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Toyota vs Filmanbank (’78 All-Filipino finals)

In the 1978 PBA All-Filipino Conference, the four teams which made it to the semifinals were: Toyota Tamaraws, Crispa Redmanizers, Tanduay Esquires and newcomer Filmanbank, which beat U/tex in a playoff to enter the final four.

After the first round of the semifinals, the standings were: Crispa (3-0), Filmanbank (2-1), Toyota (1-2), and Tanduay (0-3), going into the start of the second round on July 1, Toyota beats Filmanbank, 143-124, while Tanduay scored their first win and handed Crispa their first defeat in a 105-102 victory as Freddie Webb scored 34 points.

On July 4, Filmanbank escapes with a 103-101 win over Crispa, while Toyota eliminates Tanduay from the finals race with a 166-147 victory. With three teams tied at 3 wins and 2 losses going into the last playing date on July 6, Filmanbank booked the first finals seat with a 103-93 win over Tanduay. The main game between arch rivals Toyota and the skidding Crispa will turn out to be a sudden-death match for the second finals berth. The Tamaraws, which lost to the Redmanizers, 127-143, in the first round on June 29, won the all-important game, 116-108, to advance into the championship playoffs against sister team Filmanbank.

The 1978 All-Filipino Conference Finals

July 8 – Toyota won Game 1 easily, 141-130, as Robert Jaworski scored 33 points. Billy Robinson led the Bankers with 38 points, followed by Larry Mumar with 30 points.

July 11 – In Game 2, the Toyota Tamaraws again won easy in a high-scoring game, 168-148, for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series and a win away from clinching the title. Francis Arnaiz scored 35 points, followed by Estoy Estrada with 30 points, and Danny Florencio had 29 points. Filmanbank’s Jacinto Chua led all scorers with a night-high 43 big points.

July 13 – Filmanbank avoided a sweep by taking Game 3, 124-117. Billy Robinson topscored for the Bankers with 30 points.

July 15 – With memories of losing to Crispa back in the 1976 Third Conference after taking a 2-0 advantage, the Toyota Tamaraws made sure the championship won’t slip away this time, winning Game 4 and capturing the All-Filipino crown with a 132-113 victory over Filmanbank. Danny Florencio scored 38 points in the title-clinching win.


Photo credits to Robert Jaworski Sr. Official Facebook page.

The third place battle between Tanduay and Crispa ended in a 2-all tie, with the Esquires winning second runner-up honors via superior quotient. Tanduay won Games 1 and 2, 109-97 and 109-107, the Redmanizers take Games 3 and 4, 128-124 and 106-103.

The scoring averages of the players after the double-round eliminations in the 1978 PBA All-Filipino Conference as follows:

Cisco Oliver (Honda) – 37.45 points (11 games)

Lim Eng Beng (U-Tex) – 32.26 points (15 games)

Billy Robinson (Filmanbank) – 29.25 points (8 games)

Danny Florencio (Toyota) – 24.21 points (14 games)

Larry Mumar (Filmanbank) – 23.33 points (15 games)

Fortunato Co, Jr (Crispa) – 22.14 points (14 games)

Ramon Fernandez (Toyota) – 22.07 points (14 games)

Robert Jaworski (Toyota) – 21.5 points (14 games)

Philip Cezar (Crispa) – 21.5 points (14 games)

Manny Paner (Great Taste) – 21.5 points (14 games)

Jaime Manansala (Tanduay) – 20.8 points (11 games)

Valerio Delos Santos (Royal) – 20.2 points (14 games)

*Research from PBA Archives’ facebook account.

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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in Philippine Basketball Association


1978 PBA rosters

Crispa Redmanizers / Crispa 400s (Coach: Baby Dalupan)

William Adornado, Philip Cezar, Fortunato Co, Virgilio dela Cruz, Gregorio Dionisio, Bernie Fabiosa, Rey Franco, Abet Guidaben, Freddie Hubalde, Jamie Javier, Rey Pages, Rudy Soriano, Willie Tanduyan, Armando Torres, Tito Varela. Imports: Paul Mills, Ansley Truitt, Cyrus Mann.

Filmanbank (Coach: Lauro Mumar)

Jacinto Chua, Ernesto de Leon, Orly delos Santos, Alfredo Enriquez, Angelito Ladores, Jimmy Mariano, Larry Mumar, Jaime Otazu, Adriano Papa, Romulo Palijo, Roberto Salonga, Renato Sidamon. Imports: Billy Robinson, James Allen.

Great Taste Discoverers (Coach: Nilo Verona / Chino Marquinez)

Bienvenido Alenton, Leonardo Aranzaso, Danny Basilan, Aurelio Clarino, Alfonso Jovero, Ernesto Morales, Manny Paner, Danilo Pribhdas, Johnny Revilla, Florendo Ritualo, Loreto Tolentino, Carlito Travino. Imports: James Collins, Cisco Oliver.

Honda Wildcats (Coach: Emerson Coseteng)

Rey Alcantara, Mark Arriola, Orly Bauzon, Emmanuel Chan, Gil Cortez, Luke Dacula, Mariano Figuracion, Mario Marasigan, Alejandrito Miego, Cisco Oliver, Renan Pablo, Cristino Reynoso, Carlos Rodriguez, Ulysses Rodriguez, Ompong Segura, Jesse Sullano. Imports: Paul Marigney, Jeffrey Randell.

Royal Tru-Orange (Coach: Edgardo Ocampo)

Maximo Baguio, Ricardo dela Pena, Valerio delos Santos, Marlowe Jacutin, Rudy Lalota, Yoyong Martirez, Jesus Migalbin, Leo Paguntalan, Molet Pineda, Norberto Rivera, Marte Samson, Tony Torrente, Paulino Velasco. Imports: Frank Gugliotta, Larry Williams.

Tanduay ESQ (Coach: Carlos Loyzaga)

Mike Bilbao, Rene Canent, Israel Catacutan, Ricardo Cleofas, Roberto dela Rosa, Abet Gutierrez, Jaime Manansala, Abe Monzon, Horacio Moreno, Victor Sanchez, Virginio Santos, David Supnet, Jaime Taguines, Freddie Webb. Imports: David Payne, Gene Moore.

Toyota Tamaraws (Coach: Dante Silverio)

Fort Acuna, Francis Arnaiz, Nicanor Bulaong, Ernesto Estrada, Ramon Fernandez, Danny Florencio, Pablo Javier, Robert Jaworski, Abe King, Emerito Legaspi, Rino Salazar, Jesus Sta.Maria. Imports: Bruce King, T.J Robinson, Carlos Terry.

U/Tex Wranglers (Coach: Tommy Manotoc)

Romualdo Cabading, Edward Camus, Anthony Dasalla, Roy Deles, Romeo Frank, Rudy Hines, Rudolf Kutch, Lim Eng Beng, Renato Lobo, Alfonso Mora, Jaime Noblezada, Ricardo Pineda. Imports: Byron Jones, Henry Williams, Glenn McDonald.

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Posted by on December 26, 2014 in Philippine Basketball Association


The top 4 teams of the 1985 PABL Challenge to Champions

The Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) Challenge the Champions tournament started on October 5, 1985. There were 16 teams, including the top two collegiate squads from the UAAP and NCAA, divided into two groups that will play a round-robin elimination in each group with the final eight teams playing in a one-round semifinals to determine the two finalist.

The Champion of the tournament were Army Jungle Fighters, coach by Charlie Badion, who have just replaced their previous coach, Col.Jake Malajacan, at the start of the second and final conference of the 1985 PABL season. Army finished with a 5-win, 2-loss record in the eliminations, tied with ESQ Jag Jeans-Merchants, whom they lost, 75-83, their other defeat came at the hands of unbeaten Masagana 99, which top the elims at 7-0.  In the round of eight, after losing to ESQ, 79-82 on November 8, the Jungle Fighters scored five straight victories, winning over Mama’s Love, 87-80, ERDC, 75-74, Masagana 99, 75-74, Arellano University, 65-61, and UE, 96-90, to enter the finals with still one game left in their schedule against Rizal Athletic Club on November 27. Eventually, Army won their first PABL championship after four conferences with a 2-1 series victory over Cebu’s Mama’s Love.

Members of the Army Jungle Fighters team were Zaldy Latoza, Pedrito Aninon, Nestor Bautista, Edgardo Valencia, Jaime Sanchez, Eduardo Baldomero, Oscar Feliciano, Demetrio Antonio, Dennis Carbonilla, national team member Benjamin Gutierrez, ex-pro Melvin Martin, Jeremias Aquino and Dwight Chua.

The Mama’s Love squad, coach by Jun Noel, which played in the tournament without Jojo Lastimosa, who was suspended by the management for playing with another Cebu ballclub Lhuillier in the Visayan league, were composed of Elmer Cabahug, Ricric Marata, Zaldy Realubit, Norberto Manalili, Jerry Aratan, Calvin Tuadles, Jesus Yuson, Danilo Lastimosa, Larry Villanil, Jose Bayona, William Calvo, Paul Abais and Edgardo Cenabre.

Equipment Research and Development Corporation (ERDC), placed third, during the eliminations, the Hawaiian Delights finished with a 6-1 won-loss record, losing only to Mama’s Love, 74-82, on opening day, they beat Maisagana, 73-64, Countryfair, 97-72, Letran, 93-68, Fuji Soy Sauce, 93-84, Rizal Athletic Club, 93-91, and UE, 104-88. ERDC was coach by Loreto Tolentino and assisted by Boy Clarino, their players were Joseph Pelaez, Ranulfo Robles, Joel Santos, Jerome Cueto, Noel Florenciano, Jaime Anselmo, Eric Altamirano, Raymund Celis, Nelson Asaytono, Gerardo Cabral, Edgar Amisola, Alex Regis, Mukesh Advani, Emmanuel Eleosida and ex-pro Florendo Ritualo.

Fourth placer Arellano University signed six players from the disbanded Lagerlite Beermen, which placed runner-up to ESQ Merchants in the previous Invitational conference sponsored by San Miguel Beer, the Flaming Arrows were also handled by Lagerlite coach Derrick Pumaren. The six Lagerlite players; Jeffrey Graves, Romeo Lopez, Anthony Mendoza, Dindo Pumaren, Alvin Teng and the first-ever PABL MVP Ludovico Valenciano, were joined by Leoncio Tan, Melchor Frogoso, John Oliva, Oliver Santos, Leonardo Bernardo, Arturo Herrera, Arsenio Pasion and Rizaldy Bernardo in the Arellano lineup.

The 1985 PABL season ended on December 2, with the Army Jungle Fighters showing no mercy in a 98-79 triumph over Mama’s Love in Game 3 to clinch the challenge to champions crown. The mythical five selection were composed of Most Valuable Player Jerry Codinera of UE, Jeffrey Graves of Arellano, Leo Isaac of Masagana 99, Ronnie Magsanoc of Rizal Athletic Club, and Demetrio Antonio of Army.

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Posted by on December 5, 2014 in Philippine Basketball League