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By Henry L. Liao
Only one player in PBA history has chalked up a triple-double with at least 40 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a single game.
On October 25, 1984, “El Presidente” Ramon Fernandez amassed 44 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists for Beer Hausen in a 122-117 overtime victory over Northern Consolidated in a knockout game that propelled the Brewmasters to the finals of the All-Filipino 2 (second) conference, where Great taste, coached by the venerable Virgilio (Baby) Dalupan, gave the first-year PBA franchise a 3-0 spanking during the best-of-five championship series.
(Note that the first two conferences were All-Filipino and the third was an Invitational as the league saved up in the midst of a capital flight in the country following the assassination of opposition leader Benigno (Ninoy) Aquino Jr. the year before.)
The game marked the 6-foot-4.5 Fernandez’s 24th of 25 triple-doubles in 64 games during the 1984 season.
The first triple-double of the season by the elongated and elegant native of Maasin, Leyte came against former Toyota teammate Robert Jaworski and Gilbey’s Gin.
On March 27, 1984, Fernandez racked up 19 points, 17 boards and 17 assists as Beer Hausen beat the Gins, 105-97, in the first meeting between Jaworski and Fernandez following the sudden demise of the Toyota franchise just weeks before the 1984 PBA wars.