1997 PBA season

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1997 PBA season
1997 PBA season
Duration February 16, 1997 – December 14, 1997
Number of teams 8
TV partner(s) Vintage Sports (IBC)
Top draft pick Andy Seigle
Picked by Mobiline Cellulars
All-Filipino Cup champions Purefoods Corned Beef
  Runners-up Gordon's Gin
Commissioner's Cup champions Gordon's Gin Boars
  Runners-up Alaska Milkmen
Governors Cup champions Alaska Milkmen
  Runners-up Purefoods Carne Norte
Season MVP Alvin Patrimonio
1998  >

The 1997 PBA season was the 23rd season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Season highlights[edit]

  • For the first time in league history, the top two picks of the Annual Rookie draft were born outside the Philippines, 6-9 Andrew John Seigle, and Nic Belasco were selected at numbers one and two, respectively.
  • Purefoods Corned Beef Cowboys and Gordon's Gin Boars (formerly Ginebra) played in the All-Filipino Cup finals, only the second time the two rivals meet in a championship series. Gordon's playing coach Sonny Jaworski became the oldest player to play in a PBA finals series at age 51. Purefoods rookie coach Eric Altamirano won his first title as a head mentor.
  • Gordon's Gin Boars ended a six-year title drought for the La Tondeña franchise by winning the Commissioner's Cup title over defending champion Alaska Milkmen.
  • The Alaska Milkmen retains the Governors' Cup title for the fourth straight time and defend the only crown left in their grandslam conquest last season. Alaska has overtaken the defunct Presto franchise as the fourth winningest ballclub in the PBA.
  • Alvin Patrimonio won his fourth MVP award, tying Ramon Fernandez for the most number of MVP awards.[1]

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Milkmen
Formula Shell
Gordon's Gin Boars Ruffa Mae Quinto
Mobiline Cellulars
Pop Cola Bottlers
Purefoods Corned Beef Cowboys
San Miguel Beermen
Sta. Lucia Realtors


Individual awards[edit]

Awards given by the PBA Press Corps[edit]

  • Coach of the Year: Ron Jacobs (San Miguel)
  • Mr. Quality Minutes: Paul Alvarez (San Miguel)
  • Executive of the Year: Simon Mossesgeld (Purefoods)
  • Comeback Player of the Year: Paul Alvarez (San Miguel)
  • Referee of the Year: Ernesto de Leon

Cumulative standings[edit]

Alaska Milkmen 60 35 25 .583
Gordon's Gin Boars 68 39 29 .574
San Miguel Beermen 63 35 28 .556
Purefoods Corned Beef Cowboys/Carne Norte Beefies 63 34 29 .540
Sta. Lucia Realtors 61 31 30 .508
Mobiline Cellulars/Phone Pals 47 20 27 .426
Pop Cola Bottlers 38 14 24 .368
Formula Shell Zoom Masters 46 15 31 .326