1980 U-Tex Wranglers season
|1980 U/Tex Wranglers season|
|Head coach||Tommy Manotoc|
|Owner(s)||Universal Textile Mills|
|Open Conference Results|
|Invitational Conference Results|
|All Filipino Conference Results|
|U/Tex Wranglers seasons|
The 1980 U-Tex Wranglers season was the sixth season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)
After playing only seven games with Crispa during the early months of the 1980 Season, the Redmanizers gave up and released two-time MVP William "Bogs" Adornado to U-Tex Wranglers.
U-Tex won the Open Conference title for their second PBA crown in three years, defeating Toyota Tamaraws, 99-98 in Game Five of the deciding series best known for the "last 16 seconds", the Wranglers finished the four-team semifinal round in a tie with Crispa Walk Tall and Toyota Tamaraws, all three teams with similar 4-win, 2-loss cards, U-Tex enters the first finals berth with a superior quotient system, leaving the two other teams to dispute the other finals slot.
In Game 4 of the Open Finals, Coach Tommy Manotoc pulled out his starters with still seven minutes to go in the final period and Toyota leading by only about 10-11 points, although he was highly-criticize for that moved. Manotoc would uttered a famous quote afterwards "One step backward, two steps forward."
- March 18: In the first game of the season for both teams, U-Tex beat defending champion Royal Tru-Orange, 84-79, in a low-scoring game, Lim Eng Beng and Glenn McDonald blend well with Aaron James, a former New Orleans Jazz, all three each scored 21 points.
- July 12: The Wranglers recorded the largest winning margin in PBA history, in a 55-point blowout over Great Taste, 154-99, for their first win in the Open Conference semifinals, after losing their first two games to Toyota and Crispa, U-Tex broke their previous record of a 54-point win over Fiberlite back in 1976.
- July 20: U-Tex makes it to the finals, beating Toyota, 127-99, for their fourth straight win in the semis.
- November 13: Bogs Adornado scored 41 points as U-Tex beat Honda in a playoff, 96-85, to advance in the quarterfinal round, both teams finished the eliminations with 4-wins, 5-loss.
- November 23: Bogs Adornado achieved a milestone, tying the record for most points by a local player, shared with Danny Florencio while playing for Seven-up in 1977, by scoring 64 points in U-Tex' 126-111 win over San Miguel Beer.
|Bogs Adornado Acquired from Crispa||33||G/F||6"1'||University of Santo Tomas|
|Virgilio Cortez||16||F/C||6"4'||San Beda College|
|Fritz Gaston||22||G||6"1'||Ateneo de Manila University|
|Lim Eng Beng||14||G||5"11'||De La Salle University|
|Jimmy Noblezada||8||F||6"2'||University of San Agustin|
|Dave Regullano||17||F/C||6"4'||Letran College|
|Rey Pages||12||F||6"1'||De La Salle University|
|Molet Pineda||7||G||5"8'||Letran College|
|Ricky Pineda||6||G||5"9'||Letran College|
|Rudolfo Segura||15||F||6"2'||Adamson University|
|Glenn McDonald Open/Invitational Conference Import||20||F||6"6'||California State University|
|Aaron James Open/Invitational Conference Import||23||F/C||6"8||Grambling State University|