1978 PBA season
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|1978 PBA season|
|Duration||April 16, 1978 – December 14, 1978|
|Number of teams||8|
|All-Filipino Conference champions||Toyota Tamaraws|
|Open Conference champions||U/Tex Wranglers|
|Invitational Championship champions||Toyota Tamaraws|
|Season MVP||Robert Jaworski|
The 1978 PBA season was the fourth season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
- Leopoldo L. Prieto (Commissioner)
- Domingo Y. Itchon (President, Tanduay ESQ)
- Dante Silverio (Vice President, Toyota Tamaraws)
- Walter Euyang V (Treasurer, U/Tex Wranglers)
- In a special pre-season event, a Crispa-PBA All-Star series was played, a five-game duel decided by cumulative scores which raked in more funds to the PBA players' trust fund. Crispa won three games but lost by 12 points in the cumulative scoring. On February 26, Crispa beat the PBA-All Stars, 99-90, for a 3-2 victory in a series played in Davao, Iloilo, Cebu and Manila. The All-Stars lineup were Robert Jaworski, Francis Arnaiz, Danny Florencio, Manny Paner, Ramon Fernandez, Rudolf Kutch, Abe King, Estoy Estrada, Jun Papa, Lim Eng Beng, Freddie Webb and Johnny Revilla. Their coach was Dante Silverio.
- Toyota Tamaraws wins the All-Filipino title and their fourth championship, winning in four games over newcomer Filmanbank, which reach the finals in their maiden year.
- In late September, the Toyota Tamaraws with imports Bruce "Sky" King and Carlos Terry, defeated the national teams of Yugoslavia and Canada in exhibition match prior to the World Basketball Championship held in Manila, an event Yugoslavia tops and saw Canada placing fifth.
- U/Tex became the first team to break the monopoly of titles by Toyota and Crispa by winning the Open Conference crown via 3-0 sweep over Crispa 400s. The Wranglers were coach by Tommy Manotoc and reinforced by Glenn McDonald and Byron "Snake" Jones.
- Toyota won their second title of the season by winning the Invitational Championship against Tanduay Esquires for their 5th PBA crown.
The muses for the participating teams are as follows:
|Crispa Redmanizers||Meg Paris|
|Great Taste Discoverers||Vilma Santos|
|Honda Wildcats||Maria Pilar Menendrez|
|Royal Tru-Orange||Mary Massab (Miss Magnolia)|
|Tanduay ESQ||Maja Bambi Arambulo (Binibining Pilipinas)|
|Toyota Tamaraws||Charo Santos and Dianne Jose|
|U/Tex Wranglers||Monette Arquiza|
- All Filipino Conference: Toyota Tamaraws
- Open Conference: U/Tex Wranglers
- Invitational Championship: Toyota Tamaraws
- Team with best win-loss percentage: Toyota Tamaraws (40-15, .727)
- Best Team of the Year: Toyota Tamaraws (2nd)
- Most Valuable Player: Robert Jaworski (Toyota)
- Rookie of the Year: Jimmy Manansala (Tanduay)
- Mythical Five:
|Great Taste Discoverers||28||5||23||.178|
- Looking back:The PBA's history, Manila Standard
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