MANILA, Philippines – Philippine basketball legend Lim Eng Beng, one of the greatest players in PBA history and an icon at De La Salle University, passed away on Monday morning, The La Sallian reported. He was 64 years old.
Beng, who battled liver cancer for three years, passed away at the St. Luke's Hospital, according to sports columnist Quinito Henson.
Beng, a 5-foot-11 shooting guard, played for La Salle in the early 1970s, when the Green Archers were still competing in the NCAA. He was a tremendous scorer, and still holds the NCAA's single-game scoring record of 55 points.
La Salle eventually retired his No. 14 jersey and he was inducted into the university's Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
He played in the PBA for 12 seasons, six of which were spent with the U/Tex Wranglers. He was eventually named to the league's 25 Greatest Players in 2000, and to their 40 Greatest Players in 2015.
Some of La Salle's athletes, including Jeron Teng and Don Allado, expressed their sadness at the passing of "the ultimate King Archer."
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