Baloncesto Superior Nacional
The Baloncesto Superior Nacional, abbreviated as BSN, is the first tier level professional men's basketball league in Puerto Rico. It was founded in 1929 and is organized by the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation.
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2019 BSN season
Baloncesto Superior Nacional logo
|Formerly||Liga Puertorriqueña de Baloncesto|
|President||Fernando Quiñones Bodega|
|No. of teams||9|
|Continent||FIBA Americas (Americas)|
|Capitanes de Arecibo (7th title)|
|Most titles||Leones de Ponce|
Atléticos de San Germán
Vaqueros de Bayamón
(14 titles each)
|TV partner(s)||WAPA 2 Deportes|
|Level on pyramid||1st tier|
|International cup(s)||FIBA Americas League|
|Official website||Official website|
The Baloncesto Superior Nacional, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 8 teams, of which the most successful have been Leones de Ponce, Atléticos de San Germán and Vaqueros de Bayamón with 14 titles each. The league has produced players that have distinguished themselves in the NBA, EuroLeague, Spain's ACB, and other tournaments throughout the world. Among them, NBA players Butch Lee, José Ortiz, Ramón Rivas, Daniel Santiago, Carlos Arroyo and José Juan Barea started their careers playing for BSN teams.
The league began in 1930, and is noted for having had several head coaches who went on to achieve international recognition later in their careers. Among those are Basketball Hall of Fame members Tex Winter and Red Holzman, who coached the Leones de Ponce in the 1960s, and Phil Jackson, who coached the Piratas de Quebradillas and Gallitos de Isabela in the late 1980s. Others notable coaches who have worked for BSN teams include Gene Bartow, Lou Rossini, Del Harris, P.J. Carlesimo, Bernie Bickerstaff and Herb Brown.
During the 1980s, notable players followed in the footsteps of players such as Juan "Pachin" Vicens (1959 Santiago Chile FIBA World Championship's All-Tournament Team) and Butch Lee, the first Puerto Rican and BSN player to enter the NBA. Among those are: Mario 'Quijote' Morales, Raymond Dalmau, Jose 'Piculin' Ortiz, Ramón Rivas, Jerome Mincy, Georgie Torres, Angelo Cruz, Angel Santiago, the late Federico 'Fico' Lopez, Rolando Frazer, Mario Butler, and Rubén Rodríguez, who showcased their talents to all of Puerto Rico's TV viewers and game goers.
The BSN tournament is played under the regular FIBA basketball rules. The teams regularly play a total of four games amongst them. For the 2017, the regular season will extend to 36 games. Of the 10 participating teams, the top 8 move on to the postseason.
|Cariduros de Fajardo||Fajardo, Puerto Rico||Tomas Dones Coliseum|
|Leones de Ponce||Ponce, Puerto Rico||Juan Pachín Vicéns Auditorium|
|Atléticos de San Germán||San Germán, Puerto Rico||Arquelio Torres Ramírez Coliseum|
|Vaqueros de Bayamón||Bayamón, Puerto Rico||Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum|
|Santeros de Aguada||Aguada, Puerto Rico||Ismael Delgado Coliseum|
|Piratas de Quebradillas||Quebradillas, Puerto Rico||Raymond Dalmau Coliseum|
|Capitanes de Arecibo||Arecibo, Puerto Rico||Manuel Iguina Coliseum|
|Indios de Mayagüez||Mayagüez, Puerto Rico||Palacio de Recreación y Deportes|
|Brujos de Guayama||Guayama, Puerto Rico||Dr. Roque Nido Stella Coliseum|
Aibonito Polluelos de Aibonito (1977–2001) Played their home games at Cancha Marron Aponte
Aguada Conquistadores de Aguada
Cayey Toritos de Cayey (2002–2004) Played their home games at the Cayey Municipal Coliseum
Morovis Titanes de Morovis (1977–2006) Played their home games in the José Pepe Huyke Coliseum
Villalba Avancinos de Villalba (1996–1998) Played their home games at the José Ibem Marrero Coliseum
Manati Atenienses de Manatí (2014–2017) Played their home games at the Juan Cruz Abreu Coliseum
Rubén Rodríguez established most of the early long-standing record in the BSN. He broke both the single-season points record with 810 in 1978 and the most career points record with 11,549. The current holder of the career mark is Georgie Torres, who broke it before retiring in 2001 with 15,863 points in 679 games, playing his entire career after the establishment of the three-point line. Rodríguez also holds the mark for most rebounds in a career with 6,178. He also held the single-season rebound record with 380 in 1978, which stood until Lee Benson broke it in 2008. Currently, Neftalí Rivera holds the record for most points in a game in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional when he scored 79 points on May 22, 1974. In that game he achieve the record by making 34 field goals(all of them 2-pointers as the 3-pointers where not adopted back then) and 11 free throws. In 1989, Pablo Alicea of the Gigantes de Carolina established a record for most assists in one game with 25. The record stood for over two decades until May 1, 2012, when Jonathan García of the Caciques de Humacao broke it recording 33 assists against the Brujos de Guayama. García's mark is an unofficial world record pending the approval of Guinness World Records, since there is no higher number recorded in any amateur or professional international league or in FIBA competition. During this game, the Caciques also established the team points record for a single game with 130 and for most scored during a single (10-minute) quarter with 46. The Vaqueros de Bayamón hosted the game with most assistance in the league, with 17,621 fans attending a home game against Río Piedras on September 8, 1969. This bested the previous top of 16,564 in a game between Ponce and Santurce. The Vaqueros also hold the record for most consecutive championships, winning five from 1971-75.
Number of championships won by teamsEdit
|Teams||Finals||Championships||Runners-up||Years won||Years runners-up|
|Atléticos de San Germán||25||14||11||1932, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942,
1942-1943,1947, 1948, 1949, 1950,
1985, 1991, 1994, 1997
|1931, 1933, 1936*, 1938*, 1940,|
1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1965,
|Leones de Ponce||24||14||10||1952, 1954, 1960, 1961, 1964,
1965, 1966, 1990, 1992, 1993,
2002, 2004, 2014, 2015
|1949, 1958, 1963, 1967, 1989,|
1995, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2013
|Vaqueros de Bayamón||23||14||9||1933, 1935, 1967, 1969, 1971,
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981,
1988, 1995, 1996, 2009
|1930, 1934, 1970, 2001, 2002,|
2005, 2010, 2016, 2018
|Cangrejeros de Santurce||14||8||6||1962, 1968, 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001, 2003, 2007
|1942, 1942-1943, 1951, 1952, 1964,|
|Capitanes de Arecibo||17||7||10||1959, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2018||1932, 1946, 1948, 1961, 1966,|
1992, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
|Cardenales de Río Piedras||15||6||9||1946, 1955, 1956, 1957,1963,
|1941, 1947, 1959, 1960, 1962,|
1968, 1969, 1971, 1977
|Piratas de Quebradillas||17||6||11||1970, 1977, 1978, 1979, 2013,2017||1937, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976,|
1980, 1982, 1999, 2000, 2009,
|Capitalinos de San Juan||9||5||4||1930, 1931, 1940, 1945, 1958||1943, 1944, 1950, 1974|
|Mets de Guaynabo||9||3||6||1980, 1982, 1989||1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1990,|
|Vega Baja||4||2||2||1934, 1937||1935, 1939|
|Indios de Canóvanas||3||2||1||1983, 1984||1988|
|University of Puerto Rico||3||2||1||1944, 1951||1945|
|Polluelos de Aibonito||2||1||1||1986||1987|
|Club Náutico San Juan||1||1||0||1936||-|
|Criollos de Caguas||1||1||0||2006||—|
|Indios de Mayagüez||1||1||0||2012||-|
|Titanes de Morovis||1||1||0||1987||—|
|Gigantes de Carolina||3||0||3||—||1979, 1997, 2008|
|Brujos de Guayama||2||0||2||—||1991, 1994|
|Gallitos de Isabela||1||0||1||—||1984|
|Maratonistas de Coamo||1||0||1||—||2004|
- *These titles are from Farmacia Martin team that was merged with the Atléticos de San Germán
BSN statistical leadersEdit
|*||Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame|
BSN all-time scoring leadersEdit
|Georgie Torres||Puerto Rico|
|Mario Morales||Puerto Rico|
|Raymond Dalmau||Puerto Rico|
|Rubén Rodríguez||Puerto Rico|
|Roberto Ríos||Puerto Rico|
|Ángel Santiago||Puerto Rico|
|José Quiñonez||Puerto Rico|
|Christian Dalmau||Puerto Rico|
BSN all-time rebounding leadersEdit
|Edgar de León||1981–2001||4,837||493||9.8|
BSN all-time assists leadersEdit
|Christian Dalmau^||1992–2003, 2008–present||2,752||577||4.8|
|Javier Antonio Colón||1987–2008||2,748||555||5.0|
|Bobby Joe Hatton||1994–2012||2,235||489||4.6|
- SINGLE GAME RECORD
- Assists - Jonathan Garcia (33)
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