PBA: The birth of professional basketball 45 years ago

By Jonas Terrado Gregorio “Joy” Dionisio, Mariwasa-Noritake and Toyota made history 45 years ago today when professional basketball was born in the Philippines. Dionisio became known as the first player to score a basket in the Philippine Basketball Association while Mariwasa and Toyota beat separate rivals in the opener held before 18,000 fans at the Araneta Coliseum. Like any start-up organization, the PBA started off humbly after nine ballclubs

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