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
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.
Now Crispa must win its match against Noritake tomorrow at 6 p.m. otherwise it will mark the first time that the Redmanizers, seeking an unprecedented three straight PBA title, would not figure in a PBA championship game.
The Noritake-Crispa encounter was cemented after U-Tex subdued Royal Tru-Orange, 123-113, in the first game that denied the Orangemen a chance to participate in the playoffs.
The Wranglers' victory, engineered in most part by Danilo Florencio and Dan Knight, who combined for 54 points, gave U-Tex fourth place on the basis of the quotient system after the two teams ended with identical 1-3 win-loss records.
“It was the total team effort that did it,” said Toyota coach Dante Silverio, who added that “the boys went all out to win this one.”
He said the extra effort was not meant to eliminate Crispa, but that the Tamaraws “just went out to play and win.”
Coach Baby Dalupan of Crispa, who stood up several times to contest referees calls, immediately left the Araneta Coliseum, apparently in disgust, and was not available for comment.
He, however, said that enthusiasm was very little when he called on his first stringers to derail the Toyota scoring machine which went on to erect its first 13-point spread, 75-62, against the second team of William Bunton, Tito Varela, Reynaldo Pages and Cristino Calilan late in the third quarter.
Earlier, Co, Alfredo Hubalde, Cyrus Mann and Philip Cezar had put Crispa breast, 47-all, at the half after trailing 33-24 early in the second quarter.
Arnaiz, who failed to contain the hot-shooting Co, made up for it by banging in 29 points and doing an excellent job on the assist department. Rodolfo Segura finished with 24 points while Byron “Snake” Jones added 19.
Toyota – 106
Crispa – 100
P. Cezar 11
Fouled out: none
Toyota 27 20 32 27 – 106
Crispa 20 27 23 30 – 100
Refs: I. Cahanding, F. Santarina