The Manila Metrostars
was a former professional basketball team in the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association
from 1998-2000. The team was the 1999 MBA National Champions and holds the MBA record (and Philippine professional basketball record?) of winning 22 consecutive games during the said season. The team was merged with the Batangas Blades
in the 2001 season. In 1998, the Metrostars played home games at numerous venues such as the Ninoy Aquino Stadium
, the Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym
and a host of others before playing permanently at the Mail and More Arena (now San Andres Gym).
In 1998, the Metropolitan Basketball Association was formed as a regional-based professional league which also challenged the commercial Philippine Basketball Association. The team made the biggest steal of all when they acquired Rommel Adducul
straight out of the San Sebastian College - Recoletos
. The team also had Alex Compton
, an American citizen who was born in the Philippines. Others include ex-PBA veterans Peter Martin, Frechie Ang, Ruben Dela Rosa and former Far Eastern University
star Nestor Echano.
In their inaugural season, the Metrostars were coached by Ricky Dandan but lost to the eventual champion Pampanga Dragons
in the Northern Conference Finals, 4-2. In 1999, Letran Knights
head coach Louie Alas
took over the reins as head coach while adding former PBL and Cebu native Gilbert Demape. The Metrostars had an early 4-2 record, but went on an incredible 22-game winning run... Read More