In any basketball game, scoring 20 to 30 points in one game have become common. The case is different though when a player scores beyond that, especially in the PBA.
For those who have followed the PBA since its inception, there have been a number of single-game performances most remember to this day. Among the local names that come to mind include Allan Caidic, Paul Alvarez, and the late Danny Florencio.
As far as foreign players who have strutted their wares, Tony Harris, Michael Hackett and Lew Massey lead the list. There are plenty of single-game high performances to remember although not all resulted in the favor of their respective teams at the time.
Scoring explosions that went for naught
Whenever a player scores more than half of a team’s outputs, the odds of winning are high. Unfortunately, that is not the case for some players.
For locals, Danny Florencio unloaded 64 points for Seven-Up but the splurge was not enough to snag the win from Toyota. Despite the herculean effort, Seven-Up still lost to Toyota, 121-136. Florencio achieved the feat, converting 21 field goals and 22 free throws.
Two imports also saw their scoring milestones go to waste. Larry McNeil dropped 88 points for Winston on Oct. 25, 1983, but his team still lost in overtime to Great Taste, 167-163. Burly Lew Massey unloaded 85 points for Gilbey’s on Mar. 25, 1982. Despite the big scoring night, Gilbey’s still lost to Crispa, 123-126. There was also Carlos Briggs who saw his 89-point outburst go to waste. Playing for Anejo, his effort went for naught as they lost to San Miguel Beer, 142-133, on Nov. 12, 1989.
Ballistic scoring at its finest
Several players who saw their scorching scoring nights benefit their team include Allan Caidic and Paul Alvarez.
Allan Caidic finished with 79 points on Nov. 21, 1991 as Presto defeated Ginebra, 162-149. The “Triggerman” did the trick by sinking 17 three-pointers, twelve two-point field goals and four three throws.
Paul Alvarez dropped 71 points of his own for Alaska on Apr. 26, 1990 in a game against Shell. Alaska won that game, 169-138. Alvarez converted 21 two-point field goals and got nine points from the charity stripe.
Tony Harris is best remembered for dropping 105 point on Oct. 10, 1992 for Swift. The effort was enough to help his team defeat Ginebra, 151-147 in Iloilo.
Michael Hackett had the honor of most points scored in a single game back in the ‘80s with 103 points for Ginebra. He achieved that on Nov. 21, 1985, in a win against Great Taste, 197-168.
There were other local cagers who had scoring splurges during their respective times…
1. William Adornado had 64 points when U-Tex won over San Miguel Beer, 126-111 on Nov 23, 1980.
2. Abe King dropped 60 points of his own on Jun. 21, 1979 for Toyota which won over Crispa, 142-122.
3. Arthur “Chip” Engelland had 60 points of his own for guest amateur team NCC which routed Tanduay (148-110) back on Nov. 4, 1984.