TRIANGLE OFFENSE: Behind the 1996 Alaska Milkmen's Grandslam is Coach Tim Cone's application of the the Triangle.
Posted by 2OT on Friday, May 1, 2020
The Alaska franchise was at the peak of their powers in the 1990’s, with PBA greats such as Johnny Abarrientos, Jojo Lastimosa, Bong Hawkins, and Jeff Cariaso leading the way.
Under the guidance of head coach Tim Cone, Alaska reached the zenith of their achievements as a franchise with a dominant run towards a Grand Slam in the 1996 PBA season.
The Milkmen didn’t just claim trophies, they also set the record for most number of wins for Grand Slam clinching sides with 51 victories in 72 games played, just one more than San Miguel’s 50-win campaign in 1989.
The players also racked up the individual honors with Abarrientos claimed the MVP award and was part of the mythical and all defensive teams. Hawkins and Lastimosa joined the ‘Flying A’ in the mythical team, while Cariaso was named to the mythical second and all defensive teams.
The Alaska Milkmen were loaded with talent and made five consecutive finals appearances going into the ’96 season, but still had a lot to prove. The Milkmen were nursing a lot of heartache from the 1995 season, making the Finals in the All-Filipino and Commissioner’s Cups but falling to the Sunkist Orange Juicers on both occasions.