1987 Ginebra San Miguel season

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1987 Ginebra San Miguel season
Head coach Robert Jaworski
Owner(s) La Tondeña Distillers Inc.
Open Conference results
Record 12–14
Place 4th
Playoff finish Semifinals
All-Filipino Conference results
Record 7–12
Place 4th
Playoff finish Semifinals
Reinforced Conference results
Record 14–9
Place 3rd
Playoff finish Semifinals

Stats @ PBA-Online.net
Ginebra San Miguel seasons
← 1986
1988 →

The 1987 Ginebra San Miguel season was the 9th season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Off-season transactions[edit]

Harmon Codiñera Drafted Rookie
Anthony Mendoza Drafted Rookie
Zaldy Latoza Acquired from Tanduay Rhum Makers

Free Agents[edit]

Player Signed Former team
Rudy Distrito July 10, 1987 Magnolia Ice Cream (PABL)
Dennis Carbonilla July 10, 1987 Philips Sardines (PABL)

Notable dates[edit]

March 24: Defending Open Conference champion Ginebra San Miguel rallied from 18 points down early in the fourth quarter to roll back Formula Shell, 100-99 in overtime. [1]

May 10: Down by 15 points at halftime, Ginebra rallied and got back at archrival Tanduay Rhum Makers, 127-124, for their fifth win against six losses and assured themselves of a quarterfinal slot. [2]

May 24: Ginebra ousted Hills Bros, 97-95, to complete the semifinals cast, dropping a 16-0 bomb to wiped out an 81-95 deficit and silence the Coffee Kings in the last six minutes to pick up their eight win in 14 games. The Ginebras lost forward Terry Saldaña for the entire season when he tore a cartilage in his left knee after a bad fall during the third quarter. [3]

May 28: Michael Hackett calmly sank two free throws with 18 seconds left as the Ginebras stunned Great Taste, 119-118, at the start of the semifinal round in the Open Conference. The victory was the seventh straight for Ginebra. [4]

May 31: Robert Jaworski pumped in three triples in the fourth quarter as Ginebra turned back Tanduay, 110-102, for their second win in the semifinals and extended their winning streak to eight. [5]

July 12: Playing with only eight men, minus playing-coach Sonny Jaworski, who is still in the United States, the Ginebras stunned defending champion Tanduay Rhum Makers, 109-100, at the start of the All-Filipino Conference. Dondon Ampalayo topscored for Ginebra with 29 points while comebacking Rudy Distrito debut in Ginebra uniform tallying 18 points. [6]

July 23: Rudy Distrito scored 42 points and hit the marginal basket with two seconds to go in overtime as Ginebra nips Great Taste, 120-119, for their second win in four starts while the Coffee Makers suffered their first defeat after three victories. [7]

August 6: Ginebra eliminates the defending champions Tanduay Rhum Makers from the semifinals berth in a heart-stopping 106-103 victory on the last playing date of the eliminations in the All-Filipino Conference. [8]

October 6: Ginebra repulses Great Taste Instant Milk, 125-122 in overtime, for their first win in the Reinforced Conference after losing their first game to San Miguel. Billy Ray Bates scored 52 points while Chito Loyzaga forces extension period when he nailed a three-pointer from the side that tied the count at 109-all with still 20 seconds to go in regulation. [9]

October 25: The Ginebras rekindled the old fire in Billy Ray Bates to survive Shell Azocord's repeated rallies, 132-123, and collect their third win in seven outings. Bates match his career-highest of 69 points and fired five of seven three-pointers to power Ginebra to its biggest lead of 33 points, 72-39, early in the third quarter. [10]

October 27: Billy Ray Bates scored 61 points as Ginebra clinch the fourth semifinals slot in the Reinforced Conference with a 125-101 win over Hills Bros. [11]

November 8: Billy Ray Bates surpassed his personal best of 69-point output by scoring 71 points in Ginebras' 118–106 win over Shell Azocord at the start of the semifinals. [12]

November 22: Billy Ray Bates equalled his personal high of 71 points as Ginebra foiled San Miguel Beer's quest for a finals berth with a 143-121 triumph. The win was only the third for Ginebra in 20 meetings against their sister team, it also snapped their seven straight losses to San Miguel counting the previous All-Filipino Conference.

November 29: Ginebra forces a winner-take-all, sudden death playoff for the second finals slot against Hills Bros, by defeating the Coffee Kings, 90-85.


Before the PBA Third Conference started on October 4, the league mourns the loss of Ginebra team manager Adolf Ferrer, who was a victim of a brutal slaying by robbers headed by his own driver.[13]


Ginebra San Miguel roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 5 Advani, Mukesh 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) San Beda College
F 6 Ampalayo, Dondon 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) San Jose-Recoletos
G 7 Jaworski, Robert 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) UE
G 9 Isaac, Leo 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Mapua Tech
C 10 Ducut, Eduardo 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Letran College
F 11 Latoza, Zaldy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Trinity College
F 12 Gonzalgo, Dante 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Lyceum
F 13 Saldaña, Antero 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Letran (Jrs)
G 14 Loyzaga, Joey 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) San Beda College
F 15 Mendoza, Anthony 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) University of Visayas
G 17 Distrito, Rudy 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) UE
F 18 Carbonilla, Dennis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Letran College
F 41 Loyzaga, Chito 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) San Beda College
F 50 Codiñera, Harmon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Far Eastern
C 00 Hackett, Michael (I) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Jacksonville University
F 2 Bates, Billy Ray (I) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Kentucky State University
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Philippines Rino Salazar

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

Team Manager: Adolf Ferrer


  1. ^ "Ginebra wins in OT". Manila Standard. 
  2. ^ "Ginebra halts Tanduay". Manila Standard. 
  3. ^ "Ginebra subdues Hills Bros. five". Manila Standard. 
  4. ^ "Tanduay, Ginebra storm in front". Manila Standard. 
  5. ^ "Ginebra magic". Manila Standard. 
  6. ^ "Ginebra whips Tanduay". Manila Standard. 
  7. ^ "Ginebra halts GTC in overtime". Manila Standard. 
  8. ^ "Goodbye, Tanduay". Manila Standard. 
  9. ^ "Tanduay, Gins bounce back". Manila Standard. 
  10. ^ "Ginebra shocks Shell". Manila Standard. 
  11. ^ "Ginebra clinch semis slot". Manila Standard. 
  12. ^ "Ginebra halts Shell". Manila Standard. 
  13. ^ Adolf Ferrer and the PBA