1994 Tondeña 65 Rhum Masters season

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1994 Tondeña 65 Rhum Masters season
Head coach Robert Jaworski
Owner(s) La Tondeña Distillers, Inc.
All-Filipino Cup results
Record 2–8
Place 8th
Playoff finish N/A
Commissioner's Cup results
Record 5–6
Place 6th
Playoff finish N/A
Governors Cup results
Record 5–6
Place 7th
Playoff finish N/A
Tondeña 65 Rhum Masters seasons
1993 1995

The 1994 Tondeña 65 Rhum Masters season was the 16th season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Off-season transactions[edit]

Noli Locsin Drafted rookie; 1st overall pick
Wilmer Ong Drafted rookie
Porferio Marzan Drafted rookie
Benito Cheng Acquired from Purefoods when they traded Manny Victorino
Joey Loyzaga Free Agent, signed to a one-year contract


Formerly Ginebra San Miguel, the La Tondeña ballclub change its team name to Tondeña 65 Rhum Masters beginning the league's 20th season, with the retirement of their last two players who were part of all three championships of the franchise; Chito Loyzaga and Dante Gonzalgo, the league's most popular team is now built around top draft pick Noli Locsin and the rest of their players from last season. The Rhum Masters lost their first six games in the All-Filipino Cup as their losing streak reach to 14 games dating back from the Governor's Cup last year. On April 5, Tondeña 65 escaped with an 89-87 victory over Shell Rimula X for their first win in the season, [1] the Rhum Masters scored their second win against Alaska Milkmen but lost their last two games to finish last in the All-Filipino Cup.

Import Darrin Mayo played three games in the Commissioner's Cup, leading his team to a victory over Pepsi Mega, 104-103, at the start of the second conference on June 17. [2] Mayo was replaced by six-year NBA veteran Mitchell Wiggins, who debut with 62 points in the Rhum Masters' 106-108 loss to Swift on July 5, wherein the Meaties played without the suspended import Ronnie Thompkins. [3] On July 17, Wiggins scored a season-high 78 points as Tondeña defeated Sta.Lucia Realtors in Overtime, 150-148. [4] From a 1-6 won-loss slate, the Rhum Masters won their last four games but were eliminated after San Miguel Beermen beat Shell in the final day of the eliminations to clinch the fifth and last slot in the semifinals.

Tondeña got blasted by Shell, 110-130, in their first game in the Governors Cup. Import Marlin Kimbrew suited up for just one game and scored 43 points in their loss to the Turbo Chargers, Kimbrew was replaced by Steve Hood. The Rhum Masters won their last two games in the eliminations against Sta.Lucia, 127-118 on October 25, and Alaska, 129-111 on October 28, where Steve Hood scored 65 points, to forge a knockout duel with Shell for the last berth in the semifinals. The Rhum Masters lost to the Turbo Chargers, 123-125, in their playoff game on October 30, and failed to advance in the next round for the third time in the season.


Alejo Alolor 2 Guard-Forward 6”1’ University of Visayas
Sonny Cabatu 5 Center 6”5’ PSBA
Noli Locsin 6 Forward 6"3' De La Salle University
Robert Jaworski 7 Guard 6"0' University of the East
Porferio Marzan 8 Forward 6"1' University of Baguio
Macdonald De Joya 9 Forward 6"3' San Beda College
Jaime Gayoso 11 Guard-Forward 6”0’ Ateneo de Manila
Joey Loyzaga 14 Guard 6”1’ San Beda College
Benito Cheng 16 Forward-Center 6”3’ Mapua Institute of Technology
Emilio Chuatico 17 Guard 6”0’ Ateneo de Manila
Wilmer Ong 18 Center-Forward 6"4' University of Saint La Salle
Pido Jarencio 25 Guard 5”9’ University of Santo Tomas
Roberto Jose 33 Forward 6"3' University of Santo Tomas
Darrin Mayo Commissioner's Cup import 34 Center 6"5' Alabama State University
Mitchell Wiggins Commissioner's Cup import 23 Guard 6”4’ Florida State University
Marlin Kimbrew Governor's Cup import 30 Forward-Center 6"3'
Steve Hood Governor's Cup import 44 Guard 6"3' James Madison University

Assistant coaches: Philip Cezar / Arlene Rodriguez Team Manager: Bernabe Navarro