This Day in PBA History: Remember CNC’s Jeff Moore?

As a guest team of the PBA, the Northern Consolidated Cement club posted several records in Asia’s pioneering professional basketball league.

Not only were the team the first home side invited to win a championship, but they also became the first ball club to post a 4-game sweep in a best-of-7 championship series when they shut out Manila Beer in the 1985 third conference. finals.

But it was also during this season that one of NCC’s players, Jeff Moore – one of the naturalized players on the team that has represented the Philippines at major tournaments in Asia – set a one-time record. single game for most rebounds, albeit unofficially.

On this day 37 years ago, Moore had 31 rebounds in NCC’s 114-99 victory over Shell.

Moore surpassed the previous single-game record set by Marcelo Simbulan of 7-Up in the league’s early years when Simbulan knocked down 29 boards.

June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer also recorded 31 rebounds on March 15, 2019, which the PBA recognized as the official record.

Moore’s total was deemed unofficial as NCC was a guest team.

The 6ft 4in Moore, a member of the last Filipino team to win gold at the Asian Basketball Confederation (now known as the FIBA ​​Asia Cup) played from late December 1985 to early January 1986, and the 1985 Jones Cup team champion looks back on the good times he had playing in the PBA.

“For me it was an uplifting experience,” Moore wrote via Messenger. “We were young and had a great time in the Philippines.”

Moore along with Dennis Still and Arthur “Chip” Engelland, now an NBA assistant coach, were among the players who stayed on and played for the late Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco’s Team Philippines program until that it be dissolved right after the EDSA Revolution.

“The Philippines was a big part of my life. It was my home,” he added. “As for the Northern Consolidated team, it was a special moment. We won the Jones Cup championship, the ABC and the PBA.”

But to pull it off, Moore shared how they had worked so hard in training and competing against some of the best players in the PBA had kind of prepared them.

“It was hard work every day in training,” Moore added. “We prepared for months under Ron Jacobs who changed the landscape of Filipino basketball.”

Franz Pumaren, one of the playmakers of this illustrious NCC team, recalled that their first season in the PBA in 1984 was a bit of a baptism of fire and it set them up to be a better team the following season.

“First season namin, hindi rin naman madali para sa amin, minamama kami nung mga teams. Doon namin nakita iba pala labanan sa PBA,” Pumaren added. “Alam mo, at the height of the habang wala tayong mga ginagawa pandemic, I got to watch some of the classic PBA games and makikita mo’ yung mga players back then, I think they can still compete with the current stars ngayon. Players like (Sonny) Jaworski, Francis Arnaiz, Arnie Tuadles, Philip Cezar, tingin ko kaya nilang sumabay kung inabutan yung mga stars ngayon.”

But for Moore, playing against the best of the best in the PBA certainly made the team a lot more mature.

“The real gains came when we were competing in the PBA,” Moore added. “The PBA is one of the toughest basketball leagues in the world that I have played in. The competition was a real men’s game. Really, it made me tough and tough and I was able to travel to around the world and be ready for anything. the league I played in.”

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