The Capitanes (Captains) of Arecibo have historically been great exponents representing the colors of our town. The best athletes from past were: Pepe Rubio, Roberto Birriel, Miguel Angel Picazo, Luis Birriel, Pancho Padilla, Eduardo Abreu, Felo Acevedo, José Miguel Cuevas, Onofre Caballero, Quico Santiago, Martín Vélez, Avestrucho Pesquera and played on the team All Arecibo around the entire Puerto Rico.
After a long period of time, in 1946 in a pre-Olympic tournament, Capitanes of Arecibo arise under the tutelage of Wilfredo Franco, Tingo Díaz, Piro Méndez, and others. A group of mostly young people from Arecibo (Arecibeños) where present. To that end, Manuel Gilberto (Petaka) Iguina, Quicón Iguina, Abdul de la Rosa, Alberto Rentas, Joaquín Balaguer, Armando Villamil, and Pipe Beniquez prevailed in this sport and finished sub-champions in Puerto Rico. After 14 years, 19 August 1959, Arecibo won the basketball championship against the Cardenales of Río Piedras in the park Rodriguez Olmo in Arecibo. The heroes of those games were: Francisco Pancho Padilla - Owner, Felipito Colón - Scorer, William MacCadney, José (Fufi) Santori Coll, Moisés Navedo, José Rodríguez Gómez, Eddie Martínez, José Vázquez, José Aponte, Angel Morales, Jaime Miranda, Joe Phillip Padilla Jr., Ramón Siraguza, Enrique Miranda, Sitín García, and Lou Rossinni - Basketball Strategist.
In 1992, this time led by Alfred "Butch" Lee the Capitanes of Arecibo returned to the championship series with elite players Ferdinand Morales, Rafael Hernández, Giovanni Colón, Fitz Roy Brow, Juan Griles, Orlando Febres, and the brothers Bryan and Mark Santiago. After an arduous series the Capitanes were defeated by the Leones of Ponce. Despite not getting the award, the owner Dr. Hiram Ruiz was very moved by the great work of his team.
In 2002, the Capitanes wrote another page in the history of our city when the so-called, "NENES” of basketball, in that season broke forecasts and reached a semi-final series and a seventh challenge. During this season the Capitanes had a young cast with veteran players; Giovanni Jiménez, Rick Apodaca, Buster Figueroa, Pachy Cruz; were the young ones that grew in our town together with the veterans Felix Javier Perez, Javier Rolón and the always spirited Argentine Boricua/Oscar Chiaramello.
In 2005 they returned to the summit when his manager Mr. Regino Babilonia, hired the fiery leader Carlos Mario Rivera and the stalwart captains dominated the Bayamon Vaqueros 4-0 to be crowned national champions once again. In 2006, despite some great battles they fell in the semi finals against the Santurce Cangrejeros.
In 2007, under the command of David Rosario and the stalwarts Rafael "Pachy" Cruz, Angel "Buster" Figueroa, David Cortes, Carlos Payano and his imported Marcus Fizer came back to the final round where a historic challenge in the coliseum José Miguel Agrelot was sold in its entirety (18,000) and where at least 14,000 souls came from the city of Capitán Correa to finish the final series. Arecibo was also recognized for bringing to our country one of the best reinforcements through the history of the National Superior Basketball, Darnell Marcus Fizer.
In October 2007 another page was written in our history, when a young entrepreneur Arecibeño and pride of our people became the new guardian of the Captains, the president of Hospicio La Paz, Sr. Luis Monrouzeau. In just one week in command manages to keep the champion core of the previous season and adds strength reaching an agreement with the stellar Robert J. "Bobby Joe” Hatton, beyond that he signs back the young guard Angel Rosa Clemente. The Capitanes are a pride of our people and as the days and months continue they will keep writing pages in the sport's history books.
Today we write a new story where the protagonist is you, the Arecibeño fan. Each day we will rise with greater courage to demonstrate the power of our unified basketball fans and show that this is only the beginning of the longest ruling in the history of basketball. Arecibo rises strongly, where children, men, elders, and women scream in one voice: "The empire has begun!, The empire is ours."