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.

Sunday, December 12, 1976

Game 39: Toyota 100, Crispa 90 (Dec. 12, 1976)


Francis Arnaiz and Robert Jaworski led a fiery windup as Toyota beat Crispa in Game 1 of the 1976 PBA All-Philippine Championship. Arnaiz led the Tamaraws with 32 points.

Toyota trips Crispa

By Al Mendoza
Bulletin Today
Published Monday December 13, 1976

Francis Arnaiz and Robert Jaworski sparked a crushing 13-4 Toyota windup last night as the Tamaraws scored a 100-90 win over the error-prone Crispa Redmanizers in the opener of their best-of-five series for the PBA All-Philippine championship at the Araneta Coliseum.

Arnaiz and Jaworski, the country's best backcourt combination, took charge in finally applying the brakes on Crispa's last-ditch offensive, unleashing a telling 10-2 blast that gave Toyota an unreachable 97-86 lead, one minute and 30 seconds left.

“Wala. Ginaling talaga sila. Organisado ang laro nila. Walang nag-aapura. Lahat tama sa tiyempo, (They really played well. They were organized and their timing was always right),” Crispa coach Baby Dalupan admitted after the game.

Tuesday, December 7, 1976

Game 38: Toyota 106, Crispa 100 (Dec. 7, 1976)


Toyota completed a four-game elimination round sweep of the 1976 PBA All-Philippine Championship while forcing Crispa to face Noritake in a playoff for a spot in the best-of-five title series.

Toyota subdues Crispa, 106-100

By Ding Marcelo
Bulletin Today
Published Wednesday December 8, 1976

Toyota brought down Crispa last night, 106-100, sending the Redmanizers to a knockout game with Noritake tomorrow for the right to meet the Tamaraws in the best-of-five series for the All-Philippine championship of the Philippine Basketball Association.

The Tamaraws, playing heady, inspired and well-coordinated basketball throughout, surged to 13-point leads four times and never faltered even as the Redmanizers uncorked rally after rally in the final quarter.

When the Redmanizers closed in at 78-83 early in the fourth period, the guns of Francis Arnaiz and a fine-playing Howard Smith gave the Tamaraws a pair of 13-point spreads, the last at 97-84.

Fortunato Co, Jr. scored an evening-high 30 points, including Crispa's last 10 points, but it did nothing to turn the tide and merely narrowed the gap to what it was at the end.

Saturday, November 20, 1976

How Crispa did it (Nov. 20, 1976)


Not even the warning signs of a fortune teller and an injury to Bogs Adornado hampered the Crispa Redmanizers' march to the 1976 PBA Second Conference crown.

How Crispa did it

By Ding Marcelo
Bulletin Today
Published Saturday November 20, 1976

The omen was bad in Crispa's bid for its third straight Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) championship.

Team manager Danny Floro, whose consultations with fortune tellers and some other not-so-divine characters prior to each championship series carry the weight of grim finality, was shaking his head after emerging in one such session during his team's sojourn in Cebu two weeks ago in the PBA semifinals.

“Wala, hindi raw kami magtsa-tsampyon,” he said with grief written in his face. According to Floro, the fortune teller, obviously with a Visayan accent, had warned him that some of his players would be out to sabotage his bid for a third straight crown.

Thursday, November 18, 1976

Game 37: Crispa 103, Toyota 94 (Nov. 18, 1976)


Crispa delivered the knockout blow on Toyota to capture the 1976 PBA Second Conference crown. The 3-1 series victory gave the Redmanizers their third consecutive crown, all at the expense of the Silver Tamaraws.

Crispa beats Toyota, 103-94; wins PBA title

By Ding Marcelo
Bulletin Today
Published Friday November 19, 1976

Crispa played its characteristic deadly game last night and brought down Toyota, 103-94, to win the Philippine Basketball Association second conference championship before another banner crowd of some 30,000 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Redmanizers, brought to this fourth game of a best-of-five titular series with Toyota by virtue of the Silver Tamaraws' 108-98 victory Tuesday night, controlled the game after erasing an early 1-6 deficit.

There was no fire it seemed from the Silver Tamaraws whose comeback from a 0-2 deficit had placed them on even odds with the Redmanizers for this decisive fourth game.