Was this the worst PBA brawl?

Last week's Renaldo Balkman meltdown got us reminiscing about past brawls in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). After a quick search on YouTube, we found this grainy footage of a December 1988 game between Añejo Rum and Presto Ice Cream which bore the title "Worst PBA Brawl". It was Game 3 of the best-of-seven series for third place of the Reinforced Conference. Yup, the battle for third place back then was a long best-of-seven affair.

ALSO READ: Salud bans Balkman, fines him P250K

It all started when Presto's Philip Cezar drove to the basket and was dangerously clotheslined by Añejo's import Tommy Davis. Cezar hit the ULTRA floor hard, got up, and, along with teammate Sonny Cabatu, angrily ran towards Davis, who was smiling, to confront him.

Initially, other players successfully separated the two and appeared to have prevented a full-scale fight. But Cezar apparently said something that irked Añejo's other import Joe Ward, who shoved Cezar hard to re-ignite the tension. Soon, both benches emptied, and the fight eventually spilled into the stands after Ward jumped over the railing to go after Cezar. Presto's Dennis Abbatuan, a feared enforcer during the 80s, sneaked in a flying kick on Davis, which only added fuel to the fire.

ALSO READ: Following ban, SMC to 're-evaluate' participation in the PBA

The commentator who spoke for much of the clip is most probably Quinito Henson, who used the term "regular brawl" three times to describe what's happening. Finally, Añejo playing coach Sonny Jaworski stepped in and tried to take control of the situation. When the dust had settled, Presto's Atoy Co (who was in civvies) appeared to have been slightly injured.

The amazing part of all this is that no player got suspended, although many of them were assessed heavy fines. By the way, Añejo went on to win the game by the ridiculous score (by today's standards, at least) of 171-145. Here's the clip:



Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • US renews travel warning to Mindanao
    US renews travel warning to Mindanao

    The US State Department renewed its warning about the risks of travel to the Philippines, in particular to the Sulu archipelago, certain regions and cities of Mindanao and the southern Sulu Sea area. In an update on Wednesday of a travel warning it issued Nov. 20, 2014, the State Department said US citizens should continue to defer non-essential travel to the Sulu archipelago due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers and violence linked to insurgency and terrorism there. …

  • Phl gains support for APEC Action Agenda
    Phl gains support for APEC Action Agenda

    The Philippine initiative to put the interests of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) front and center in global and regional trade has made significant progress following the conclusion on Thursday of the 2nd APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) and Related Meetings in Boracay, Aklan. Called “The Boracay Action Agenda to Globalize MSMEs,” the Philippine proposal calls for a host of specific, concrete and practical interventions that APEC economies can implement to provide MSMEs wider …

  • Phl to join Bangkok meet on Rohingya crisis next week
    Phl to join Bangkok meet on Rohingya crisis next week

    The Philippines will join a 15-nation meeting in Bangkok, Thailand next week to address the migration crisis involving thousands of Rohingyas who escaped persecution in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima bared this yesterday after meeting with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) representative to the Philippines Bernard Kerblat. In an interview, De Lima said the Philippine government has been invited to the meeting. …

  • Magnitude 4.2 quake jolts Sorsogon
    Magnitude 4.2 quake jolts Sorsogon

    LEGAZPI CITY—A magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit Prieto Diaz town in Sorsogon before dawn yesterday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. …

  • Drought-resistant rice breeds bared
    Drought-resistant rice breeds bared

    SCIENCE CITY OF MUÑOZ, Nueva Ecija – Amid the searing heat, the Philippine Rice Research Institute central experiment station here has identified nine rice breeds which have been proven to be drought-resistant and produce high yields in temperatures as high as 38°C based on a recent study. Thelma Padolina, lead researcher of the study titled “Screening of rice-induced mutants for heat and drought tolerance,” identified the breeding lines as the Ballatinaw lines, PSB Rc72H and Azucena lines. …

  • Phl, US assert rights, ignore China warning
    Phl, US assert rights, ignore China warning

    The United States military will continue air and sea patrols in international waters even after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a US surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China Sea. The Philippine government also declared it would continue activities in the region, calling on China to respect freedom of navigation and aviation. “Our position on the importance of letting freedom of navigation, freedom of aviation and …

  • MM shutdown eyed for quake drill; 6 schools warned
    MM shutdown eyed for quake drill; 6 schools warned

    Electricity and mobile phone services would be cut throughout Metro Manila, and all private and government offices and businesses, including shopping malls, would be closed. That would be the situation on July 16 between 3 and 8 p.m. to simulate the scenario of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has warned that an earthquake of that magnitude could occur and kill at least 33,500 people and injure at least 113,600 others following a …

  • Subaru XV now priced among sedans
    Subaru XV now priced among sedans

    Motor Image Philipinas (MIP), the authorized distributor of Subaru in the country, has positioned its brand new crossover SUV, the Subaru XV, well within the sedan segment’s price range. This move, according to MIP, was made to give the public an opportunity to experience the brand’s unique automotive technologies by lowering its price. Buyers of […] The post Subaru XV now priced among sedans appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options