1997 San Miguel Beermen season

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1997 San Miguel Beermen season
Head coach Ron Jacobs
Owner(s) San Miguel Corporation
All-Filipino Cup results
Record 11–12
Place 4th
Playoff finish Semifinals
Commissioner's Cup results
Record 12–8
Place 3rd
Playoff finish Semifinals
Governors Cup results
Record 12–8
Place 3rd
Playoff finish Semifinals

Stats @ PBA-Online.net
San Miguel Beermen seasons
1996 1998

The 1997 San Miguel Beermen season was the 23rd season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Off-season transactions[edit]

Arnold Gamboa Acquired from Sta.Lucia
Edward Naron Drafted Rookie, originally pick by Gordon's Gin
Ronilo Padilla Drafted Rookie
Olsen Racela Acquired from Purefoods; the Beermen in exchange gave up a future draft picks
Siot Tanquingcen Acquired from Sunkist


Former national coach Ron Jacobs is the new San Miguel head coach following Norman Black's resignation and transfer to the Mobiline franchise. On February 21, Ron Jacobs ushered his comeback in local basketball in the Beermen's 70-66 victory over Purefoods Corned Beef Cowboys, which also had a new head coach Eric Altamirano, in both teams' first game of the season. [1] The Beermen had to win their last two games in the eliminations to enter the All-Filipino Cup semifinal round with an even 7-7 slate, they won four of their eight semifinal assignments. The Beermen placed fourth, losing to Sta.Lucia in a one-game battle for third place.

Import Jeff Ward led the Beermen to the finals playoff match against Gordon's Gin Boars, with Alaska Milkmen clinching the first finals seat in the Commissioner's Cup. Ward played his heart out and battled cramps in San Miguel's 100-106 double-overtime loss to Gordon's Gin in their knockout game on August 24. The Beermen managed to finish third in the conference, winning over Sta.Lucia without Jeff Ward and playing with only seven men.

The Beermen brought in Larry Robinson as their import in the Governor's Cup. [2] San Miguel advances into the best-of-five semifinal series outright, topping the eliminations with 9 wins and 5 losses and were tied with Alaska and Sta.Lucia. The Beermen played the Purefoods Carne Norte Beefies in the semifinal series and led 2 games to 1, the Beefies bounce back with victories in Games 4 and 5 to frustrate San Miguel's bid for a finals berth for the second time in the season.


  • Jeff Ward was voted the Commissioner's Cup Best Import.
  • Larry Robinson was voted the Governor's Cup Best Import.


Pos. No. Player School
G 4 Philippines Bethune Tanquingcen UST
F 5 Philippines Ronilo Padilla University of Cebu
G 7 Philippines Michael Mustre Letran
G 8 Philippines Allan Caidic UE
F 9 Philippines Samboy Lim Letran
C 10 Philippines Adriano Polistico Letran
F 11 Philippines Nelson Asaytono University of Manila
F 12 Philippines Yves Dignadice West Negros College
C 14 Philippines Gilbert Castillo Letran
G 15 Philippines Edward Naron University of Visayas
F 16 Philippines Roel Bravo University of Manila
G 17 Philippines Olsen Racela Ateneo de Manila
F 18 Philippines Arturo Dela Cruz San Sebastian
C 22 Philippines Arnold Gamboa FEU
F 23 Philippines Paul Alvarez San Sebastian
F 25 Philippines Freddie Abuda University of Cebu
F 21 United States Jeff Ward (C) Tiffin University
G 20 United States Larry Robinson (G) Centenary College
Position Name/s
Head coach: Philippines Ron Jacobs
Assistants: Jong Uichico / Filomeno Pumaren
(C) - Commissioner's Cup Import, (G) - Governor's Cup Import '