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1984 Gilbey's Gin Tonics season

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The 1984 Gilbey's Gin Tonics season was the 6th season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).



In Early 1984, when the multi-titled popular ballclub Toyota Super Corollas started their disbandment procedures. Gilbey's Gin team owner and PBA president Carlos "Honeyboy" Palanca apparently had already expressed his desire to enlist the services of Robert "the Big J" Jaworski. Toyota team manager Jack Rodriguez, however, said that all player contracts of the Super Corollas were sold by management to Beer Hausen, including the Big J. In a shocking revelation, league officials, led by PBA commissioner Mariano Yenko and his legal counsel Atty. Rodrigo Salud, bared that Jaworski's contract was not really acquired by Shareholdings Inc. the holding company of Beer Hausen and the one that bought the Toyota franchise, and that Big J was committed to play for Gilbey's Gin. Jaworski, along with three other Toyota players namely; Francis Arnaiz, Chito Loyzaga and Arnie Tuadles, refused to play for Beer Hausen. In an official statement, Gilbey's owner Carlos Palanca said they will be able to accommodate Francis Arnaiz, but have to drop Loyzaga and Tuadles, because the team already has a complete backcourt lineup.

Off-season transactions

Aside from acquiring the services of Toyota superstars Sonny Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz, the team also acquired Joey Marquez from Great Taste and Romulo Mamaril from Winston.

Finals stint

Gilbey's Gin placed runner-up to Crispa Redmanizers in the first of the two All-Filipino conferences of the year, losing 1-4 in the best-of-seven finals series.


Team Manager: Adolf Ferrer


1984 Gilbey's Gin Tonics season Wikipedia

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