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Fortunato Acuña
Alias Fort
Jersey No. 17
Position Center/Forward
Current Team Deceased
Personal Info
Country  Philippines
Birth April 17, 1948(1948-04-17)
Philippines
Height 6 ft. 1 in.
Weight 185 lbs.
College University of the Philippines
Career Highlights
Draft  Elevated
by Toyota Comets
Pro Career 1975 – 1978
Also played for
Awards Received


Fortunato Acuña, better known simply as Fort Acuña (April 17, 1948 – circa 1981), was a Filipino professional basketball player and then later coach in the Philippine Basketball Association. A 6'1" center/forward, he played for the University of the Philippines and the MICAA. He was one of the pioneers when the Philippine Basketball Association was born as he played for the Toyota Comets along with the likes of Sonny Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez and Francis Arnaiz. He retired from active play in 1978 at the age of 30.

In 1979, Acuña replaced Dante Silverio as Toyota head coach and then steered the team to the Invitational Conference title over the Crispa Redmanizers with the help of import Andy Fields that same year.

In 1980, during Game 3 of the All-Filipino Conference with Crispa leading league archrivals Toyota 2-0 and on the verge of a season sweep, Acuña was fired on the spot at half time by team manager Pablo Carlos for refusing to heed the latter's request to field in Jaworski. Crispa would eventually lose the series and the title as Toyota won Game 3 as well as the next two. Acuña committed suicide a year later.

References

  • Hardcourt: The Official Philippine Basketball Association Annual

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