1991 PBA season

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1991 PBA season
Duration February 17, 1991 – December 15, 1991
Number of teams 8
TV partner(s) Vintage Sports (PTV)
Top draft pick Alejandro Araneta
Picked by Alaska Milkmen
First Conference champions Ginebra San Miguel
  Runners-up Shell Rimula X
All-Filipino Conference champions Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
  Runners-up Diet Sarsi
Third Conference champions Alaska Milkmen
  Runners-up Ginebra San Miguel
Season MVP Alvin Patrimonio
1992  >

The 1991 PBA season was the 17th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Season highlights[edit]

  • The PBA Rookie draft was aired on TV lived for the first time in league history.[1]
  • Vintage sports commentator Joe Cantada covered his final game on TV during the April 9 replay of the controversial Shell-Purefoods game that took place on March 17.
  • An era in Philippine Basketball ended on April 21 when Virgilio "Baby" Dalupan resigned as head coach of Purefoods Hotdogs. Dalupan cited his difference with management as the reason for his resignation.
  • On May 19, Ginebra San Miguel made history in the PBA record books as the first team to come back from a 1-3 series deficit and beat Shell Rimula-X in game 7 of the best-of-seven 1st conference championship showdown. Rudy Distrito made a difficult baseline fadeaway shot against two Shell defenders with one second remaining to give Ginebra their third PBA title.
  • After the contract of Alvin Patrimonio with Purefoods expired in June, Pepsi Hotshots offered Patrimonio a P 25.3 million salary and a benefits package for 5 1/2 years, Purefoods matched Pepsi's multi-million peso contract to retain Patrimonio's services.
  • Due to numerous players requesting megabuck deals, the league initiated a "salary cap" starting the 1992 season. Swift, Shell, Alaska, Tivoli, Pepsi and Ginebra will have a P12 million cap while Purefoods and San Miguel will have a cap of P15 million.
  • Alvin Patrimonio won his first of his four MVP awards.
  • Before the third conference finals, the PBA took a break on November 24-December 5, with the staging of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila.
  • By the end of the season, Rudy Salud resigned as the commissioner of the league.[2]

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Milkmen Christine Jacob
Diet Sarsi Sizzlers Gretchen Barretto
Ginebra San Miguel Shireen Ledesma
Pepsi Hotshots Emily Artadi
Presto Tivolis Carmi Matic and Jane Ashley
Purefoods Hotdogs Sofia Zobel
San Miguel Beermen Nanette Medved
Shell Rimula X Jennifer Pingree and Maricel Laxa


Individual awards[edit]

Board of governors[edit]

  • Rodrigo Salud (Commissioner)
  • Luis Lorenzo, Sr (Chairman, Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc.)
  • Wilfred Steven Uytengsu (Vice-Chairman, General Milling Corp.)
  • Ruben Cleofe (Secretary)
  • Lance Gokongwei (Treasurer, Consolidated Food Corp.)
  • Carlos Palanca III (La Tondeña Distillers, Inc.)
  • Renato Buhain (Purefoods Corp.)
  • Elmer Yanga (Republic Flour Mills Corp.)
  • Ric Lara (Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.)
  • Nazario Avendaño (San Miguel Corp.)

Cumulative standings[edit]

Alaska Milkmen 56 31 25 .554
Ginebra San Miguel 60 33 27 .550
Diet Sarsi/Swift Mighty Meaty 58 31 27 .535
San Miguel Beermen 64 33 31 .515
Shell Rimula-X Turbochargers 48 23 25 .480
Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs 57 27 30 .473
Pepsi Hotshots 44 19 25 .431
Tivoli Full Cream Milk 49 21 28 .429