Jose Ma. A. Gayosodate posted: 2006-12-05 16:30:16
(March 21, 1935 – December 20, 1990)
other half of the Vida-Gayoso tandem in the ’54–’55 and ’57–’58 back-to-back NCAA
champion team in basketball
He was a vital part of the 1954-1955 and the 1957-1958 back-to-back NCAA basketball champions of the famed San Beda Killers of the 50s. He was also known as the other half of the Vida-Gayoso tandem, front-runners of the pick-and-roll shooting combination in Philippine basketball.
The Vida-Gayoso tandem spelled a lot of headaches for the San Beda and La Salle defenses. Clean-cut, good looking, a sharp shooter, and the king eagle of the 1958 Ateneo Blue Eagles, Poch was likened to Eddie Dutchin playing “chopsticks” on the piano. He would take the ball, straighten up with his patented jump shot, and like a virtuoso fingering the basketball, flip an effortless jump shot and score.
Poch, lurking in the perimeter of San Beda zone defense, would always wreak havoc on their strategy because he would always be a target for a pass from a driving Arroyo, Littaua, or Ocampo. Poch would just punch in with his usual deadly jump shot. If he were playing in today’s 3-point areas, he would easily score 30 to 40 points per game. His normal effective shooting range is within today’s 3-point areas.
Poch did not confine his student activities to athletics. He was an active member of Fr. James Reuter’s dramatics and glee club. Many remember Poch playing the part of a Huk on the college play “Woman of the House.” Having a weakness for famous speeches, he recited—and still likes reciting—Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s speech before Congress and Robert Emmet’s speech before he was hanged. “I like to read them over and over again,” he says. “They do something to me.”