1996 Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs season
|1996 Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs season|
|Head coach||Chot Reyes|
|All Filipino Cup results|
|Commissioner's Cup results|
|Governors Cup results|
|Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs seasons|
The 1996 Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs season on their 9th season in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). the team was known as Purefoods Corned Beef Cowboys beginning the Governor's Cup.
|Rodney Santos (2nd Overall Pick, acquired from Pepsi for Boy Cabahug)|
|Reuben Dela Rosa (3rd Overall Pick, acquired from Shell for Peter Naron)|
|Richard Del Rosario (Acquired for Vince Hizon, Ginebra's first pick in the 2nd round in 1995 and 1996 were traded)|
|Leonard Reyes (Second Round Pick acquired from Pepsi)|
All-Filipino Cup: Missing out the All-Filipino finals for the first time last season, the TJ Hotdogs welcomes back guard Dindo Pumaren on its fold and signed two promising rookies, Rodney Santos and Reuben Dela Rosa, Purefoods lost their first two games to San Miguel in the opener and Shell in Lipa City, before picking up its first win against Ginebra, 100-92 on February 27, the hotdogs began to peak late in the eliminations and finish third at 8-6, In the semifinal round, Purefoods racked up six straight victories and a return trip to the finals, where they lost to the Alaska Milkmen in the championship series, 1-4.
Commissioner's Cup: One-time best import awardee Ronnie Thompkins, the temperamental former Swift import, was hired by Purefoods in the second conference, the TJ Hotdogs barely made it into the semifinal round, winning over Sunkist, 89-76 in a playoff game on July 30, Thompkins was tested positive on drug used and saw action for the last time in Purefoods' 84-101 loss to Sta.Lucia in their first game in the semifinals on August 4, his replacement, Derrick Gervin, a younger brother of NBA's prolific scorer George Gervin, led the Hotdogs to just a lone win in the semis, and later was also found out positive on drug test conducted by the PBA.
Governor's Cup: Dennis Hopson, a six-year NBA veteran who spent some time as Michael Jordan's backup with the Chicago Bulls, blew into town as the import of Purefoods, now with a moniker Corned Beef Cowboys, Hopson went down with a foot injury before the conference started and Mark Anthony Hill played as a fill-in role while Hopson was recuperating and lasted three games, Hopson played only once in Cowboys' 89-92 loss to San Miguel in Iloilo City on October 12, Jojo English, a legitimate NBA veteran played one game as Purefoods' woes continues with English also suffering an injury, Tony Tolbert, their fourth import played two games, their fifth reinforcement, Kennard Winchester did played well and led the Cowboys back from the grave and into a knockout quarterfinal match against San Miguel Beer, the Cowboys lost out in a do-or-die game, 86-89.
April 30: Purefoods defeated Ginebra, 93-85 in a clash between two teams who have won all three of their games in the first round of the semifinals, a record crowd-attendance with more than 16,000 fans troop to the Araneta Coliseum.
June 16: Ronnie Thompkins debut in Purefoods uniform by scoring 34 points in a 108-87 win over San Miguel Beer.
Team Manager: Simon Mossesgeld
- "Purefoods, Ginebra collide in battle of favorites". Manila Standard.
- "Purefoods routs Sunkist, to enter semis". Manila Standard.