1992 7-Up Uncolas season

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1992 7-Up Uncolas season
Head coach Derrick Pumaren
Owner(s) Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.
First Conference results
Record 4–7
Place 7th
Playoff finish Eliminated
All-Filipino Conference results
Record 12–10
Place 4th
Playoff finish Semifinals
Third Conference results
Record 13–11
Place 2nd
Playoff finish Finals
7-Up Uncolas seasons
1991 1993

The 1992 7-Up Uncolas season was the 3rd season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Known as Pepsi Hotshots in the First Conference.

Off-season transactions[edit]

Eugene Quilban Acquired in a trade that sent Jun Reyes to Alaska
Roberto Jabar Drafted Rookie
Peter Aguilar Acquired via free agency, release by Alaska
Napoleon Hatton Acquired from Alaska
Leo Austria Acquired from Shell
Gido Babilonia Acquired from Shell


The Pepsi Hotshots lost their first six games in the First Conference with Mark Stevenson as their import. Stevenson was replace by Kenny Redfield, originally a replacement import for Presto's Derwin Collins. Redfield led Pepsi to their first win on March 7 against Ginebra in the out-of-town game in Lucena City, winning 110-105. [1] Redfield led the Hotshots to three more victories before losing their last game against Purefoods.

Change its team name to Seven-Up starting the All-Filipino Conference. On July 14, the Uncolas beat Alaska, 95-77, for their sixth win in 10 games and advances into the semifinal round for only the second time in their franchise history. [2] The Uncolas won six of their seven semifinal outings and on a threshold of a championship berth, [3] they lost to finals-bound San Miguel Beermen in their last game and was forced into a playoff match against Purefoods TJ Hotdogs, the Uncolas lost, 77-81, in the do-or-die game on August 13. Seven-Up places fourth after being swept by Swift Mighty Meaties in their best-of-five series for third place.

Melvin Newbern, their import for the Third Conference, played three games and led his team to one victory. Newbern put in numbers of 51, 70 and 59 points for an average of 60 points per game and despite that, players voted in favor of a replacement and coming in is Delano Demps. The Uncolas made it to the championship round against the Swift Mighty Meaties, winning over San Miguel in their playoff game on December 3. Seven-Up got swept in four games by a much stronger Swift squad led by their import Tony Harris and became the second team to lose in the finals series via 4-game sweep.

Notable dates[edit]

July 26: The Uncolas ended the seven-game winning streak of league-leading Purefoods TJ Hotdogs in a 112-99 victory and improved their standings to 8 wins and 4 losses. [4]

August 9: Eugene Quilban made an all-time record 28 assists in Seven-Up's 123-100 win over Shell.

December 3: Seven-Up reached the finals for the first time in three years of participation, defeating San Miguel Beermen, 102-91, for the right to play Swift Mighty Meaties for the Third Conference title. [5]


On December 1, which was the last scheduled semifinal double-header of the Third Conference, Seven-Up won over Swift in a high-scoring contest, 156-154, to ousts crowd-favorite Ginebra San Miguel from the finals race. Had Swift, which already clinch the first finals seat, won in the first game, a Ginebra victory over San Miguel Beer in the second game would have assured the Ginebras a playoff for one of the two finals berth. PBA Commissioner Rey Marquez fined both the Mighty Meaties and Uncolas P100,000 for their players' unusual conduct in that game. [6]


Manny Victorino 1 Center-Forward 6"5' Jose Rizal College
Alejo Alolor 2 & 22 Guard-Forward 6"1' University of the Visayas
Peter Aguilar 4 Center-Forward 6"5' Trinity College
Eugene Quilban 7 Guard 5"7' San Sebastian College
Ludovico Valenciano 9 Guard-Forward 6"2' University of Saint La Salle
Roberto Jabar 10 Guard-Forward 6"0' Southwestern University
Mark Tallo 11 Guard 5"6' Southwestern University
Leo Austria 13 Guard 5"10' Lyceum of the Philippines
Gido Babilonia 25 Center 6"6' University of Santo Tomas
Bernardo Carpio 29 Forward 6"3' Ateneo de Manila
Abet Guidaben 32 Center-Forward 6"5' University of San Jose Recoletos
Napoleon Hatton 50 Forward 6"1' San Sebastian College
Mark Stevenson 1st conference import Forward 6"5'
Kenny Redfield 1st conference import 35 Center-Forward 6"5' Michigan State University
Melvin Newbern 3rd conference import 20 Guard-Forward 6"3' University of Minnesota
Dell Demps 3rd conference import 5 Guard-Forward 6"3' University of the Pacific

Assistant coach: Gabby Velasco Team Manager: Steve Watson