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  1. #1

    Cool After 30 years, Crispa's win streak still unmatched

    After 30 years, Crispa's win streak still unmatched
    REY JOBLE, GMANews.TV
    12/07/2010 | 10:42 PM

    Thirty years ago, the Crispa Redmanizers, a team accustomed to winning championships, tried to establish a feat no team has ever achieved in the history of the Philippine Basketball Association — a perfect conference.

    They came so close to achieving a perfect 20 in the 1980 All-Filipino Conference.

    In a season that saw them unloading their biggest superstar in William “Bogs" Adornado — who was shipped to the U-Tex Wranglers in the first round of the Open Conference — the Redmanizers swept the first-round eliminations, winning all their nine games.

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    Atoy Co in one of his classic match-ups with Robert Jaworski. Crispa Facebook Page

    They continued their romp all the way to the quarterfinal round, the short semifinal round and the finals.

    “Crispa defeated Toyota, U-Tex, Gilbey’s Gin, Tanduay and Great Taste in the six-team quarterfinal round, so that stretched their winning run to 14," said basketball historian Atty. Percival Flores of MYPBA, a sports forum rich in basketball information.

    “When the teams were down to four in the semis, the Redmanizers easily dispatched of the Tamaraws, the Rhum Masters and the Distillers in the single-round semis and extended their winning run to 17," added Flores.

    But Jay P. Mercado, another basketball historian from MYPBA, explained that Crispa thought of a possible sweep only after the semifinal round.

    “They didn’t think about keeping the streak until after the semis when they were still unbeaten. With just three games to win, they conjured visions of an unblemished record," said Mercado, also the Human Resources manager of a well-known fast-food chain.

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    Philip Cezar and Abet Guidaben compose the solid frontcourt duo of Crispa. Crispa Facebook Page

    Behind their key players led by eventual Most Valuable Player Philip Cezar, Freddie Hubalde, Atoy Co, Bernie Fabiosa, Abet Guidaben, Joy Dionisio, Bong dela Cruz, Rey Pages, Tito Varela and rookie Joy Carpio, the Redmanizers had no problem winning the first two games of their best-of-five series against the Tamaraws.

    Crispa outlasted Toyota, 108-101, in the series opener. In Game Two, the Redmanizers were more dominant, whipping the Tamaraws, 122-102, to come a win away of a perfect conference and celebrate December in a big way.

    But the pressure was too much for the Redmanizers in Game Three.

    “We were pressured. The players felt it," Co, the former Crispa team captain and a PBA Hall of Famer, told GMANews.TV.

    Co added that the Tamaraws got an added boost with the firing of coach Fort Acuña at halftime of their Game Three encounter.

    “If I recall, (Sonny) Jaworski wasn’t used in the entire first half, that’s why Fort was fired by Toyota management," added Co. “So, si Jawo na ang nag-coach ng Toyota from there."

    Refusing to obey Don Pablo Carlos, team owner of Toyota, Acuña was fired at halftime and Jaworski was installed as playing coach.

    The Big J then inspired the Tamaraws to a 97-94 win in Game Three, thus denying the Redmanizers the 20-game winning streak for a perfect conference.

    In an interview with then Sports Weekly writer Vic Villafranca, Danny Floro admitted the pressure was so great, but that the loss didn’t deter his team from striking back and winning it all in the following game.

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    Members of the triumphant Redmanizers squad celebrate after beating Toyota, 3-1, in the 1980 All-Filipino Conference finals. Crispa Facebook Page

    “I told the boys to forget about the sweep, but win the championship instead," Floro was quoted as saying.

    And win the championship the Redmanizers did in Game Four.

    Behind Cezar, Co and Hubalde, Crispa won the game convincingly, 105-91. The successful defense of the All-Filipino crown marked the Redmanizers’ eighth championship.

    “Crispa would not have lost if the players were relaxed in Game Three," said Mercado. "They were so good back then that not even a perfect Toyota game could stymie a good Crispa game. Short of saying that Game Three was Crispa’s to lose, as they were so good they were practically capable of deciding their own fate."

    From a good team to a great squad

    Exactly how good was Crispa as a team?

    Padim Israel, who joined the Redmanizers in 1981 together with several other players of the Apcor squad in the amateur ranks such as Mon Cruz, Bai Cristobal and Yoyoy Villamin, heard of that near-perfect run.

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    Bernie Fabiosa (right) is known as the PBA's 'Sultan of Swat' Crispa Facebook Page

    But he and his batchmates with the Redmanizers had their own taste of success, becoming members of the champion squad in their rookie season and winning four more titles in the remaining four seasons of the fabled squad in the league.

    “We had our success run, too. Every player at that time wanted to play for Crispa or Toyota. Iba kasi dahil madadala ka rin ng brand, eh," said Israel. “It’s a brand synonymous to winning. And we were fortunate to have a great coach in Baby (Dalupan). He was great in making substitutions and addressing match-up situations."

    Thirty years have passed, and yet the 19-game winning streak established in a single conference remains unmatched. Ironically, the team that shattered that amazing streak in terms of games won consecutively was none other than Crispa itself.

    The Redmanizers established another record in the 1983 PBA season, bridging the All-Filipino and the Second Conference when they posted a 21-game winning streak.

    Crispa went on to complete a grand slam, the only team to be able to complete a triple crown twice in the league. And the biggest reason for the Redmanizers’ success that time was the acquisition of Billy Ray Bates, who was considered by many as the greatest import to play in the PBA.

    Jong Uichico, nephew of Danny Floro, witnessed some of the Redmanizers’ games in the early years.

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    Freddie Hubalde (right) becomes Crispa's best small forward after the departure of Bogs Adornado. Crispa Facebook Page


    “I remember a game when there were only seven Crispa players, yet they were still able to win. I cannot recall the year, but it was Chris Calilan who stood as the hero of that game because of his consistent shooting from the foul line," said Uichico in a telephone interview.

    Tim Cone, a certified Toyota fan, although ironically idolizing Crispa’s legendary coach Baby Dalupan, was also a witness to the greatness of the Redmanizers.

    “There were a lot of times Crispa was giving me heartaches because they would beat my favorite team Toyota, but I really idolized coach Baby. People would think Dalupan had it so easy for having such a talented team, but for a coach to handle the collective egos of those players and let them play as one was really a tough task, and coach Baby was able to do that. That’s why when we met in the finals in 1990, I was having goosebumps," said Cone.

    In ten seasons in the PBA, the Redmanizers won 13 championships and two triple crowns, in the process winning the hearts of a multitude of long-time basketball fanatics.
    - KY, GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/207772/a...till-unmatched
    Last edited by add616reneb; Dec 29, 2010 at 09:12 PM.

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    di ba may winnig streak din ang Crispa Redmainzer nila Vic Pablo at Johnny Abbarientos sa PABL or PBl na ata iyon ?

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    yes indeed, that streak is still unsatched. What I have experienced is 6,7,8 or 9 game winning streaks but not in double digits...

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    may I like to clarify something, wasnt the only real threat to Crispa back in the day was Toyota? since the two teams hoarded the best talent that can get. and most of the other teams were left with scrapes?

    but nevertheless it is still impressive, and just adds more reason as to why pinoys can never forget these two great teams in the PBA.

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    In the 70s, its Crispa and Toyota lording it over, but in the early 80s, we get to see other teams played either of the two sa finals, U/tex, Great Taste, Gilbey's, San Miguel.

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    the manila metrostars (MBA) won 22 straight games in 1999...

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    While there's no argument that there was hardly any parity in the league during its first few years, that shouldn't take away anything from Crispa's phenomenal accomplishment of winning 19 straight games in one conference. It's just not that easy to do, especially when the pressure is stacked up on your team to deliver the wins night in and night out. As cited in the article, Crispa lost its penultimate game in the conference, the game that was supposed to hand over the clean sweep, had it not for the pressure that built on them to deliver the coup de grace.

    Besides, Crispa had to contend itself with an arch rival in Toyota. And they had to meet the Tamaraws at least six times to achieve the record. They eventually met 7x, winning the first five, losing the sixth, until finally annexing the title in their seventh game against Toyota. The All Filipino Conference of 1980 was quite historical, apart from the fact that Crispa registered a 20-1 record, this was also the first time in league history when the All Filipino was truly an All Filipino.

    In the first 5 seasons, the AFC had foreign reinforcements for the weaker teams. Toyota had one in the 1975 season, as well as other teams like the Carrier Weathermakers, the Mariwasa Honda Panthers and the U/Tex Weavers. In 1976 to 1979, Big Billy Robinson and Israel "Cisco" Oliver reinforced different teams in the AFC to shore up these teams' lineups. For the first time, the 1980 AFC finally saw all teams playing with an All Filipino unit.

    Toyota was no slouch. It can be argued that the Tamaraws had a lineup that was comparable, competitive, if not, better, than the Redmanizers. It would be an injustice to question Crispa's feat, for beating Toyota 6x without losing is like saying SMB today having to go up against BGK, Alaska and TNT at least twice to sweep the conference. It's not that easy.

    Let's take a look at the teams' lineups:

    Crispa: Guidaben, Co, Cezar, Fabiosa, Hubalde, Pages, Dela Cruz, Dionisio, Carpio, Mamaril, Natividad, Varela

    Toyota: Jaworski, Fernandez, Arnaiz, Florencio, Tuadles, King, Legaspi, Javier, Herrera, Bulaong, Salazar, Merced

    Crispa had their big 5 in Guidaben, Co, Cezar, Fabiosa and Hubalde. Toyota countered with their top 6 of Jawo, Fernandez, Arnaiz, Florencio, Tuadles and King. The difference though was the chemistry - something that Crispa had plenty of while Toyota was already imploding at that point. The breakdown was completed when Don Pablo Carlos sacked Coach Fort Acuna at halftime of Game 3 of the Finals. A year before that, then coach Dante Silverio, who was the pioneer coach of the franchise, resigned after Toyota management out-ruled him in benching Messrs. Fernandez, King and Estoy Estrada for alleged game-fixing. Silverio, who was part of the family that owned the franchise (the nephew of Ricardo Silverio, Sr., owner of Delta Motors Philippines), was very close to Jaworski and Arnaiz. Some cracks were already being seen at the once very tight relationship of the team with Jaworski and Arnaiz on one side and Fernandez and King at the other.

    Eventually, Ed Ocampo, the coach of the 1979 Open Conference champion team Royal Tru Orange, and one of the more respected basketball figures in the country, took over Acuna's rein as mentor of the team. Ocampo had to deal with the personalities involved at Toyota and was forced to tiptoe along egg shells just to balance the team's chemistry. When Jaworski got injured the most part of 1982, it was the turnover of the mantle, so to speak, as Fernandez became the acknowledged leader of the team, winning for himself the 1982 MVP title.

    Ultimately, this implosion came to being when Toyota disbanded at the end of the 1983 season. Beer Hausen bought the Toyota franchise and made it known that Fernandez would be the franchise player of the team. Jaworski and Arnaiz balked at the covert arrangement made that led to PBA President Carlos "Honeyboy" Palanca, III to secure the services of the two for his Gilbey's Gin team at the start of the 1984 season.

    Crispa, as Joble stated in the article, also had another run for two conferences between the 1st and 2nd of the 1983 season, its second grandslam year. After losing to Toyota in the inaugural game of the season by a point from a Nic Bulaong tip-in at the buzzer, 86-84, Crispa went on a romp and won 12 straight games, including a 3-game sweep of the Finals against Gilbey's. Note that Great Taste was already becoming the league's third powerhouse after acquiring the Fil-Am sensation Ricardo Brown from the rookie ranks, and teamed up with 3-time MVP Bogs Adornado, Manny Victorino, Joy Carpio, Joel Banal, among others. In the 2nd Conference, with the entry of super import Billy Ray Bates, Crispa went on another 9-game tear, demolishing all its rivals, including the Norman Black-led Great Taste squad. They lost to San Miguel Beer, powered by Donnie Ray Koonce in a minor upset but this didn't deter the Redmanizers from winning the 2nd Conference jewel that led to the grandslam for the season.

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by bonzieknight45 View Post
    the manila metrostars (MBA) won 22 straight games in 1999...
    who are they?

  9. #9
    very informative thread.


    kudos to the TS.

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by whiplash View Post
    who are they?
    1999 MBA Champion.







    Adducul and Compton Duo.

  11. #11
    i know.

    sarcasm lang yon akin. compare ba naman kasi ang isang legendary Crispa team at legendary rivalry (with Toyota) against a now-defunct and forgettable league/team. hinde tama. hehe

  12. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by whiplash View Post
    i know.

    sarcasm lang yon akin. compare ba naman kasi ang isang legendary Crispa team at legendary rivalry (with Toyota) against a now-defunct and forgettable league/team. hinde tama. hehe
    ok. Crispa Redmanizers pa din ako. Kahit na huge fan ako nun ng MBA hinde pa rin uubra ang Manila Metrostars dun sa mga legendary teams na kagaya ng Crispa, Toyota, 1989 San Miguel, 1995 Sunkist, and 1996 Alaska Milkmen.

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    Crispa, as Joble stated in the article, also had another run for two conferences between the 1st and 2nd of the 1983 season, its second grandslam year. After losing to Toyota in the inaugural game of the season by a point from a Nic Bulaong tip-in at the buzzer, 86-84, Crispa went on a romp and won 12 straight games, including a 3-game sweep of the Finals against Gilbey's.
    Di ba 8 teams during that season, so I assumed one round lang eliminations sa All-Filipino tapos one round din among four teams sa semis, ang ikli pala ng All-pinoy tourney ng PBA noon.

  14. #14
    That's correct Tito. There were 8 teams back then, with only one round for the eliminations and one round for the 4-team semifinals. That means 7 games in the elims and 3 games in the semis. When Crispa lost in their first game in the 1983 AFC, they won their remaining 6 games in the eliminations and topped the round with a 6-1 card. They went on to sweep the semis with a 3-0 card, then swept Gilbey's Gin in the finals, 3-0.

    The second conference saw them owning a 9-0 card with Billy Ray Bates around. They succumbed to SMB on their tenth game, and snapped their 21-game win streak...

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay P. Mercado View Post
    That's correct Tito. There were 8 teams back then, with only one round for the eliminations and one round for the 4-team semifinals. That means 7 games in the elims and 3 games in the semis. When Crispa lost in their first game in the 1983 AFC, they won their remaining 6 games in the eliminations and topped the round with a 6-1 card. They went on to sweep the semis with a 3-0 card, then swept Gilbey's Gin in the finals, 3-0.

    The second conference saw them owning a 9-0 card with Billy Ray Bates around. They succumbed to SMB on their tenth game, and snapped their 21-game win streak...
    Wow, thanks, mas maganda talaga noon, one round lang elimination games, hindi gano matagal each conference.

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