Six teams are qualified in the PBA Third Conference of the 1979 season which opens on November 20, they are the Crispa Walk Tall Jeans, Toyota Tamaraws, U/tex Wranglers, Royal Tru-Orange, Gilbey’s Gin and Great Taste.
Some results i’ve research on:
November 20 – Toyota won in the opener against Gilbey’s Gin, 125-120, despite the Gins’ import Dean Tolson tallying 51 points. The second game of the night had Walk Tall Jeans routing Open Conference champion Royal Tru-Orange, 116-88, as Bernard Harris of the Jeans Makers scored 31 points.
November 22 – Gilbey’s won over U/tex, 134-132, Larry McNeill had 50 points for Gilbey’s. Toyota won over Great Taste, 137-113 in the second game, with Bruce “Sky” King scoring 46 points while his counterpart, Jim Hearns of the Discoverers scored 40 points.
November 24 – Walk Tall Jeans’ 105-99 win over Great Taste, U/tex’ 113-98 win over Royal Tru-Orange.
November 27 – Gilbey’s Gin handed Walk Tall Jeans its first loss in a 115-107 victory as Dean Tolson scored 42 points. Toyota beats Royal Tru-Orange, 88-81, in the second game, as Francis Arnaiz reach the 5,000 career points to become the second player to achieve the said feat.
November 29 – U/tex’ 122-110 win over Great Taste, Darryl Smith had 42 points for the Discoverers. Royal defeats Gilbey’s, 128-105 in the nightcap.
On December 6, the final day of the one-round robin, Gilbey’s routs Great Taste, 148-114, Tolson scored 55 points while McNeill added 40 points, Smith topscored for the Discoverers with 33 points. In the second game, Walk Tall Jeans beats U/tex, 114-106, Harris had 27 markers for the Jeans Makers, James Robinson hit 45 points for the Wranglers.
The final standings were: Crispa and Toyota, both with 4 wins and 1 loss, Gilbey’s Gin, 3-wins, 2-loss, U/tex Wranglers with 2-wins, 3-loss, and at the bottom were Royal Tru-Orange and Great Taste with identical 1-win, 4-loss.
Crispa and Toyota are playing in the finals for the second time in the 1979 season, the championship results as follows:
December 8 – Crispa blast Toyota, 129-101, Bernard Harris topscored for Crispa with 38 points, Robert Jaworski led the Tamaraws with 23 points.
December 11 – Toyota return the favor in Game 2, winning by the same 28-point margin over Crispa in a 123-95 victory.
December 13 – With the series tied at 1-1 apiece, Toyota beats Crispa, 107-102, Andrew Fields scored 29 points for the Tamaraws while Philip Cezar hit 30 points for Walk Tall.
December 15 – Robert Jaworski scored 30 points to lead Toyota to a 98-87 win over Crispa to capture the Invitational crown and the Tamaraws’ 6th PBA title.
In the series for third place, U/tex completed a 3-0 sweep over Gilbey’s Gin. Scores were:
Game 1 (129-123), James Robinson scored 41 points while Lim Eng Beng added 32, Dean Tolson led the Gins with 34 points.
Game 2 (122-119), the Gins’ imports had a combined 87-point output, with Tolson scoring 45 and Larry McNeill had 42 points.
Game 3 (123-115), James Robinson scored 47 points for the Wranglers, Larry McNeill had 48 points for Gilbey’s.