Rudy Hatfield cleaned the boards with 10 but with Caguioa grabbing 8, you can’t help but wonder the importance of drawing big games from Yancy de Ocampo and Billy Mamaril. Yancy was great in the Smart-Gilas series and using him for only three minutes against a team loaded with bigs is bull. Mamaril had four points and five rebounds... in six minutes. Use him as well! When TNT forces Brumfield out of the shaded area, he automatically becomes a non-scorer. This is another reason why Harris will win the Best Import Award – because Harris rebounds and at the same time has the ability to shoot jumpers.


I expect the Kings to bounce back from their Game 1 debacle.

Question is though... will TNT let them?

(I’m going on a vacation so expect me to miss Game 2 and create an entry for Game 3.)

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