2002–03 Philippine Basketball League season

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2002–03 PBL season
Duration November 4, 2002 – June 19, 2003
Number of teams 9
TV partner(s) NBN
Challenge Cup champions Welcoat Paints
  Runners-up Dazz
Sunkist-Unity Cup champions Hapee Toothpaste
  Runners-up Viva Mineral Water
Season MVP Rommel Adducul
Gary David

The 2002–03 season of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

2002-03 Challenge Cup[edit]

Welcoat Paintmasters, the top team in the eliminations, will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage against the fourth finisher in the crossover semis. Welcoat will meet the winner of ICTSI and LBC-Batangas. Blu Detergent and Dazz finished with identical 7-4 won-loss cards and will play in the other crossover semis. [1]


January 23
Welcoat Paints 77, Dazz 68 (OT)
January 25
Welcoat Paints 65, Dazz 63
La Salle Centrum, Lipa City
January 27
Welcoat Paints 80, Dazz 71 (OT)
Welcoat wins series, 3-0

Comebacking Welcoat Paintmasters completed a three-game sweep over Dazz. Coach Leo Austria now won three PBL titles, two of which came when he was a Shark Energy Drink mentor. The Welcoat franchise won their fifth PBL championship, and all their series victories were via sweeps. [2]

Individual awards[edit]

2003 Sunkist-Unity Cup[edit]

Semifinal standings Win Loss PCT
Hapee Toothpaste 5 1 .833
Viva Mineral Water 4 2 .667
Montaña Jewels 3 3 .500
John-O 0 6 .000

Two new teams joined the league, replacing Cheeseballs-Shark and Sunkist-Pampanga, these are Viva Mineral Water, coach by Koy Banal, and Nutrilicious, handled by Monel Kallos.

Hapee (formerly Dazz) and Viva Mineral Water advances to the championship after the double-round semifinals among the top four teams in the eliminations. [3]


June 7
Hapee Toothpaste 57, Viva Mineral Water 64
June 10
Hapee Toothpaste 52, Viva Mineral Water 43
June 14
Hapee Toothpaste 56, Viva Mineral Water 58
June 17
Hapee Toothpaste 80, Viva Mineral Water 65
June 19
Hapee Toothpaste 64, Viva Mineral Water 62
Hapee wins series, 3-2

Hapee Toothpaste won their first title since the 1996 Reinforced Conference, denying Viva Mineral Water a championship in their very first try. Hapee mentor Junel Baculi won his sixth title as a coach. [4]


  1. ^ "Archers test Blades; Blu confronts Dazz". Philippine Daily Inquirer - Google News Archive. 
  2. ^ "Welcoat completes sweep". Philippine Daily Inquirer - Google News Archive. 
  3. ^ "Hapee, Viva triumph, seal PBL Cup title showdown". Philippine Daily Inquirer - Google News Archive. 
  4. ^ "Hapee cops crown". Philippine Daily Inquirer - Google News Archive. 

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