1998 San Miguel Beermen season

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1998 San Miguel Beermen season
Head coach Ron Jacobs
Owner(s) San Miguel Corporation
All-Filipino Cup results
Record 18–10
Place 2nd
Playoff finish Finals
Commissioner's Cup results
Record 12–9
Place 2nd
Playoff finish Finals
Centennial/Governors Cup results
Record 13–12
Place 4th
Playoff finish Semifinals

Stats @ PBA-Online.net
San Miguel Beermen seasons
1997 1999

The 1998 San Miguel Beermen season was the 24th season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Draft picks[edit]

PBA Draft
Noy Castillo (2nd overall pick) Draft rights acquired from Pop Cola during the Asaytono-Agustin trade in 1996
William Antonio (Chosen #5 in the 1st round)

Off-season transactions[edit]

William Antonio Drafted Rookie
Danny Ildefonso Top draft pick acquired from Shell when they traded Noy Castillo
Joey Santamaria Signed via free agency
Steven Smith Drafted Rookie; originally pick by Gordon's Gin, acquired by San Miguel when they traded Paul Alvarez
Elpidio Villamin Signed via free agency


The San Miguel Beermen rout Pop Cola, 86-67, in the opening game of the season on February 1, [1] the Beermen placed second behind Alaska Milkmen in the eliminations with 7 wins and 4 losses, [2] they won eight games in the semifinals for a league-best 15-6 won-loss record in the All-Filipino Cup, the Beermen played the Alaska Milkmen in the best-of-seven championship. In the battle between two American coaches; Ron Jacobs and Alaska's Tim Cone, the Beermen blew a 3-2 series advantage, they lost Game six by a big margin and in the deciding seventh game on May 8, the San Miguel Beermen folded up to the pressure as the game reaches its climax, losing by nine points to Alaska Milkmen, 63-72, before a jampacked crowd at the Araneta Coliseum.

In the Commissioner's Cup, the Beermen bring back last year's best import Jeff Ward, who was good for only six games when coach Ron Jacobs gambled on a smaller import in the returning Lamont Strothers, the Beermen scored a 3-0 sweep over Pop Cola in the best-of-five semifinal series and went on to play the Alaska Milkmen in a championship rematch, the Milkmen paraded a taller import Devin Davis and they jump off to a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven finals, the Beermen were able to tie the series at two games apiece by winning Games 3 and 4, but Alaska came back with a victory in Game five and finish off the Beermen in six games.

San Miguel had the pair of Lamont Strothers and Larry Robinson, their import last year who won best import honors, for the Centennial Cup and Governor's Cup. The Beermen advances in the semifinal round of the Governor's Cup, but their bid for a third straight finals appearance in the season was halted by Formula Shell, which beat the Beermen, 87-83, in their do-or-die playoff game on November 22.


Pos. No. Player School
G 4 Philippines Siot Tanquincen UST
C 5 Philippines Ronilo Padilla University of Cebu
G 7 Philippines Michael Mustre Letran
F 8 Philippines Allan Caidic UE
C 10 Philippines Danny Ildefonso National University
F 11 Philippines Nelson Asaytono University of Manila
F 12 Philippines Yves Dignadice West Negros College
F 14 Philippines Joey Santamaria De La Salle
G 15 Philippines Edward Naron University of Visayas
G 17 Philippines Olsen Racela Ateneo de Manila
F 18 Philippines Arturo Dela Cruz San Sebastian
F 25 Philippines Freddie Abuda University of Cebu
F 28 Philippines Elpidio Villamin FEU
F 34 United States William Antonio Chaminade University
G 42 United States Steven Smith US International
F 21 United States Jeff Ward (C) Tiffin University
G 42 United States Lamont Strothers (C/G) Christopher Newport University
G 20 United States Larry Robinson (G) Centenary College
Position Name/s
Head coach: Philippines Ron Jacobs
Assistants: Jong Uichico
(C) - Commissioners Cup Import, (G) - Governors Cup Import '