1980 PBA season

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1980 PBA season
Duration March 16, 1980 – December 13, 1980
Number of teams 10
TV partner(s) GTV/MBS
Open Conference champions U/Tex Wranglers
  Runners-up Toyota Tamaraws
Invitational Championship champions Nicholas Stoodley (USA)
  Runners-up Toyota Tamaraws
All-Filipino Conference champions Crispa Redmanizers
  Runners-up Toyota Tamaraws
Season MVP Philip Cezar
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The 1980 PBA season was the sixth season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Season highlights[edit]

  • The three-point field goal was introduced at the start of the year.[1]
  • On July 3–7, two PBA selections host the visiting Golden State Warriors, their four-game series ends in a 2-2 tie.
  • The U/tex Wranglers wins the Open Conference title by beating Toyota in overtime, 99-98 in the deciding fifth game, best remembered for the famous "Last 16 seconds" when coach Tommy Manotoc's team wiped out a four-point deficit with 16 seconds left in regulation and winning in the extension period.
  • Nicholas Stoodley/USA wins the Invitational Conference with a two-game sweep over Toyota Tamaraws, becoming the first foreign team to capture a PBA title.[2]
  • The season-ending tournament marked the Crispa Redmanizers' incredible 20-1 record in the All-Filipino Conference, winning their first 19 games and almost completed a conference sweep, if not for Toyota's victory in Game 3 of the finals, which saw the dismissal of their head coach Fort Acuña.

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Galleon Shippers
Gilbey's Gin
Great Taste Discoverers
Honda Hagibis Leah Navarro
Royal Tru-Orange
Tanduay Esquires Gina Aragon and Zalda Aragon
Tefilin Fibermakers Charo Santos
Toyota Tamaraws Anna Menendrez
U/Tex Wranglers Alma Moreno
Walk Tall Jeansmakers Vilma Santos


Individual awards[edit]

Cumulative standings[edit]

Walk Tall Jeansmakers/Crispa Redmanizers 59 44 15 .746
Nicholas Stoodley/USA 10 7 3 .700
Adidas/France 10 7 3 .700
Toyota Tamaraws 61 40 21 .656
Galleon Shippers 30 16 14 .533
Tefilin Fibermakers 30 14 16 .467
U/Tex Wranglers 52 24 28 .461
Tanduay Esquires 39 16 23 .410
Gilbey's Gin 39 16 23 .410
Great Taste Discoverers/Presto Fun Drinks 39 14 25 .359
Honda Hagibis 31 9 22 .290
Royal Tru-Orange/San Miguel Beermen 32 9 23 .281