1989 Añejo Rum 65ers season

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1989 Añejo Rum 65ers season
Head coachRobert Jaworski
Owner(s)La Tondeña Distillers, Inc.
Open Conference results
Playoff finishEliminated
All-Filipino Conference results
Playoff finishSemifinals
Reinforced Conference results
Playoff finishFinals

Stats @ PBA-Online.net
Añejo Rum 65ers seasons
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The 1989 Añejo Rum 65ers season was the 11th season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Off-season transactions[edit]

Peter Aguilar Drafted Rookie
Philip Cezar Acquired via free agency; contract not renewed by Presto Ice Cream
Fernando Garcia Drafted Rookie


During the first week of April, the Añejo Rum 65ers acquired Rey Cuenco from Shell in a trade that sent the team's first round pick Romeo Dela Rosa to the Zoom Masters. Dela Rosa decided to sit out and opted not to signed a contract with Añejo before the season started. [1] Cuenco played his first game with Añejo in a must-win situation against his former team Shell and the Rum Masters responded with a 155-135 victory. [2]

Añejo playing-coach Sonny Jaworski was fined and suspended for one game due to the punching foul he committed against Jojo Lastimosa of Purefoods in their second round elimination match on April 4.

In the Open Conference, Añejo Rum 65 failed to advanced in the semifinal round for the first time since playing-coach Sonny Jaworski handled the team starting in 1985 after losing to Alaska in the knockout game on April 13.


  • Dante Gonzalgo was the season's Most Improved Player.
  • Carlos Briggs was named Best Import of the Reinforced Conference.

Notable dates[edit]

March 9: Import Carlton McKinney scored when it mattered most as Añejo Rum 65 slipped past Presto Ice Cream, 119-117, for their first win of the season in two games, after losing to sister team San Miguel Beer two nights before. [3]

April 11: Añejo survived another do-or-die situation in their last game in the eliminations against Alaska, the Rum Masters stayed alive and force a playoff with the Airmen following a 117-107 victory. [4]

August 1: Robert Jaworski topscored with 18 points and starred in two crucial plays in the last minute, resulted to a triple by Chito Loyzaga and a runaway basket by Philip Cezar for the final count, a 101-98 victory over San Miguel for their second win in the semifinals of the All-Filipino Conference and their fourth straight triumph since the eliminations. [5]

October 15: Carlos Briggs sizzled for 81 points with five three-point shots in a dazzling one-man show, leading Añejo to a pulsating 135-132 victory over Formula Shell. Briggs became the fifth player in PBA history to pass the 80-point mark.

October 24: Carlos Briggs converted nine three-point shots and finished with 64 points as Añejo got back at Purefoods, 150-137, in the second round of eliminations. The win was the fourth straight for the Rum Masters and improved their won-loss standings to 5-3.

November 2: Añejo won for the third time over San Miguel Beermen, 142-140 in overtime, at the start of the semifinal round of the Third Conference.

November 5: Añejo beats Presto Tivoli in another overtime-thriller, 144-143, for their second win in the semifinals, Carlos Briggs was the top scorer with 71 points. [6]

November 19: Añejo Rum needed an extra five minutes to outlast Alaska Milk, 145-142, as the Rum Masters keeps its hopes alive for a finals seat. [7]

November 21: In yet another great escape, Carlos Briggs' late-game heroics kept Añejo's finals hopes alive with a 135-134 triumph over Purefoods, the Hotdogs were 21 seconds away from a finals clash with San Miguel Beer when they led by four, 134-130, on Alvin Patrimonio's short stab. Briggs, who finish with 75 points, stole the ball from Dindo Pumaren with 18 seconds left and completed a three-point play off a foul by Jojo Lastimosa with eight seconds remaining that capped a stirring comeback by the Rum Masters. [8]

November 26: Añejo advances into the Third Conference finals with a 113-112 win over Purefoods Hotdogs, which played sans import Dexter Shouse in their knockout game. The Rum Masters will play sister team and grandslam-bound San Miguel Beermen in the finals of the season-ending conference. [9]


Peter Aguilar 4 Center-Forward 6"5' Trinity College
Dondon Ampalayo 6 Forward 6"3' University of San Jose Recoletos
Robert Jaworski 7 Guard 6"0' University of the East
Leo Isaac 9 Guard 6"1' Mapua Institute of Technology
Fernando Garcia 10 Forward 6"2' Adamson University
Dante Gonzalgo 12 Forward 6"2' Lyceum of the Philippines
Harmon Codiñera 13 Forward 6"4' Far Eastern University
Joey Loyzaga 14 Guard 6"1' San Beda College
Rey Cuenco 15 Center-Forward 6"4' Gregorio Araneta University
Rudy Distrito 17 Guard 5"11' University of the East
Philip Cezar 18 Forward 6"3' Jose Rizal College
Romulo Mamaril 22 Center 6"6' Mapua Institute of Technology
Cayetano Salazar 30 Center-Forward 6"5' Letran College
Chito Loyzaga 41 Guard-Forward 6"2' San Beda College
Carlton McKinney Open import, played two games 24 Guard-Forward 6"3' Southern Methodist University
Daren Queenan Open import, replaces McKinney 24 Forward 6"3' Lehigh University
Carlos Briggs Reinforced import 24 Guard-Forward 5"11' Baylor University

Assistant Coach: Rino Salazar Team Manager: Bernabe Navarro


  1. ^ "'Jawo' on the carpet". Manila Standard.
  2. ^ "Jawo sacked, fined P 1,000". Manila Standard.
  3. ^ "Añejo turns back Presto". Manila Standard.
  4. ^ "Playoff for Anejo, Alaska". Manila Standard.
  5. ^ "Añejo edges San Miguel in thriller". Manila Standard.
  6. ^ "OT epics by Añejo, Purefoods". Manila Standard.
  7. ^ "Añejo ousts Alaska". Manila Standard.
  8. ^ "Añejo stops Purefoods". Manila Standard.
  9. ^ "Añejo squeaker puts it in finals". Manila Standard.