Atoy Co

Atoy Co

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Fortunato “Atoy” Gan Co Jr. is a Filipino actor and basketball coach. He is a former politician and a retired professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the Philippine Basketball Association, mostly with Crispa Redmanizers.

Atoy Co first played in the PBA on April 22, 1975, scoring 34 points and leading Crispa to a 113-102 win over CFC, the team’s first victory after starting the season with three (3) straight defeats.

During his PBA stint, he played for the two-time grand slam champion Crispa Redmanizers from 1975 to 1984, with him as one of the team’s top scorers. In 1976, he received the All-Filipino Sports Award for Basketball.

He was part of the fabled Crispa ballclub that won two Grand Slams, in 1976 and 1983. He won the Most Valuable Player award in 1979 and was a 9-time Mythical First Team Member.
In 1979, he was the first player to score 5,000 points, and in 1984, he also became the first player to score 10,000 points in PBA history. After his stint with Crispa, he then suited up for Manila Beer (1985-1986) and Great Taste (1987-1988).

He ended his career as the PBA’s No. 4 in All-Time Scoring with 12,994 points behind Ramon Fernandez, Abet Guidaben and Alvin Patrimonio. He was also career 78.6% free-throw shooter, having converted 1549 out of 1970 free-throw attempts and dished off 2,640 assists (3.5 assists per game) in a total of 749 games in 24395:05 minutes.

In 2000, he was named as one of the 25 Greatest Players in PBA History in an elaborate awards ceremonies that highlighted the 25th anniversary of the league.
In 2003, he took part in the Crispa-Toyota Reunion Game that kick-started the PBA’s 2003 All-Star Weekend.

In 2005, he played for the Baby Dalupan-coached TM PBA Legends that defeated the TM PBA Greats, 96-92, in an exhibition match as the featured event of the league’s 30th anniversary festivities. The two (2) teams were made up of the 25 Greatest Players that were chosen by coaches Dalupan and Robert Jaworski. Later that same year, Co was part of the twelve (12) initial inductees to the PBA Hall of Fame alongside fellow Crispa players Bogs Adornado and Philip Cezar, and Toyota stalwarts Jaworski, Francis Arnaiz and Fernandez together with former PBA Commissioners Leo Prieto, Emerson Coseteng and Rudy Salud as well as legendary Crispa coach and team manager, respectively, Dalupan and Danny Floro, and the late anchorman Joe Cantada.

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