1998–99 Philippine Basketball League season

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1998–99 PBL season
Duration April 18, 1998 – January 21, 1999
Number of teams 7
TV partner(s) Silverstar Sports (PTV)
1st Centennial Cup champions Tanduay Centennial Rhum Masters
  Runners-up Batang Red Bull Energy Kings
2nd Centennial Cup champions Dr.J Rubbing Alcohol
  Runners-up Tanduay Gold Rhum Masters
Season MVP Eric Menk

The 1998–99 season of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

TV coverage[edit]

PTV 4, in partnership with Silverstar Sports as the line producer, covered the PBL games.

1998 (1st) Centennial Cup[edit]

Participating teams (coach)[edit]

Finals series[edit]

July 2
Tanduay Centennial Rhum 70, Batang Red Bull 62
July 4
Tanduay Centennial Rhum 91, Batang Red Bull 75
July 6
Tanduay Centennial Rhum 71, Batang Red Bull 65
Tanduay wins series, 3-0

Tanduay scored a 3–0 sweep over Batang Red Bull in the 1st Yakult-PBL Centennial Cup finals. The Rhum Masters clinch the title with a 71-65 victory in Game 3. [1]

1998-99 (2nd) Centennial Cup[edit]

Participating teams (coach)[edit]

Finals series[edit]

January 11
Dr.J Ana 62, Tanduay Gold Rhum 61
January 14
Dr.J Ana 75, Tanduay Gold Rhum 66
January 16
Dr.J Ana 56, Tanduay Gold Rhum 77
January 18
Dr.J Ana 57, Tanduay Gold Rhum 62
January 21
Dr.J Ana 62, Tanduay Gold Rhum 59
Dr.J wins series, 3-2

Tanduay Rhum Masters strung up 18 straight victories (18-0) in the 2nd Yakult-PBL Centennial Cup, before newcomer Blu Detergents halted their winning run. Tanduay wound up with a 19-1 win-loss record going into the finals.

Dr.J Ana Water Dispenser won their first-ever PBL crown with a 3-2 series win over Tanduay and denied the Rhum Masters on what could have been a grand exit for the multi-titled ballclub as the Lucio Tan franchise leaped to the pro ranks.

All-Star game[edit]

A PBL All-Star game was held in December 1998, Tanduay's Eric Menk leads the PBL-UAAP selection while Asi Taulava of Blu Detergent beef up the PBL-NCAA Hapee selection. The North vs South All-Star game had Yakult-South being coach by Leo Austria while the North All-Stars was handled by Gabby Velasco.

Women's Philippine Basketball League (WPBL)[edit]

PBL Commissioner Yeng Guiao came up with the formation of the first-ever women's league in the PBL in mid-October to spice up the 2nd conference, among the teams which participated in the Women's Philippine Basketball League are Dr J/Ana Dispenser, Dreyers Ice Cream, Welcoat Paints, Ever Bilena, Tanduay, Chowking and Paralux/Ironcon. Notable WPBL cagebelles were former RP team members Mitchell Jimenez (Paralux), Ana Marie Tinasas (Dreyers), Joanna Franquelli (Ana Dispenser), Mary Ellen Caasi and Cherry Maralit (Welcoat), and 4-time SEA games campaigner and silver medal winning-RP team in the Chiang Mai games, Julie Amos of Ever Bilena.

On December 28, 1998, Ever Bilena won the first Birch Tree-Women's PBL crown with a nail-biting 52-51 victory over Chowking at the Makati Coliseum. [2]


  1. ^ Tanduay bags Centennial Cup, Philippine Headline News Online
  2. ^ Ever Bilena bags first WPBL crown, Philippine Headline News Online

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