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PABL ’88: Philips’ 1st title and Magnolia’s only finals loss

In the middle of the year 1986, San Miguel Corporation decided to return to the basketball scene with the re-entry of both their amateur and pro ballclubs. A year later in late-1987, the SMC teams would start a tradition of winning run and by the end of the decade, they would become the most dominant squads with San Miguel Beer winning six of the last seven PBA conferences, including a grandslam, and their farm team Magnolia Ice Cream winning four of the last seven PABL conferences.

Actually, Magnolia won five since the return in 1986 and they won their first PABL title right away with some remmants of the old Lagerlite team such as Allan Caidic, Jerry Codinera, Pido Jarencio and Dindo Pumaren.

In this blog entry, I’ll talk about Magnolia’s only finals defeat to Philips Sardines which denied them of three straight crowns (Magnolia won titles in between) and Philips’ first and only PABL championship which took place in the third conference called Maharlika Cup that run from October to December 1988.

There are some significance on why Philips’ title conquest was that special and memorable. First, the league was coming off its worst crisis before the tournament started and which led to three teams disbanding. Second, it was the last time at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum that a foreign club, McDonald’s of Taiwan, would play at the old dome. Third, the most celebrated big man and amateur cager at that time, Benjie Paras of Philips, won his first commercial league title, two years after he led his alma mater, the University of the Philippines Maroons, to their first-ever UAAP crown.

A look at the rosters would suggest that winning Philips coach Joe Lipa had pulled another trick, reminiscent of his leading the underdog ESQ Merchants to an upset finals victory over the powerhouse Lagerlite Beermen of coach Derrick Pumaren three years ago. Incidentally, Pumaren calls the shots for Magnolia in the best-of-three championship series against Philips, thus the second meeting between two national team coaches and coach Joe Lipa made it 2-0 over his counterpart.

Magnolia is composed of three national mainstays; Nelson Asaytono, Dindo Pumaren and Paul Alvarez, three players named to the national team the following year; Gido Babilonia, Larry Villanil and Carlito Mejos, former nationals Jong Uichico and Leoncio Tan, both undrafted in the PBA rookie draft earlier in the year, and the likes of Romeo Lopez, Edgar Macaraya, Jerry Gonzales and Joey Santamaria.

Philips, aside from Paras, had Bobby Jose, Anthony Poblador, Silverio Palad, Aristotle Franco and Alfrancis Chua. Other players in the lineups were Benjie’s former national teammates and fellow Maroons, Joey Mendoza, Eric Altamirano and Joey Guanio, two more from UP, 5-9 Samuel Marata and 5-7 Alfie Manlulo, and two players named to the national team the following year; Gilbert Reyes and Edgar Postanes.

The Maharlika Cup finals, Game One was a 96-95 overtime win for Philips with Paras sinking two free throws with a fraction of a second remaining in the extension period to give the Sardines Makers a one-point win after being down by 11 points with a little over six minutes left in regulation. Game Two had Magnolia tying the series with a 90-84 victory.

Game Three on December 22, 1988 was supposed to be another merrier yuletide season and double-victory celebration for SMC ballclubs just like the previous year. But Philips refuse to fall under pressure when the Ice Cream Makers close to within three points, 57-60, with three minutes gone in the second half after being down by 12 at halftime. Gilbert “Jun” Reyes, yes, he rekindle his old rivalry with Dindo Pumaren here, two months after the Ateneo-La Salle showdown in the UAAP, drilled in a three-pointer that started a 26-10 blast for Philips as they coasted to a 103-86 victory.

Interesting to note that Benjie Paras, who was a two-time PABL MVP in 1988, never got to play against his former national teammates Asaytono, Alvarez and Pumaren in a PBA finals, just like when he went up against Alvin Patrimonio and Zaldy Realubit of Swift in the PABL International Invitational Cup finals earlier in May where Philips almost won the title in regulation, a basketball fans dream match up of Paras being pitted against Patrimonio in a pro league finale never came to fruition.

Magnolia Ice Cream did gain a measure of finals revenge over the Philips Sardines ballclub at the turn of the decade in 1990 but with different players.

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Posted by on January 24, 2018 in Philippine Basketball League


1986 PABL Invitationals: rosters of the 4 semifinalist

The 1986 Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) Invitational tournament which was the league’s first conference of the season, started on May 3, 1986. After the one-round eliminations among 8 teams, the Visayan team Lhuillier Jewelers swept its seven game assignments for a 7-0 won-loss card. RFM-Swift and ESQ Marketing were tied at second place with 4-3 but the Foodmakers made the next round with the win-over-the-other ruling.

Last year’s challenge the champions runner-up Mama’s Love placed last with only one win and six losses while four other teams; La Salle, Hope, Army Jungle Fighters and Converse/Milkland carry a 3-4 won-loss slate. A one-round quarterfinals utilized a carryover system where their matches against the two outright semifinalist; Lhuillier and RFM, and the two eliminated teams; Converse and Mama’s Love, are not counted. With this, La Salle was 3-0, ESQ was 2-1, Hope at 1-2 and Army at 0-3.

Hope swept its three assignments and close out with a 4-2 card, tied with ESQ and La Salle. Hope made it to the semis via quotient while ESQ completed the semifinals cast with a victory over the Green Archers in a playoff.

Now here are the lineups of the four semifinalist playing in the double round semis:

Lhuillier Jewelers (coach by Alfredo Enriquez) – Seven national players led by Samboy Lim, Jojo Lastimosa and Harmon Codinera, who were current members of the national team bound for the Asian Games later that year. Past national players Peter Aguilar, Alfonso Solis, Leoncio Tan and Jesus Ramirez. Two UV standouts; Peter Jao and Christopher Amomonpon, and two Manilenos; Raymond Celis and Francisco Navarro.

ESQ Marketing (coach by Nat Canson) – The defending Invitational champions had won the Asian Intercity championship, donning the Pasig Giants jersey, while the tournament was ongoing. The merchants had national player Allan Caidic, along with Edgar Macaraya to contend with in the wings. The backcourt tandem of Jerome Cueto and Gerardo Ramos. Completing the roster are slotman Hernani Demigillo, Jojo Villapando, Alvin Teng, Melchor Frogoso, Rey Rubi, Elisio Agsunod, Tony dela Cerna, Joselito Martin, Gerald Esplana and Joel Santos.

Hope Cigarettes (first coach by Arturo Valenzona, then to assistant Egay Gomez) – The Cigarette Makers had the tallest lineup in 6’6″ national player Jack Tanuan and 6’7″ Adriano Polistico. It has seven members of the National Open champion Masagana 99 quintet. These are Leo Isaac, Jeffrey Graves, Pol Manimbo, George Ella, Popoy Manaog, Romeo Lopez and Fernando Garcia. Then there is Renato Agustin and another national player Glenn Capacio. Others in the lineup are Joel Valle, Richard Bognot and Josel Angeles.

RFM-Swift (coach by Virgil Villavicencio) – The Foodmakers, the surprise team in the tournament when they made the semis outright, only had national player Elmer Reyes as its big star. The rest of the Foodmakers are Robert Magalong, Mukesh Advani, Junel Baculi, Alex Regis, Dondi Roque, Guillermo Valerio, Alex Doromal, Cadel Mosqueda, Demetrio Antonio, Boy Viray, Edgar Amisola, Leo Paguntalan, Anthony Poblador and Joseph Pelaez.

The 1986 PABL First Conference was arguably the most exciting and well-attended tournament in the history of the league as seen in the images above. The members of the national team which won the ABC championship earlier in the year, played for different PABL ballclubs. The ‘Skywalker’ Samboy Lim, saw action in his only amateur commercial league tournament (he later resurface playing for Welcoat in the late 1990s at age 36).


The best of the tournament

The glamor team from Cebu, the Lhuillier Jewelers, which beat fellow newcomer Hope for the title and a cinderella finish, was one of the favorite topics among old-school basketball fans. Hope coach Arturo Valenzona temporarily gave up his coaching position to his assistant, due to pressures by Tanduay in the PBA. He return to the Hope bench after the PBA finals was over.

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Posted by on October 4, 2017 in Philippine Basketball League


Purefoods ballclub’ early roots (PABL years)

This featured blog is dedicated to the Purefoods amateur ballclub and to the earliest and original Purefoods players when the Hotdog company decided to joined the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) in the middle of the 1986 until its final run after two conferences of the 1988 season.

The team was known as Purefoods Food Experts and they absorbed the nucleus of the disbanded Masagana 99 franchise. Of the 14 players, eight are former Ricegrowers. Calling the shots for Purefoods in their very first tournament is Domingo Panganiban (he has been the only coach of Purefoods in the PABL) and assisting him on the bench is Letran coach Eddie Reyes and also part of the coaching staff is Chot Reyes and former pro cager Molet Pineda.


The Food Experts in their second game vs Magnolia

In their inaugural participation, the Food Experts had a strong third place finish behind champion Magnolia and runner-up ESQ Marketing in the PABL second conference called Founders Cup which run through the whole month of August until the second week of September 1986. I recall they had a 3-3 card in the one-round elims among seven teams, beating Fuji Soy Sauce, 87-77, in their first game. Their other two victories were against corporate rivals Countryfair Hotdogs, 110-97, and RFM-Swifts, 86-84, to clinch a semifinals seat. From thereon, the team never came close of finishing into the top four. Overall, the Purefoods amateur ballclub played a total of seven PABL conferences and two National Seniors tournament. As in my previous entry, Purefoods lost to Magnolia in the crossover semis in the ’87 National Seniors in what could have been their only chance to play in a championship.


The 1986 Purefoods roster. In the lineup are Jerry Gonzales, Antonio Cabatana, Salvador Ramos, Ricardo Ignacio, Gil Unera, Cesar Calayag, Anthony Poblador, Pol Manimbo, Aurelio Jalmasco, Loreto Manaog, John Lucas, Demetrio Portosa, George Ella and Enrique Marquez. Seven were inactive during the PABL Invitationals, while Manimbo, Ella and Manaog suited up for Invitational First Conference runner-up Hope Cigarettes and joined Purefoods when the Lucio Tan ballclub disbanded after only one conference. 

Now let’s discuss the players who were part of this team in their three-year PABL stint. Unlike the rich history of their professional ballclub Purefoods Hotdogs in the PBA, there was no real superstars nor members of the men’s national team in the lineup. Two players that deserves worth mentioning for longevity and as the loyal Purefoods cagers in the amateurs are Anthony Poblador and Hermigildo Unera, both are part of the original roster in 1986 and stayed with the Food Experts until 1988. Poblador was drafted by Ginebra in the PBA that year, while Unera two years ago was a top point man for Feati University in the MMUCAA.


Four others which don the Purefoods jersey for three or more conferences were Joel Santos, Roehl Gomez, Julian Rabbi Tomacruz and Edgar Valencia. As anyone can notice, some of these players played in the PBA but never made it big in the pro ranks. The only PBA player who revert back to amateurs and played for Purefoods was Woodrow Balani during the 1987 PABL First Conference.

The 1987 Purefoods roster aside from the seven players already mentioned are Salvador Ramos, Justino Pinat, Rey Yncierto, Larry Villanil, Gerardo Ramos and Guillermo Valerio. Before the start of the 1987 PABL second conference called Freedom Cup, Salvador Ramos and Pinat moved to Lady’s Choice. Purefoods acquired three new players, Elmo Ledesma, another Masagana 99 dribbler and Adamson player, Emmanuel Eleosida, a discovery in the Filipino-Chinese league, and national youth player Romulo Orillosa. In the Maharlika Cup, the Food Experts signed two familiar names in the amateurs that time, Alex Regis and Jake Codamon. Regis is best remembered in the October 17, 1987 game where the Food Experts were down by two points, he was able to hit back-to-back triples in the last 45 seconds as Purefoods escaped with an 80-76 win over Swift Hotdogs (his former team) that has Alvin Patrimonio, Ato Agustin, Boy Cabahug and Glenn Capacio in the lineup. Regis, along with Roehl Gomez and Salvador Ramos are probably the best scorers of the team.


The Purefoods team in the opening of the 1988 PABL season.

In 1988, when the focus of attention among basketball fans were centered on the Purefoods’ glamour team in the PBA, entering as a newcomer in the professional league, the amateur ballclub was somewhat neglected, still, the team had a massive build up at the start of the season. Would you believe that Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Alex Araneta, Eric Reyes and Jun Reyes had a brief stint at Purefoods. They also acquired FEU standouts Andy De Guzman and Jack Tanuan, and UST’s Bobby Jose. So far, the only player to have played with both Purefoods’ PABL and PBA clubs is the late Jack Tanuan, barely two weeks after being signed by the Food Experts, Tanuan was already seen by the ULTRA crowd as the 12th local player of the Hotdogs roster in the PBA. The closest to have come to Tanuan’s distinction is Louie Alas, also came to Purefoods at the same time with Jack, and he was drafted by the Purefoods Hotdogs in the PBA in 1990.

Purefoods coach Ding Panganiban led a breakaway group along with five other teams to bolt out of the PABL after the second conference of that year and tried to form a new league called National Amateur Basketball Association (NABA), eventually after a few months, it fizzled out and this led to the demise of the Purefoods amateur team, although it hardly mattered since the Ayala-owned franchise had bigger fish to fry – and that is to win a PBA championship!

Source: PBA archives, Manila Standard

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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Philippine Basketball League


1985 PABL Invitationals: The 8 semifinalist

18 teams from commercial and collegiate ranks participated in the first conference of the 1985 Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) season.

Group A – ESQ Marketing, ERDC, FEU, NU, Adamson and San Beda.

Group B – Masagana 99, Rizal Athletic Club, San Sebastian, UP, UST and La Salle.

Group C – Lagerlite Beer, Mama’s Love, Army Jungle Fighters, Arellano University, Ateneo and UE.

The eight semifinalist after a round-robin from each group:

Group A – ESQ Marketing and ERDC, which both finish with 4 wins and 1 loss, and FEU (3-2). The Merchants defeated ERDC, 87-83, San Beda, 111-86, Adamson, 115-89, and NU, 153-86. Their only loss was to FEU, 82-84. The Research Specialists beat Adamson, 103-87, San Beda, 117-72, NU, 180-73 (a 107-point winning margin), and FEU, 103-89, in their final assignment. The Tamaraws of FEU beat San Beda, 98-59, and NU, 138-87, they lost to Adamson Falcons, 94-108.

Group B – Masagana 99 had a clean 5-0 slate, followed by San Sebastian College with 4-1. The Rice Growers defeated La Salle, 75-71, San Sebastian, 103-95, Rizal Athletic Club, 103-93, UST, 98-69, and UP, 99-56. The Stags won against UST, 81-78, La Salle, 84-78, RAC, 100-93, and UP, 72-66.

Group C – Lagerlite also finish with a sweep, winning all their five games, the Beermen beat Army, 76-72 on April 14, UE, 122-81 on April 19, Mama’s Love, 128-94 on April 24, Ateneo, 104-78, and Arellano, 117-75 on May 6. The other two teams in the group that made it to the semifinal round were Army (4-1) and Mama’s Love (3-2). The Cebu-based squad lost to the Jungle Fighters, 96-103, their three victories; UE, 101-85, Ateneo de Manila, 105-93, and Arellano U, 113-64. Army had beaten Ateneo, 110-97 on April 26, and scored victories as well over UE and Arellano.

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Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Philippine Basketball League


1984 PABL season review

The First Conference of the 1984 Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) was called Ambassador’s Cup. Teams that participated were Development Bank of Rizal, Perpetual Savings Bank, CF Sharp, ESQ Marketing, Magnolia Ice Cream, RFM-Swifts, Masagana 99, Coal Fields and Arellano University. Six participants of last year’s Founder’s Cup begged off or withdrew before the start of the season.

In the middle of the tournament, Perpetual Savings Bank, sister team of Bank of Rizal, suffered a crisis and the team owners decided to sell the bank. Bayside picked up the franchise and the team made it to the semifinals. Emerging as the power to reckon with were Bank of Rizal, runner-up to Arellano University in the previous conference, and Masagana 99, who was a successful team in their Interclub days. The two teams played in the championship and the Bankers, plagued by threats of disbandment, went all out to score a 2-0 sweep over the 99ers, winning 96-93 and 102-93, for the title. Adjudged as MVP of the conference is Leo Austria of Masagana 99.

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The champion team faced disbandment immediately. Among the Bankers are Mukesh Advani, Rey Perez, Meneles Viray, Adonis Tierra, Ray Obias, Dwight Chua, Sonny Cabatu, Ferdinand Santos, Dennis Carbonilla and Edgar Amisola. Other members of the team Zeo Agsunod, Richard Mendoza, Rene Addun, Roeller Miguel and Eduardo Baldomero. Their coach is Nemie Villegas. 

The Second Conference was known as President’s Cup, Arellano decided not to participate in view of the fact that team owner Peter Cayco was the incumbent president of the PABL so as to signified sportsmanship and fair play. Only four were left from the nine teams that saw action in the Ambassador’s Cup, these were ESQ, Bayside, Magnolia and Masagana, five teams filled in the void, the Army Jungle Fighters, Concrete Aggregates, Equipment Research and Development Corporation, Imperial Textile and Masagana 99’s sister team, Maisagana. The team of Edward Shirley Que, an erstwhile cellar-dweller came out on top, under coach Raymundo “Chuck” Barreiro, a former Tanduay player and San Beda star. ESQ Marketing beat hard-luck Masagana 99 for the championship, two games to one, winning the deciding game, 91-84 on October 10. Center Sonny Cabatu of ESQ was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy.

The Third PABL Conference called Invitationals opened a month and a half later. ESQ had another coach in Joe Lipa, formerly of Bayside, replacing Barreiro. Five teams dropped out of competition; CAC, ERDC, ITM, Bayside and Maisagana. Three new teams were added, they are Golden Rice Cereals, Rizal Provincial Athletic Club and Crispa-Arellano. The entry of the Redmanizers signified an attempt by the former biggies of the MICAA to field in their farm teams like they did in the old days.

The Merchants, Rizalians and Army Jungle Fighters closed out the double-round eliminations with similar 9 wins and 5 losses. Rizal A.C. clinched the first finals berth by virtue of a higher quotient. ESQ defeated Army, 77-67, in a playoff to face Rizal A.C. in the titular showdown.

The ESQ Merchants repeated their second conference superiority by sweeping Rizal Provincial Athletic Club, 2-0, in the post-Christmas showdown that closed out the PABL 1984 season. The Merchants won Game one by squeaker, 82-80, and then masterfully weaved a 95-80 victory in Game two for the title. Sonny Cabatu of ESQ was once again voted MVP for the second straight conference. The 6-5 slotman compiled more statistical points than Army’s Meneles Viray and Magnolia’s Jeffrey Graves.


Members of the victorious ESQ squad are Cabatu, Adonis Tierra, Joshua Villapando, Joel Valle, Juanito Guzman, Ricky Cui, Florendo Ritualo, Billy Lim, Mukesh Advani, Aurelio Jalmasco, Alex Regis, Guillermo Valerio and Harmon Codinera. Edward Que is President of ESQ Marketing, a construction supply firm. His wife, Shirley, once played for St.Stephen’s High in the WNCAA.

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Posted by on October 19, 2015 in Philippine Basketball League


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


PABL players’ scoring feats (1987 season, Part 2)

Alvin Patrimonio, who was voted by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) as their Most Outstanding amateur player of the year at that time, are tied with Antonio dela Cerna for the fifth highest single-game output with 41 points. Patrimonio played for YCO Shinemasters in the first two conferences until the Elizalde ballclub disbanded and transferred to RFM-Swifts beginning the Maharlika Cup. He scored 32 points in YCO’s 106-108 loss to Swift in Game two of the International Invitational Cup finals on April 4, which saw the Hotdogs won their first PABL title. In the Freedom Cup,  Patrimonio’s outputs were 37 points in YCO’s 77-76 win over Magnolia on May 18; 30 points in YCO’s 100-111 loss to Miescor on May 30; 33 points in YCO’s 93-100 loss to Magnolia on June 28; 36 points in YCO’s 93-86 win over Miescor on June 29; 39 points in YCO’s 101-88 win over Swifts on July 2; and 31 points in YCO’s 105-101 win over Swift in Game two of the Freedom Cup finals on July 8.


Donning the Swift Hotdogs’ jersey, Patrimonio’s best performances were in the final two games of the season, scoring 41 points in Swift’s 95-107 loss to Magnolia in Game three of the Maharlika Cup finals on December 16, and two nights later on December 18, he scored 30 points in the hotdogs’ 105-108 Game four loss to eventual champion Magnolia Ice Cream.

Renato Agustin of RFM-Swifts was sixth overall, the 5-11 shooting guard scored 32 points in Swift’s 95-92 win over Sta.Lucia on March 17; 30 points in Swift’s 127-108 win over the visiting Clark All-Stars on March 27; 38 points in Swift’s 97-96 win over Mama’s Love on May 30; 31 points in Swift’s 96-100 loss to Miescor on June 15; 32 points in Swift’s 112-115 loss to Magnolia on June 17; 30 points in Swift’s 103-93 win over YCO on June 20; and while playing for PABL-Rebisco in the special tournament called Philippine Cup, Ato scored 35 points in an 87-110 loss to Egypt in Game two of their series for third place on August 9. In the Maharlika Cup,  Agustin had his highest point production with 39 points in Swift’s 102-90 win over Miescor on October 19; and 30 points in Swift’s 104-89 win over Lhuillier on October 24.

The rest of the PABL players who scored 30 or more points in a single game during the 1987 season.

Joshua Villapando (Miescor), 35 points in Miescor’ 107-112 OT loss to Philips on May 29; 36 points in Miescor’ 97-101 loss to Magnolia in Game two of series for third place on July 8; and 33 points, while playing this time for Sta.Lucia in the Realtors’ 98-86 win over Swifts on November 7.

Nelson Asaytono (Magnolia), 34 points in Magnolia’s 113-106 win over Lhuillier-Converse on March 16; 30 points in Magnolia’s 89-94 loss to Miescor on June 26; and 34 points in Magnolia’s 102-104 loss to Miescor in Game three of series for third place on July 10.

Benjie Paras (Philips), 33 points in Philips’ 114-119 loss to Lhuillier in Game one of series for third place on December 11; and 31 points in Game four, a Philips’ 92-94 loss to Lhuillier on December 18.

Glenn Capacio (YCO), 30 points in YCO’ 93-88 win over Sta.Lucia on June 1; and 34 points in YCO’s 93-100 loss to Magnolia on June 28.

Edgar Tanuan (Miescor), 32 points in Miescor’ 107-112 OT loss to Philips on May 29; and 30 points in Miescor’ 100-96 win over Swift on June 15.

Alex Regis (Purefoods), who played for RFM-Swifts in the first two conferences, scored 35 points in Purefoods’ 99-102 loss to Miescor on October 21.

Andy de Guzman (Miescor), 34 points in Miescor’ 91-93 loss to Purefoods on November 25.

Jojo Martin (Sta.Lucia), 33 points in Sta.Lucia’ 109-112 OT loss to Lhuillier-Converse on March 12.

Roehl Gomez (Purefoods), 33 points in Purefoods’ 111-102 win over Miescor on November 11.

Aristotle Franco (Philips), 31 points in Philips’ 72-77 loss to Miescor on November 27.

Carlito Mejos (Mama’s Love), 30 points in Mama’s Love’ 96-97 loss to Swifts on May 30.

Rey Yncierto (Purefoods), 30 points in Purefoods’ 89-93 loss to Sta.Lucia on June 8.

Jerry Codinera (Magnolia), 30 points in Magnolia’s 90-86 win over Miescor on July 2.


Among the foreign players who saw action in the 1987 PABL season, Lee Chung Hee of South Korea shot 66 points in Hyundai’s 110-111 loss to Philips on March 23, Lee scored 52 points in their 106-89 win over YCO on March 30; 48 points in Hyundai’s 126-82 rout over Purefoods; 39 points against Clark All-Stars, a 96-66 win on March 25; and 37 points in Hyundai’s 89-93 loss to Golden Dragon of Taiwan on March 27.

Source: Manila Standard newspaper

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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Philippine Basketball League