Still reeling from the infamous “16 seconds” that saw U/tex miraculously surviving a four-point deficit in Regulation and winning over Toyota in Overtime.
The Tamaraws got off to a quick start at the Invitational Second Conference by defeating foreign team Adidas/France, 99-92, in what was described by Adidas coach Bill Sweek as “a rugged game featuring the physical plays of Toyota” as Ramon Fernandez almost got into a fight with Adidas’ George Gooden when the Toyota center allegedly spat on him as he was going to the dugout.
Toyota rolled to its second straight win with a 112-107 victory against U/tex, The Tamaraws then plunged down the standings, losing in succession against Nicholas Stoodley/USA, 106-113, Crispa, 109-118, as former Toyota import and now Crispa reinforcement Snake Jones scored 26 points against his former team, and Adidas/France, 100-104.
Not Surprisingly, the Tamaraws went on to win their last three assignments against U/tex, 118-116, Nicholas Stoodley, 122-107, and Crispa, 116-109, to formally barged into the finals of the Invitational Conference. The Living Legend, Sonny Jaworski went on a scoring rampage, putting in scores of 23, 29 and 26 points respectively.
Nicholas Stoodley bagged the first finals slot following a murderous job against Adidas Rubberworld, 103-87, and Toyota, who needed 7 points or more to make it to the finals, did just that in winning over Crispa by a margin of seven points as the score reads 116-109.
The Tamaraws got blanked by Nicholas Stoodley, 2-0, to claim the Invitational Title and the only foreign team to win a PBA title. With former Royal import Larry Pounds burning the hoops and fired a team high 29 points and Kenny Tyler supported him with 26, Stoodley downed the Tamaraws, 120-112, and repeated in the second game of the title series, winning 118-113 as Tyler pumped in 22 points, including a 15-foot jumper with 30 seconds left to preserved the victory.