1990 Pop Cola Sizzlers season

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1990 Pop Cola Sizzlers season
Head coach Yeng Guiao
Owner(s) RFM Corporation
First Conference results
Record 2–8
Place 7th
Playoff finish N/A
All-Filipino Conference results
Record 1–9
Place 8th
Playoff finish N/A
Third Conference results
Record 7–11
Place 5th
Playoff finish Semifinals
Pop Cola Sizzlers seasons

The 1990 Pop Cola Sizzlers season was the 1st season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Expansion pool[edit]

Expansion Draft
Elmer Reyes (#2 from San Miguel)
Cayetano Salazar (#4 from Añejo)
Pido Jarencio (#6 from Purefoods)
Sonny Cabatu (#8 from Purefoods)
Fernando Garcia (#10 from Añejo)
Pop Cola picks second in choosing players

Off-season transactions[edit]

Alejandro de Guzman Drafted Rookie, 2nd overall pick
Napoleon Hatton Drafted Rookie
Joey Loyzaga Acquired from Pepsi-Cola via trade, originally chosen by Pepsi in the expansion pool
Joseph Pelaez Rookie free agent signed
Anthony Poblador Rookie free agent signed, put on the reserve list
Terry Saldaña Comebacking player signed via free agency
Marte Saldaña Acquired via free agency from Presto Tivoli
Leoncio Tan, Jr Rookie free agent signed


RFM Corporation, which brought the Cosmos Bottling, Inc. was one of the two newcomers that joined the PBA as the league enters its 16th season. The team will be known as Pop Cola Sizzlers. Their first official game shown on TV took place in the RP-China goodwill series in the first week of February, featuring a Chinese Selection going up against PBA teams in exhibition games held at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. Pop Cola paraded an import named Willie Glass and lost to the powerhouse Chinese quintet, 73-93. [1] Glass was sent home before the season started. The Sizzlers played All-Filipino in their opening game against fellow expansion team and softdrink rival Pepsi Cola when their choice for an import, Fennis Dembo, backed out at the last minute, Pop Cola lost to the Pepsi Hotshots, 130-149. New import Alfredrick Hughes plane in for the Sizzlers' next game. Winless in five outings, Pop Cola finally scored their first victory in the pro league on March 13, beating Purefoods Hotdogs, 138-120. Their second win came against Alaska Milkmen, 118-115 on March 25. They lost their last game in the eliminations to Añejo Rum, 110-130 on April 1, for a 2-8 won-loss slate.

Pop Cola scored a surprising 131-121 win over Alaska Milkmen at the start of the All-Filipino Conference on June 10, [2] but dropped all their remaining nine games in the eliminations, two of which were close losses to Añejo Rum 65, 141-143 in overtime on June 21, [3] and 100-101 on July 6 in Cagayan de Oro. [4]

In the Third Conference, the team change its name from Pop Cola to Sarsi, bannered by NBA veteran Lewis Lloyd, along with Michael Anderson as their imports. The Sizzlers defeated reigning All-Filipino Champion Presto Tivolis, 141-138, in their first game on October 2. Sarsi advances into the semifinal round with a 5-win, 5-loss record, defeating Purefoods Hotdogs, 148-143 on November 6, as Lloyd and Anderson scored 59 and 56 points respectively for a combined 115-point output of the two imports. [5] The Sizzlers rallied to beat Alaska Milkmen, 123-120, in their second outing in the semifinals on November 13, [6] but were already out of contention after losing their next five games. The Sarsi Sizzlers ended the year on a high note, denying corporate rival Purefoods Hotdogs a finals seat with a 138-131 victory in their last game on December 2. [7]


Elmer Reyes 4 Forward-Guard 6"1' San Beda College
Sonny Cabatu 5 Center 6"5' PSBA
Ricardo Cui 6 Guard-Forward 6"3' Lyceum of the Philippines
Marte Saldaña Played only 4 games 7 Guard 5"11' Far Eastern University
Fernando Garcia 8 Forward 6"2' Adamson University
Joseph Pelaez 11 Center-Forward 6"5' University of Manila
Alejandro De Guzman 13 Forward 6"2' Far Eastern University
Ernesto Loyzaga 14 Guard 6"1' San Beda College
Leoncio Tan 16 Guard 6"0' De La Salle University
Antero Saldaña 17 Forward 6"3' Letran (Juniors)
Napoleon Hatton 18 Forward 6"1' San Sebastian College
Cayetano Salazar 19 Center-Forward 6"5' Letran College
Alfredo Jarencio 25 Guard 5"10' University of Santo Tomas
Alfredrick Hughes 1st conference import 21 Guard-Forward 6"5' Loyola University
Lewis Lloyd 3rd conference import 32 Center-Forward 6"5' Drake University
Michael Anderson 3rd conference import 10 Guard 6"1' Drexel University

Assistant Coach: Rogelio Melencio Team Manager: Elmer Yanga


  1. ^ "Beijing five pops Pop". Manila Standard. 
  2. ^ "Pop jolts Alaska five". Manila Standard. 
  3. ^ "Añejo survives Pop". Manila Standard. 
  4. ^ "Close call for 65ers from Pop". Manila Standard. 
  5. ^ "Sarsi soars to cloud 9". Manila Standard. 
  6. ^ "Sarsi strikes down Alaska". Manila Standard. 
  7. ^ "Sarsi's upset of Purefoods gives Airmen a free lift". Manila Standard.