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03-22-2009, 04:02 PM
PBA Reinforced Conference Semifinals Game played on November 10, 1987

Great Taste Brings down Shell; San Miguel Moves up
By: Ricky Santos

Day two of the semifinals made the battle for the two finals berths more interesting. The Milk Masters came from behind to beat the Super Bugbusters, 118-113, to boost their record to 5-7, and hand Shell its fifth loss in 12 matches, for an exactly reverse record of 7-5.
Great Taste, which had six men combining for 112 points, trailed almost three-fourths of the way but banked on the combo of rookie Allan Caidic, Arnie Tuadles, Philip Cezar and import Daryl Kennedy to turn back the erstwhile leaders.
In the nightcap of Tuesday's double-header, San Miguel Beer hoped to reassert its supremacy over Ginebra, the beermen had won all but two in their battles this season.
The Ginebras started cold and this enabled Norman Black's boys to establish a 22-8 advantage behind the scoring of Bobby Parks and MVP leading candidate Abet Guidaben. The first Quarter ended with Ginebras still down by 16, 22-38.
The pace of the contest did not change as the Soriano ballclub refused to let go of their formidable lead. Just a few seconds beofre the game clock flashing 1:21, Sonny Jaworski tripped a driving Parks which sent the american on all fours. A deliberate foul was slapped on Jaworski and a brief exchange of words followed between him and Parks. The first half ended with San Miguel still up by 18, 69-51.
With the score standing at 77-57 still for the beermen, Jaworski stole the thunder away from the americans, He scored 16 straight points for Ginebra, 12 of them coming from three point shots to narrow the gap to 12, 73-85.
Another 14-2 explosion by Ginebra, this time starring Billy Ray Bates, forced the beermen into a standoff, 87-all, 2:40 left in the third. Now, the beermen started going to Parks, who was being guarded by greenhorn Harmon Codinera, Parks made eight of the last 10 points of San Miguel for the quarter which ended at 97-93 for San Miguel.
Parks resumed his good offensive game in the fourth as he teamed up with Guidaben and Yves Dignadice to erect another double-digit advantage, 110-99. It was only Bates doing everything for the Ginebras as they seemed to be all spent up trying to catch up with their younger opponents.
San Miguel Beer's locals took centerstage in the latter half of the last period, Samboy Lim regained his bearings, capping his last-minute heroics with an unbelievable 35-foot jumper that swished the cords.
The final score stood at 129-113 for San Miguel Beer. The victories by Great Taste and San Miguel turned the five-team battle into a mad scramble for the two finals berths. San Miguel Beer now had the share of the lead together with idle Hills Bros. and wth the Milk Masters win, the Gokongwei dribblers are now just a game behind Ginebra San Miguel.

03-28-2009, 10:33 AM
Atlas Sports Weekly
October 9-16, 1981

Only Two for the Road

With just three playdates left and still two slots open in the round of six of the PBA's Reinforced All-Filipino Conference, it's going to be an agonizing walk down the wire for the remaining aspirants for the quarterfinals berths.
As of this writing, the four remaining quarterfinal hopefuls are the Wranglers, Tefilin Polyesters, the CDCP RoadBuilders and the Finance Funders.
Of the four, it is U/tex Which is slightly up on the rest of the field with a record of four wins and three losses in seven games, followed by Tefilin 3-4, CDCP 3-5 and Finance, also 3-5.
A fourth win will earn a team at least a tie for a round of six berth, but five should insure a safe entry into the round. As of last Saturday, after the 19th playdate of the run for the round of six, four teams have latched on to the magic number of five. These are defending champion Crispa, Toyota, YCO-Tanduay and Presto.
It was Crispa which made the round ahead of the pack by picking its fifth win at the halfway mark of the elims. After Crispa came Toyota which made it on the same night the Redmanizers ran up their sixth straight victory at the expense of Presto Fun Drinks.
YCO-Tanduay suffered three setbacks before joining early qualifiers Crispa and Toyota, but ultimately made on a 5-3 slate with a 148-129 demolition job on hapless St.George Whisky.
Last Saturday, it was Presto Fun Drinks turn to get in and it did this via a 132-112 conquest of Tefilin.
With that win by Coach Jimmy Mariano's boys, the way to the quarterfinals became tighter with just two slots open and only three playdates left before the first round ends on Saturday, October 8.
So who will be the final two?

04-05-2009, 02:18 PM
Once upon a time, two of the PBA's winningest teams played in a PBA Finals, the 1982 Invitationals,
this is SMC's first title under the banner San Miguel Beer, and it came at the expense of the fabled Crispa Redmanizers.

Finally, San Miguel
Courage under pressure, breaks give the beermen stirring win over Crispa
By: Vic Villafranca

This time around, there was no denying San Miguel, playing true grit basketball all the way, the San Miguel beermen tripped favored Crispa, 103-102, in Game 3 of their best of three playoffs for the PBA's Invitational title to lay to rest the ghost that had haunted them for the past 29 days.
It was a magnificent comeback by a ballclub that blew two title nights in the Reinforced All Filipino and once in the tournament that just ended, and coach Tommy Manotoc, his voice almost gone from all the wheeling and cajoling that he applied to his boys so that they won't let this one slip away, said it all for the team and its fans when he exulted, if there's a team that deserves this more, we do.
It all happened in the last 49 seconds of the fourth quarter, this last dramatic episode in a game that had seen the beermen scrambling from an 11-point deficit twice in the third quarter to moved out by five points, 103-98, on back to back hits by Norman Black, two free throws by Atoy Co on a foul by Marte Saldana, made it just a three point lead for San Miguel, and when on the next play, after a wild throw-in by Anthony Dasalla, resulted in a foul by Black on Alberto Guidaben, San Miguel's edge was down to only a point as Guidaben made both of his flips from the 15-foot line.
But with the ball in their possesion on the next play, it seemed that all the beermen had to do was to hold on to it to wrapped the game without having to walk a tightrope. Black, however, elected to let go a jumper from the side and when he missed, there was the sight of Hagan streaking down court and poised to execute the last play that could either turn the game around for Crispa or send it into overtime should he get fouled in the attempt and only gets a split of his free throws.
But Hagan almost lost the ball on a steal and when Philip Cezar got to get off a last three-second shot and missed, it was all over for the redmanizers, who had climbed the wall against San Miguel since the start of the 1982 PBA season.
The victory was San Miguel's second PBA championship, its first coming in the 1979 Open with the Royal Tru Orange team and with Ed Ocampo, now the coach of Toyota, orchestrating the title coup from the sidelines. As for Crispa, it was its 14th finals stint in a glory-filled campaign that has netted the redmanizers nine league championships, including an epic Grand Slam and a six championships run since 1975.
Both ballclubs got into the finals with identical 3-1 won-lost slates in the short, single round eliminations, with San Miguel's setback coming at the hands of the visiting South Korean team and Crispa from San Miguel.
San Miguel won Game 1 of the title playoffs but Crispa bounced back in Game 2 to set the stage for what may well be remebered as one of the most memorable showdowns in PBA history.

06-12-2009, 03:07 PM

Pasay City, Oct. 7, 1998 - It was an exciting close fight, and in the end Mobiline edged Formula Shell, 67-66, to bag the PBA Centennial Cup last night at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Silas Mills sent the game into overtime, then prevailed in a shootout with John Best in the extra five minutes, scoring two three-pointers and a dunk.

Best came up with only two jumpers and a three-pointer, not enough to push Shell into the victor's throne.

Earlier, Pop Cola beat Ginebra San Miguel 85-71 to clinch third place.

06-20-2009, 11:58 AM
Big Surge by San Miguel, Breakthrough by Ginebra
November 1987

For a scrambling Ginebra team, what its fourth outing halfway through the double round semifinals of the PBA Reinforced Conference was all about nothing less than life or death. For San Miguel Beer, it was the opening it needed to open up a more comfortable lead on the pack and swing to just a win of making it to the pennant playoffs.
Both got what they came out for. Ginebra lived on via a 153-133 demolition job on a fading Great Taste Instant Milk, while San Miguel Beer walked a tightrope before slipping past Hills Bros. Coffee, 110-104, before a near capacity crowd at the ULTRA in Pasig.
The win, the beermen's fourth straight in the semis, gave them a sweep and sent them with a 10-4 won-lost card going into the last half of the run for the finals. It also gave them a two-game lead over Hills Bros and Shell which finished the first round of the semifinals with identical 8-6 slates, three up on Ginebra and five on Great Taste Instant Milk.
"that was close" said coach Norman Black, the beermen looked like they were headed for a down-the-wire tumble they ran into an eight-minute dry spell with their shooting irons in the fourth quarter. Of the beermen who went cold in the homestretch, the most notable was San Miguel import Bobby Parks who was held scoreless by Elpidio Villamin for nearly eight minutes.
But Coach Turo Valenzona made the mistake of ordering the switch on Parks, signalling Jose Slaughter to guard Parks. Very quickly, Parks exploited the switch and scored seven of his team's last 13 points to key San Miguel's game winning spurt in the last three minutes. Parks finished with a game-high 39 points, while his counterpart on the Hills Bros. side, the tough Slaughter could only scrape 37, other leading scorers for San Miguel were Samboy Lim with 18, Abet Guidaben with 14 and Yves Dignadice with 10. For Hills Bros., scoring among the locals was led by Villamin and Ricky Relosa, who came through with identical 21-point efforts.
Drawing another explosive performance from the inimitable Billy Ray Bates, who sizzled with 66 points, Ginebra waxed hot, went cold and then turned hot again against Great Taste which continued to be plagued by injuries to its key men. This time, it was Philip Cezar's turn to join a still ailing Ricardo Brown in sick bay. With the win, Ginebra remained in the thick of the race for a finals slot, while with its loss, its ninth in 14 games, All Filipino champion Great Taste saw its already slim hopes of still squeezing into the title playoffs snap.

06-22-2009, 01:30 PM
Good Start
By: Ronnie Nathanielsz
#1 Champ April 1988

If the first three playing days of the PBA Open Conference are any indication, then the 1988 season could very well surpass the best year the pro league enjoyed since its inauguration in 1975.
1986, which was the final year of an eminent and rewarding four-year term by chairman Carlos "honeyboy" Palanca, saw the PBA set an all-time record in gross gate receipts and attendance figures.
At the gates of the ULTRA it meant an average of 7,374 fans per game day which turned out to be 7.5 percent higher than the third conference the previous year, 1985.
Overall attendance figures in the record-breaking 1986 season showed 10.1 percent increase in terms of paying spectators over 1985 figures while the total turnout through the year's three conferences were pegged at 615,804 over 89 playing days. In 1986 gross gate receipts were placed at over 13.5 million, which represented a phenomenal 24.2 percent increase over the previous year.
Television ratings of the Vintage Enterprises Inc. in charge of live coverages of the PBA games, the one major indicator of positive returns in reaching the consuming public for the products of the various competing teams, also kept pace with the other prime statistics that reinforced the conclusion that the PBA is the country's biggest sporting spectacle.
Based on the first three game days of 1986 where 25,276 spectators paid P593,163 to watch the games, the ongoing 1988 season looks even better. although the number of general admission and bleacher tickets were reduced by 1,000 both as a safety and security measure by the PBA and the ULTRA management, gross gate receipts so far this year have increased by 6.3 percent, with sales figures of P630,860 for the first three game days.
In the banner year 1986, the opening of the season where the Reinforced First Conference saw each team field two imports with a maximum height of 6'3" grossed P262,280 compared to this year's opening day which netted slightly less, P254,560. The difference of less than P8,000 can be traced to the reduction of the general admission tickets which meant a loss of P7,000.
The second playing day in 1986 saw gross gate receipts of P186,162 while in this season's Open First Conference where each team is allowed only one import with a maximum height of 6'6", the tally was 197,168. The third game day in 1986 saw gross gate receipts drop to P144,721. However, this season, gross gate receipts for the third playing day reached P179,132.
Significantly, the gross gate receipts once again reflect the tremendous drawing power of the league's most popular team, Ginebra San Miguel, led by the incomparable playing coach Sonny Jaworski. Both the second and third days this year saw Ginebra involved in the main game, first against Alaska milkmen who, despite their unquestioned talent, continue to find difficulty in winning over fans and San Miguel Beer which does have a fairly strong following among the spectators.
If we compare this year's figures against the corresponding first three game days of last year, the increase is even more substantial. In percentage terms, gross gate receipts were up by a whooping 45.2 percent - P630,860 - as against P434,558. Inrelation to the number of spectators, here again, the first three playing days of 1988 was way ahead by 45.6 percent with a turnout of 24,254 fans compared to 16,655 in 1987.

06-26-2009, 12:57 PM
Continuation of Ronnie Nathanielsz Article

Great Taste, playing once again without an import, put on another fine performance before losing to bitter rival Alaska, which got the crucial breaks down the stretch and made full use of them.
Down by 19 points, 92-73, two minutes into the final quarter, Great Taste launched a searing rally to cut the lead to a mere two points, 104-102, with 1:53 remaining on a mighty triple by Joy Carpio. But Alaska import Drew Kennedy hit back-to-back baskets and then scored on a difficult drive despite a deliberate foul by Arnie Tuadles to put the issue beyond doubt.
Kennedy, who finished with 48 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and two steals, missed the bonus charity but alert Naning Valenciano banked on a follow-up shot at the buzzer. Kennedy, after hitting 11-of-11 from the field in the second quarter, had a hard time against rugged Sonny Cabatu but after the big center fouled out, the sleek former Philadelphia 76ers draft pick promptly pumped in two baskets to show his relief.
Great Taste, stunning winner over Shell on opening day, played another fine game with an All-Filipino line-up and served notice that when NBA veteran Kenny Fields fits into the team they will be a force to reckon with. Tuadles played a strong game to finish with 26 points, four rebounds and six assists while Atoy Co added 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. He had a two-for-two clip from the three-point area. Philip Cezar had 13 points, 11 rebounds and two assists, one steal and an incredible six shot blocks. Allan Caidic, slowly recovering from a bout with penumonia and being nurse back by coach Baby Dalupan, came through with 17 points while the dependable Joy Carpio finished with 13 points.
On the Alaska side, only Rey Lazaro, apart from Kennedy, scored in double figures, scoring 12 points in 19:30 minutes of action. Ricky Relosa played a bruising game especially in the last quarter and was lucky to escape with at least three instances of elbowing and rough tactics. He finished with 8 points but had 11 rebounds and four shot blocks. Relosa's bruise brother Elpidio Villamin didn't have a particularly good game, winding up with only 8 points and five rebounds.

In a rugged game that sometimes threatened to get out of hand, especially in the first half, Ginebra San Miguel scored a pulsating victory over regular tormentor San Miguel Beer.
Against the Milkmen, Ginebra was in control of the tempo of the game, led by 11 points well into the final quarter and then inexplicably fell apart in the dying minutes of the game. The touted Jamie Waller, slam dunk champion of the CBA was no big deal, largely due to not knowing the Ginebra plays and trying to score from the outside.
Thursday was another story, Waller worked the paint and with playing coach Sonny Jaworski orchestrating the Ginebra offense and giving it inspiration all night long, the shortest import in the Open Conference at six feet four, played the game of his life and finish with 55 points, 13 rebounds and three shot blocks.
Leading 115-113 in the dying seconds of the game, Ginebra played tough defense and when Abet Guidaben got caught for a three second violation, playing coach Norman Black fouled out in desperation sending Chito Loyzaga to the stripe, Loyzaga sank the first, missed the second and Waller soared high up to shove it in for the final 118-113 tally. Waller was also responsible for giving Ginebra the lead with 21 seconds left to play when he hit a jumpshot despite a triple team to shatter the 17th deadlock which gives you some indication of the closeness of the game.
Ginebra's three-point shooting where they hit 11-out-of-21 attempts for a high 52 percent told in the end because the beermen had only 1-of-4 which gave Ginebra a 30 point spread there alone. San Miguel Beer had more attempts and more conversions from the two point area, 41-of-80 as against 35-of-72, was given 44 free throws as against 24 for Ginebra, converting 64% compared to Ginebra's 62%. They outrebounded the Ginebras, 56 to 52.
Ampalayo with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Jaworski with 15 points and 8 assists, were outstanding in a total team effort. San Miguel Beer playing coach Norman Black finished with 42 points and 15 rebounds. Samboy Lim and Ricardo Brown had 14 points apiece while Abet Guidaben ended up with 19 points and 15 rebounds.

06-27-2009, 10:22 AM
Sta. Lucia, Black go separate ways
Realtors woo Chua to take over coaching job

By Dodo Catacutan Jr.

AFTER 22 years in the Philippine Basketball Association, Norman Black has once again reached the crossroads.

A career that had him starting out as an import in 1981 before turning into one of the winningest coaches in league history appeared in peril after Black was told that his three-year contract with Sta. Lucia Realty that expired last season will not be extended.

One of the most affable personalities in the pro league, Black was initially stunned when Sta. Lucia team manager Buddy Encarnado broke the news to him in a breakfast meeting yesterday. But that didn't stop him from taking the news as positively as he could.

"I'm a bit disappointed, but I've always tried to be as professional as possible with these things" said the American in a telephone interview. "You always have to understand that this is a business, and you have to know that decisions like this are part of the business."

Initial reports said Alfrancis Chua, Black's bosom buddy who served as coaching consultant in the final two years of Black's stint at Sta. Lucia, will take over the head-coaching position. But there is no confirmation if Chua has accepted the offer.

For Black, part of the disappointment was of getting the pink slip after what he felt was a successful three-year stint with the Realtors, having led the franchise to two finals appearances and a first-ever championship during that span.

"The good thing was that I was able to accomplish all my goals when I came in. At least I had my success here. We accomplished things this team has never accomplished before, we made it to the finals twice and we won our first-ever championship.

Because of that, I may never understand this decision. But then again, they may have their reasons," Black said.

Actually Black has one of the most glowing careers in the pro league, both as coach and player.

Black has 10 titles as a coach, sharing the No. 2 position with Tim Cone in the all-time list behind the 15 of the legendary Baby Dalupan. He also was one of Robert Jaworski's assistants in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing and was coach of the 1994 Asiad team that finished fourth in Hiroshima.

As a player, the ex-Detroit Piston, who started with Tefilin in 1981, went on to post career records in scoring and rebounding that still stands to this day. The 100 performance award he won in 1983 with Great Taste best spoke of his work ethic as a player.

It is not the first time Black will be in this situation.

His finest years as a coach came with San Miguel Beer in the eighties and early nineties, when he won nine championships including the grand slam in 1989. But he found himself on the move after a rare title-less season for the team in the mid-nineties.

Black hopped to Mobiline and later to Pop Cola before finding a home at Sta. Lucia, where he won his 10th championship and the first for the franchise in the 2001 Governors Cup.

Now Black is hoping more options would still be there for him at this point in his career.

"I consider myself Filipino already, I live here and I have a family here so I'm not going to run to the United States after this," Black said. "I'm going to stay around, latch on to the television coverage maybe, stay active and hope to have more opportunities to work in basketball."

As they always say, when one door closes, another one opens.

06-30-2009, 10:54 AM
Syndicate continues to score
November 1988

When is a player, import or local guilty of game-fixing?
The PBA has been waging a war against suspected game-fixers all these years. The battle against this lurking evil which could ultimately strangle the prosperous pro league to death, was intensified following the ascendance of Atty.Rudy Salud as PBA commissioner. Salud sought the assistance of the military- the CIS and the NBI- in his no-nonsense war against suspected game manipulators. He opened the PBA books, offered statistics, assorted records and other forms of assistance to the investigating groups in an effort to quell the threat of suspected game-fixers.
Salud initiated a backyard cleaning in the PBA. He purged the referees roster, he went after scalpers, he scored a breakthrough of sorts when he, with the assistance of the police, put an end to open betting inside the ULTRA.
Leo Prieto, the first commissioner, was indeed the Pioneer, his successor, Mariano Yenko, was Mr.Stabilizer, But whether his critics like it or not, Atty. Salud is the hands-down choice as Mr.Reform. Salud continued to score big, but he refused to rest and take it easy until he could slay the ghost of the game-fixing menace. It is open knowledge that the CIS, upon the request of Commissioner Salud, has been shadowing suspected game-fixers since last March. The NBI also soon became part of the campaign.
Then came the big break, The NBI, after a special surveillance started Oct.21, found out that import Willie Bland of Alaska, who shortly would be kicked out of the team for suspiciously erratic performances, had been frequenting meeting places of gamblers and suspected game-fixers. As Bland himself confided to Alaska team manager Joel Aquino that he had been offered as much as $4,000 to throw games, the NBI double its efforts, planted agent who posed as Bland's driver and after the surveillance job concluded that Bland had been in contact with suspected game-fixers.
Said the NBI report in part, On October 24, 1988, information was relayed by team manager Aquino that bland received again an offer of $2,000 in consideration of throwing the game in favor of Purefoods. The offer was made October 21, inside the Wild Duck Club along Roxas Blvd, as expected, Alaska lost the game, Willie Bland went to the Wild Duck Club on November 5, the day prior to the Alaska-Anejo game. The next day, Alaska lost to Anejo, with Bland performing a very controversial play in the closing minutes. On November 7, a man from the group of Danny Espiritu, alleged owner of Wild Duck, was seen watching practice game of Alaska at ULTRA. The said man was carrying a brown envelope and wanted to get in touch with Bland, a review was conducted of the tapes of the games during the third conference wherein Alaska lost and it was noted that Bland as well as other local players, displayed lots of controversial plays not only on their style and ability, but unusual below-par performance during the closing minutes of the games which are highly suspicious.
The NBI had concluded that Bland was involved in game-fixing, however, in a funny twist, the NBI report negated its own conclusion by stating that despite these indications, the evidence gathered are not sufficient to warrant prosecution of Bland or any person for that matter.? As everyone knows, Bland was allowed to slip out of the country. Yes, they could not violate Bland's civil rights, they had no solid evidence against him, but at least, he should have been made to spill all the beans, name more names, authorities missed a big chance at closing in on suspected game-fixers, they had a big chance but they let it slip.
The game-fixers triumphed again. On with the show.

07-01-2009, 11:03 AM
The other playoff: Anejo Rum settles for Bronze
Atlas Sports Weekly December 16-23, 1988

Usually, the battle for third place hardly provides any excitement as everybody's attention is centered on the more important championship duel. But this season's best-of-five series for the bronze in the PBA Reinforced Conference, drew enough if not the most cheers from the fans in the stands.
The fact that crowd-favorite Anejo Rum 65 was in it was enough reason for the excitement. and Robert Jaworski and his boys did not disappoint his legions of followers as the Rum Supremes turned back Presto Ice Cream, 3-1 to claim third place. Actually, the battle for third place closed out on a sorry note with nine players from both teams being summoned to the commissioner's office after figuring in a brawl that attested to the intense manner the series was played.
Summoned were Anejo's Joe Ward, Tommy Davis, Rudy Distrito, Harmon Codinera and Dante Gonzalgo and Presto's Philip Cezar, Dennis Abbatuan, Santiago Cabatu and Fortunato Co. Trouble erupted with 6:21 left in the third period when Davis commited a deliberate foul on Cezar. Both players were appeased after an exchange of words, but Ward went over to Cezar and collared the Presto ace prompting both benches to react. After the proverbial cooler heads prevailed, Anejo went on to win, 171-145.
Actually, Anejo stormed to a 2-0 advantage after winning Game 1, 150-141 and Game 2, 147-138. But Presto extended the Supremes to a fourth match by bagging Game 3, 138-131. Presto appeared lost right from the start as it played minus the sting it showed when it was shooting for a championship slot. And then, problems compounded in Game 2 when the Ice Cream Makers lost import Tony White on injuries.
But even without White, Presto managed to pull an upset of sorts in Game 3 with Allan Caidic and Cezar providing support for Lewis Jackson. White returned to action in Game 4 but failed to help his team level the series.
Ironically, Presto (then Great Taste) and Anejo (then Ginebra) had earlier figured in a lot of brawls during the season, It will be recalled that in the first conference, Abbatuan, Rey Ramos and Cabatu mauled import Jamie Waller right in front of the Great Taste bench. and then, in the All-Filipino, Gonzalgo crashed into a seated Abbatuan and became a target of ire by Abe King, Cabatu and the rest of the Great Taste bench. It was also on this particular contest that Caidic went up the stands to maul a heckler. A total of P31,000 in fines was slapped on the Gokongwei ballclub.
So there really was no love lost between both squads and both fought fiercely in what could be one battle for the bronze that would be remembered.

07-07-2009, 07:46 AM
MVP Race
A Rookie Shows the Way
May 1989
By: Ronnie Nathanielsz

Benjie Paras, the towering rookie of Formula Shell, has justified his status as the No.1 draft choice with an impressive showing in the just-concluded PBA Open Conference.
Despite the fact that San Miguel Beer won the title and clinched the first finals berth via a ten-game sweep of the eliminations the bonus points earned by several of the stars of San Miguel led by four-time MVP Mon Fernandez were not enough to overcome Paras' devastating performance in 23 games that helped him emerge on top of the standings based on statistical points in the race for the coveted MVP title.
The unofficial statistical points tally at the end of the first conference minus the additional bonus points for shooting percentages which haven't as yet been computed, the 20-year old Paras earned 2058 statistical points to lead Fernandez who was in second place with 1744 although the 15-year veteran of the pro league played one game less when he was forced to sit out Game No.4 of the best-of-seven championship series due to an injured right hand. Espite the aching wrist, Fernandez came out to paly a few crucial minutes in the game that nailed down the title for the San Miguel Beer team and proved beyond a doubt his immeasurable value to the squad and the effects of his mere presence on the opposing team.
High-flying Mr.Excitement of Alaska Milk, Paul Alvarez, who earned 1502 statistical points despite the fact that his team finished only third, moved up into third place in the MVP standings with a sudden surge following a sensational performance in the second round of the semifinals and a 3-0 sweep by Alaska Milk of the third place battle against archrivals Presto Ice Cream. However, on the very last game day, lanky Yves Dignadice of San Miguel, who has had a great first conference earned points to slip ahead of him and is now in No.3 spot with 1540 points, dropping Alvarez to No.4
Gem of a point guard Hector Calma who capped his conference-long brilliance with a masterful game in the fifth and final clash of the title series moved up to No.5 in the MVP race with 1472 points while sweet-shooting lefty Allan Caidic of Presto Ice Cream was No.6 with 1392 points.
Elmer Reyes, whose game slumped noticeably upon the return of Samboy Lim, soon regained his bearings and got back into the flow of the San Miguel first five to moved back into the MVP top ten, finishing in No.7 spot with 1330 points.
Two-time MVP Abet Guidaben of Alaska Milk with a successful comeback after being sidelined for a couple of games was in No.8 position with 1238 points followed by Purefoods Hotdogs sophomore Alvin Patrimonio with 1184 points and San Miguel's rugged Alvin Teng, who entered the magic circle with 1162 points.
Just outside the top ten are Presto veteran Manny Victorino with 1116 points and soft-spoken Alaska Milk hitman Elmer Cabahug with 1100.

07-26-2009, 07:12 PM
The Stats Story by: Joe Concepcion
Sports Eye dated August 29-September 4, 1989

August 6, 1989

Alaska Milk (6-9) Edges Anejo Rum 65 (8-7), 92-89

With both clubs coming from stringing losses before this match, this was a fight to stay alive. Alaska was on a four-game losing streak, the last one a 100-101 heartbreaker against San Miguel Beer. Anejo on the other hand lost to arch rival Purefoods, 137-127 to end its four-game winning march. With this setup came the game that produced the season’s lowest score: 92 as the lowest winning output, 89 as the fewest points in the game, and the combined 181 as the most meager for two teams. It was a gem of a defensive game put up by Alaska masterminded by Tim Cone which had Anejo groping for every shot that had them coming out with only 37 percent shooting from the field (83 attempts, 31 made). Although outrebounded 42-58, Alaska had the better team play as shown by its 24-13 showing in assists. Ricky Relosa finally came back to his former playing form with four shot blocks.

San Miguel Beer (11-4) Squeaks Past Formula Shell (7-8), 121-120

A last second shot by Samboy Lim on a perfect pass by Bobby Jose gave SMB the one-point margin in the hotly contested game that went into 26 deadlocks. Shell officials put the game under protest claiming that the last shot was made after the buzzer sounded. The PBA later threw out the protest. As in the final close score, team stats produced were all about even: field goal shooting: SMB- 55 vs Shell – 56 percent; rebounds: 41-38; assists: 23-21; steals: 6-4; shot blocks: 4-4; turnovers: 19-17; fouls committed: 33-36. It was Samboy’s big night, coming back from injuries with his game high 25 points and the winning basket.

August 8, 1989

Purefoods Hotdogs (13-3) Top Alaska Milk (6-10), 113-108

The Hotdogs survived an all-out rally by Alaska in the homestretch with four converted free throws by Al Solis in the final 17 seconds. The hottest of the hotdogs, Alvin Patrimonio, continued his terrific pace with 18 points, 10 rebs, 5 assists and a steal and shot block, although it was Solis who led in scoring with 23 points. The losers’ Bong Alvarez’ efforts were 35 pts, 11 rebs and 8 assists (almost a triple/double) and 3 blocks.

Anejo (9-7) Stays Alive, Winning Over Formula Shell (7-9), 141-132

The Rum Masters’ victory in this game was its third in the semifinals phase, just two wins away from the 5-of-8 rule to earn them a playoff against the league’s second placer for the second championship berth in this conference. The loss ousted Shell from any chance to get into the finals. It was a team effort for Robert Jaworski’s ballclub, with the edge in team stats, including a 58-51 on field goal percentage, 49-44 in rebounds, 28-18 in assists, 11-6 steals, 5-3 in shot blocks and less turnovers, 22-23. Exceptional performances for the winners came from Rey Cuenco (32 pts, 7 rebs), Chito Loyzaga (30 pts, 6 rebs, 4 assts), and Leo Isaac (21 pts, 5 rebs, 7 assts and 2 steals)

August 10, 1989

Formula Shell (8-9) Surprises Purefoods (13-4), 113-106

The Shell Zoommasters, their hopes of landing a finals berth gone, played without pressure but with a lot of poise, even surviving the disqualification of top player Benjie Paras on six fouls, to cut down the Hotdogs after trailing most of the way. There was no stopping Romy Dela Rosa who put in one of the finest individual performances ever by a rookie with 40 pts, 18 rebs, 3 assists and 4 steals in 45 minutes to take over the offensive when Benjie was disqualified. For the losers, Patrimonio’s 23 rebounds was a conference best. What hurt Purefoods most was the 28 turnovers (Shell had 13) that gave the opposition 13 more attempts from the field.

San Miguel Beer (12-4) Prevails over Anejo Rum (9-8), 117-111

Anejo could not get going as it did in its last game where they swamped Shell, 141-132, and fell before sister team SMB and coach Norman Black who came well-prepared for this match. Reyes (26 pts), Samboy Lim (21 pts), Calma (20 pts) and Teng (13 rebounds) kept the beermen up front. Although outrebounded, 48-64, SMBeer made the most out of the shots from the foul line where they outshot Anejo 36-14 for 22 more points overall. The loss left Anejo no other option but to win its last two games against Alaska and Purefoods on the last playing day of the semis to forge a playoff for the second championship berth.

08-21-2009, 01:43 PM
Poor Jong
by Al S. Mendoza

I CANNOT accept Perry Ronquillo as the Coach of the Year awardee of the PBA Press Corps.

Unfortunately, that's the most that I can do. Register my protest. Even if in vain. Again, I'm the voice in the wilderness?

It happens most of the time, I guess.

To repeat, I cannot do anything anymore. I'm not even a member of the PBA Press Corps. So, I do not have the right to vote.

But I have a right to protest, though. Everybody has. Anything done in public will always invite attention. Invite not only praise but criticism. The PBAPC Awards Night was no exception. It drew quite an impact. Like the Famas Awards, like the Oscar Awards, like the PSA or Scoop Awards, it will also draw a variety of reactions.

For one thing, Baby Dalupan, the nation's winningest basketball coach thus far, lent a semblance of national significance to the event with his presence at the Awards Night on Sunday. It's been quite a while since Baby climbed up the stage. Or seen in public. The last time I saw Baby in public was during the wake of Danny Floro, the legendary owner of the Crispa Redmanizers. Floro was the other half of the fabled ''The Partnership'' during the PBA's famous salad days. Dalupan and Floro were the PBA's ''The Partnership.'' They were inseparable, like the horse and carriage. If not love and marriage.

For another, the PBAPC Awards Night has now taken a posture worthy of emulation. It can even soon be the barometer of all excellence in basketball. The one that will have the final say in Philippine basketball. Me as a member of the PBAPC would mean a badge of honor.

No use whining anymore, you say?

Absolutely right.

But then, if only to pinch the hearts of my colleagues in the profession, I must insist on whining. All in the game, as we love to say, fellas. Goes with the territory.

Now you ask me: Who's worthier than Perry Ronquillo to win the award?

Aw, c'mon, you knew all along the name of the coach I was batting for.

Jong Uichico, who else?

Back-to-back winner of the last PBA two conferences. The first rookie coach to achieve that feat. I need not say more.

Listen. Perry Ronquillo won once. Fine.

But Jong Uichico won twice. More than fine, di ba?

The award has already been given, all right. But let it be known that the mistake will haunt those who had done Jong Uichico wrong.

Poor Jong. He doesn't have PR. Perry has.

Sadly my dear fellas, Philippine basketball died a little on Sunday.

I'm still in mourning

09-04-2009, 06:11 PM
Finals race
Tight, tighter, tough
November 9-15, 1989

It took Dexter Shouse's injury for coach Baby Dalupan to realize the full potentials of the Purefoods Hotdogs. Tagged by many as chokers as Shouse limped home with a re-injured right foot, the Hotdogs, who had lost three straight games, are back to where they originally belong, On top of the five-team semifinal field in the PBA Reinforced Conference at the ULTRA.
Getting on top wasn't easy, thought for the hotdogs, who are in hot pursuit of their first PBA title following three runnerup finishes in two years of competing, first, they had to wear down San Miguel Beer, 121-119 in overtime last Sunday, before scoring a masterful 158-146 win over arch enemy Anejo Rum 65 last Tuesday, as a result, Purefoods remains two games ahead of its closest pursuers with an 8-4 win-loss card, Anejo and SMB, are tied at second with identical 7-6 win-loss records.
Those twin victories bolstered Purefoods' bid for one of the two final slots being hotly-contested and proved one thing, Shouse may be hurting but with teamwork and intensity, the team will continue its winning ways. Indeed, Shouse, who played with a heavily-bandaged right foot, seemed hurting in the first three periods but in the fourth, Shouse turned the ULTRA into the "House of Shouse" anew, not only did Shouse score the needed points, but most importantly he created scoring opportunities for his teammates, "I'm pacing myself for the tougher games ahead"? said Shouse, he finished with 52 points on top of 13 assists and four rebounds.
For the second straight time, Dalupan got heady showing from Naning Valenciano, picked as the game's MVP. Valenciano, an almost forgotten man in the talented Purefoods bench, erupted with 29 points, Al Solis, a hotshot like Valenciano, and power-playing Alvin Patrimonio each finished with 19 points. While the hotdogs are having a grand time, Anejo's setback left many wondering whether the 65ers are showing signs of losing steam as the turnament wears on, playing coach Robert Jaworski, down with high fever, downplayed the 65ers setback, saying their position isnt bad at all, "We simply didn't play tough defense, I don't believe na kinakapos kami." Carlos Briggs erupted with 77 points, but was hardly a factor in the fourth period after losing steam, only Joey Loyzaga and Dante Gonzalgo supported him with 27 and 18 points, respectively.
San Miguel, which missed coach Norman Black due to sickness, bounced back with a 127-122 victory over slumping Alaska. The victory though, wasn't convincing as the beermen needed the heroics of Ramon Fernandez in the homestretch to score the win, "Hindi kami consistent, minsan may intensity, minsan wala" said consultant Pilo Pumaren, who steered the team to victory. He refused to comment on the benching of Elmer Reyes, who hasn't played well in SMB's last games. The six-feet Reyes reportedly asked SMB management not to include him in the protect nine policy in order to haggle a much higher salary from PBA newcomer RFM Corporation in the 1990 season.
Presto, too, should not be taken out of the title-race, the Tivolis are toting an even 6-6 win-loss card. The Tivolis lost to the 65ers in the last outing which snapped a three-game winning streak. The finals race has become doubly tight. Unpredictable.

09-18-2009, 10:45 PM
PBA News
February 27, 1997

San Mig is the best-coached team in the PBA --Chot Reyes

DESPITE having only seven men to play in the face of injuries to key players Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim, Bong Alvarez, and Dong Polistico among others, San Miguel Beer coach Ron Jacobs has won the admiration of PBA coaches for his team's performance so far.

Even former national coach Joe Lipa who succeeded Jacobs in 1986 as the coach of the national team told The Manila Times that Jacobs was "doing many of the things he was doing years ago but he continues to do them better and execute with near perfection on both offense and defense."

Chot Reyes who handled the champion team of Purefoods but is now head coach of Sta. Lucia Realty paid tribute to Jacobs after the Realtors scored a pulsating one point victory over the Beermen Tuesday. Reyes said San Miguel Beer "is the best coached team" in the PBA and there was still a lot to learn from Jacobs.

To Jacobs, the "kind words mean a great deal" but the bottom line is his team is 1-2 in the win-loss column when it might easily have been 3-0. San Miguel lost a heartbreaker to Gordon's Gin Sunday on a miraculous three-pointer by Bal David with no time remaining and then they dropped another one point game to Sta. Lucia Tuesday.

Jacobs worked only six players at practice yesterday because of the fatigue factor and his woes mounted with the news that Caidic had recurring pains during practice and will be out for another month. In addition, both Lim and Alvarez will undergo surgery today.

Lim continues to suffer pain and irritation in his knee because, according to Jacobs, "it's bone on bone" and he'll be out for "a couple of weeks."

As for Alvarez, doctors will look at his knees "to see how it's healing" after surgery some months back.

Jacobs said he will "just have to bite the bullet" and hope his players can continue to hang tough. -RONNIE NATHANIELSZ

10-06-2009, 11:06 PM
Random Shots
By: Eddie Alinea

There cannot be a conceded game in basketball. Maybe in boxing or tennis or other sports, but not in basketball. A team may lose via forfeiture or walkout in basketball but not through conceding. The PBA has just made history by awarding the victory to Anejo in its playoff match against Purefoods for the second finals slot with the contest unfinished with still two seconds left. By deciding in favor of the 65ers, Commissioner Rudy Salud stated as reason, among others, team owner Rene Buhain's statement made to him that since the foul committed in the final two seconds was against Glenn Capacio and not against Dante Gonzalgo, "sige ibigay na lang natin sa Anejo, pero we will protest," a statement made in one burst of emotion and frustration.
I was there when Buhain said that. I even asked the good commissioner if he will order the continuance of the remaining period. When he answered me no because Buhain himself had conceded the game and that both teams did not want to continue playing, I asked him again what would be the nature of victory. Was it by forfeiture or by walkout? He said No, Purefoods has conceded the game to Anejo, which of course, caught me by surprise as to have come from a man of legal mind and I knew to be the advocate of justice and fair play. Buhain, to me, although he's the team owner, has no personality in the Purefoods team. He is not an official of the team as coach Baby Dalupan and team manager Ding Panganiban are. His decision conceding the game should not be taken as an official act of a legitimate official of the team.
While it is true that both Anejo and Purefoods proceeded to their respective dugouts, Salud could have ordered them back to the court and whoever failed to do so must be declared the loser and fined the amount of P20,000 as the PBA rules state. Anything could still happen within two seconds. The Hotdogs could steal the ball during the throw-in and score the winning shot that could have made the historic encounter more significant. Both Dalupan and Panganiban swore nobody called them to go back to the court for had anyone did, they would have gone back. I and the sportwriters who interviewed Anejo playing coach Sonny Jaworski also did not see anyone from the PBA call the 65ers back to the court. That decision of the commissioner, likewise, deprived the thousand fans inside the ULTRA and the millions more watching the game on television, of seeing the game that also cast doubts on Anejo's right to battle sister team San Miguel Beer for the Reinforced Conference championship.

The Knockout game between Anejo and Purefoods won by the 65ers, 113-112, was played on November 26, 1989, which by next month, exactly 20 years has passed since the memorable encounter between two fiercest rivals.

12-11-2009, 10:26 PM
Dream come true for Paras
December 14-20, 1989

The dream had seem to fade in the mind of Benjie Paras after Formula Shell made an unceremonious exit in the eliminations of the PBA Reinforced Conference. Paras was barely clinging to the last strand of hope of making it as the league's best player, hoping that rival Ramon Fernandez, himself a four-time MVP awardee, and Purefoods sophomore Alvin Patrimonio would not leave him in their wake in the battle for statistical points.
And on the fateful day of December 12, the crucial players and media votes showed a trend in Paras' favor. by the end of the counting of ballots, history had been cast and the dream a reality. Paras, 21, did not only become the league's youngest MVP awardee, but the PBA's first and only player to win MVP and ROY in the same year.
In the voting, Paras was the runaway winner with his 55 MVP votes and 60 mythical team votes from the players and media. Fernandez wound up second to Paras with 51 votes and 39 mythical five votes although he took a slim vote lead in the players votes, 32-31. Patrimonio, who finished first in the statistical race, landed third place overall as he garnered only 18 votes from the players and the press, even as he received a total of 88 mythical team votes.
Paras claims the MVP would only be the start of his pursuit for excellence. "I hope to show more maturity in my game and to polish my style. The award means something special to me, it helped to motivate me to work harder." said Paras.

02-13-2010, 11:58 AM
Financial Boom
February 1990

There is a financial boom in the PBA starting this year following a new agreement forged between the league and its marketing arm, Vintage Enterprises, concerning radio and TV coverage of the games.
The six regular members of the PBA are set to receive over P4 million while the two expansion teams some P2.4 million apiece from the new contract the league has signed up with Vintage worth a whooping P8 M.
The PBA board of governors finalized the league's new contract with Vintage headed by Bobong Velez, in its annual meeting last January 16 at the Manila Peninsula. The new agreement would entail Vintage to shell P40 M and P46 M in 1991 for the TV, radio and advertising rights of the PBA.
The P42 M represent a staggering 300 percent increase from the P12 M vintage paid the PBA last year for coverages for both TV and radio.
Under the new contract, each of the six regular teams will receive P4.4 M each on TV and radio income while newcomers RFM and Pepsi Cola will get ashare of P2.7 M each this year alone. In 1991, San Miguel Beer, Purefoods, Presto, Formula Shell, Anejo and Alaska are set to receive nearly P4.9 million each while Pepsi and RFM will have a take of P3.8 M apiece.
Under the current set-up, new PBA teams are entitled to only 60 percent of the regular shares of the member ballclubs in 1990 and 80% of the regular share in 1991. Pepsi and RFM will be entitled to a full share only in 1992. This is part of the concession the PBA board set for approval of membership of the two teams.
PBA assistant executive director Sonny Barrios said the hefty sum the PBA teams will receive the next two years was one of the main reasons why the PBA increased its franchise fee from the old rate of P150,000 to P1.2 M.
The league has come up with a P25 M budget for the 1990 season, which would include for the rental of the ULTRA as well as for taxes and GAB shares. The ULTRA takes 25 percent of the daily gate receipts on top of P1,000 each playing day.

04-18-2010, 06:26 PM
Why the Beermen failed in knockout tiff
By Mel Trinidad
August 1990

SMB head coach Norman Black indirectly admitted that his Beermen beat themselves in their crucial knockout encounter against the Presto Tivoli.
Black correctly assessed, moments after SMB ousted sister-team Anejo Rum 65, that for them to get past Presto, his Beermen must control the defensive boards and slow down Allan Caidic.
His boys failed on both counts. The Tivolis outrebounded them, 52-49, including a 37-31 edge off the defensive glass, and Caidic buried seven three-pointers to lead all scorers with 38 points.
One of those most affected by the loss is four-time MVP Ramon Fernandez. Mon flubbed a short stab that could've tied the count with 28 seconds left and then again wasted a golden opportunity to force an extension when he pulled down a miss by Zaldy Realubit in the dying seconds only to get caught at the buzzer still dribbling his way past midcourt.
It was indeed a horrid evening for the recently appointed team captain of the all-pro national quintet who is eyeing to cop his fifth MVP award this season.


To show its sincere desire to help the country regain our lost glory in Asian caging, PBA commissioner Rudy Salud announced that the league will be providing a generous allowance of $1,000 each for the Nationals on top of a P200,000 seed fund for the team's practices.
This magnanimous contribution will greatly augment the meager $20 per diem being allocated by the Philippine Olympic Committee for the national athletes.

05-07-2010, 12:00 PM
Anejo takes 3rd
September 1990

Both Anejo Rum and San Miguel Beer tried their outmost best to make it to the finals of the All-Filipino Conference, but found themselves fighting each other for third place instead. The 65ers eventually won, 3-1.
Game one went Anejo's way as it won over the Beermen, 131-125, to gain a headstart in their best-of-five series. In the Second game, however, San Miguel came back by posting a 146-125 conquest of the 65ers to even their own series, as Alvin Teng sizzled with a career-high 33 points in leading his team to victory. The match was so lopsided that it enabled the Beermen to dictate the tempo of the game from start to finish and shattered the listless Anejo Rum stand with a display of their awesome firepower and shooting prowess which saw seven Beermen in double figures.
The 65ers sizzled on all fronts in the third game against San Miguel Beer to take a commanding 2-1 lead in their series and moving with a win shy of winning it. Playing minus ace forward Samboy Lim who injured his left shoulder in the previous game, the Beermen lost a 123-114 decision, even as they tried to stage repeated rallies behind Ato Agustin's red-hot shooting.
The 65ers were able to post a huge 28-point lead in the second quarter but were it not for the clutch hits of playing coach Robert Jaworski and Rey Cuenco in the fourth quarter, the Beermen could have easily reversed the outcome of the game.
Leading the series and needing only a win to wrap up the third place, Anejo faced an undermanned San Miguel Beer in the fourth game and won, 129-123. San Miguel played with only eight healthy Beermen as Samboy Lim continued to miss his second straight game in the series because of the strained shoulder, Franz Pumaren who injured his right knee in game three of the series, while rookie Joselle Angeles was out with an injured left hand.
To compound their woes all the more was the fact that they lost Ato Agustin in the most crucial stage of the ballgame, midway into the fourth quarter, due to fouls.
This left the defending champions to their worst finish in over two years, while the Anejo Rum 65ers took third place in the tournament which they won over Purefoods two years ago.

05-11-2010, 02:11 PM
October 23, 1990

Shell Rimula-X turned back the spirited rally by Alaska in the last quarter to win, 122-112, to formally clinch the first semifinals slot last October 23. The win gave the Turbo Chargers the solo lead with a 6-1 card.
With Bobby Parks and Kevin Williams at the firing end, Shell finally broke away from a close 69-65 count, unloading an 18-2 salvo and racing to an 87-67 margin in the third period.
Benjie Paras then joined the scoring spree and the Turbo Chargers went on to post five 22-point spreads, the last at 104-82 early in the final period. But the Milkmen refused to give up the fight easily. Ricric Marata and Carlos Clark ignited a scorching rally that put Alaska within 93-107.
With Shell on top, 113-96, Marata triggered a cascade of triples that put the Milkmen dangerously close, 108-113. The Turbo Chargers won’t be denied, however, as Parks completed a three-point play and Paras split two charities to bail Shell out of trouble, 117-108, only 47 seconds left.
Parks and Williams combined for 77 points and 25 rebounds as they outplayed the tandem of Sean Chambers and Clark, who tallied 58 points. The Milkmen, who beat Shell off the boards, 49-46, and in assists, 27-24, was slowed down by poor free throw shooting, making only 16 of 27 attempts for a poor 59 percent. In contrast, Shell shot 93 percent from the stripe.
In the nightcap, Sarsi continued its impressive performance this conference, downing San Miguel Beer, 126-124. The Sizzlers thus boosted their record to 4-3. Sarsi saw its eight-point lead wiped out by the defending champions in the last 1:35 but Lewis Lloyd and Ricky Cui came through with clutch baskets to seal Sarsi’s win, 126-122, time down to only 12 seconds.

October 25, 1990

When the going gets tough, Anejo Rum 65 turned to the Big Mack.
Toney Mack acted the tole of the fireman as the 65ers doused cold water on a late Pepsi rally to prevail over the Hotshots, 136-130, Thursday last week. The victory pushed Anejo to fifth with an even 3-3 card.
The 65ers controlled the tempo from the start, zooming to a 44-22 bulge after the first 12 minutes of play, Anejo stretched its lead further at 51-26 but Pepsi was able to narrow the gap to 58-70 at the half.
Suddenly going tough on defense, the Hotshots got back into the tick of the fight and tied the count at 116-all with 6:49 remaining. But just when things started to look bright for Pepsi, Jose Slaughter was slapped his sixth and final foul with 6:09 to go. This failed to dampen the Hotshots’ spirits though as Jeff Hodge took over, nailing two foul shots off a Larry Villanil foul that shoved Pepsi in front, 122-121, Mack then took matters into his own hands, banging in nine points in an 11-4 run that gave Anejo back the lead at 132-126 with only 1:49 left.
Crucial turnovers by Hodge and Abet Guidaben in the dying seconds spelled the Hotshots’ seventh loss in as many outings. “We won, yes, but as the game showed, we still have to work on so many things. We could still improved,” said Anejo playing coach Robert Jaworski.
Mack had 64 points and 16 rebounds for Anejo, which massacred Pepsi in the battle of the boards, 52 to 34. Pepsi on the other hand, was paced by Slaughter who made 49 points.
Presto likewise bolstered its bid for a semifinals berth, routing Purefoods, 134-118. It was the Tivolis’ third win in seven games. Impeccable shooting by Presto with Ennis Whatley, leading a big second quarter windup, The Tivolis went into the lockers at the interval enjoying a 63-52 advantage.
The Hotdogs just couldn’t get their game going, lapsing into error after error and failing to solve the seemingly impenetrable Presto defense. On the other end of the floor, Crite had a field day with his towering hook shots and in no time at all, the Tivolis were up, 99-76. Making matters even more difficult for Purefoods, Allan Caidic found his range and the Tivolis stretched their lead to 124-97 with only four minutes to go.

The Shell Juggernut
October 28, 1990

It seems there really is no stopping the Shell juggernaut. Shell Rimula-X broke away in the second half to rout Anejo Rum 65 last Sunday, 156-131.
It was the Turbo Chargers’ seventh straight win after absorbing a 146-126 drubbing from Purefoods on opening day, firming its grip on top spot.
Anejo actually started strong, going up 36-29 early in the second period. But Kevin Williams and Ronnie Magsanoc led a 21-2 blast that gave Shell a 50-38 bulge.
Darryl Joe and Toney Mack then joined hands in cutting the big Shell lead to only eight at the half, 73-65.
Asserting his supremacy in the paint, Bobby Parks spearheaded another breakaway early in the third quarter that gave the Turbo Chargers a 17-point spread, 89-72.
The 65ers tried to get back into the game but poor shot selection hurt their cause all the more. The closest Anejo got to Shell after that big spurt was seven, the last time at 93-100, mainly through Rudy Distrito’s gutsy penetrations.
Frustrated with the way things turned out, the 65ers’ defense completely crumbled in the fourth period. Parks and Benjie Paras frolicked inside the lane and Williams and Magsanoc hit their long-range bombers as the Turbo Chargers shot to a 135-105 advantage with 6:47 left in the game.
Despite their league-leading 7-1 record, Shell coach Arlene Rodriguez said they can’t afford to relax. “Marami pang kulang at mahaba pa ang tournament. Dapat pukpok lang ng Pukpok.”
Parks had 55 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks for Shell, which shot 58 percent from the field. Williams added 43 points and 16 rebounds. Paras contributed 24 points and 16 rebounds while Magsanoc had 23 markers. Mack paced Anejo with 33 points and 23 rebounds.
In the nightcap, San Miguel Beer paraded a new import in NBA veteran Ricky Wilson but it still wasn’t enough as Presto stopped the Beermen, 117-108.
The Tivolis led from start to finish with Winston Crite leading a big run in the final period that gave Presto a 108-92 lead.
Crite led the Tivolis with 46 points, aside from hauling down 22 rebounds and blocking six shots. Presto improved to 4-4 to share fourth place with idle Sarsi while Anejo dropped a notch lower at 3-4, San Miguel, at 1-6, needs to sweep all its remaining games and hope that Sarsi, Presto and Anejo lose all their remaining games to at least forge a playoff for the last semifinals slot.

06-01-2010, 01:45 PM

talk n textManila, July 15, 2003 (Star) In the end, only eight Talk N Text players — with three even hurting — were left standing, surviving a treacherous journey in winning the very first championship of the ballclub in the Philippine Basketball Association. It was certainly no easy trick. Neither was it magic.

Now it can be told. Jimmy Alapag, Victor Pablo and Harvey Carey more than anybody else played hurt in the just-concluded championship.

Alapag injured a hairline fracture on his right rib, Pablo a sore leg and Carey a bruised shoulder.

Only five players finished the conference without injury as Felix Belano hurt his left knee in a collision with Johnny Abarrientos at endgame in Game Six. Talk N Text missed the services of Noli Locsin, Long David and Norman Gonzales, who were all suspended for alleged illegal drug use.

But hurdling all these barriers only made the championship sweeter for the Phone Pals.

"This is special. Imagine all the troubles and the 0-2 deficit we had to overcome in the finals," said Talk N Text coach Joel Banal.

Amidst the din and clutter during their victory celebration at the Dads restaurant in Makati Sunday night, the Phone Pals were one in saying their title conquest was a product of sheer hard work plus their philosophy of working together.

But work hard and work together team owner Manny Pangilinan, board governor Ricky Vargas, alternate board representative Al Panlilio, team manager Frankie Lim, coach Joel Banal and his staff, the players and the support crew really did all conference long. And they were aptly rewarded.

In his speech during the party, Pangilinan mentioned the Gokongwei’s group’s near takeover of the majority shares in the PLDT that threatened the Talk N Text ballclub’s existence in the PBA. Pangilinan then said no one can get rid of his team, adding "over my dead body," a comment that triggered an applause from the players and supporters.

Winning could be addicting that the players have replied with a vow of continued hard work with hopes of delivering more championships in the future.

"I know the system will work. We could win more championships if we stick together. Baka maka-grandslam pa, hindi naman masama ang mangarap," said Vargas.

Of all the teams they have had, Vargas believed the current one got the Holy Grail because of its philosophy to work together and disallow anyone from failing.

"Individual excellence is no guarantee you will win a championship. A team must work together to achieve it," said Vargas, who made special mention of the work his rookie coach — Banal — has done to the team.

"Coach Joel did a great job, motivating his players to get better. He’s almost a psychologist, also a consultant and spiritual leader. He brought the mindset and the morale of the players to championship level," added Vargas of Banal, who scored a sort of a grand slam with the victory.

The 45-year-old mentor became only the second coach after Arturo Valenzona to have won the championships in the NCAA, UAAP, PBL and the PBA. The former Mapua Cardinal also became only the fifth individual to win championships as a player then as a coach in the PBA, following the footsteps of Robert Jaworski, Rino Salazar, Ely Capacio and Norman Black.

However, Banal temporarily relinquishes the reign to assistant coaches Ariel Vanguardia and Virgil Villavicencio as he calls the shots for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in their title-retention bid in the UAAP.

The team takes only a week rest before it plunges back into action, preparing for a bid for what could become the second jewel of a possible grand slam in the Invitational tournament set to start July 27.

06-01-2010, 01:47 PM

Manila, July 18, 2003 By Nelson Beltran (Star) Whether they’re cursed or simply hounded by bad lucks, the Purefoods Hotdogs seek Divine Intervention to ease their woes in the current PBA season.

Plagued by freak accidents and injuries no end, the Hotdogs hear a special mass this afternoon at Green Meadows’ Christ the King Church after their practice at the Reyes gym in Mandaluyong.

"We’ve never played with a complete lineup since day one of the season. Kung ano-ano ang kamalasang inaabot namin. Sabi ni (Purefoods team manager) Mr. (Rene) Pardo we’re being tried," said Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio.

"Papipilahin ko lahat at paghuhubuin ko para malaman ko kung mayroon sa kanilang may balat sa puwit," said Pardo in jest.

Among the troubles the team has suffered are injuries to Alvin Patrimonio, Rey Evangelista, Andy Seigle, Boyet Fernandez, Noy Castillo, Chris Cantonjos, Gilbert Demape, Kerby Raymundo and Egay Echavez.

Health problem is no question the big reason for Purefoods’ awful slide. The Hotdogs have lost their last nine games dating back to the All-Filipino Cup – the worst slump in franchise history.

The Hotdogs have bowed out of the fight for the last berth in the Samsung PBA Invitational Cup with a 0-3 win-loss card in the qualifier. Incidentally, the team also failed to make it past the eliminations in the last three tournaments.

"Tignan mo naman ang lineup namin. Si Richard Yee na galing sa ACL at nawala close to one year, kasama sa rotation," said Gregorio.

The youthful mentor told The STAR he had to cut short one practice session because no less than five players suffered accident one after the other.

"First Echavez suffered a cut on his face, Kerby a dislocated finger, Andy a sprained ankle, Noy a jammed finger and Demape knee contusion. After about an hour and 15 minutes, itinigil ko na ang ensayo," he said.

Gregorio also mentioned Evangelista being bitten by his German Shepherd at home and Purefoods crew member Alex Conejos suffering a liver problem.

"Lahat ng kunektado sa amin at kahit dumikit lang minamalas din," said Gregorio, talking about the UP Maroons and the UST Tigers losing their first games in the UAAP. Gregorio used to coach the Maroons while Pardo was a UST alumnus.

"Si Fidel Mangonon nga nakasama lang namin kumain, nanakawan ang kotse," said Gregorio on the heist on the PBA chief statistician’s car at the Astrodome parking lot Wednesday night. Mangonon lost his Toshiba Satellite Pentium 3 laptop worth P90,000, 9210i cell phone worth P25,000 and a pair of two-way radios worth P5,000.

Meanwhile, the fight for the last berth in the mid-season invitational tourney resumes today with a twinbill pitting Alaska versus Sta. Lucia and Ginebra against Shell at the Astrodome.

06-09-2010, 02:10 PM
Provincial blockbusters
By Lily Ramos
March-April 1991

The PBA's first two out of town games in Naga and Cabanatuan proved to be blockbusters when it comes to provincial standards.
In Naga, the perky Diet Sarsi Sizzlers drubbed Ginebra, 143-133, to the dismay of the predominantly Gin admiring followers. The reason why Ginebra lost to Sarsi was because errors killed them. Dondon Ampalayo contributed three which were converted by the opponents while playing coach Robert Jaworski got entangled with his own foot which caused him to crashland, he had also three errors to boot, although he scored 10 points.
In Cabanatuan, Purefoods finally got its ticket to the semis after two previous tries at the expense of Pepsi, whose import Lanard Copeland was a big dud with only 16 points to his name, his lowest season output. The Hotdogs prevailed 105-95 mainly because they had a better field goal of 52 percent, having attempted 88 and scored 46. Pepsi attempted 87, made 37 for a 42-percent production. The game Hotshots were also outrebounded, 42 against the Hotdogs' 55. In assists, Purefoods dished out 34 against the Hotshots' 24.
There was crowd of about 4,000 at the Araullo Gym in Cabanatuan, which had a boxingball sidelight when Dindo Pumaren and Jun Reyes exchanged blows after Reyes received a wayward elbow from his fellow pointguard. It was a fight between two small guys but Joey Santamaria got in the way when he landed a punch on the puny Reyes who later emerged from the riot with a blackeye. Pumaren had a scratch on the neck. It was good that someone was able to break the bench-clearing melee before anything serious happened.
The game was stopped with only 1:30 remaining in the last quarter when Purefoods was already way beyond the Hotshots reach with a double digit figure. PBA executive director Jun Bernardinio said Santamaria, Reyes and Pumaren who were thrown out of the game would be summoned to explain their side at the PBA office Monday morning. It is expected that the three players would be meted stiff fines and a game suspension.

07-09-2010, 04:11 PM
PBA Third Conference Opening: Alaska, Ginebra dump Opponents
September 1991

The ULTRA has become alive once again with shouts and cheers of fans who have started trooping back to the place to witness their favorite teams display their brand of play as the Third Conference unfolded Sunday evening.
In the curtain-raiser, Alaska's Sean Chambers, had an easy time outsmarting his Pepsi counterpart Donald Pettis, who is bulkier and nearly three inches taller. The Air Force band got 68 points from Chambers, Jojo Lastimosa and Frankie Lim as they swamped the Hotshots, 100-94.
Pepsi had to rely on the steady performance of locals due to Pettis' unimpressive debut as Manny Victorino and Abet Guidaben struggled mightily to finish with 24 and 22 points, respectively. Chambers topscored for Alaska with 36 points while Lastimosa contributed 18 and Lim with 14. Ironically, Pepsi had four men making double figures led by Victorino and Guidaben, Pettis with 17 and Alolor with 10.
The only bright spot for the hardworking but ill-fated hotshots was rookie Mark Anthony Tallo's remarkable backcourt performances as he sank eight points for the night. A former member of the national team, Tallo passed up the opportunity to go to Kobe, Japan for the ABC in order to become a pro player. He could have been a pro in the first conference but was not drafted by any PBA team because of his height. He then returned to the PBL where he joined Mama's Love. Fortunately this time, Tallo was picked up by Pepsi because the Hotshots needed a point guard to augment its backcourt crew of Gilbert Reyes and Willie Generalao.
It was a different ballgame for Ginebra and Swift Mighty Meaties in the main game. The Gins were impressive in their first outing by making mincemeat of the former Diet Sarsi Sizzlers, 127-118.
The terrific, splendid Wes Matthews was clearly dominant by scoring 43 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and three errors for a fine start. On the other hand, Kelvin Upshaw of Swift logged 32 markers, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and three errors.
The local Gins' crew produced six players in double digits while the Meaties had only four men producing double figures. The Gins had Leo Isaac scoring 18, Chito Loyzaga with 17, Dondon Ampalayo with 17, Rudy Distrito with 16, and Dante Gonzalgo with 12.
On the Meaties side, It was Andy De Guzman who was tops with 28, followed by Al Solis with 20 and Terry Saldana with 10.

08-03-2010, 02:32 PM
Teamwork is the Key to Seven-Up's rise
July 1992

In basketball, it does not always follow that when you have an array of good players, you can easily win the game, having an array of good players is good, but you cannot field all of them at the same time. "Basketball is a game of five players," said Seven-Up coach Derick Pumaren.
Pumaren had proven this point many times in the past in both PBA and PBL and ended successful, his latest caper was against Shell last June 30, when the Uncolas upset the Turbo Chargers, 87-84, and sent coach Rino Salazar's charges to their fourth straight defeat in seven appearances.
Last Sunday, Pumaren pulled off another great escape when Seven-Up shocked favorite Presto Ice Cream, 111-102, it was one of the biggest upsets in the ongoing PBA All-Filipino Conference. Team Owner and PBA chairman Luis "Moro" Lorenzo couldn't hide his happiness after his team converted defeat into victory, sending the lean crowd at the NASA into a state of shock.
Given up for lost after trailing 43-61 at halftime, the determined Uncolas regrouped and outshot the Kings in the final 24 minutes with veterans Abet Guidaben and Manny Victorino, Eugene Quilban, Alejo Alolor and rookie Roberto Jabar Jr. leading the attack that shattered Presto's stonewall defense.
Guidaben, one of three remaining pioneers of the PBA, scored 32 points, grabbed 10 rbeounds and handed out six assists in 40 minutes. Quilban and Alolor also played key roles, The 5-7 Quilban orchestrated the play and dished off timely assists to Guidaben and Victorino, he finished with 12 points, seven assists and three rebounds.
The southpaw Alolor, on the other hand, defended well against hitman Allan Caidic, he held Caidic scoreless in the final quarter aside from scoring 16 points.
The win improved Seven-Up's record to 4-3 and the Uncolas need only to win two of their last three games to enter into the next round. Seven-Up's last three games will be against Swift, Shell and Alaska.
Presto went down to its fifth defeat in seven outings, coach Jimmy Mariano is in a must-win situation to gain a tie for the last semifinals berth. "It is a tall order" said Mariano, "But a chance is a chance no matter how slim it is. We will do it."
By all indication, the mission looks impossible for Mariano to accomplish and cage pundits are of the opinion Presto will have an early vacation, unlike Seven-Up which is likely to make the semis.

10-20-2010, 08:20 PM
PBA Pre-Season 1993

Beermen provide glimpse of future
By Bong Castro

All-Filipino champion San Miguel Beer displayed a glimpse of its awesome strength when it outlasted Swift Mighty Meaty via an 83-80 come-from-behind victory at the inaugural of the newly-built Magalang Sports Center here in Pampanga.
Allan Caidic, the 1990 MVP acquired from Sta.Lucia, wowed the crowd with his patented side triples and flashy moves as he sparked the Beermen's breakaway in the final two minutes for the win. It was Caidic who spearheaded SMB's last ditch effort when he evened up the count twice, the first at 70-all, with barely five minutes to go.
After the former Presto stalwart unleashed a layup that tied the count at 76 for the Beermen, Nelson Asaytono hit two free throws while Ricric Marata converted a jumper to pull the Mighty Meaties away at 80-76, in the last 2:06 of the game. But Caidic was unstoppable down the stretch as he banged in a layup and a triple that wrested the upperhand for San Miguel. Ramon Fernandez finished the job with a fade-away basket with still 14 seconds to go. Swift coach Yeng Guiao sued for time but in the ensuing play, Asaytono missed a three-point shot that could have forced an overtime.
Guiao admitted he failed to identify San Miguel's weaknesses which he could exploit in actual competition. "Matindi talaga ang San Miguel. May sistema kaagad sila. Although bago pa lang si Allan (Caidic), makikita mo sa kilos na parang kabisado na niya ang galaw ng team," he said. "But the exhibition game is not a good gauge in assessing our chances against the Beermen. Nakikita mo naman na hindi maganda ang kundisyon ng playing court dahil madulas. at sa dami ng tao ay hindi na tumatawag ang referees ng sideline violations," he added.
If San Miguel could be dubbed as the team to beat, Swift could be its toughest rival as the Mighty Meaties controlled the game almost throughout, leading by as many as eight points, 36-28, a minute before halftime. "Let's just see where we stand when the All-Filipino Conference starts on February 28," quipped Guiao.

11-23-2010, 09:43 PM
The "Other" Series
Mega Bottlers, Mega-Ling!
December 1994

For a team that has been a consistent doormat conference after conference, a third place finish felt like first.
For making the semifinals, giving the chief contenders a big scare in the mad scramble for championship berths and beating an established powerhouse in Purefoods Hotdogs in the battle for third place in the 1994 PBA Governor's Cup, Pepsi Mega is undoubtedly a winner.
The Megas clipped the TJ Hotdogs, three games to one in their own best-of-five series for third including a deciding 110-105 victory in Game 4 to end countless frustrations of not even making past the semifinals.
"We're hoping to capitalize on this accomplishment for next year's campaign," said coach Yeng Guiao who took over the helm at the start of the season-ending tournament.
The Hotdogs actually drew first blood in the series with a 102-91 victory in Game 1 where five players, led by import Leon Wood with 25 points, scored in twin digits.
Pepsi, however, squared accounts with a 105-102 squeaker in Game 2 where Ronnie Coleman, eventually to be judged the best import of the conference, banged in 47 points.
Game 3 was again a show by Coleman whose near triple double performance of 33 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists powered the Megas to a 119-105 win. Pepsi chief local gunner Boy Cabahug had a fine offensive night with 25 points.
Game 4 likewise had Coleman and Cabahug leading the assault but with support this time from Rey Cuenco, Eugene Quilban and Dwight Lago.
Pepsi actually began the tournament like a house of fire. Finding themselves in a role totally unfamiliar from their past characters, the Megas finished the elims at the top, clinching a semis berth way ahead in the six-team elimination field.
From a fumbling third-rate team, Pepsi, indeed, turned into a rightful title contender, thanks to an excellent working alliance between their new coach Guiao and his overachieving boys and a workhorse of an import in Ronnie Coleman.

01-10-2011, 03:22 PM
Not too happy third placer
May 1995

For snatching third place in the ongoing All-Filipino Conference, Sta.Lucia Realty matched its worthiest finish in the PBA, During its rookie year in 1993, the Realtors with import Lambert Shell copped third place in the Governors Cup.
For coach Nat Canson and maybe the rest of the team, placing third, should not be a cause of jubilation. This is because they could have made it easily to the finals against Sunkist.
"Come to think of it, we did not snare a finals slot because we lost oncourt. There are other factors, breaks and of course some bum calls during our crucial games," said Canson.
Canson said bitterness remains in his heart. "Deep in my heart, we deserve to be in the finals," said Canson.
The conference also ended a tupsy-turvy campaign for the Realtors. The PBA slapped a P100,000 fine to the ballclub at the end of the elimination for a "so-so" game against eventual finalist Alaska.
But if there's one thing that should not put smiles on Canson's face, it's the emergence of rookies Jose Francisco, Chris Jackson and Dennis Espino as future superstars.
The trio was able to hold their own against their much senior rivals with Francisco playing stellar roles in Sta.Lucia's sweep over Purefoods in their shortened best-of-three series for third.
Sta.Lucia won Game One, 90-89, and repeated in Game Two, 89-87, with Francisco hitting the marginal baskets.
If Canson remains hurt, Purefoods coach Chot Reyes looks forward to a new season. The Hotdogs suffered their worst finish - fourth - after entering the finals eversince 1988.
Reyes stressed the need for a reliable outside shooter - ala Boy Cabahug - and somebody who can attack the rim endlessly. For now, both teams will have to lick their respective wounds, rethink strategies and find ways to return that winning feelings.

08-26-2011, 03:29 PM
Jury is still out on Seigle
By Gerry Ramos
February 1997

Mobiline coach Norman Black pleads for understanding.
No, he's not trying to raise his case, if and when he ever fails in transforming the Cellulars into an instant championship caliber team. Rather, he's trying to appeal to basketball fans not to be too harsh on their initial impression of prized rookie Andrew John Seigle.
It appears that the 24-year old Seigle, the top overall pick in this year's PBA rookie draft, wasn't that impressive enough when he played his first two tune-up games with Mobiline opposite amateur ballclub and reigning Philippine Basketball League champion Stag Pale Pilsen and Formula Shell.
While the Cellulars won handidly over the Pilseners, 106-89, the fans' attention clearly focused on Seigle, who responded with a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
Problem was, Seigle had too many fumbles on the floor and found life a bit difficult underneath the basket where he had to contend himself being matched-up with the Pilseners' twin tower force of 6-6's Mark Clemence Telan and Erwin Luna.
The lanky Telan even managed to block the shots of 6-10 Seigle in several instances, which got ridiculous responses from the capacity crowd that trooped to the Reyes gym.
Against the Zoom Masters, Seigle got his first taste of what professional basketball in the country was all about, lightning up the scoreboard with 15 points, and dishing out a couple of good assist, but was banged up a lot of times by Shell resident big man Benjie Paras, who wound up with nine markers.
For Black though, Seigle got a passing mark as far as his two pre-season games with the team is concerned. "He played pretty good. He's a bit strong considering he's only 24 years old. "But everyday is a learning experience for him. He just had to let the game come to him and try to loosen up," Black noted.
Earlier, the Cellulars had a practice game with another PBL champion Agfa Colors, which Mobiline turned back with a 23-point winning margin.
The former University of New Orleans standout, however, missed the game as he was then still recuperating from a bout with tonsilitis.

07-21-2012, 09:51 AM
1980 PBA Unofficial Team Rosters

Gilbey's Gin - Jack Jacutin, Luke Dacula, Bienvenido Dela Cruz, Ulysses Rodriguez, Willie Generalao, Noberto Rivera, Willie Tanduyan, Orly Delos Santos, Eusebio Del Rosario, Javier Garcia, Armando Torres.

Great Taste - Manny Paner, Johnny Revilla, Estoy Estrada, Florendo Ritualo, Danny Basilan, Adriano Papa, Rey Franco, Israel Catatcutan, Valerio Delos Santos.

Tefilin - Gregorio Gozum, Ricky Mariano, Fernando De Guzman (isnt he Jojo Guzman?), Joselito Ocampo, Amadeo Sagarbarria, Cezar Yabut, Efren Manila, Jose Orozco, Marty Tierra, Jovenal Francisco.

Mariwasa-Honda - Monico Martinez, Teofilo Dela Cruz, Jesse Sullano, Alejandrito Miego, Ronnie Albor, Oliver Dalman, Frederick Adams, Mario Marasigan.

Tanduay - Mike Bilbao, Benjie Cleofas, Bert Dela Rosa, Rene Canent, Abe Monzon, Ely Capacio, Jimmy Manansala, Abet Gutierrez, Victor Sanchez.

Galleon - Rudy Kutch, Larry Mumar, Nilo Cruz, Angelito Ladores, Romulo Palijo, Renato Lobo, Ben Ocariza.

07-21-2012, 07:24 PM
What about Toyota, Crispa, U-Tex and SMB?

01-11-2013, 04:34 PM
Wranglers rap Artists by 13
August 25, 1982

The Galerie Dominique Artists got off to a frustrating start in the PBA Open Conference last night, succumbing to the U/tex Wranglers, 116-103, at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Artists, formerly the Mariwasa Hondas, played an inspired game in the first three quarters, but they failed to keep up their form and collapse in the last two minutes, the Wranglers' new recruit, Alex Tan, who was traded to U/tex by San Miguel Beer for Lim Eng Beng - began hitting the hoops to moved his team ahead, 109-97. Tan hit 11 straight baskets and finished with 24 points behind the 28 each of import Leroy Jackson and Bogs Adornado.
James Robinson led the Artists with 36 points.

The Scores:
U/tex (116) - Jackson 28, Adornado 28, Terrell 24, Tan 24, Vargas 6, Dionisio 4, Dela Cruz 2, Valencia 0, Varela 0, Arce 0
Galerie (103) - Robinson 36, Barnes 29, Poblete 14, Dalman 10, Torrente 8, Alolor 4, Vicente 2, Sullano 0, Natividad 0, Martinez 0, Javier 0
Quarterscores: 25-25, 53-50, 81-80, 116-103

12-21-2013, 04:24 PM
Beermen top Crispa
May 1981

James Robinson fired a topscoring 43 points to lead San Miguel Beer to a 100-94 upset of Crispa last night, stalling the Redmanizers' entry into the semifinals of the PBA Open Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.
Robinson, momentarily sideline in the first period because of an eye injury, came off the bench to trigger a San Miguel breakaway in the third quarter en route to the victory - the beermen's ninth against four losses. The Redmanizers, groped for their mighty form as passing errors in the final period thwarted their attempts to recover.
Compounding their misery was James Hardy's refusal to play with still nine minutes left in the final quarter. He headed for the dugout without saying a word after refusing any medical examination by the PBA doctor for a bleeding nose that resulted from a hacking foul by Ramon Dizon during an undergoal play.
Finance, Inc, with B.B Davis and Alejo Alolor scoring 25 points apiece, outclassed Gilbey's Gin, 120-101, for the evening's first upset.

04-16-2014, 08:56 PM
A crunching start by Crispa and U-Tex
October 1978

Sunday at the Big Dome, as the PBA Second Conference finally went into its semifinal run following a three-week break, the Crispa 400s and U-Tex Wranglers looked like the kind of "guys" Royal coach Ed Ocampo had in mind as they got off fast with a pair of crunching wins before an overflow weekend crowd.
The two ballclubs, last year's finalists in the same series, opened their respective campaigns for a reprise of the 1977 finals with impressive wins, Crispa turning back its old rival Toyota, 136-123, and the Wranglers upending the Tanduay Esquires, 106-96.
With the victory, the 400s, ran up their won-loss card against Toyota in the current PBA series to 3-0 and to 33 their string of wins in their running gunbattle with their arch rivals. As for the Wranglers, who lost to Tanduay in the opening game of the qualifying round, they are now 2-1 over the Esquires.

11-27-2016, 07:44 AM
A Lett-Down for Sta.Lucia
September 1993

Clifford Lett was supposed to be heaven-sent for Sta.Lucia Realty. He was among the early bird imports to blow into town and boasted there was no man alive who could match his skills in the PBA Third Conference.
Lett made it known that he wasn't impressed by Tony Harris, the hurricane from Swift. Sta.Lucia team manager Buddy Encarnado said Lett promised to make minced meat of the Mighty Meaties' import.
To prepare for the Third Conference, Lett practice twice a day. In the morning, he joined his teammates in drills at the Acropolis Gym. In the afternoon, he sweated it out on his own, shooting baskets and polishing his moves. Lett even planned to bring his family, indicating he intended to stay around beyond the eliminations.
But there was something strange in the way Lett played. He appeared to drag his left foot and couldn't jump. Under the basket, Lett would push off and use his body to gain rebounding position. He hardly jumped. Lett showed flashes of brilliance on offense. His bursts of speed in driving to the basket were awesome. The consistency, however, wasn't there.
The week before the Third Conference opening, Sta.Lucia met Pepsi at an exhibition in Cabanatuan. Lett finished with 27 points but couldn't keep pace with Pepsi import Anthony Martin who fired 36. Sta.Lucia, as a result, lost 116-126. Then came the acid test, Sta.Lucia was booked to meet Swift in another pre-conference exhibition. The morning of the match, Lett ran several laps to loosen up. After boasting that Harris would be lucky to score 25 points against him, Lett had a chance to put his money where his mouth was.
Alas, Lett didn't play in the exhibition. He got cold feet. Lett spoke to Encarnado and said he was going home. No more PBA for him, said the loudmouth. He was homesick and missed his family. Encarnado couldn't believe it at first. Canson had a different reaction, he knew it was coming, sooner or later, he never looked like he was 100 percent on the court and it was only a matter of time before he was exposed.
Encarnado had no qualms letting him go. Good riddance to Sta.Lucia's big letdown.