March 25: Import Lew Massey surpass the previous all-time one-game scoring record of 75 points set by Harry Rogers in 1976, while playing for 7-Up, by tallying 85 points, converting 36-of-70 attempts from the field, in Gilbey's 123-126 loss to the Crispa Redmanizers.
Gilbey's went on to signed former Presto import Lew Massey from last season as their reinforcement in the Reinforced Filipino Conference, the Gins finish third behind San Miguel Beer and Crispa after 18 games in the elimination phase, but were swept in two games by the U/Tex Wranglers in their best-of-three quarterfinal series.
Lew Massey return for the Open Conference, his partner was Rickey Brown, who was replaced after 3 games by Gins' resident import for the past three years; Larry McNeill. Gilbey's were tied with N-Rich Coffee on top of the standings with 13 wins and 5 losses, advances to the semifinal round outright, the high-scoring duo of Massey and McNeill led Gilbey's to their first championship appearance in four years of participation. On December 7, Gilbey's nip San Miguel Beer, 102-101, to gain first entry in the Open Conference title playoffs, leaving N-Rich and Toyota to dispute the other slot, the Super Corollas won in the playoff game and in the finals series, the Gins were swept in three games by the powerhouse Toyota ballclub.