The country’s original cage icon, Carlos ‘Caloy’ Loyzaga, died last Jan 27 at age 86.
The country’s greatest cage star, Caloy Loyzaga. (Courtesy of interaksyon.com)
Arguably the best basketball player the Philippines ever produced, Loyzaga was responsible for giving the Philippines – and Asia, for that matter – its best finish ever in any world basketball stage. This glorious bronze-medal winning event happened in the 1954 FIBA World Championships in Brazil, where the legendary Loyzaga wowed the crowd with a brilliant giant-killing performance that propelled him to the Tournament’s Mythical Team selection. This would be the first and only time for an Asian to receive such an honor.
Caloy fought it out against the biggest, baddest cage stars of the world in the FIBA World Championship in Brazil, 1954. (courtesy of spin.ph)
Loyzaga’s cage exploits in the country were simply unmatched. During his college days with the San Beda…
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