The 1987 National Seniors tournament

There were 16 teams that participated in the 1987 edition of the prestigious National Seniors basketball championship that took place from April 21-May 6, 1987.

Group A – Newly-crowned PICAA champion Newton Engineering, Philippine Maritime Institute, PABL ballclub Purefoods, and Meralco, known as MIESCOR, celebrating its return to big time basketball following a 15-year absence.

Group B – PABL’s Magnolia Juice Drinks, NCAA runner up San Sebastian Stags, San Beda and Central Colleges of the Philippines.

Group C – PABL teams Lhuillier-Converse and Sta.Lucia, PICAA All-stars and Metro Manila Colleges.

Group D – NCAA champion Letran Knights, Newly-crowned PABL International Cup champion RFM-Swift’s, University of Baguio and a Makati selection.

As expected, the commercial ballclubs scored lopsided wins against the lightweights, some of the biggest winning margin includes Lhuillier’s 138-82 rout of MMC and Swift’s 132-84 win over Makati on April 22. Purefoods scored an easy 133-86 win against Newton and blasted PMI, 138-88. Sta.Lucia also had two lopsided victories, 118-77 against PICAA stars, and 111-64 over MMC.

On the final day of the round-robin in each group on April 27, the 8 undefeated teams battled it out, RFM-Swift’s surprisingly had a hard time against NCAA champion Letran, winning 113-112, as the Knights’ Fernando Libed scored 33 points. Magnolia had an easier time against NCAA runner up San Sebastian, 117-64. Sta.Lucia beat Lhuillier, 101-94, and Purefoods nip Miescor, 81-79.

The top-seeded team from Group A and C (Purefoods and Sta.Lucia) were joined by the 2nd-seeded from Group B and D (SSC and Letran) in another round-robin. Miescor, Lhuillier, Magnolia and Swift were in another group. The Purefoods Food Makers (3-0), with the likes of Roehl Gomez, Salvador Ramos, Rey Yncierto, Justino Pinat, Anthony Poblador, Julian Tomacruz, Larry Villanil, Unera and Valencia, remains unbeaten with their six straight victory and earn top seed in the knockout semifinals, Sta.Lucia (2-1) finish at number 2. The other two semifinalist were Lhuillier (2-1) and Magnolia (2-1), which knock off RFM-Swift’s, 116-103, as Jong Uichico topscored for the Juice Drinks with 31 points.

In the crossover, knockout semifinals on May 4, Magnolia finally ended Purefoods’ winning run with a 101-89 victory. Lhuillier clobbered Sta.Lucia, 123-91. Former PBA import Darryl Smith scored 34 points for the Jewelers. The first two PABL champions from last season; Lhuillier and Magnolia, will play for the National Seniors basketball championship.

Lhuillier-Converse were coached by Raul Alcoseba and the roster besides Smith includes Jojo Lastimosa, Peter Jao, Peter Aguilar, Jesus Ramirez, Francisco Navarro, Leoncio Tan, Jojo’s brother Danny Lastimosa, and ex-pros Jess Migalbin and Tata Merced. Magnolia under coach Derrick Pumaren, had Jerry Codinera, Nelson Asaytono, Jong Uichico, Benjie Gutierrez, Dindo Pumaren, Joey Santamaria, Richard Bachmann and former pro Rudy Distrito in their lineup.

In the championship game on May 6, the Jewelers outplayed their rivals and led by as many as 20 points and coasted to a 90-82 victory over Magnolia, and captured their second major title in the Metro Manila cage tournament. Sta.Lucia Realtors, behind Tony dela Cerna, Gido Babilonia, Jojo Martin, Nani Demigillo, Louie Alas and Edgar Macaraya, took third place with a 99-90 win over Purefoods.

And so we have the new National Seniors champion Lhuillier-Converse, after the three-year reign (1984-1986) of the now defunct Masagana 99 squad, which went to oblivion months after the EDSA Revolution.

Some of the scoring records in the two-week tourney were the 45 points by Darryl Smith in Lhuillier’s 111-115 overtime loss to RFM-Swift’s on April 29, in which the Hotdogs got 34 points from Boy Cabahug. Letran’s Fernando Libed scored 43 points in the Knights’ 103-90 win over University of Baguio on April 23, and Miescor’s Jojo Villapando, although its not clear how many points he scored.

Source: Manila Standard

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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in National Seniors


MICAA ’71 final round results that led to MERALCO’s first championship

While there are several blogs already on MERALCO Reddy Kilowatts’ first MICAA title in 1971, in which they defeated Crispa-Floro, 65-58, in the finale. Allow me to post the final round results among the six teams that enter. MERALCO finished with an unblemished 5-0 win-loss slate, followed by Crispa (4-1), Mariwasa (3-2), YCO (2-3), San Miguel Braves (1-4), and Yutivo (0-5).

The dates are not given but as taken from the Philippine Free Press issue dated July 24, 1971. The championship game between MERALCO and Crispa took place on July 11, while the final (or semifinal) round probably started and the last week of June.

Here are the results:

Day 1 – Mariwasa 87-77 Yco / Crispa 71-65 Yutivo

Day 2 – Crispa 78-74 San Miguel / Meralco 80-66 Yutivo

Day 3 – Mariwasa 88-80 San Miguel / Yco 89-76 Yutivo

Day 4 – Meralco 79-75 Crispa / San Miguel 86-73 Yutivo

Day 5 – Meralco 85-77 Mariwasa / Yco 92-67 San Miguel

Day 6 – Crispa over Mariwasa (score not found) / Meralco 64-59 Yco

Day 7 – Mariwasa 86-81 Yutivo / Crispa 85-65 Yco / Meralco 82-73 San Miguel.



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Posted by on October 9, 2016 in MICAA


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


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

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.



The first-ever Crispa-Toyota match in the MICAA!

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.

The scores:

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.

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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in MICAA


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


1977 Open: Crispa’s 6th straight PBA title

The 1977 PBA Second Conference, known as Open Conference, had for the first time, six teams will make it to the semifinal round, unlike in the two previous seasons where four teams advances in a two-round semifinals.

The six semifinalists were: Crispa (11-3), Toyota and Tanduay (9-5), U/tex (8-6), Presto and 7-Up (7-7). Eliminated were Royal and Mariwasa-Honda. The Redmanizers, who were looking for their sixth straight championship, had only loss to Toyota, Presto (116-118) and Tanduay (112-113) in the eliminations, all in the second round.

The semifinal round started on October 27, 1977 and after the first round, the league’s surprise team was U/tex, which finish with a perfect 5-0 card, defeating Crispa on opening day, 92-80 on October 27, Toyota, 133-128 in overtime on October 29, Seven-Up, 96-92 on November 4, Presto, 112-105 on November 5, and Tanduay, 124-118 in double overtime on November 6. Crispa, which started on a wrong foot, losing to U/tex, bounces back with a 120-97 win over Presto on October 29, lost to Seven-Up, 120-121 on October 31, defeated arch rival Toyota, 121-116 on November 4, and Tanduay, 105-98 in the following day, for a 3-2 record, tied with Toyota. The scores in the Tamaraws’ three victories; 113-105 over Tanduay on October 27, 136-121 over Seven-Up on November 5, the night Danny Florencio break the previous single-game high of 59 set by Jun Papa of Mariwasa, by scoring 64 points for the Uncolas while Robert Jaworski of Toyota had his personal-best of 39 points, and 131-120 win over Presto on the next day on November 6.

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The November 6 result on Balita newspaper

After the two-round semifinals, the U/tex Wranglers advances to the finals for the first time in their franchise history, finishing on top of the standings at 8-2, with both losses, to Toyota, 110-120 on November 8, and Crispa, 84-86 on November 10. The Redmanizers and the Tamaraws, tied at second with a 7-3 won-loss slates, would go on to play in a knockout game. Crispa won the playoff match, 90-87, for the right to play U/tex for the Open Conference crown.

In their finals match-up, Crispa was 3-1 over U/tex in their four previous meetings, winning twice in the eliminations by low scores, 87-85 and 98-97. The best-of-five finals series saw the Redmanizers, which only had Cyrus Mann as their import going up against the Wranglers’ pair of Byron “Snake” Jones and Charles Neal, nearly went down 0-2 in the series, after losing Game one, 105-113, the Redmanizers had to come-from-behind to beat U/tex in the second game, 103-101, on Cyrus Mann’ tipped-in at the buzzer, on a follow-up after Atoy Co missed a long jumper in the last two seconds. (often referred as the longest two seconds in the PBA)

The next three games of the series were very close, with Crispa taking Game three, 79-76, and U/tex forcing a deciding fifth game with a 92-89 win in Game four.  The last game of the championship took place on November 29, the Wranglers of coach Tommy Manotoc, battled back from 12 points down early in the third quarter and held the Redmanizers to 11 deadlocks and similar number of lead changes. The last 10 seconds of the game saw Cyrus Mann sank the second of his two free throws off a foul from Snake Jones, to give Crispa a 90-87 edge. On the next play, Roy Deles fished a foul from Philip Cezar on a jump shot attempt from the side, with only five seconds left. Deles made his first free throw and coach Manotoc called for time, Deles intentionally missed his second and Jones won the rebound and got off a shot which could give the Wranglers a chance to send the game into overtime, but Jones’ desperation shot had too much spin and bounced against the boards and into the hands of Mann, who rushed in for the rebound as the buzzer sounded.

Crispa coach Baby Dalupan, who won his sixth straight PBA title, considers the victory as the Redmanizers’ toughest championship. Atoy Co topscored for Crispa with 25 points, followed by Mann with 16. For U/tex, Byron Jones had 35 points and Lim Eng Beng with 19.

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Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Philippine Basketball Association