In the 1979 PBA All-Filipino Conference, Crispa and Toyota finished the double-round eliminations on top with similar 14-win, 2-loss slates, joining them in the semifinal round were Filmanbank (12-4) and Tanduay (10-6). Teams that were eliminated are U/tex (7-9), Great Taste (6-10), Royal Tru-Orange (6-10), Honda (2-14) and new team Gilbey’s Gin (1-15) which placed last.
Crispa and Toyota split their two meetings in the eliminations, their other loss both came against last year’s runner-up Filmanbank in the second round and both by two points. Filmanbank beat Toyota, 106-104 on May 13, and Crispa, 89-87 on the last day of the elimination round on June 10.
The results of the two-round semifinals:
June 12 – Toyota 99-88 Filmanbank; Crispa 104-80 Tanduay
June 14 – Toyota 109-104 Tanduay; Crispa 107-90 Filmanbank
June 16 – Tanduay 125-115 Filmanbank: Toyota 120-111 Crispa
June 19: Crispa 100-87 Tanduay; Toyota 131-114 Filmanbank
June 21: Tanduay 106-99 Filmanbank; Crispa 172-142 Toyota, this was the night Atoy Co scored 50 points for the Redmanizers and Abe King scored a conference-high 60 points for the Tamaraws, as the two arch rivals sealed a finals showdown.
June 23: Crispa 121-117 Filmanbank: Tanduay 149-130 Toyota
The final standings were: Crispa (5-1), Toyota (4-2), Tanduay (3-3) and Filmanbank (0-6)
1979 PBA All-Filipino Conference championship:
June 28 – Crispa won Game 1 over Toyota, 122-107.
June 30 – Toyota evens the finals series with a 121-114 win over Crispa.
July 3 – Crispa edges Toyota, 112-109, in Game 3 as Atoy Co scored 33 points. Francis Arnaiz topscored for the Tamaraws with 26 points.
July 5 – Toyota forces a deciding game with a 113-110 victory over Crispa, sending the series to a do-or-die fifth game. Ramon Fernandez scored 27 points while Atoy Co led the Redmanizers with 31 points.
July 7 – In the finale, Crispa regains the All-Filipino crown and won for the fifth straight time in seven finals meeting with Toyota, winning 118-111. Atoy Co finished with 24 points while Ramon Fernandez had 36 points and Arnie Tuadles added 29 markers for the Tamaraws.
The Best-of-five series for third place also went to a full-five game limit.
June 28 – Tanduay took the opener over Filmanbank, 112-90.
June 30 – Filmanbank tied their series with Tanduay with a 111-100 victory.
July 3 – Tanduay routs Filmanbank, 120-102. Rene Canent scored 31 points for the Esquires while Rudolf Kutch had 38 points for the Bankers.
July 5 – Filmanbank evens series at 2-2, winning over Tanduay, 108-99. Rudolf Kutch scored 41 points for the Bankers and Angelito Ladores added 32 points.
July 7 – Tanduay clinch third place honors with a 119-105 win over Filmanbank. Jimmy Manansala topscored for the Esquires with 28 points, Kutch and Ladores had 35 and 30 points respectively for the Bankers.