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Billy Ray Bates against the 10 top PBA imports he played with (Part 2)

The second part of course will not include Billy Ray Bates’ partner and teammate at Ginebra, Michael Hackett. And as I mentioned in the first part, I will exclude Billy Ray’s four-game stint in the 1988 Reinforced third conference. That means Alaska’s then sensational import Willie Bland, who scored 65 points against Bates, will not be on the list. So here are the best imports that Billy Ray went up with while playing for Ginebra San Miguel.

Michael Young (Manila Beer)

When talking about Billy Ray Bates’ stint with Ginebra, expect that PBA fans will mentioned Michael Young of Manila Beer. The count was seven wins for Bates and one win for Young, who won the best import award in the 1986 third conference over Bates. In the first meeting between Ginebra and Manila Beer on October 7, 1986, both teams were unbeaten with three wins each, there was one sequence in the third quarter when Billy Ray’s triple was answered by Young’s own three-pointer at the other end, and when Young went high up for a follow-up, one-handed dunk after a Brewmasters’ miss, the ULTRA crowd were so delighted and the Manila Beer bench were up on their seats. Bates and Hackett had the last laugh in the end on Ginebras’ 16-3 run late in the fourth period after being down by nine. The highlight of the endgame was when Atoy Co missed an easy layup on a fastbreak when Ginebra went ahead, 110-109. (On why there are no recorded videos or existing games of Ginebra-Manila Beer and Ginebra-Tanduay match in the ’86 Open) Bates and Hackett mocked the Brewmasters by jumping with high fives and Billy even got his own rebound after he missed his second free throw for a 113-109 count at the buzzer. I remember the commentators were saying “it was like a championship.” Bates was outscored by Hackett for the first time in four games, finishing with 44 points to Hackett’s 47, while Young scored 57 points for the Brewmasters.

Their second round match-up in the elimination round was a no-bearing game as both teams already clinch a semifinal slot. Ginebra and Manila Beer only met once in the semis as their last outing was no longer played to prepare both teams to the finals. In their semifinal game on November 20, it was Ginebra who led this time late in the fourth quarter, 110-100, when the Brewmasters battled back and Young tied the count at 114-all with his triple. After a Ginebra turnover, Manila Beer coach Tito Eduque decided to call his final timeout for one last play, incidentally, it was Hackett, who stole the ball from Michael Young and was dribbling fast and pushed by Young and Hackett crashes all the way to the special ringside seats with about two or three seconds left in the game. After a delay for a few minutes when officials check on Hackett, he split his foul shots, converting the second free throw for a final 115-114 tally, Young from way too far, threw an airball at the buzzer. Bates scored 38 points while Young scored less with 36. Hackett got his 31st marker on that lone, winning free throw.

The championship series, which went 4-1 in Ginebra’s favor, had two buzzer-beaters, Bates’ dunk in Game one and Hackett’s lucky prayer of a shot that forces the first overtime in Game four. Each time, the Manila Beer Brewmasters were on a verge of winning the game in regulation.

Rob Williams (Tanduay Rhum)

No import match-up is more intense than when Bates was pitted against that season’s first conference best import Rob Williams, who earlier led Tanduay to their first championship. In another highly-anticipated game on October 12, 1986, the Rhum Makers deal the Ginebras its first loss in the tournament after four straight victories, 114-109. Rob Williams shot 52 points for Tanduay while Bates scored 39 points for Ginebra. I recall when Ginebra was having a run early in the fourth and were leading by six-seven points, Rob Williams hit a three-pointer plus a foul, which turn the game around in Tanduay’s favor. The Black Superman was said to be angry on the loss (BRB never lost to the Tanduay team during his Crispa days) and was quote in the October 30-November 5, 1986 issue of Sports Flash Magazine prior to Ginebra’s second meeting with Tanduay on November 2, that he bowed to get back at Tanduay and told Sports Flash “I’m still the best. Rob Williams is so fat he will not be able to control me. The question is whether Williams can play 48 minutes against the No.1 import in the PBA,”

Ginebra did avenged their previous loss to Tanduay with a hard-earned 126-118 win in the second round of eliminations, Bates outscored Williams this time, 50 to 36. In two games in the semifinals, Bates proved his superiority over Williams as Ginebra defeated Tanduay with ease.

Dexter Shouse (Shell)

Besides Michael Young and Rob Williams, Dexter Shouse is another colorful import the late 80s PBA fans remember more in a rivalry with Bates. Among the imports in the second part of my listings, only Shouse had played against Bates in more than one conference. Their teams split two meetings each in the 1986 and 1987 Third Conference. Bates, no doubt had the better overall stats than Shouse. In their last match-up on October 25, 1987, Billy Ray equalled his previous all-time high of 69 points in Ginebra’s 132-123 victory over Shell. Shouse scored his high total as well with 55 points. Who would have thought Shouse played his last game as a Shell bugbuster that night.

Bobby Parks (San Miguel Beer)

As in my previous write-up, the soon-to-be seven-time PBA best import awardee, then playing for San Miguel Beer, was with the team that keeps on beating their sister ballclub during the 1987 Third Conference. Bates scored more points and average 54.25 points in Ginebra’s four outings with the Beermen while Parks had a 50.25 points average. Too bad for PBA fans that Bates never got to play once more against Parks, this time in Shell uniform in the following season. In more than three weeks in a period from September-October 1988, both Parks (PBA/IBA Cup) and Bates don the Anejo jersey.

Jose Slaughter (Hills Bros.)

Slaughter is best remembered for providing the winning basket for Hills Bros Coffee Kings against Ginebra in a playoff for a finals berth which ended Bates’ streak of winning PBA titles. Both imports outscored one another in each of their team’s victory. Slaughter scored 62 points as to Bates’ 49 in their first meeting on October 15, won by Hills Bros, 132-121. Ginebra won in the second round of eliminations on October 27 as Bates poured in 61 points to Slaughter’s 44 in a 125-101 victory. Slaughter again outscored Bates, 55-48, in their first meeting in the semifinals won by the Coffee Kings, 115-104 on November 15. Two weeks later, Slaughter had his lowest ouput against Ginebra with 30 points and Bates scored 44 points as the Gins forces a playoff match with a 90-85 win. In their final encounter on December 1, Slaughter finished with 43 points in Hills Bros’ 89-87 victory, Bates tallied 39 points.


Billy Ray Bates against the 10 top PBA imports he played with (Part 1)

The Philippine Basketball Association’s most prolific import in history, Billy Ray Bates, also known as the “black superman”, played a total of five seasons in the league. In 1983, while playing for the multi-titled Crispa Redmanizers, Bates averages 44.1 pts in 25 games in the Reinforced second conference. His stats went slightly lower with a 39.2 point average in 24 games in the 1983 Open third conference.

Returning back in the 1986 Open third conference to play for crowd-favorite Ginebra San Miguel and led his team to their first championship, Bates averages 49.6 points in 22 games with Ginebra. The following season, his averages went up to 54.9 ppg in 23 outings and for the first time, Billy Ray failed to lead his team to a title.

In two-conference stint with Crispa and Ginebra, Bates never missed a single game. I won’t include his final year in 1988 third conference, where he played only four games before being release by Anejo Rum 65 (formerly Ginebra).

Now let’s talk about the 10 top imports Billy Ray has played with in the PBA and how he (along with his team) fared against a fellow import. The listings are in no order, the first part are mostly from his stint as a Crispa Redmanizer and the second part as a Ginebra San Miguel import.

Norman Black (Great Taste, Alaska, San Miguel)

Bates and Black have played against each other for a total of 19 times, with Billy Ray winning 13 and Norman winning six. Before the 1983 Second Conference finals between Crispa and Great Taste, the count was 4-0 in favor of Crispa. Bates outscored Black in three of their four meetings although Black got the better average of 48.25 to 46.75 by Bates. The difference was in their first semifinal outing on July 28, won by Crispa, 140-133. Black hit 51 points while Bates tallied only 28 markers. Before the Third Conference finals, it was Great Taste who got the upperhand, 3-1, in their four matches in the eliminations and semifinals.

In 1986, Bates’ Ginebra team won twice over Black’s team Alaska. Their last match up was in 1988. Black, who was the playing import-coach for San Miguel Beer, defeated Anejo Rum, 133-111 on October 6. Bates scored his last 40-point output in the PBA with 40 points in that game.

Lew Massey (Gilbey’s Gin)

So far, there’s an available video of Bates vs Lew Massey with Crispa winning 135-123 in their first meeting on May 19. But that’s not the case in the next six times Bates and Massey face off. Gilbey’s Gin won all of them, 126-124, 148-145 OT and 133-126. In the third conference, the Massey-Jacky Dorsey combination gave Gilbey’s three more consecutive wins over Crispa, 137-125 win in Naga City on September 15, 126-113 and 118-115 on the first day of the semifinals on November 13. Crispa finally snapped out of the long, losing skein to Gilbey’s with a 138-122 win on November 20 and Bates was still outscored by Massey, 35 to 45. It was the worst record Billy Ray had against any team (2-win, 6-loss).  The Gimlets or the Gin Tonics were twice denied of a finals berth by Great Taste in playoff/knockout games. In recent interviews on his PBA career, Bates cited Massey and Manila Beer’s Michael Young as the toughest imports he has played with.

Donnie Ray Koonce (San Miguel, Alaska)

One of the earliest anticipated match-ups in the 1983 PBA second conference was Bates against the former best import awardee Donnie Ray Koonce, who moved over to San Miguel Beer after helping Toyota win two championships in the previous season. In their first meeting, Crispa edges San Miguel, 113-111 on May 24. Bates and Koonce each scored 41 points. In their next confrontation, San Miguel was the first team to stop the Redmanizers winning streak that reach to 21 games in a 110-99 victory a month later on June 23. Crispa won four of their five matches in the two-import third conference, including the playoff game on November 26. (The Pinoy Extreme highlights of Crispa’s November 22  game against SMB was probably the best highlights of Billy Ray Bates’ PBA career).

On September 25, 1986, Bates debut in Ginebra uniform against Koonce’ team Alaska Milk. The game features four returning imports that includes Michael Hackett and Norman Black. Ginebra won the match, 122-115. Overall, the Black Superman owns six victories as against two losses versus Donnie Ray.

Francois Wise (Tanduay Rhum)

The Redmanizers won all their six games with Tanduay in the 1983 second and third conferences and it must have been frustrating for the hulk, Francois Wise, that he could not beat the black superman, Billy Ray Bates. Four of the six matches were decided by 10 points or less, two of which went into overtime.

Andrew Fields (Toyota Super Corollas)

Its unfortunate for PBA fans that they were able to see the best import of Crispa and the best import of Toyota on the same floor only twice. Fields won his first match up with Bates and his partner, 6-9 DeWayne Scales, as Toyota beats Crispa, 102-93 on August 30. The Redmanizers were still feeling the celebration of winning their second title of the season a week before. The game itself had Toyota missing the services of three key players – Sonny Jaworski, Francis Arnaiz and Ramon Fernandez. Andy Fields topscored for Toyota with 31 points while Bates only scored 23 points for Crispa and it was Scales who led the scoring for the Redmanizers with 36 points. Their second and final meeting between the two rivals on October 9, Bates doubled his previous output, hitting 46 points this time as Crispa defeated Toyota, 111-96.


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.


1978 PBA Invitational Championship (Part 2)

Now on to the 1978 PBA Invitational finals between defending champion Toyota Tamaraws and first-time finalist Tanduay Esquires. The best-of-five title series as follows:

Game One on December 7 – The match was close for three quarters until the Tamaraws broke away from a 109-all deadlock with a 14-4 run to lead by ten, 123-113, with less than four minutes to go in the final period. Toyota won, 129-123, with Francis Arnaiz topscoring with 31 points and Bruce “Sky” King added 29.


Toyota remains unbeaten by winning Game one, newspaper clippings taken from the National Library of the Philippines.

Game Two on December 9 – Tanduay surprisingly won in a low-scoring game, 92-80. The Esquires led by 15 early in the third quarter, 54-39, a 24-10 counter offensive by Toyota, led by Francis Arnaiz, put them back in the ballgame and were down by only one, 63-64. The Tamaraws played bad all throughout and had an off-night as pointed out by rookie coach Fort Acuna.


Tanduay takes Game two of the best-of-five title series.

Game Three on December 12 – Toyota led by 22 points early, but lost it and Tanduay even grabbed the upperhand in the third quarter. The Esquires led for the last time at 82-81, before a 6-0 run by the Tamaraws, anchored by Ramon Fernandez and Sky King, gave them an 87-82 lead. Toyota outscored Tanduay, 32-26 in the final quarter to win, 128-118, and a 2-1 series lead. Carlos Terry scored 41 points for the Tamaraws, four others scored in double figures for Toyota with Fernandez hitting 28 points, Sky King with 19 and Jaworski and Arnaiz with 18 points apiece. Gene Moore of Tanduay tied Terry’s output by scoring 41 points as well.

Game Four on December 14 – The defending champions Toyota retains the Invitational crown as they took control of the game right from the opening tip-off. The Tamaraws led by 21 after three quarters, 83-62. The Esquires did manage to narrow the gap to ten, 77-87 in the fourth quarter, behind Gene Moore, David Payne and Ricardo Cleofas. Toyota clinch their fifth PBA title in a 108-98 victory and their second championship of the season. Carlos Terry topscored for the Tamaraws with 36 points, followed by Ramon Fernandez with 23 and Sonny Jaworski with 16.

Some Notes:

PBA Annual listings says the winning coach for Toyota in the 1978 Third Conference was Dante Silverio. I think this should be now corrected and that Fort Acuna won two titles for Toyota, unless the Invitational championship the following season was credited to Silverio, who resigned when the finals between Toyota and Crispa was on-going.

Coach Acuna utilizes only 8 men in the last two games of the series, besides the two imports and the big three (Big J, Arnaiz and Fernandez), the other Tamaraws were Abe King, Rino Salazar and Emer Legaspi. In Game 1, Nick Bulaong was fielded in. In Game 2, Estoy Estrada and Jess Sta.Maria did see action.

Crispa scored a 3-0 sweep over U/tex in their battle for third place, winning 107-96, 121-101 and 94-82.

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Posted by on November 17, 2016 in Philippine Basketball Association


1978 PBA Invitational championship (Part 1)

Unlike the previous season where there are two guest foreign squads, the second staging of the PBA Invitational championship in 1978 will feature only the top five teams in the first two conferences. The first part of my blog entry are the single round-robin and how the two finalist; Toyota and Tanduay, made it to the championship. The second part is the best-of-five title series between the two protagonist for the Invitational crown.

The Third Conference of the 1978 PBA season started on November 25. Toyota beat Filmanbank, 131-125, in the first game. Tanduay edges Crispa, 74-73, in the second game which turn out to be the lowest scoring PBA game at that time.

On the third playing date on November 30, Tanduay was 2-0, coming off a win over Filmanbank, and were taking on Toyota Tamaraws in the first game. The match went into overtime as league MVP Sonny Jaworski converted two free throws off a foul by Freddie Webb with no time left, forcing extension at 116-all. Toyota won the game, 126-125. U/tex also scored their second straight win by beating winless Filmanbank in the second game.


Research from the National Library. As the story says here, there was confusion on whether Jaworski had to take free throws because the referee did not rule immediately, the Esquires were forced to return to the hardcourt.

Crispa finally scored their first win in the tournament after two straight losses, beating Filmanbank, 118-109, as the All-Filipino runner-up were shut out and didn’t win a single game. Toyota prevail over U/tex in the battle of unbeaten teams in the nightcap.

On December 5, the last scheduled playing date, the U/tex Wranglers and Tanduay Esquires are tied at 2-1 and will play for the other finals seat. The Toyota Tamaraws are already in the finals for the second time in the season. The Tanduay Esquires finally made it to the championship round by winning over U/tex, 98-92, with both imports Gene Moore and David Payne hitting 20 points each. Toyota completed a four-game sweep in the single round by defeating arch rival and already eliminated Crispa, 109-104, in the second game.


Tanduay is in the PBA finals for the first time in four seasons.

Had U/tex won over Tanduay, it would be fitting to see the two champions in the first two conferences played for the season-ending finale, but the Esquires of coach Caloy Loyzaga had other plans.

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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Philippine Basketball Association


PBA flashback ’87: Remembering Ginebra’s 3rd quarter run vs SMB

On this day 29 years ago on November 10, 1987, only few PBA fans or probably no one remembers this anymore, the Ginebras’ amazing comeback from 20 points down against San Miguel Beer in the third quarter to tie the count with still over two minutes left before the end of the third period. No, this is not one of those articles about Ginebra’s comeback wins. For the record, they fell short and lost this match in the end, 113-129, as the Beermen continued its dominance over their now sister team, (it was around the middle of the year when SMC bought out La Tondena) winning for the 17th time in 19 meetings!

A quick look at this new-found rivalry early on, there wasn’t anything noticable, but fans soon begin to realize that San Miguel (then Magnolia Ice Cream) is fast becoming a “Contra-Pelo” of the league’s most popular squad. After two conferences, the count was 14 to 2 for Magnolia. The Ginebras’ two victories, a 97-91 win in Game two of the battle for third place, they even trailed by 15 points at the start of the fourth period, and a 93-92 overtime victory at the start of the semifinals of the All-Filipino Conference. Magnolia did have close victories over Ginebra as well.

In the third conference with Magnolia, now returning to their old name San Miguel Beer, and Ginebra, clash in the main game on opening night as PBA fans anticipated the first meeting between beermen import Bobby Parks and Ginebra’s Billy Ray Bates, plus the return of “skywalker” Samboy Lim in the regular conference. San Miguel won the match, 123-113. Their second meeting in the eliminations on October 22, the beermen repeated with a 121-115 win. I recall Ginebra came within a point in the last two minutes but folded up anew. It was now 16 to 2 for the beermen.

Now here is the featured game in my blog that I first posted on and taken from the Champ magazine dated November 24, 1987.

In the nightcap of Tuesday’s double-header, San Miguel Beer hoped to reassert its supremacy over Ginebra, the beermen had won all but two in their battles this season.
The Ginebras started cold and this enabled Norman Black’s boys to establish a 22-8 advantage behind the scoring of Bobby Parks and MVP leading candidate Abet Guidaben. The first quarter ended with Ginebras still down by 16, 22-38. (I recall Parks hit a buzzer-beating triple that silence the crowd, Ginebra trailed 10-30, when they narrow the gap to 13 points) 
The pace of the contest did not change as the Soriano ballclub refused to let go of their formidable lead. Just a few seconds before the game clock flashing 1:21, Sonny Jaworski tripped a driving Parks which sent the American on all fours. A deliberate foul was slapped on Jaworski and a brief exchange of words followed between him and Parks. The first half ended with San Miguel still up by 18, 69-51.
With the score standing at 77-57, still for the beermen, Jaworski stole the thunder away from the Americans. He scored 16 straight points for Ginebra, 12 of them coming from three point shots to narrow the gap to 12, 73-85.
Another 14-2 explosion by Ginebra, this time starring Billy Ray Bates, forced the beermen into a standoff, 87-all, 2:40 left in the third. Now, the beermen started going to Parks, who was being guarded by greenhorn Harmon Codinera. Parks made eight of the last 10 points of San Miguel for the quarter which ended at 97-93 for San Miguel.
Parks resumed his good offensive game in the fourth as he teamed up with Guidaben and Yves Dignadice to erect another double-digit advantage, 110-99. It was only Bates doing everything for the Ginebras as they seemed to be all spent up trying to catch up with their younger opponents.
San Miguel Beer’s locals took centerstage in the latter half of the last period, Samboy Lim regained his bearings, capping his last-minute heroics with an unbelievable 35-foot jumper that swished the cords. (yes, I remember that, after Samboy just crossed the midcourt line, he got a pass, turnaround and threw the ball that went in, and the crowd roared, most of whom were headed towards the exits). 
The final score stood at 129-113 for San Miguel Beer.


I think this was the dunk by Bates that tied the count at 87-all, from what I recall seeing on TV.

Why I say this game deserves to be worth remembering? where else can we find a 41-year old living legend scoring his team’s 16 consecutive points in a span when they were making a comeback run, I remember fans at the special ringside seats were all standing when Big J was hitting those treys, also, this was the game the mild-mannered and level-headed Bobby Parks lost his cool when he crashed on the floor on a deliberate foul by Jaworski and Big J was issued a warning for dangerous play. Parks, who was chosen best player of the game, said in an interview that he was already up in the air for a layup and Jaworski kicked his legs, Parks was quoted “Man, this is not basketball.” And as taken from the Champ magazine story, It was on this same game when Abet Guidaben had the ball in the backcourt and Jaworski was harassing him and he suddenly fell to the floor with blood flowing from his right eyebrow. Perhaps to this day, only Big J and Abet knew what had happen on that play.

Yes, this game had all the drama and action, 12 days after on November 22, San Miguel and Ginebra played for the fourth time in the conference. Ginebra finally scored a convincing victory over their sister team, a 143-121 win as Billy Ray Bates tied his personal-best of 71 points he registered in their first outing in the semifinals against Shell two weeks ago.

The scores: (taken from Manila Standard)

San Miguel (129) – Parks 63, Lim 16, Calma 16, Guidaben 13, Dignadice 12, Reyes 7, Teng 2, Cui 0, Yturri 0.

Ginebra (113) – Bates 54, Jaworski 23, C.Loyzaga 15, Codinera 6, Distrito 5, Isaac 4, Advani 2, Carbonilla 2, Gonzalgo 2, Ducut 0.

Quarterscores: 38-22, 69-51, 97-93, 129-113


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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Philippine Basketball Association


1977 PBA Invitationals: How the two finalist fared against the other teams

As a follow up to my blog entry Toyota vs Emtex Sacronels, the two teams that played in the finals of the 1977 PBA Third Conference Invitational Championship, let’s now talk about how the two finalist made it to the championship round.

The Toyota Tamaraws started off with a whooping 167-134 win over Presto Ice Cream on December 1, as Bruce “Sky” King erased the previous individual scoring high of 64 set by Danny Florencio of Seven-Up with a 72-point explosion. The Tams also made a record with the highest winning score for the season. After Presto, the Tamaraws scored their second win against Tanduay, 122-114. The Esquires upset the Aussie Panthers, 94-85, on opening day on November 30.

Toyota took on arch rivals Crispa on the next day and won by nine points, 118-109, with Sky King and John Irving combining for 61 points and Francis Arnaiz piled up 29 points. For their fourth victim, the Tamaraws defeated Open Conference runner-up U/tex, 131-114. Win number five came against the Mariwasa Hondas with the Tams pulling off a 143-139 overtime win. As in my previous blog, the Tamaraws split their last two meetings against the two foreign entries, losing to Emtex of Brazil for their first loss in the tournament and winning over Aussie Panthers to wrapped up their first trip to the finals since December of ’76.

The Emtex Sacronels or Palmeiras, the visiting Brazilian ballclub, were up against the Presto Ice Cream in their first Manila appearance and they lost, 128-133, luckily for the Brazilians, they were earlier declared winners by default as a consequence of Presto’s failure to field a completely uniformed team by gametime.

In their second game with 30,000 fans on hand at the Big Dome to watch Crispa vs Toyota in the nightcap, the Brazilians won by 11 points over the other foreign outfit from Australia, 111-100. U/tex and Mariwasa, the two teams which finished second in the two previous conference, fell to the boys from Brazil, the Sacronels toppled the Wranglers, 108-101, and rout the Hondas, 150-118. The next day, they whipped Tanduay, 111-100, to tie the Tamaraws with five straight victories.

The Brazilians completed a seven-game, elimination round sweep by defeating Crispa, 106-99, on the final playing date on December 13. The Redmanizers, whose string of six straight titles, were finally dethroned as champions when Toyota earlier won against Ramrod of Australia, thus avoiding any possible playoff match with Crispa if the Redmanizers win against Emtex later that evening.


Oscar Schmidt, Milton Setrini and Ubiratan Maciel


Source: PBA Archives


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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in Philippine Basketball Association