2005–06 PBA Fiesta Conference

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2005–06 PBA Fiesta Conference
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Duration October 2, 2005 – February 19, 2006
TV partner(s) ABC
Champions Red Bull Barako
Runners-up Purefoods Chunkee Giants
Best Player Enrico Villanueva (Red Bull)
Best Import Marquin Chandler (Purefoods)
Finals MVP Enrico Villanueva (Red Bull)
PBA Fiesta Conference chronology
PBA conference chronology

The 2005-06 Philippine Basketball Association Fiesta Conference or known as the 2005-06 San Mig Coffee PBA Fiesta Conference for sponsorship reasons, is the first conference of the 2005-06 PBA season. It started on October 2, 2005 and ended on February 19, 2006.

The tournament has five rounds, the survivor playoff, the wildcard playoffs, quarterfinals, semi-finals and the Finals. All nine teams are included in the playoffs.

Tournament format

  • Double round classifications.
  • Survivor round
    • Eighth and ninth seeds face off on a survivor playoff, with the eighth seed holding a twice-to-beat advantage.
  • Wildcard playoffs
    • Fifth seed and winner of the survivor playoff meet in a best-of-three wildcard playoffs.
    • Sixth seed and seventh face off in a best-of-three wildcard playoff.
  • Quarterfinals
    • Fourth seed advance outright to the best-of-five quarterfinals, to meet winner of the fifth seed vs. eighth/ninth seed wildcard series (QF-A).
    • Third seed advance outright to the best-of-five quarterfinals, to meet winner of the sixth seed vs. seventh seed (QF-B).
  • Semi-Finals
    • Second seed advance outright to the best-of-seven semi-finals, to meet winner of the QF-B (SF-A).
    • First seed advance outright to the best-of-seven semi-finals, to meet winner of the QF-A (SF-B).
  • Finals
    • Winners of SF-A and SF-B face off for the best-of-seven Finals for the 2005-06 Fiesta Conference Championship.
    • Losers of SF-A and SF-B face off for a one-game playoff for the Third Place trophy.

List of imports

Name Team Debuted
Shawn Daniels Air21 Express October 7, 2005 vs. Purefoods
Artemus McClary Alaska Aces October 5, 2005 vs. Sta.Lucia
Sean Lampley Barangay Ginebra Kings October 5, 2005 vs. Coca-Cola
Alex Carcamo Coca-Cola Tigers October 5, 2005 vs. Barangay Ginebra
Marquin Chandler Purefoods Chunkee Giants October 2, 2005 vs. Red Bull
Quemont Greer Red Bull Barako October 2, 2005 vs. Purefoods
Rico Hill San Miguel Beermen October 7, 2005 vs. Talk 'N Text
Luke Whitehead Sta. Lucia Realtors October 5, 2005 vs. Alaska
Damian Cantrell Talk 'N Text Phone Pals October 7, 2005 vs. San Miguel
Odell Bradley Alaska Aces December 17, 2005 vs. Talk 'N Text
Chris Porter Barangay Ginebra Kings December 21, 2005 vs. Talk 'N Text
Omar Thomas Coca-Cola Tigers October 26, 2005 vs. Purefoods
James Penny Red Bull Barako January 14, 2006 vs. Alaska (QF)
Kwan Johnson San Miguel Beermen November 11, 2005 vs. Air21
Leonard White Sta. Lucia Realtors October 19, 2005 vs. Talk 'N Text
Omar Weaver Sta. Lucia Realtors October 30, 2005 vs. Barangay Ginebra
Damian Owens Sta. Lucia Realtors December 7, 2005 vs. Alaska
Darvin Ham Talk 'N Text Phone Pals January 18, 2006 vs. Air21 (QF)

Classification round

Qualified for semifinals
Qualified for quarterfinals
Qualified for wildcards
Qualified for survivors

Team standings

Final standings after ties were broken:

1 Purefoods Chunkee Giants 10 6 .625 -
2 Barangay Ginebra Kings 9 7 .563 1 +4 Symbol confirmed.svg
3 Red Bull Barako 9 7 .563 1 +31 Symbol unrelated.svg
4 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 9 7 .563 1 -28 Symbol confirmed.svg
5 Air21 Express 9 7 .563 1 -7 Symbol unrelated.svg
6 Alaska Aces 7 9 .438 3 +9
7 Sta. Lucia Realtors 7 9 .438 3 -9
8 San Miguel Beermen 6 10 .375 4 +12
9 Coca Cola Tigers 6 10 .375 4 -12

Tiebreak procedure:

  • Teams tied from 2nd to 5th:
    • Teams are ranked by point differential from games among the tied teams.
    • Teams with two best point differentials played for the second seed, the two remaining teams played for the fourth seed.
  • Teams tied from 6th to 7th and 8th to 9th:
    • Teams are ranked by point differential from games among the tied teams.
    • The team with the higher point differential clinches the higher seed.

Fourth seed playoff

January 4
Air21 Express 91, Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 101

Second seed playoff

January 4
Red Bull Barako 102, Barangay Ginebra Kings 109


Wildcard phase
5 Air21 2  
8 San Miguel 1     5 Air21 3  
        4 Talk 'N Text 2  
          5 Air21 2  
          1 Purefoods 4  
          1 Purefoods 2
6 Alaska 2       3 Red Bull 4
7 Sta. Lucia 0     6 Alaska 0  
        3 Red Bull 3  
          3 Red Bull 4  
          2 Barangay Ginebra 3  
Third place
(One-game playoff)
5 Air21 108
2 Barangay Ginebra 98

Survivor playoffs

January 6
San Miguel Beermen 82, Coca-Cola Tigers 85 (OT)
January 7
San Miguel Beermen 69, Coca-Cola Tigers 67
San Miguel advances to the wildcard phase

Wildcard phase

Air21–San Miguel series

January 8
Air21 Express 97, San Miguel Beermen 88
January 11
Air21 Express 103, San Miguel Beermen 104
January 13
Air21 Express 100, San Miguel Beermen 86
Air21 wins series, 2–1

Alaska–Sta. Lucia series

January 8
Alaska Aces 108, Sta. Lucia Realtors 104
January 11
Alaska Aces 95, Sta. Lucia Realtors 90
Alaska wins series, 2–0


Red Bull–Alaska series

January 14
Red Bull Barako 100, Alaska Aces 92
January 15
Red Bull Barako 80, Alaska Aces 73
January 18
Red Bull Barako 81, Alaska Aces 65
Red Bull wins series, 3–0

Talk 'N Text–Air21 series

January 14
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 111, Air21 Express 109
January 15
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 87, Air21 Express 90
January 18
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 93, Air21 Express 98
January 20
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 99, Air21 Express 89
January 21
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 110, Air21 Express 117 (OT)
Air21 wins series, 3–2


Purefoods–Air21 series

January 22
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 94, Air21 Express 89
January 25
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 88, Air21 Express 87
January 27
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 87, Air21 Express 101
January 29
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 100, Air21 Express 90
February 1
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 99, Air21 Express 100
February 3
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 100, Air21 Express 79
Purefoods wins series, 4–2

Purefoods won the first two games, with Marquin Chandler scoring 46 points in Game 1, and 29 in Game 2 to put the Giants up, 2–0. In Game 3, Air21's Ren-Ren Ritualo scored 40 points to prevent a sweep at Antipolo City. The Express had an awful shooting night on Game 4 to pave way for a 3– series lead for Purefooods.

In the closing minutes of Game 5, Air21 had a 17–9 run, but Purefoods had their run thanks to a rare four-point play from Kerby Raymundo. Ranidel de Ocampo split his free-throws to pad Air21's lead into three. With Air21 up by one, Raymundo rebounded the ball with 11 seconds remaining, but Roger Yap flubbed his pass and missed his lay-up against Shawn Daniels to give Air21 the victory. Purefoods erected a 20-point lead in Game 7, and Air21's run came up short as they entered the PBA Finals for the first time in four years.

Barangay Ginebra–Red Bull series

January 22
Barangay Ginebra Kings 105, Red Bull Barako 100 (OT)
January 25
Barangay Ginebra Kings 83, Red Bull Barako 86
January 27
Barangay Ginebra Kings 85, Red Bull Barako 93
January 29
Barangay Ginebra Kings 85, Red Bull Barako 88
February 1
Barangay Ginebra Kings 97, Red Bull Barako 83
February 3
Barangay Ginebra Kings 85, Red Bull Barako 77
February 5
Barangay Ginebra Kings 79, Red Bull Barako 83
Red Bull wins series, 4–3

After losing Game 1, James Penny converted clutch three-pointers to prevent a 0–2 hole for Red Bull. Clutch plays from former Ateneo teammates Enrico Villanueva and Larry Fonacier prevented a Ginebra run late in the fourth quarter in Games 3 to 4 that placed Red Bull in an imposing 3–1 series lead. With Penny resting on Game 6, Ginebra had a difficult win to close the series gap to one game; Ginebra's defensive stand forced a Game 7, which put them on the way of replicating the Ginebra team of 15 seasons earlier when they won the championship after trailing 3–1.

With a seesaw battle ongoing throughout the game, Ginebra import Chris Porter slam dunked to put Ginebra up, 75–73. Barako Celino Cruz converted a three-point shot to put Red Bull by a point, 76–75. Following a Ginebra turnover, Red Bull import James Penny converted his own 3-point jumper, to put Red Bull up for good, 79–75.

Third place playoff

February 8
Barangay Ginebra Kings 98, Air21 Express 108


(1) Purefoods Chunkee Giants vs. (3) Red Bull Barako: Barako win series, 4-2.

Series scoring summary

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.

Team Game 1† Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Wins
Purefoods 102 84 103 96 86 73 2
Red Bull 107 98 97 91 91 81 4

† denotes number of overtimes

February 8
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 102, Red Bull Barako 107 (OT)
February 10
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 85, Red Bull Barako 98
February 12
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 103, Red Bull Barako 97
February 15
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 96, Red Bull Barako 91
February 17
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 86, Red Bull Barako 91
February 19
Purefoods Chunkee Giants 73, Red Bull Barako 81
Red Bull wins series, 4–2

Game One

Wednesday, February 8, at the Araneta Coliseum.

After conquering their respective semi-final rivals, the Giants and the Barako are both itching to win their first PBA titles in 4 years. Purefoods haven't won since the 2002 Governors' Cup, while Red Bull haven't won since the 2002 Commissioner's Cup.

The game was close throughout, with neither team pulling away. However, Red Bull ignited a run that would make them lead by 8 points at the third, but the Giants inched closer as they lessened the gap to a point. In the fourth quarter, Red Bull tried to pull away, but Purefoods fought back. In the dying seconds of regulation, with the score tied at 89-all, Purefoods import Marquin Chandler failed to convert an open jumper at the paint that could've won them the game.

In Overtime, Red Bull raced to an eight-point lead. In the final minute, Purefoods' Noy Castillo converted two three-pointers that cut the lead to two. But a crucial turnover down low cost Purefoods the game.

In the marquee matchup, former Ateneo Blue Eagle Enrico Villanueva, with 25 points, won the matchup against former Letranite Kerby Raymundo, who finished with 11 markers.

Team 1 2 3 4 OT Tot.
Purefoods 26 15 28 20 13 102
Red Bull 24 21 25 19 18 107

Game Two

Friday, February 10, at the Cuneta Astrodome

With a masterful conquest of Purefoods at Game One, third seed Red Bull Barako aimed to have a commanding 2-0 lead at the best of seven series.

The Barakos opened the game with relative ease, with the Chunkee Giants within striking distance. Purefoods stayed close through the efforts of import Marquin Chandler. However, Red Bull's import James Penny appeared to have an answer on every shot made by Chandler. By the start of the fourth, Purefoods led by a point, 71-70, after Red Bull erased an 8-point deficit.

The fourth quarter began with Purefoods keeping close with Red Bull. However, Red Bull answered with a 12-0 run, capped off by a three-pointer by Larry Fonacier. Purefoods weren't able to erase the lead, leading to a 2-0 lead for Red Bull.

Chandler led all scorers with 32 points while Red Bull's former NU standout Lordy Tugade outscored all locals with 30 points.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Purefoods 25 24 22 13 84
Red Bull 27 19 24 28 98

Game Three

Sunday, February 12, at the Cuneta Astrodome

The last time Purefoods was down 0-2 at the Finals, they've rallied and won the next four games, clinching the 2002 Governors' Cup at the expense of the Alaska Aces.

Red Bull, on the other hand, is seeking for their third PBA championship, and the stopping of the four-conference championship streak of San Miguel Corporation teams (in which Purefoods is a subsidiary).

The first quarter saw easy baskets from Red Bull against a virtually nonexistent Purefoods defense. Purefoods, on the other hand, had to work for their every basket. Purefoods then had problems when their import, Marquin Chandler, got into foul trouble, forcing the Chunkee Giants to play All-Filipino for a great part of the first half. The quarter ended with the score tied, 26-all.

On the second quarter, Purefoods made key defensive adjustments that limited Red Bull's scoring opportunities. The Chunkee Giants also had big contributions from their bench, especially from Marc Pingris, who scattered 8 markers at the 2nd quarter. The Barakos still relied on the frontline of Villanueva and Tugade, with the former Ateneo standout scoring 15 points at the first half. Purefoods, however, seized the momentum and erected a ten-point lead by halftime, 54-44.

The two teams settled down at the third quarter. James Penny, the former Texas Christian and Oklahoma Storm player posted big plays, including a three-point play. Red Bull utilized the foul problems of Purefoods. Nevertheless, the Giants still led, 77-68.

In the payoff period, Red Bull inched closer on every possession. With Red Bull down by six, Chandler and Fonacier had a scuffle at the half court line. This led to a technical foul for Chandler. Red Bull nipped the lead to four. But when the Chunkee Giants raised the lead back to ten, Chandler fouled out at the 3:49 mark, which led to a 5-0 run by Red Bull. A Raymundo assist to Jondan Salvador raised the lead by seven at the 1:00 mark, and Purefoods never looked back as they clinched their first victory in the Fiesta Conference Finals.

Chunkee Giant Kerby Raymundo finished the game with 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, a near triple-double. Villanueva led all locals with 25 points, while teammate Tugade had zero points in the second half to finish with 14 points. Penny won the battle of the imports, outscoring Chandler 31-26. [1]

The halftime show featured the first part of the interview of ABC Sports' Richard del Rosario to Kris Aquino and Purefoods sophomore James Yap, who are engaged to each other.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Purefoods 26 28 23 26 103
Red Bull 26 18 24 29 97

Game Four

Wednesday, February 15, at the Araneta Coliseum

Before the game started, the league handed out its Best Player and Best Import of the Conference Award. The Best Player, restricted to Filipinos had a tighter race among Purefoods' Kerby Raymundo, Air21's Renren Ritualo, and Red Bull's Enrico Villanueva. The Best Import award, on the other hand, was contested between Purefoods' Marquin Chandler and Air21's Shawn Daniels.

Villanueva eventually won the Best Player award, when the PBA Press Corps voted him over Raymundo and Ritualo. The Best Import award, was in reality a no-contest since although Chandler and Daniels stayed with their clubs all-conference long, only Chandler was able to lead his team to the Finals.

On the game proper, just like in the previous three games, Red Bull got off to a good start when Chunkee Giant Jondan Salvador injured his knee. Penny and Villanueva combined for 25 points by halftime. However, Purefoods caught up with them at the third quarter, thanks to good shooting from Chandler and Noy Castillo.

On the fourth period, James Yap, who was celebrating his 24th birthday made clutch freethrows, much to the delight of fiancee Kris Aquino. Further freethrows from Raymundo, James and Roger (not related) Yap gave the advantage to Purefoods. A dribbling violation by Red Bull import James Penny sealed the win for Purefoods.

In the post-game interview, Raymundo said that for him, he should be the MVP, his coach Ryan Gregorio, agreed wholeheartedly, as Raymundo brought Villanueva to school in the dying minutes of the game, especially at the low post. Raymundo finished the game with 21 points and 9 rebounds, and was chosen as the player of the game. Villanueva led all scorers with 25 points, and 14 rebounds.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Purefoods 21 17 25 33 96
Red Bull 23 23 24 21 91

Game Five

Friday, February 17, at the Araneta Coliseum

Red Bull Barako seemed intent from the get-go to prevent a 3-2 Purefoods series lead, as they, like in previous games, surged ahead at the first half. Red Bull, through the effort of import James Penny and locals Lordy Tugade and Junthy Valenzuela each converted a trey, to give the Bulls their biggest lead 50-34.

Best Player of the Conference Enrico Villanueva, although he finished with nine points, his lowest yet in the series, he grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Penny and Rookie of the Year candidate Larry Fonacier carried the scoring load for the Bulls. [2]

Best Import of the Conference Marquin Chandler had another day in the office with a series-high 43 points, but he did not receive support from the locals, especially when the Bulls won the battle of the bench, 40-13.

The Barako never looked back in the second half on their way for a 91-86 Game Five win. Tugade led all locals with 17 points, followed closely by Raymundo with 16.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Purefoods 21 18 25 22 86
Red Bull 16 34 18 23 91

Game Six

Sunday, February 19, at the Araneta Coliseum

Red Bull put down the defensive clamps in the stretch and got several clutch plays from an array of heroes to finally send the Giants down to their knees and capture the PBA Fiesta Conference crown before a roaring crowd of 10,755.

James Penny was in the zone in the third quarter but solid contributions coming from Mick Pennisi, Cyrus Baguio, Topex Robinson and Finals' Most Valuable Player Lordy Tugade also help the Bulls clinch their third franchise title since joining the league in 2000. [3]

Pennisi had big shots in the end, including two three-pointers and a long two, while Baguio, Celino Cruz and Junthy Valenzuela made great stops that rendered the Giants scoreless in the final one minute and 33 seconds.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Purefoods 24 16 17 16 73
Red Bull 11 25 27 20 83

2005-06 Fiesta Conference Champions

Red Bull Barako
Third title


The Associated Broadcasting Company televised the games on Philippine TV.

The play-by-play commentators are Mico Halili and Ed Picson, while the color commentators are Norman Black and Quinito Henson. The courtside reporters are Richard del Rosario, Eric Reyes, Jason Webb and Patricia Bermudez-Hizon.


  • Talk N' Text failed to enter the semifinals of a PBA tournament for the first time since the 2003 Invitational tournament.
  • Air21, technically, made its second semifinals appearance in franchise history. Apparently, TV coverors would always mentioned Air21's appearance as its first-time ever. In 2003 they placed third in the Invitational tournament.
  • Purefoods made its first semifinals appearance since winning the 2002 Governors Cup.
  • Barangay Ginebra played its first Game 7 since the 1991 First Conference title, when the then-Ginebra San Miguel squad defeated Shell for the championship.


  1. ^ "Clutch baskets power hot Giants past Bulls". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  2. ^ "Rookie lifts Red Bull to victory". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  3. ^ "Bulls finish off Giants, put away Fiesta title". Philippine Daily Inquirer.

External links

  • Official PBA site
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