1996 Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
1996 Purefoods TJ Hotdogs season
Head coach Chot Reyes
All Filipino Cup results
Record 15–12
Place 2nd
Playoff finish Finals
Commissioner's Cup results
Record 7–12
Place 5th
Playoff finish Semifinals
Governors Cup results
Record 7–7
Place 6th
Playoff finish Quarterfinals
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs seasons
← 1995
1997 →

The 1996 Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs season was the 9th season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). The team was known as Purefoods Corned Beef Cowboys beginning the Governor's Cup.

Off-season transactions[edit]

Reuben Dela Rosa Drafted rookie, 3rd overall pick
Dindo Pumaren Re-acquired from Pepsi Mega
Bryant Punzalan Acquired from San Miguel
Rodney Santos Drafted rookie, 2nd overall pick


After missing out the All-Filipino Cup finals for the first time last season, the Tender Juicy Hotdogs welcome back guard Dindo Pumaren on its fold and signed two promising rookies; Rodney Santos and Reuben Dela Rosa. Purefoods lost their first two games of the season to San Miguel, 69-80 in the opener on February 18, and Shell, 80-85 on February 24 in Lipa City, before picking up their first win against Ginebra, 100-92 on February 27. The Hotdogs began to peak late in the elimination round and finish third behind Alaska and Formula Shell with eight wins and six losses. In the semifinal round, Purefoods racked up six straight victories to clinch the first finals seat, leaving Alaska and Ginebra, which earn a playoff by winning five games in the semifinals, to dispute the other slot, the Milkmen won over Ginebra in their playoff game. In the championship series, Purefoods lost to Alaska in just five games and settled for runner-up honors.

Ronnie Thompkins, the temperamental former Swift import, was hired by Purefoods as their import for the Commissioner's Cup. Thompkins scored 34 points in his Purefoods' debut on June 16, leading the team to a 108-87 win over San Miguel Beermen. The Hotdogs barely made it to the semifinal round, winning their last game in the eliminations against San Miguel and their playoff match against Sunkist, 89-76 on July 30. Thompkins was tested positive on drug used and saw action for the last time in Purefoods' 84-101 loss to Sta.Lucia in their first game in the semifinals on August 4. [1] Thompkins' replacement was Derrick Gervin, a younger brother of NBA's prolific scorer George Gervin, he led the Hotdogs to just a lone win in the semifinals and later on was also found positive on drug test conducted by the PBA. [2]

Six-year NBA veteran Dennis Hopson, who spent some time as Michael Jordan's backup with the Chicago Bulls in the NBA, blew into town as the import of Purefoods, now with a moniker Corned Beef Cowboys. Hopson went down with a foot injury before the conference started and Mark Anthony Hill played as a fill-in role while Hopson was recuperating and lasted three games, Hopson played only once in the Cowboys' 89-92 loss to San Miguel in Iloilo City on October 12. Purefoods' import woes continues with Tony Tolbert replacing Hopson and lasted two games, leading the Cowboys to one win. Jojo English, a legitimate NBA veteran, was the fourth import to saw action for the Cowboys in the Governor's Cup, he played only one game before being sideline by an old injury, the coaching staff decided to keep him around but English never got a chance to play again when unheralded Kennard Winchester, their fifth reinforcement, played well and help the Cowboys get back and were able to qualify in the quarterfinal round by defeating Sta.Lucia in their playoff game on November 17. [3] Seeded number six and in a twice-to-beat disadvantage against San Miguel, the Cowboys forces a do-or-die game by winning over the Beermen, 97-91 in overtime on November 19, five days later, the Beermen knock the Cowboys out from the final four semifinals with an 89-86 victory.


Pos. No. Player School
G 1 Philippines Bong Ravena UE
F 5 Philippines Edmund Reyes UST
F 7 Philippines Rey Evangelista UST
F 9 Philippines Rodney Santos San Sebastian
G 10 Philippines Dindo Pumaren De La Salle
G 12 Philippines Glenn Capacio FEU
C 15 Philippines Bryant Punzalan FEU
F 16 Philippines Alvin Patrimonio Mapua Tech
G 17 Philippines Olsen Racela Ateneo de Manila
F 23 Philippines Reuben Dela Rosa Mapua Tech
C 44 Philippines Jerry Codinera UE
F Philippines Joselito Martin NCBA
F 00 United States Ronnie Thompkins (C) Fort Hays State University
F 8 United States Derrick Gervin (C) University of Texas
G United States Dennis Hopson (G) Ohio State University
G United States Mark Hill (G) California State Fullerton
G United States Tony Tolbert (G)
G 42 United States Jojo English (G)
G 41 United States Kennard Winchester (G) Averett College
Position Name/s
Head coach: Philippines Chot Reyes
Assistants: Eric Altamirano
Commissioners Cup import - (C), Governors Cup import - (G) '

Team Manager: Simon Mossesgeld


  1. ^ "PBA bans Thompkins". Manila Standard. 
  2. ^ "New Purefoods import tests positive". Manila Standard. 
  3. ^ "Purefoods ousts SLR, makes quarters". Manila Standard.