1979 Royal Tru-Orange season

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1979 Royal Tru-Orange season
Head coach Edgardo Ocampo
Owner(s) San Miguel Corporation
All Filipino Conference results
Record 6–10
(.375)
Place N/A
Playoff finish N/A
Open Conference results
Record 21–5
(.808)
Place 1st
Playoff finish Finals
Invitational Conference results
Record 1–4
(.200)
Place 6th
Playoff finish N/A
Royal Tru-Orange seasons
1978 1980

The 1979 Royal Tru-Orange season was the 5th season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Transactions[edit]

TRANSACTIONS
Ramon Dizon Rookie signed
Danilo Salvador Rookie signed
Evalson Valencia Rookie signed
Valerio Delos Santos Signed with Great Taste during the off-season
Norberto Rivera Signed with expansion team Gilbey's during the off-season

Championship[edit]

In the Second (Open) Conference, the Orangemen signed 6-7 Larry Pounds, a fifth-round draftee of the Golden State Warriors in 1975, and 6-11 Otto Moore, a veteran of NBA wars for nine seasons, as their imports. Royal emerge on top of the standings after the two-round eliminations with 13 wins and 3 losses and made it to the championship round by posting a 5-1 won-loss slate in the semifinals. On October 23, RTO defeated Crispa, 110–102, to reach the PBA finals for the first time in franchise history.

On November 6, Royal Tru-Orange won their first PBA crown by defeating the Toyota Tamaraws, 102–101, in Game 4 of the title playoffs for a 3-1 series victory. The Orangemen took the first two games, 104–99 and 100–95, the Tamaraws avoided a sweep by winning the third game, 99–98. [1]

Royal Tru-Orange joins U/Tex Wranglers as the only other ballclub not named Crispa or Toyota, to have won a PBA title in the 1970s as RTO mentor and former olympian Edgardo Ocampo won his first championship as a head coach.

Roster[edit]

Royal Tru-Orange roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G/F 2 Baguio, Maximino 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) CIT
G 4 Velasco, Paulino 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) University of Visayas
F/C 5 Migalbin, Jesus 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) San Agustin
F 6 dela Peña, Ricardo 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
G 7 Torrente, Antonio 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
G 8 Dizon, Ramon 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) PSBA
F 12 Jacutin, Marlowe 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) University of Visayas
F 13 Gregorio, Teodulfo 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Mapua Tech
G 14 Martirez, Yoyong 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) SWU
F/C 15 Lalota, Rodolfo 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Mapua (Jrs)
G 16 Paguntalan, Leonardo 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) WIT
F 17 Valencia, Evalson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) WIT
G Salvador, Danilo 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) San Sebastian
F/C Samson, Marte 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Ateneo de Manila
F 25 Pounds, Larry (I) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) University of Washington
C 34 Moore, Otto (I) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) University of Texas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (I) Import
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • (R) Rookie
  • Injured Injured

References[edit]