1989 Añejo Rum 65ers season

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1989 Añejo Rum 65ers season
Head coach Robert Jaworski
Owner(s) La Tondeña Distillers, Inc.
Open Conference results
Record 3–8
Place 6th
Playoff finish N/A
All-Filipino Conference results
Record 12–12
Place 4th
Playoff finish 4
Reinforced Conference results
Record 12–12
Place 2nd
Playoff finish 2

Stats @ PBA-Online.net
Añejo Rum 65ers seasons
1988 1990

The 1989 Añejo Rum 65ers season was the 11th season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Draft picks[edit]

PBA Draft
Romeo Dela Rosa (1st Round)
Peter Aguilar (2nd Round)
Fernando Garcia (3rd Round)

Off-season transactions[edit]

Mukesh Advani Free agent; unsigned
Peter Aguilar Drafted Rookie
Philip Cezar Acquired via free agency; contract not renewed by Presto Ice Cream
Eduardo Ducut Free agent; signed with Formula Shell in the mid-season
Fernando Garcia Drafted Rookie


During the first week of April, the Añejo Rum 65ers acquired Reynaldo Cuenco from Shell in a trade that sent the team's first round pick; Romeo Dela Rosa, who opted not to signed a contract with Añejo, to the Zoom Masters. [1]


  • Dante Gonzalgo was the season's Most Improved Player.
  • Carlos Briggs was named Best Import of the Reinforced Conference.


Open Conference: The Rum Masters brought in Carlton McKinney as their import, lost their first game to San Miguel, 99-114 on March 7, with McKinney scoring 43 points, two days later, Añejo scored their first win of the season with a 119-117 victory over Presto, [2] after just two games, McKinney was replaced by Darren Queenan, who debut with 56 points in Añejo's 112-122 loss to Purefoods on March 16, the Rum Masters lost their next five games and dropped to 1-win, 7-loss. On April 6, in a must-win situation without playing-coach Sonny Jaworski, who was fined and suspended for one game due to the punching foul he committed against Jojo Lastimosa of Purefoods two nights before, Añejo responded with a 155-135 win over Formula Shell, with their new recruit Rey Cuenco playing his first game with the 65ers against his former team. [3] Añejo survived another do-or-die situation in their last game in the eliminations against Alaska on April 11, stayed alive and force a playoff with the Airmen in a 117-107 win. [4] In the knockout game on April 13, Alaska eliminates Añejo Rum, 133-120, as the Rum Masters failed to advanced in the semifinal round for the first time since playing-coach Sonny Jaworski handled the team starting in 1985.

All-Filipino Conference: The defending champions couldn't scored consecutive victories not until their last two games in the eliminations, winning over San Miguel and Alaska for a 6-5 won-loss slate, the Rum Masters won their first two matches in the semifinals against Shell and San Miguel but lost four of their next five outings and were booted out from the finals by Alaska on August 13, leaving San Miguel Beer and Purefoods Hotdogs to dispute the title. Añejo placed fourth, losing to Formula Shell in their best-of-five series for third place.

Reinforced Conference: Import Carlos Briggs, standing just below six-feet, debut with 68 points in the Rum Masters' 142-153 loss to Presto Tivolis on the opening game of the Third Conference, Briggs led Añejo to a 5-5 won-loss card in the elimination round, after winning their first two semifinal games against San Miguel, 142-140, and Presto, 144-143, both in overtime, Añejo lost three straight and needed to sweep their remaining matches to avail to win five games in the semifinals to earn a playoff for the finals berth, the Rum Masters defeated Alaska, 145-142 in overtime on November 19 [5] and then scored an incredible come-from-behind 135-134 win against Purefoods two nights later on November 21, Añejo clinched win number five with an easy 145-129 victory over Presto Tivolis, [6] the Rum Masters enters to championship series against sister team San Miguel Beer with another one-point win over Purefoods in their playoff, lost to the Beermen in the finals in five games and settled for runner-up honors.

Notable dates[edit]

August 1: Robert Jaworski topscored with 18 points and starred in two crucial plays in the last minute, resulted to a triple by Chito Loyzaga and a runaway basket by Philip Cezar for the final count, a 101-98 victory over San Miguel Beer, their second win in the semifinals and their fourth straight triumph since the eliminations. [7]

October 15: Carlos Briggs sizzled for 81 points, with five three-point shots, in a dazzling one-man show, leading Añejo to a pulsating 135-132 victory over the Formula Shell Zoom Masters, Briggs became the fifth player in PBA history to pass the 80-point mark.

October 24: Carlos Briggs converted nine three-point shots and finished with 64 points as Añejo got back at Purefoods, 150-137, in the second round of eliminations, the win was the fourth straight for the Rum Masters and improved their won-lost standings to 5-3.

November 5: Añejo beats Presto Tivoli in another overtime-thriller, 144-143 for their second win in the semifinals, Carlos Briggs was the top scorer with 71 points. [8]

November 21: In yet another great escape, Carlos Briggs' late-game heroics kept Añejo's finals hopes alive with a 135-134 triumph over Purefoods, the Hotdogs were 21 seconds away from a finals clash with San Miguel Beer when they led by four, 134-130 on Alvin Patrimonio's short stab, Briggs, who finished with 75 points, stole the ball from Dindo Pumaren with 18 seconds left and completed a three-point play off a foul by Jojo Lastimosa with eight seconds remaining, capped a stirring comeback by the Rum Masters. [9]

November 26: Añejo advances into the Third Conference finals with a 113-112 win over Purefoods Hotdogs, which played sans import Dexter Shouse in their knockout game. [10]


Peter Aguilar 4 Center-Forward 6"5' Trinity College
Dondon Ampalayo 6 Forward 6"3' University of San Jose Recoletos
Philip Cezar 18 Forward 6"3' Jose Rizal College
Harmon Codinera 13 Forward 6"4' Far Eastern University
Reynaldo Cuenco 15 Center-Forward 6"4' Arellano University
Rudy Distrito 17 Guard 5"11' University of the East
Fernando Garcia 8 Forward 6"2' Adamson University
Dante Gonzalgo 12 Forward 6"2' Lyceum of the Philippines
Leo Isaac 9 Guard 6"1' Mapua Institute of Technology
Robert Jaworski 7 Guard 6"0' University of the East
Joey Loyzaga 14 Guard 6"1' San Beda College
Chito Loyzaga 41 Guard-Forward 6"2' San Beda College
Romulo Mamaril 22 Center 6"6' Mapua Institute of Technology
Cayetano Salazar 30 Center-Forward 6"5' Letran College
Carlton McKinney Open import 24 Guard-Forward 6"3' Southern Methodist University
Darren Queenan Open import 24 Forward 6"3' Lehigh University
Carlos Briggs Reinforced import 24 Guard-Forward 5"11' Baylor University

Assistant Coach: Rino Salazar Team Manager: Bernabe Navarro