We received a lot of positive feedback and page views after our piece on a 1979 encounter between archrivals Toyota and Crispa that we felt it needed a sequel. Pinoy Extreme treated the fans to another installment of the PBA’s greatest rivalry, a game played on June 1, 1982. This time, both teams came in full force with spectacular imports to boot!
QUEZON CITY – The Crispa Redmanizers defeated the Toyota Super Corollas for the first time in the 1982 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Reinforced Filipino Conference, 111-105, Tuesday evening (June 1) at the Araneta Coliseum. More importantly, the Redmanizers advanced straight to the semifinal round.
Crispa import Glenn Hagan scored nine points during a crucial stretch in the fourth quarter to hold off Toyota’s attempts to rally. Earlier, Atoy Co hit a triple that gave Crispa its biggest lead of the contest, 86-74.
Robert Jaworski and Donnie Ray Koonce slowly brought Toyota back into the contest, with Jaworski opening their final push with a three-point play at the 9:49 mark, 77-86.
Ramon Fernandez sank a triple and Koonce tipped in a Francis Arnaiz miss to threaten for the last time with a minute left, 101-104. In the key point of the game, Arnaiz fouled a driving Bernie Fabiosa and immediately drew a technical foul for excessive complaining afterwards. Co and Fabiosa calmly converted three free throws to give Crispa enough cushion, 107-101.
The 6’1” Hagan, who used to play for the Detroit Pistons, set the tone early by exploding for 12 markers in the opening canto but Fernandez was just as hot with 13 of his own as the Super Corollas of Coach Ed Ocampo led the way, 28-24.
It was the Crispa local crew that turned the game around in the third period as Hagan was more content to set up his mates. Co and Fabiosa shattered the last deadlock of the game, 58-58, with a barrage of three triples. Abet Guidaben and Philip Cezar then went to work down low as the Redmanizers pulled away with a 12-2 run to close the period, 81-70.
Hagan was named as the game’s best player with 35 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and eight steals that tied the PBA record jointly held by Orly de los Santos and Willie Generalao. Co and Guidaben backed him up with 21 and 20 points respectively,
Fernandez paced Toyota with 32 points and nine rebounds. Koonce scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth but the effort was a bit too late. Jaworski had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
How They Scored:
CRISPA (111) – Hagan 35, Co 21, Guidaben 20, Fabiosa 14, Cezar 10, Hubalde 4, Cristobal 2, Cruz 2, Mamaril 2, Israel 1, Villamin 0.
TOYOTA (105) – Fernandez 32, Koonce 29, Jaworski 13, Arnaiz 9, King 6, Tuadles 6, Florencio 6, Bulaong 4, Coloso 0, Saldana 0, Herrera 0.
Quarter Scores: 24-28, 42-46, 81-70, 111-105.