ON THIS DAY: Exactly a year ago, Edward Garcia made history by dropping an ultra rare quintuple-double feat


By John Mark Herrera - Published July 11, 2019

In last year’s tournament of the 2018 Shang Properties Basketball Tournament, one man accomplished a feat that has never been seen in the professional ranks or even in the collegiate basketball scene in the country.

The historic night happened in team Property Management's 69-57 win last year on a Wednesday night, July 11, 2018 at the Lourdes School of Mandaluyong Gymnasium, where Edward Garcia dropped an ultra-rare "quintuple-double" output in 40-minutes of play, while only having six other teammates present in the game and against the top team, Mall Operations.

The staggering numbers from Garcia tallied for 21 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals, and 10 blocks.

He also shot 45% from the field, only committing two personal fouls and just four turnovers- not resting even for a minute the entire game. His efficiency on the defensive end proved to be the key in achieving the phenomenal feat. He was responsible for at least 30 points converted off the forced errors from team opposing squad, which gave up 31 total turnovers as a team. All the blocks he registered, were product of his relentless hustle all over the floor; playing defense with pride all throughout the ballgame.

What's more interesting about the record-setting output, is that Edward has had games in the season where he was filling up almost every statistical column. In an opening night loss versus the same team he had accomplished the feat against.

The unflappable guard produced 14 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and six steals- flirting with a quadruple-double in their first assignment. It was followed by a 17 points-13 rebounds-5 assists-4-steals statline and a 14 point-14 rebound performance along with seven steals in their next two assignments, before capturing the unique set of numbers that is so rare, the only other known quintuple-double was recorded 21 years ago at a US women's high school level when eventual WNBA Star, Tamika Catchings of Duncanville High School (Duncanville, Texas) recorded 25 points, 18 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals and 10 blocks.

For Edward Garcia, the degree of the accomplishment still has him amazed. "Hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala, pero sobrang saya ko kasi proud ang family ko lagi sakin pag naglalaro (ako), pati narin yung mga taga dito sa lugar namin at mga kasamahan ko sa trabaho." the proud Manilenyo, said in an exclusive phone interview.

His team only fielded seven players, but he refused to give in to the idea of just accepting defeat just because they were undermanned.

But like his idol (Scottie), the 32-year old who proudly works as a Security Guard, shares the same humble demeanor aside from the all-around brilliance on the court, when asked if he had dreamed of achieving something like this. "Yung teammates ko malaking tulong sila, hindi ko rin naman magagawa yun kung wala sila, kaya credits din sa team ko, salamat sakanila." he answered.

Local hoop heroes like the the "Living Legend" Sonny Jaworski, "The Captain" Alvin Patrimonio, and modern Filipino hardcourt stars like James Yap, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, and June Mar Fajardo made us all passionate about the game and love every thing about it as we watch rivalries unfold and the emergence of legends from different eras.

Numbers, skill set, talent, and hard work is what made those names synonymous to greatness. Their dedication and the gift of an athletic built paved the way for their success on the hardcourt.

For recreational cagers, it is pure passion that fuels the fire in their game. The modern type of organized basketball leagues has become the number one outlet for pinoy hoopers to showcase their wares in playing the game they've endeared for many years. It is very rare that one would be recognized in a country that has millions of talented players across the country.

The tournament held at Lourdes School Mandaluyong City, was part of the "Healthy Me, Healthy We" program of Shang Properties Inc. and powered by KOTC Sports Organizing Services Inc.

The league is an initiative of the company for work-life balance and engagement of their employees. Five teams participated in the basketball tournament namely: Mall Operations, Property Management, Sales, Support Group, and Projects Group.

This emergence of an unknown baller, to a record-setting individual, fulfills Kings of the Court|STR8's mantra in organizing sporting events such as the 2018 Shang Properties Basketball Tournament. Believing that all of us somehow, in some way, have envisioned playing in the highest level, receiving glamour, acknowledgement and pride that go along with it.

The mission, along with the people who knows the amount of honor that Filipinos have for the game, aims to shatter barriers. Player of the game recognition, media coverage and statistical records, are not just for the skillful and physically gifted. With the utmost respect to the game, the movement encourages players to believe in themselves and that competitive and organized basketball leagues are for everyone; that they can compete and channel that inner basketball superstar in them.

Here are some of the highlights of the game between Property Management and Mall operations last year July 11, 2018 at Lourdes School Mandaluyong: