Tuesday, April 19, 1977

Arnaiz re-arrested after detention (April 19, 1977)

Players of Crispa and Toyota were released after spending a night in detention, but Francis Arnaiz was re-arrested by cops after an incident involving him and Rudy Hines in a Toyota-U-Tex game at the Araneta Coliseum.

Another PBA row: Toyota cager arrested

By Al Mendoza
Bulletin Today
Published Wednesday April 20, 1977

Toyota beat Universal Textiles, 121-115, in the PBA first conference at the Araneta Coliseum. But the real story happened after the game.

Toyota's Francis Arnaiz, fresh from a one-night stint as a detainee at the PC stockade in Fort Bonifacio, was picked up after the game on orders of Brig. Gen. Prospero Olivas, Metrocom commander, for figuring in a commotion with Wrangler Rudolf Hines during the match.

Arnaiz, who keyed Toyota's first win in two games by scoring four of the last eight points of Toyota, including the go-ahead charities with a minute to go, was booked anew for violating conditions for his temporary release.

Monday, April 18, 1977

Crispa, Toyota players detained (April 18, 1977)


Players of Crispa and Toyota were detained by the Metrocom for their involvement in a postgame brawl that marred the start of the 1977 PBA season at the Araneta Coliseum.

All Crispa, Toyota cagers are detained

By Al Mendoza
Bulletin Today
Tuesday, April 19, 1977

The Metrocom placed under indefinite detention yesterday 21 Crispa and Toyota players who figured in a post-game riot at the Araneta Coliseum Sunday that left scores injured.

Arrested and now detained at Fort Bonifacio are:

Francis Arnaiz, Robert Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez, Virgilio Cortez, Jesus Sta. Maria, Oscar Rocha, Aurelio Clarino, Rodolfo Segura, all from Toyota.

Philip Cezar, Alberto Guidaben, Rey Franco, Gregorio Dionisio, Cristino Calilan, Rey Pages, David Cezar, Armando Torres, Rodolfo Soriano, Fortunato Co, Jr., Tito Varela, Bernard Fabiosa, Alfredo Hubalde, all from Crispa.

Still being sought at presstime were Orlando Bauzon and Fortunato Acuna, also from Toyota. Metrocom authorities said they expected the two to give themselves up shortly.

Sunday, April 17, 1977

THE MOTHER OF ALL BRAWLS: Crispa 122, Toyota 121 (April 17, 1977)


A postgame rumble between Crispa and Toyota marred the opener of the 1977 PBA season, an incident that is considered as one of the most memorable moments in the history of the professional league. Overshadowed by the melee that also involved the fans was the Redmanizers' one-point win that came after a last-second technical foul by Tamaraws coach Dante Silverio.

Crispa-Toyota match marred by free-for-all

Al Mendoza
Bulletin Today
Published Monday April 18, 1977

The circus of basketball hullabaloos that is the Philippine Basketball Association started last night with a real, crushing, big bang at the Araneta Coliseum.

Crispa snatched a last-minute 122-121 victory over Toyota, courtesy of Tamaraw coach Dante Silverio, whose being slapped a technical foul with three seconds left allowed Fortunato Co to sink the pressure-packed marginal shot in his dramatic march to the charity lane.

But the real meat of last night's story was the bloody riot that ensued after the game, undoubtedly a man-size blackeye for the ever-glorified PBA shebang.

Thursday, July 8, 1976

Game 28: Crispa 121, Toyota 114 (July 8, 1976)

Undermanned Crispa rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and steal another game from Toyota to take a 2-1 lead in their 1976 PBA All-Filipino Conference finals series.

Crispa wins, nears title

Bulletin Today
Published Friday July 9, 1976

Crispa's “Magnificent 8” worked with chilling efficiency in the final quarter last night to turn back Toyota, 121-114, and needs only to win Sunday's fourth game in their best-of-five series to win the Philippine Basketball Association's All-Filipino Conference championship at the Araneta Coliseum.

The same hardy band of eight Redmanizers, the remnants of what before was a group of 12 first class hardcourt performers until decimated by injuries and suspensions, plucked victory from the jaws of defeat, outscoring the Comets, 35-21, in the final 12 minutes for a commanding 2-1 lead in their championship series.

The Comets appeared tantalizingly close to sweeping the Redmanizers off the court when they led by 11, 99-88, early in the final period on Francis Arnaiz and Rodolfo Segura's heroics.

But no sooner had they tasted their biggest lead for the evening when Crispa exploded on a 14-3 barrage to level at 102-all.

Tuesday, July 6, 1976

Game 27: Crispa 117, Toyota 112 (July 6, 1976)

Despite being decimated by the absence of several players led by Philip Cezar for various reasons, Crispa erased an early deficit and stunned Toyota their 1976 PBA All-Filipino Conference finals series at 1-1.

Crispa stops Toyota, 117-112

By Ding Marcelo
Bulletin Today
Published Wednesday July 7, 1976

Crispa, reduced to only eight men by injuries and suspensions, bucked this monumental deficiency last night and rolled back Toyota, 117-112, to even up their best-of-five series at one win apiece, thus assuring a fourth game for the All-Filipino PBA championship at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Redmanizers, a death sentence seemingly hanging over their heads, responded with surprising efficacy – erasing an early 11-point deficit and then outplayed the double-teaming Comets in the final quarter to score the longshot victory to the delight of some 25,000 spectators.

Cristino Calilan, a tiny, sometimes panicky Crispa reserve who played under the shadows of his more illustrious teammates, helped preserve the victory, intercepting three times in the last quarter and banging in four crucial charities to emerge part-hero in the error-filled contest.

Sunday, July 4, 1976

Game 26: Toyota 119, Crispa 115 (July 4, 1976)


Toyota overcame the lost of five players because of six personal fouls and stunned Crispa in Game 1 of the 1976 PBA All-Filipino Conference finals. The Comets took the series opener despite trailing by 12 points in the third quarter.

Toyota wins, 119 to 115

By Ding Marcelo
Bulletin Today
Published Monday July 5, 1976

Toyota lost five men on fouls and then while the jampacked crowd gasped in intense anticipation, a pair of over-the-hill campaigners delivered the bombs that gave the Comets a 119-115 victory over the Crispa Redmanizers and a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five series for the All-Filipino PBA conference championship at the Araneta Coliseum.

Durable Joaquin Rojas, Jr., in the twilight of a storied career, and Rolando Marcelo, vainly seeking the form that catapulted him into prominence many years ago, scored back-to-back hits when it most mattered, putting Toyota ahead, 119-113, and on top of their arch-rivals whom they have now beaten three straight times.

Half of the story was carved on the foul throw line where Crispa ignominiously missed six shots in the last five minutes, four of them by the usually unerring Fortunato Co, and the star of the banned film “Uhaw...” will never probably lived down those misses.

Friday, July 2, 1976

Cezar banned three games (July 2, 1976)


Philip Cezar was suspended for the first three games of the best-of-five series for the 1976 PBA All-Filipino title for punching Ramon Fernandez in the Crispa-Toyota semifinal game.

Cezar gets 3-game ban, P500-fine

Bulletin Today
Published Saturday July 3, 1976

Crispa ace center Philip Cezar was suspended for three playing days and fined P500 yesterday as the Philippine Basketball Association, acting in consultation with the Games and Amusements Board, acted swiftly on the punching incident involving Cezar and Comet Ramon Fernandez during the other night’s Crispa-Toyota game.

The PBA, through commissioner Leo Prieto, meted out the punishment after watching the video tape of the game and hearing the sides of the two players who confronted each other at the commissioner’s office.

Also present were representatives from the GAB.

The suspension means Cezar will not be able to play for his team in the first three games of the best-of-five series for the All-Filipino PBA championship which begins tomorrow.