The date is May 10, 1975, this was actually the first ever meeting between the would be long-time rivals Crispa and Toyota in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), but in the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA), the first ever Crispa vs Toyota match in Philippine basketball history books took place on this month, exactly 43 years ago on June 10, 1973.
The Toyota Comets, the newest ballclub to join the MICAA, had an impressive debut, beating the U/tex Weavers, 72-63 on June 3, 1973, with Robert Jaworski firing 14 points. In their second game a week later, the Comets went on to faced the Crispa-Floro Redmanizers, Fort Acuna, who was benched by coach Nilo Verona in their first game, scored on a twisting layup from a feed by Edward Camus to tie the count at 78-all with only 9 seconds remaining, Acuna scored only two points that night but his single field goal was crucial. As fate would have it on the next play, Rey Pages pump in a side jumper that allowed his team Crispa to escape with an 80-78 decision.
Toyota was down by 10 points at the half, 45-35, but a blistering rally in the final period saw the Comets tie the count, 67-all, at the end of regulation.
Crispa (80) – Adornado 19, Co 16, Soriano 16, Guidaben 8, Pages 7, Franco 6, Cezar 4, Carvajal 2, Afable 2.
Toyota (78) – Bauzon 22, Jaworski 14, C.Reynoso 13, Fernandez 12, Arnaiz 4, Camus 4, A.Reynoso 3, Acuna 2, Rodriguez 2, Segura 2.