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Chicho Sibilio, the Dominican shooter

Chicho Sibilio, the Dominican shooter

Posted by Aimee Flores Jiminian on September 29, 2013

At the end of the Spanish League regular season, some breaking news emerged: Alberto Corbacho of Blusens Monbus established a new record with an average of 3.21 three-pointers made per game. Corbacho put an end to the reign of Chicho Sibilio and his record from 1986-87 of 3.14 threes per contest - a record that lasted 26 years. I am sure that some of the younger fans are wondering who Chicho Sibilio is. This is the story of a great player who arrived from a small country in the Caribbean that did not have a powerful national team, but featured some interesting players and a great star: Cándido Antonio Sibilio Hughes (born October 3, 1958 in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic), simply known as "Chicho" by the basketball world.

n a great story about him in "Informe Robinson", a show on Spanish TV hosted by Mike Robinson, the player himself said that the great Serbian coach Ranko Zeravica "fell in love" with him in the mid-1970s. I talked to Zeravica this week and he told me an interesting story about Chicho: "Through several sources we got word that in the Dominican Republic there was a very interesting player. A shooting guard with NBA potential, whose name I don't remember now. So with Eduardo Portela, then with FC Barcelona, we set up a tour of the Dominican national team with the idea of watching that other player and signing him if he convinced us. It so happened that I saw a slim small forward that had the wrist of the best shooters. I told Portela right away that I wanted this forward and that we had to sign him no matter what. That's how we signed Chicho Sibilio at 17 years old." 

 

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