PBA’s early records: The longest and the highest scoring game

22 Jun

On August 17, 1976, the first-ever triple overtime game was played at the Araneta Coliseum between Noritake and Tanduay. This was the only PBA game that was extended three times in the 1970s.

Hubert Filipinas’ jumpshot in the last five seconds of the third overtime gave Noritake a thrilling 153-151 win over Tanduay. In the regulation period, Noritake’s Ulysses Rodriguez was fouled by Quirino Salazar and he sank only his second charity to end the game at 123-123.

Tanduay’s Mike Bilbao debut as a pro in this game and he fouled out with still 1:55 in the first extension. Noritake caught up at 134-all to send the game into a second overtime. The outcome remained undecided after 58 minutes with the score deadlocked at 144-all, making the historic third extension necessary.

Noritake (153) – Rodriguez 25, Cornelius 25, Figuracion 23, Dacula 19, Robinson 19, Sullano 15, Filipinas 11, Adolfo 6, Alcantara 6, Pablo 0, Arriola 0, Reynoso 0.

Tanduay (151) – Hirten 37, Canent 19, Samson 14, Bozeat 14, R.Cleofas 14, Bilbao 13, Delos Santos 13, Gutierrez 12, Webb 9, Salazar 6, Supnet 0, Ijares 0.

Quarterscores: 23-40, 57-67, 98-92, 123-all, 134-all, 144-all, 153-151

Two years after on September 5, 1978, also at the Big Dome, this time a high scoring game took place with the Toyota Tamaraws establishing all-time scoring records (later broken) with the highest score by a winning team, highest halftime score and highest after three quarters, most field goals made in a game with 78 and an assist record of 46.

Chino Marquinez, team manager of Great Taste, had reported that coach Nilo Verona had resigned due to pressure of work. That left Great Taste coachless in this game.

Toyota (183) – B.King 35, Terry 29, Fernandez 20, Jaworski 19, Arnaiz 18, Legaspi 16, A.King 13, Estrada 10, Bulaong 9, Javier 6, Salazar 6, Sta.Maria 2.

Great Taste (154) – Collins 46, Oliver 45, Clarino 16, Paner 12, Tolentino 11, Revilla 6, Pribhdas 6, Ritualo 6, Morales 4, Basilan 4.

Quarterscores: 45-31, 93-73, 135-112, 183-154

Notes: Four points were missing on the Noritake players output from a team total of 153. Great Taste had an added two points on the boxscores.



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