Let’s Look Back at One of the Best High Flyers in the PBA: Vergel Meneses

There is no one else in the PBA that has replicated or even came close to how Vergel Meneses played during his time in the PBA.
Being one of the best offensive players and a high flyer in his own rights, Vergel was one of the first local PBA players who captured the imagination of the fans. Two other players that came to mind is Samboy Lim and Bong Alvarez but Vergel Meneses in my eyes is the better player of them all.
His high flying, circus acts were a marvel to behold in the PBA. He was an efficient player who led his team to championships. He is one of those players who can match up the offensive contribution of an import.
Vergel Meneses is now 48 years old and he is currently a coach at Jose Rizal College.

10 Interesting Facts About the PBA Legend Vergel Meneses

1. Vergel Meneses was dubbed as the “Aerial Voyager”. He has been known for his leaping ability, captivating the crowd with his graceful hang – time drives and aerial acrobatics.
2. He played for 7 teams starting out with the Presto Ice Cream team, drifting to Sta. Lucia Realtors, Swift/Sunkist/Pop Cola, Barangay Ginebra Kings, FedEx Express, RedBull Barako and lastly for Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals.
3. He got Mythical First Team nods in 1994 and 1995, a Mythical Second Team selection in 1992, and was the player to win three straight Best Player of the Conference awards in 1994 Governor’s cup, the 1995 All-Filipino cup, and the 1995 Commissioner’s cup. He also holds the league record of four All-Star Game MVPs, and he was one of only seven players to see action in at least All-Star Games.
4. Vergel Meneses was born on January 14, 1969 in Malolos Bulacan and his zodiac sign is Capricorn.
5. He is 1.91 meters tall, which is equivalent to 6 feet and 3 inches. 
6. Meneses was a former seminarian at the Immaculate Conception Seminary at Guiguinto, Bulacan in the early 1980s.
7. It was 2006 when he announced his retirement finishing his career with 9,453 points, 1,896 rebounds and 2,129 assists in 590 games where he logged 19,135 minutes of playing time, 174 steals, 270 blocks and shooting averages of 0.287 3-PT FG%, 0.470 FG% and .749 FT%.
8. Meneses formally retired during the half time of the Air21 Express and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Game at the SM Mall of Asia Arena with jersey number 18.
9. It was on August 27, 2010 when he was chosen as one of the PBA legends to play in the 2010 NBA Asia Challenge.
10. As of now, Vergel Meneses is currently the Head Coach of his alma mater, Jose Rizal University, Heavy Bombers.

NBA greats became fans of PBA’s ‘Triggerman’

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source: Rey Joble | gmanews.tv

Glen Rice and Mitch Richmond, members of the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA champion teams, many-time All-Star Chris Webber and ‘The Glove’ Gary Payton, a consistent fixture in the NBA All-Defensive team and part of the Miamia Heat’s 2006 champion squad, were all witness to the greatness of a Filipino deadhsot nicknamed ‘The Triggerman.’


These stars along with the up-and-coming players from the NBA D-League, were turned to believers and watched in awe Allan Caidic’s superb marksmanship.

Caidic unloaded 54 points, built around 14 triples, and was definitely the star of the show in the Red Team’s 177-167 triumph over the White Squad in the NBA Asia Challenge 2010 on Friday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

The 6-foot-2 lefty shooter provided the highlight reels by sinking one triple after another and put on a clinical show in front of some of the past and present players from the two oldest professional leagues – the NBA and the PBA – as well as the rising stars from the D-League.

Trigger, trigger, trigger,” said Rice, who himself was beaten by Caidic in their short, three-point shootout battle during a break. “Watching guys like The Triggerman putting on a show, I can’t wait to come back here.”

Rice was one of the NBA legends who teamed up with Caidic along with Payton.

But even some of the world’s best players emulated by local cagers were simply amazed on how this gunner from University of the East sank basket after basket from beyond the arc with consistency.

Caidic scored the first seven points of the Red Team, then hit three-pointers in succession. He had three straight triples that gave the Red Team a 62-60 lead, 7:06 left in the second period.

In the third, the former UE Warrior buried four treys before his teammates, led by Rico Maierhofer and Vergel Meneses, started to get their rhythm as the Red Team established their first sizeable lead, 147-136, with still 8:03 left.

Caidic’s final trey of the night with 1:31 left, gave Red Team a 173-157 spread for their biggest lead.

They gave me the ball a lot, so there’s no other choice but to shoot it,” said Caidic. “The pressure is there to make the shot and luckily I made them. I’ve really prepared for this because I want to give my best and show it to the legends.”

Rice contributed 19 points, including five triples, mostly against his counterpart from the White Team, Webber.

Former PBA import Ritchie Frahm led the White squad with 24 points, the same output made by Webber.

“It didn’t matter what I did today, but this night belongs to The Triggerman,” said Frahm, who played for the Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals as import in the PBA 2002 Governors Cup when the team was still coached by Bill Bayno.

Webber, a 6-foot-10 forward who played for the Sacramento Kings, wasn’t surprised with the Filipinos’ brand of play.

“Basketball is universal and the PBA is the second oldest league in the world next to the NBA,” said Webber. “But the Triggerman was incredible. He still makes shot even if I put my hand on his face.

Webber also heaped praises on Atoy Co, the 60-year-old cager, who was an instant fan favorite in this match.

Co, a former member of the Crispa Redmanizers, tallied 10 points.

“This is my first time to play in two years,” said Webber. “But to see a 60-year-old guy to play at the level is really incredible. I wonder how we would look like playing basketball when we reach 60. That’s what really difficult to imagine.” – JVP, GMANews.TV


Red 177 – Caidic 54, Lazare 22, Rice 19, Santos 16, Meneses 16, Maierhofer 15, McCray 11, Co 10, Tenorio 7, Payton 7.

White 167 – Frahm 24, Webber 24, Tyndale 22, Hontiveros 20, Paras 18, Magsanoc 16, Patrimonio 16, Richmond 16, Tubid 13.

Quarter scores: 38-44, 92-94, 124-124, 177-167.



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