LIM Eng Beng is a great basketball player, but proved a greater man as he never put personal gain over school pride when he was playing for De La Salle.
In a 2004 interview with Greenarcher.net, Lim said he never once entertained an offer to 'drop' a game in his collegiate career to gain money at the expense of De La Salle.
The King Archer particularly recalled an incident when he was approached by a syndicate before the 1974 NCAA championship against Ateneo, where the Green Archers only needed to win once to claim the title.
“I’m not into gambling, nor will I ever taint the reputation of De La Salle. Never, ever,” Lim said in the interview.
Lim, who passed away on Monday due to liver cancer aged 64, was a prolific scorer for the Green Archers, scoring 55 points in one game. His jersey No. 14 was retired by the school at the end of his four-year collegiate career.
After his storied career with La Salle, Lim went on to play for PBA teams Crispa and the U-Tex Wranglers where he won titles in 1978 and 1980. He was eventually named one of the 40 greatest players in PBA history.
But that moment in 1974 when he turned down an offer to drop the first game of the championship game is without a doubt one of his proudest moments, something he vividly remembered 30 years after it happened.
“In 1974, I was offered P50,000 by a syndicate for me to drop the first game of the championship series against Ateneo. But I said no,” he said in the interview.
“The offer was for me to drop the first game, not the entire series. I could have done that and played my true game during the second game, since it was the first game I was told to drop. But I never entertained the possibility of losing to our archrival Ateneo.”
Lim played his best in the first game of the series, scoring 37 points in the 90-80 victory over Ateneo in November of 1974 at the Araneta Coliseum to nail the title in his final year with the Green Archers.
Lim said he never once regretted his decision.
“Until now, I never regretted that decision. The rapture of winning the championship for your alma mater is one thing you’re going to cherish for an entire lifetime,” said Lim.