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1979 PBA Invitational Championship


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.