Shell Turbo Chargers

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Shell Turbo Chargers
Shell Turbo Chargers logo
History
Shell Azodrin Bugbusters
1985-1986
Shell Oilers
1986
Formula Shell Spark Aiders
1986-1987
Shell Azocord Super Bugbusters
1987
Shell Rimula X Diesel Oilers
1988
Shell Rimula X
1990-1993; 1994-1995
Shell Helix Oilers
1986; 1988; 1993-1994
Formula Shell Zoom Masters
1989-1990; 1995-1999
Formula Shell Gas Kings
1995
Shell Velocity
1999-2000
Shell Turbo Chargers
2000-2005
Joined PBA 1985
Team colors Blue, Red, Silver, Green, yellow, purple, & white
Company Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation
Owner(s) Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation
Head coach Freddie Webb, Ed Ocampo, Joe Lipa, Dante Silverio, Arlene Rodriguez, Rino Salazar, Chito Narvasa, Perry Ronquilio, John Moran, Leo Austria
Disbanded 2004-05
Championships
None
Uniforms
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Team colours
Light
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Team colours
Dark
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Team colours
Alternate

The Shell Turbo Chargers was a former Philippine Basketball Association team under the ownership of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation. Shell has been a member of the PBA since 1985 until 2005 when the team filed for a leave of absence after the season. Shell sold its franchise to PBL team Welcoat Paints in February 2006.

Shell has won four PBA championships, two from 1998-1999. Aside from being known as the Turbo Chargers, Shell was also known as Shell Azudrin Bugbusters, Shell Azocord Super Bugbusters, Shell Oilers, Shell Rimula X, Formula Shell Zoom Masters, Shell Helix Oilers and Shell Velocity.

History[edit]

Shell acquired the franchise of the famed Crispa Redmanizers in 1985 for a reported two million pesos. In Shell's first season, the team was known as Shell Azudrin Bugbusters and acquired several remnants of the Crispa franchise in Philip Cezar and Bernie Fabiosa plus a former redmanizer William Bogs Adornado from Great Taste. under head coach Freddie Webb. Shell got its first All Filipino finals berth against Great Taste when they defeated Ginebra in a rubber match.

The following season in 1986, Shell carried the name Pilipinas Shell Oilers, Shell Helix and Formula Shell Spark Aiders respectively with Olympian Ed Ocampo taking over from Freddie Webb, who resigned as Shell coach midway in the semifinals of the first conference. Shell remained a hard-luck team with national coach Joe Lipa, becoming Shell's third coach in 1987 3rd conference, as the team was now known as Shell Azocord Super Bugbusters.

The team's rise to fame came during the late-1980s when they were bannered by two University of the Philippines, Diliman standouts Ronnie Magsanoc and Benjie Paras to solidify Shell as one of the popular teams in the pro league. Former Toyota mentor Dante Silverio was also responsible for transforming Shell to a championship-caliber ballclub.

Paras is also the only P.B.A. player to win the Rookie of the Year and the coveted Most Valuable Player plum in the same season when the center won it all in 1989.

In the 1990 PBA Open Conference, Shell won its first-ever PBA championship defeating crowd-favorite Añejo Rhum 4-2. But the series was marred by Anejo's infamous walkout in the sixth and final game of the series to award the Shell the win in Game six and the series clincher.

At that time, Shell was reinforced by import Bobby Parks, who holds seven Best Import Awards in his PBA career, most of them with the Shell franchise.

A year later, Shell suffered one of the biggest collapses in PBA finals history during the 1991 PBA First Conference, when they blew a 3-1 series lead in the series eventually losing to Ginebra in seven games on a Rudy Distrito game-winner.

Shell won the 1992 PBA First Conference crown but waited six years before winning another PBA crown, by capturing the 1998 Governor's Cup. They defeated Mobiline Phone Pals in seven games.

Their final championship came during the 1999 PBA All-Filipino Conference defeating heavy favorite Tanduay Rhum in six games. Shell was bannered by Paras, Gerry Esplana, Victor Pablo, Chris Jackson and Noy Castillo as one of their primary players under head coach Perry Ronquilio.

1999 also became a banner year for Paras, who won his second Most Valuable Player award in his career, despite the arrival of several talented Filipino-foreigner players during the same season. However, injuries in the next three seasons forced Paras to retire after the 2003 season.

Shell suffered several slumps in the next four seasons (2000-2003) before resurfacing in during the 2004-2005 season as one of the contenders for the PBA crown. Under head coach Leo Austria (who won the Rookie of the Year honors in 1985 as a player for Shell), the Turbo Chargers placed fourth in the PBA Philippine Cup and third in the season-ending 2005 PBA Fiesta Conference.

Disbandment[edit]

During the 2004-05 PBA season, Shell was rumored to be disbanding after the season because their mother company, Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands believed that it was not feasible for them to maintain a franchise in the PBA.

It was believed that port company Harbour Centre was planning to purchase the rights of the Shell franchise. However, both parties did not come into an agreement as Harbour Centre was offering less than what Shell wanted. On August 3, 2005, Shell announced that it was taking a leave of absence from the league.

Before the announcement, Shell traded away most of its players. Tony Dela Cruz and Rich Alvarez were dealt to the Alaska Aces while Ronald Tubid was sent to the Air21 Express. The remaining members of the team were selected through the dispersal draft.

Shell was given a six-month deadline for the team to either return to the league in the next PBA season or sell the team to a prospective buyer. On January 2006, PBL powerhouse Welcoat Paints bought the squad for and entered the league in the 2006-07 PBA season

Season-by-season records[edit]

Legend
      Champion
      Runner-up
      Semifinalist

Three-conference era[edit]

Season Conference Team name Overall record Finals
W L  %
1985 Open Conference Shell Azodrin Bugbusters 16 32 .333
All-Filipino Conference Great Taste 3, Shell 1
Reinforced Conference
1986 Open Conference Shell Azocord 20 32 .385
All-Filipino Conference
Reinforced Conference
1987 Open Conference Shell Oilers 18 36 .333
All-Filipino Conference
Reinforced Conference
1988 Open Conference 16 29 .356
All-Filipino Conference
Reinforced Conference San Miguel 4, Shell 1
1989 Open Conference Formula Shell Zoom Masters 27 30 .474 San Miguel 4, Shell 1
All-Filipino Conference
Reinforced Conference
1990 First Conference 35 21 .625 Shell 4, Añejo 2
All-Filipino Conference
Third Conference
1991 First Conference Shell Rimula X 23 25 .479 Ginebra 4, Shell 3
All-Filipino Conference
Third Conference
1992 First Conference 27 27 .500 Shell 4, San Miguel 1
All-Filipino Conference
Third Conference
1993 All-Filipino Cup Shell Helix 14 29 .326
Commissioner's Cup
Governors Cup
1994 All-Filipino Cup Shell Rimula X 20 30 .400
Commissioner's Cup
Governors Cup
1995 All-Filipino Cup Formula Shell Zoom Masters 20 34 .370
Commissioner's Cup
Governors Cup
1996 All-Filipino Cup 33 32 .508
Commissioner's Cup Alaska 4, Shell 3
Governors Cup
1997 All-Filipino Cup Formula Shell Zoom Masters 15 31 .326
Commissioner's Cup
Governors Cup
1998 All-Filipino Cup 31 30 .508
Commissioner's Cup
Centennial Cup Mobiline 1, Shell 0
Governors Cup Shell 4, Mobiline 3
1999 All-Filipino Cup Shell Velocity 32 24 .571 Shell 4, Tanduay 2
Commissioner's Cup San Miguel 4, Shell 2
Governors Cup
2000 All-Filipino Cup 5 10 .375
Commissioner's Cup 3 6 .333
Governors Cup 1 8 .111
2001 All-Filipino Cup Shell Turbo Chargers 12 10 .545
Commissioner's Cup 3 7 .300
Governors Cup 10 9 .526
2002 Governors Cup 2 9 .273
Commissioner's Cup 4 7 .364
All-Filipino Cup 4 6 .400
2003 All-Filipino Cup 5 13 .277
Invitational Conference 2 2 .500
Reinforced Conference 3 10 .230
Overall record 401 530 .431 4 championships

Two-conference era[edit]

Season Conference Team name Elim./Clas. round Playoffs
Finish W L  % Stage Results
(2004) Fiesta Conference Shell Turbo Chargers 8th 7 11 .389 Wildcard phase Red Bull 83, Shell 82
2004-05 Philippine Cup 3rd 12 6 .667 2nd-seed playoff
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd-place playoff
Talk 'N Text 85, Shell 79
Shell 2, Purefoods 1
Talk 'N Text 3, Shell 0
San Miguel 105, Shell 100
Fiesta Conference 9th 7 11 .389 Wildcard phase
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd-place playoff
Shell def. Sta. Lucia**, 84–75, 95–85
Shell 2, Purefoods 0
Talk 'N Text 3, Shell 1
Shell 102, San Miguel 86
Elimination round 26 28 .482 2 post-wildcard appearances
Playoffs 8 10 .444 0 championships

*one-game playoffs
**team had twice-to-beat advantage

Cumulative records[edit]

Era W L PCT
Three-conference era (1975–2003) 401 530 .431
Two-conference era (2004–2005) 34 38 .472
Total 435 568 .434

Players of note[edit]

PBA 25 greatest players[edit]

  • William "Bogs" Adornado #33 - played for Shell in its inaugural year
  • Philip Cezar #18 - "The Sultan of Swat"/"The Scholar"/"Mr. Stretch"/"King Philip" played for Shell in its inaugural year
  • Bernie Fabiosa #15 - "The Sultan of Swipe"/"Fabulous" played for Shell in its inaugural year
  • Abet Guidaben #41 - final team he played before ending his PBA career
  • Freddie Hubalde #10 - played for Shell in 1989.
  • Ronnie Magsanoc #5 - "The Point Laureate"/"The Navigator" led Shell to two championships, many time All-Star and Mythical team selections
  • Benjie Paras #14 - "The Tower of Power" is a 2-time PBA MVP, only player to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season (1989)

Other notable players[edit]

Imports[edit]

Coaches[edit]

General Managers[edit]

  • Ernesto Inocencio
  • Charlie Favis
  • Ramon (Mao) Vergel De Dios
  • Jimmy Ayson
  • Bobby Villarosa
  • Bobby Kanapi
Preceded by
Crispa Redmanizers
PBA teams genealogies
1985-2005
Succeeded by
Welcoat Dragons