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Don vs Winston (PBA All-Star ’79)

After the 1979 PBA All-Filipino Conference, the four-game All-Star series took place during the third week of July. The Don team were composed of Crispa’s starting five and standouts from Tanduay, U/tex and Great Taste, will go up against the Toyota-powered Winston All-Stars. The winning selection gets P 70,000 and the loser P 30,000.

Their opening match was held at the CYO gymnasium in Davao City. The Dons pulled away by 14 points with seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter on a 13-4 run engineered by Manny Paner, Lim Eng Beng and Atoy Co. Late in the period, the Winstons threatened as Ramon Fernandez, Rudolf Kutch and Francis Arnaiz reeled off six straight points. The count was 121-118 for Don with only 33 seconds left when Atoy Co was fouled by Arnaiz. The Fortune Cookie made both of his free throws which turn out to be the final count, a 123-118 win for Don.

Game two was set in Cebu City. Caloy Loyzaga took over from regular Don coach Baby Dalupan. The Dons had an easier time winning 141-128 as Abet Guidaben pumped in a game high 29 points and hauled down 22 rebounds.

It seemed a lost cause for Winston coach Fort Acuna as the two teams return to Manila in the final two games. Before a fair-sized crowd at the Big Dome that braved the weather to watch the All-Star PBA, the Winstons lost anew, 123-130. The Dons’ series count now stood at 394 points against Winstons’ 369 points. A 25-point lead by the three-time winners.


Four movie stars played in a two-on-two competition to spiced up the P 100,000 Don vs Winston All-Star rumble at the Araneta Coliseum. The winning pair of Janet Bordon and Alma Moreno, wearing the colors of Smirnoff Vodka, gets P 20,000. The losing pair of Beth Bautista and Amy Austria, wearing Terry Brandy, gets P 10,000.

The next night, the last day of the series, when a fired-up Winston selection led by Robert Jaworski went out on six fouls and Fernandez was unable to get back into the game after the first half because of a chill, the Winstons settled for a 10-point victory, 138-128.

The series closed out with a cumulative count of 522 points for the winner Don against the 507 of Winston. A 15-point decision by the Don All-Stars.


Credits: PBA Archives’ facebook account and the above photo from the PBA groups, Toyota and Crispa, P.B.A legends and All-time PBA greats.


1986 National Open and Masagana 99’s graceful exit

The 1986 National Open basketball championships started on March 12 at the Rizal Coliseum. There were earlier talks about Masagana 99’s non-participation in the most prestigious basketball tournament. This would have meant kissing goodbye hopes of achieving a grand slam in the said meet. For the past two years, the Ricegrowers have dominated this tournament, they beat Bank of Rizal in 1984 and ESQ Merchants in 1985 for the title. Interestingly, those two teams beat Masagana 99 for the PABL championship in the first two conferences of the 1984 season.

Masagana 99 could have won three-in-a-row if not for the BAP rules of the tourney back in 1983 when the National Open and National Invitational were held simultaneously. The Ricegrowers swept all its assignments against local teams, it dealt De La Salle University a 75-71 defeat but lost out to the Green Archers via quotient system. La Salle was declared the 1983 National Open champion because of a victory against a foreign participant, Taiwan’s Flying Camels, which proved to be the deciding factor as all three teams finished with 3-2 won-loss slates.

For the 1986 Open tournament, there are 19 teams seeing action but so far, only 8 as of my research are confirmed to have participated, aside from Masagana 99 and sister team Maisagana 77, the rest includes Rizal Athletic Club, Metro Manila Colleges, Letran Knights, RFM-Swifts, Spencer-RTW and the highlight of this tournament, the return of the fabled Crispa Redmanizers in the basketball scene after a one-year absence.


The returning Crispa team, coached by Arturo Valenzona. The new Redmanizers includes Ato Agustin, Eric Altamirano, Glenn Capacio, Edgar Tanuan and Adriano Polistico.

Masagana 99, hit by player exodus at the start of the year but is known for its capacity to build up, pocketed their third straight national seniors title in three years, maintaining their supremacy. In their final game against Rizal Athletic Club witnessed by an appreciative crowd, most of which were employees of the Agriculture Ministry, the Ricegrowers blew away the Rizalians (three scores were given, 100-82, 100-83 and 101-80) which had Cesar Calayag, Ronnie Magsanoc and Junel Baculi in the lineup.

And so it was a graceful exit for Deputy Minister and Masagana 99 director and coach Domingo Panganiban along with his coaching staff (Egay Gomez, Nemie Villegas, etc), the oldest amateur ballclub at that time exits on a high note. This mark the end of another chapter in the history of amateur basketball in the country.


Among the Masagana 99 players who were part of the 1986 National Open champion team are Leo Isaac, Jeffrey Graves, young star in a making-Pol Manimbo, George Ella, national player Elmer Reyes, Loreto Manaog, John Lucas, SSC’s Eton Navarro and FEU’s Romancito Roa.

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Posted by on March 12, 2017 in National Seniors