1987 Philippine Amateur Basketball League season
|1987 PABL season|
|Duration||March 7 – December 18, 1987|
|Number of teams||8 + 2|
|International Invitational Cup champions||RFM-Swift Hotdogs|
|Runners-up||YCO Shine Masters|
|Freedom Cup champions||YCO Shine Masters|
|Maharlika Cup champions||Magnolia Ice Cream|
|Season MVP||Alvin Patrimonio|
The 1987 PABL season is the fifth season of the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL).
International Invitational Cup
|YCO Shine Masters||5||2||Edgardo Gomez|
|RFM-Swift Hotdogs||4||3||Yeng Guiao|
|Purefoods Food Masters||4||3||Domingo Panganiban|
|Philips Sardines||4||3||Joe Lipa|
|Magnolia Juice Drinks||4||3||Derrick Pumaren|
|Sta. Lucia Realtors||2||5||Cholo Martin|
|Lady's Choice||1||6||Nic Jorge|
The First Conference opens on March 7. The participating teams were Filipino Cup champion YCO Shine Masters, Magnolia Juice Drinks, RFM-Swifts, Lhuillier-Converse, Purefoods, Sta.Lucia Realty, Philips Sardines and newcomer Lady's Choice, coach by Nic Jorge. The format is a one-round eliminations among eight teams with the top four making it to the semifinals at the end of preliminary round. YCO took the first semifinals berth with a 5-2 won-loss record, five other teams ended up with a 4-3 card. Purefoods, Philips and Swift Hotdogs made it to the next round by way of superior quotient over Magnolia and Lhuillier-Converse.
Three foreign clubs were guest teams seeded into the semifinal round, they are the Hyundai Motors of South Korea, led by hotshot Lee Chung Hee, Golden Dragon of Taiwan and the Pacific All-stars, a tall team featuring top American servicemen in the Asia-Pacific region. Local teams beef up their roster by adding reinforcements from the ousted squads. RFM-Swifts and YCO arranged a best-of-three championship showdown by topping the semifinal round with identical 5-1 won-loss slates, Philips Sardines (4-2) and Golden Dragon of Taiwan (3-3 in a tie with Hyundai) dispute third place honors, Purefoods was 1-5 and winless Clark (Pacific) All-stars at 0-6.
RFM-Swifts, under coach Yeng Guiao, who called the shots for the hotdogs only for this tournament, won their first PABL title with a two-game sweep off YCO Shine Masters. Golden Dragon of Taiwan won third place via higher point difference, following a victory over Philips that tied their series at one game apiece. Jojo Lastimosa of Lhuillier-Converse, who was a guest player of Swifts in the semifinals, won the Most Outstanding Local Player Award, also cited as Most Outstanding Foreign Player was Korean Lee Chung Hee of Hyundai, who scored a tournament-high of 66 points in a 110-111 Hyundai loss to Philips Sardines on March 23.
|RFM-Swift Hotdogs 108, YCO Shine Masters 106|
|RFM-Swift's wins series, 2-0|
|Qualified for quarterfinals|
|Magnolia Juice Drinks||6||3||.667|
|YCO Shine Masters||5||4||.555|
|Sta. Lucia Realtors||4||5||.444|
|Purefoods Food Masters||4||5||.444|
The Second Conference called Freedom Cup started on May 16 at the ULTRA. Cebu-based Mama's Love and the newly formed MIESCOR Builders from Manila Electric Company, a power in major basketball in the early 1970s before Martial Law, joined the 8 other clubs, raising the participating teams to ten. After the one-round eliminations, RFM-Swifts, with new coach Chito Afable, were on top of the team standings with seven wins and two losses, followed by Magnolia Juice Drinks (6-3), national senior's champion Lhuillier-Converse, MIESCOR and YCO were all tied with five wins and four losses. Sta.Lucia and Purefoods dispute the last quarterfinals seat, the Realtors prevail over the Food Masters, 93-89 on June 8.
The six-team quarterfinal round had their carry-over records minus the results of their games against the other 4 teams eliminated, RFM-Swifts will have a 4-1 card, MIESCOR with three wins and two losses, Magnolia, Lhuillier, YCO and Sta.Lucia at two wins and three losses. Swifts and MIESCOR (both 6-wins, 4-losses) makes it to the 4-team semifinal round, along with YCO (tied with Magnolia and Sta.Lucia at 5-5 but made it via quotient system), Lhuillier-Converse were eliminated at 3-7. The Juice Drink Makers completed the cast with a 92-83 win over the Realtors in their playoff on June 24.
In the two-round semifinals, RFM-Swifts and YCO finish with identical 4-2 won-loss slates and will have a repeat title-clash. Magnolia (3-3) and MIESCOR (1-5) will play for third place. The YCO Shine Masters exact revenge over RFM-Swifts, which had no outside help this time, via 3-0 sweep in their best-of-five finals series. Magnolia won third place despite losing the third game against the Builders as they led their own series, two games to one.
A special tournament called Philippine Cup was held from August 3–10, featuring the Philippine men's national team, coach by Joe Lipa and sponsored by Philips Sardines, a PABL selection carrying the brand Rebisco, the US NCAA Selection sponsored by Swifts, Shanghai from Chinese-Taipei and a team from Egypt.
The US NCAA all-stars and the PABL-Philips played in the best-of-three finals following the nationals' 95-83 win over the Americans. Swift's-USA, PABL-Philips and Egypt ended the round with similar 3-1 slates, but the Filipinos took the second finals slot over the Egyptians via a better FIBA goal average. Swift's-USA won the Philippine Cup title with a 2-1 series victory over PABL-Philips. After losing Game one in a fight-marred game, the Americans won the next two games by a big margin over the RP nationals.
|Swift-USA All-Stars 107, PABL-Philips 76|
|Swift's-USA wins series, 2-1|
Following the disbandment of YCO Shine Masters and Lady's Choice, and with Mama's Love not taking part of the league's last offering of the season, seven teams were left to play in the Maharlika Cup which opens on October 10. After the two-round eliminations, the team standings were Converse-Lhuillier (9-3), Swift Hotdogs (8-4), Magnolia Ice Cream (7-5), Philips (6-6), Sta.Lucia and Purefoods (5-7), and MIESCOR (2-10).
The last four lower-seeded teams played in a two-round quarterfinals to determine three other semifinalists. Sta.Lucia finish at five wins and one loss, followed by MIESCOR at 3-3, Philips and Purefoods, both with 2 wins and 4 losses, played in a sudden-death playoff on November 28, Philips won the match, 85-79.
Magnolia and Swift advances into the championship with a 4-1 won-loss record in the one-round semifinals. The rest of the standings were Converse-Lhuillier (3-2), Philips Sardines (2-3), Sta.Lucia and MIESCOR (1-4). Magnolia Ice Cream won their second league title with a 3-1 series win over RFM-Swift Hotdogs, which had new acquisitions Alvin Patrimonio and Glenn Capacio from the disbanded YCO ballclub. Converse-Lhuillier placed third with a similar 3-1 win over Philips Sardines in their own series.
|Magnolia Ice Cream 108, RFM-Swifts Hotdogs 105|
|Magnolia wins series, 3-1|
Game One of the Philippine Cup Finals between the USA Selection (Swift) and the RP Men's National team (PABL-Philips) were triggered by a melee that spilled all over the court with only 30 seconds left in the ballgame, the nationals on top, 83-81, both benches emptied in a five-minute player fight with spectators joining the free-for-all. USA coach Jerry Webber call for a walkout and the nationals were awarded the win by forfeiture.
Game four of the Maharlika Cup finals between Magnolia and Swift was halted for 15 minutes with only 1:52 left in the ballgame, the Hotdogs walkout because they felt short-changed by the game officials, irate fans pelted the hardcourt with debris and softdrink bottles, it took a while before Swift coach Arturo Valenzona and his boys were persuaded to finish the game.
- Mythical team (Maharlika Cup):
- Jerry Codinera (Magnolia) (SCOOP's Most Outstanding Player)
- Alvin Patrimonio (RFM-Swift)
- Ato Agustin (RFM-Swift)
- Dindo Pumaren (Magnolia)
- Jojo Lastimosa (Converse-Lhuillier)
- Season's Most Valuable Player (MVP): Alvin Patrimonio (YCO/Swift)
- Mythical Five:
- Alvin Patrimonio (YCO/Swift)
- Jerry Codinera (Magnolia)
- Glenn Capacio (YCO/Swift)
- Jojo Lastimosa (Converse-Lhuillier)
- Ronnie Magsanoc (YCO/Philips)
- PABL wars starts today
- PABL okays Lhuillier's 5 ex-PBA cagers
- Yco, Swift's in PABL finals
- Swift's '2 straights' Yco for title
- Philips stops Hyundai
- Freedom Cup starts today
- Purefoods hangs on
- Realtors make it after all
- Magnolia catches last bus to Freedom semis
- Yco thrashes RFM, crashes into finals
- Yco straights RFM
- Pinoys shock Yanks
- Yanks finish off Pinoys
- Maharlika kickoff
- Lhuillier thumps SLR, is top semifinalist
- Philips alive as Lipa returns
- Magnolia, RFM forge title duel
- RP 5 zeroes in on title
- Magnolia wraps up title