Since no thread about Cyrus “Skyrus” Baguio here in pex, I decided to make one. I’ll try to put up a summary of his basketball career. Corrections are more than welcome here. To all the supporters of this high-flying Iligan City native from his amateur days up to the present, this thread is for all of us.
He first rose to basketball fame via a slam-dunk competition in Cebu after beating Dondon Hontiveros. That time Cyrus was still in high school while Dondon I believe was in the MBA already.
After he played high school ball (If I’m not mistaken with Southwestern University), he went to Manila to tryout for college teams. He first went to DLSU, upon the advice of uncle Ric-ric Marata, himself a former PBA player. However, due to the surplus of players playing the same position, Cyrus was asked to stay in the team b for the meantime. DLSU’s loss was UST’s gain as Cyrus went to Espana to try his luck. He was taken in by Coach Aric. Cyrus played for the UST team that went to the finals in 1999 only to lose to DLSU via Aldeguer’s heartbreaker of a shot. Who could forget that memorable reverse dunk in game 2 of the finals with King Archer Renren Ritualo trailing him?
In 2001, Cyrus along with Gilbert Lao, Mel Latoreno and Kenneth Co Yu Kang were removed from the Tigers lineup by Coach Aric due to academic deficiencies. The following year, he came back and led the Tigers to a return trip to the final four after a year’s absence and in the process was named one of the members of the 2002 UAAP mythical five. Proving to be a spectacular showman, he showed to the college fans the explosiveness and athleticism that he has in his arsenal as evident by his follow-up slam vs. DLSU in the 2nd round and that 360 degree dunk in the 2002 UAAP Bantay Bata all-star game. He also made his presence felt in the PBL by winning the slam dunk title, a mythical 5 selection and a runner-up for his Dazz team against the powerhouse Welcoat team in the PBL finals.
In 2003, Cyrus decided to forego his last year of eligibility and submitted his name among the PBA draft hopefuls. He was taken in the 2nd round by Red Bull but was relegated first to the inactive roster of the team due to the surplus of talented players in the wings (Miller, Tugade, Valenzuela). After some time, he was finally given the chance to play. He subsequently won the PBA slam-dunk title in 2004 putting his name in the exclusive list of players who have won both the PBA and PBL slam-dunk titles. He got his first PBA title during the 2005-2006 PBA Fiesta Conference title against Purefoods.
Fast forward to 2007, he is now the undisputed heart and soul of the Red Bull team alongside Junthy Valenzuela. So far, he’s leading the George Chua franchise to the top despite the loss of erstwhile Barako superstars Villanueva, Tugade and Fonacier. Who would have thought that a skinny and one-dimensional player can be successful at this level in Asia’s first play-for-pay league? This current Philippine Cup of the PBA is definitely Skyrus’ breakout conference. Credit goes not only to him for expanding his game to unprecedented heights but also to Coach Yeng Guiao, no doubt the best coach in our country right now.
Indeed, the former King Tiger is now a certified PBA superstar.
Watch his highlight moves here…
And I must say that Cyrus is perhaps the best one-on-one player in the PBA right now. Although, Miller and Caguioa both might have something to say about it.
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