'Incomparable' Jawo and Bogs key to success of 1973 Asian champs, says Cutillas

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'Incomparable' Jawo and Bogs key to success of 1973 Asian champs, says Cutillas

Post by betterhalf on Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:09 pm

'Incomparable' Jawo and Bogs key to success of 1973 Asian champs, says Cutillas



Juan Cutillas, left standing, was the conditoning
coach of the last all-Filipino national team to win the Asian
championships in 1973. Photo from Juan Cutillas' collection
AS far as Juan Cutillas is
concerned, two players were key to the success of the Philippine men’s
basketball team that won the Asian Basketball Championship (now known as
Fiba-Asia) on home turf in 1973.

Their names: William `Bogs’ Adornado and Robert Jaworski.

Cutillas, who served as conditioning coach of the last all-Filipino
squad to win the most important basketball championship in the region,
said Jaworski and Adornado stood out not only for their consistent
outside shooting but more for their exceptional basketball IQ.

“Adornado and Jaworski, they’re very good shooters, they have very
good eye (for the basket). They score from outside a lot … very
consistent,” said the Spaniard of the two Hall of Fame players.

Cutillas said Jaworski and Adornado’s outside shooting made up for
the team’s lack of height, as opponents were forced to adjust and
scatter their defenders the way.

At the same time, Cutillas lauded the basketball IQ of the two PBA
legends, who he said can both locate open teammates and make the pass by
instinct.

Also a former coach of the national football team, Cutillas conceded
the Gilas Pilipinas team of coach Chot Reyes is "far better in terms of
height, experience, and basketball science’ than its 1973 counterpart.

Cutillas also emphasized the current pool of talent is a lot deeper,
owing to the present parity in the PBA where most of the national team
players come from.


Juan Cutillas considers Filipinos among the best players in the Asian region.
But
in terms of individual skills, Cutillas acknowledges the players of the
past are still superior than today's generation of players.
“We have Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez, and Adornado who I believe, if
they are in their prime now, can easily make it to the new (Gilas) team
because their skills are just amazing,” said Cutillas, whose recent
coaching stint was with Kaya in the United Football League.

The 70-year-old coach likewise agreed that basketball competition
around the world has evolved and that it is even a lot tougher now for
the Philippines to leave its mark owing to the legalization of
naturalized players.

Despite the lack of height, Cutillas considers the Filipinos among the best players in the Asian region.

“If teams (here in Asia) are not naturalizing players … for sure the
Philippines will always be in the Top Three (in Asia),” Cutillas
insisted.

Tonichi Yturri, a member of the last PH team to win the FIBA-Asia championship in 1986, readily agreed.

Yturri, a back-up big man for coach Ron Jacobs’ fabled Northern
Consolidated squad that included naturalized players Jeff Moore and
Dennis Still, said outside shooting will definitely make a difference in
the Fiba-Asia campaign - something which he said Gary David, Jimmy
Alapag, and Jeff Chan can provide.

“Gary (David) can be the Jaworski, he has a terrific outside and
inside game. Si Jeff can shoot and can also attack, while Jimmy has a
very, very long range,” said the former De La Salle stalwart, now an Air
21 Express assistant coach to Franz Pumaren.

Yturri also believes Gilas Pilipinas has a very good chance of
landing in the Top Three and earn an outright spot to the 2014
Fiba-World Basketball Championship in Spain.

“Oo naman, they have been given ample time, plus they have the support of the crowd,” Yturri said.

(Editor's note: Jaworski is celebrating his birthday on Friday)
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Post by MR. FAST on Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:15 pm

Jawo DAY ngayon! dapat walang pasok
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