Monday, September 10, 2007

Philip Cezar

MVP Year(s): 1980
College: Jose Rizal College


He was the original "Sultan of Swat" and the inventor of the stretch lay-up. His extraordinary long arms and his defensive quickness were a nightmarish mix for scorers who he played against during the prime. Despite his size, he was often assigned to guard the likes of Ramon Fernandez. He ranks second in all-time number of shots blocked behind Fernandez and his third in total rebounds and offensive rebounds.

In 1980, he won his only MVP trophy with Crispa. He stayed with the Redmanizers until the team disbanded, after which he joined legendary coach Baby Dalupan at Great Taste, where he teamed up with former Crispa teammates Bernie Fabiosa and Atoy Co. He went on to win a seat in public office and had a stint as an assistant to Robert Jaworski at the Ginebra bench.

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