In 1995, Sunkist had the opportunity to etch its name in the Philippine Basketball Association’s history books.
Bannered by Vergel Meneses, Nelson Asaytono, Boybits Victoria, and a rookie Kenneth Duremdes — among others — the Orange Juicers were on pace to achieve a Grand Slam feat.
Back then, Crispa and San Miguel were the only teams to have won a rare treble in the league, so it would mean plenty for the team that was just in its sixth season to be the third one.
But that dream of making history did not turn into reality. It became another oh-so-close moment. What happened?
Sunkist saw the end of its Grand Slam quest following a 103-113 loss to the Benjie Paras-led Formula Shell.
The Orange Juicers exacted revenge to the Zoom Masters by beating them to salvage third place, but that was not enough to take away the pain after seeing their dreams crushed.
It also hurt them to see Alaska go all the way and bag the crown, since they beat the same Milkmen team in the Finals in the first two conferences of the season.