Alaska Aces (PBA)
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history=Alaska Air Force
Hills Bros. Coffee Kings
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company=Alaska Mlik Corp.
titles=12 (1991 Third Conference, 1994 Governor's, 1995 Governor's, 1996 All-Filipino, 1996 Commissioner's, 1996 Governor's, 1997 Governor's, 1998 All-Filipino, 1998 Commissioner's, 2000 All-Filipino, 2003 Invitational, 2007 Fiesta)
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The Alaska Aces is a
Philippine Basketball Association(PBA) team since 1986 under the ownership of Alaska Milk Corporation and the recently champions of the 2007 PBA Fiesta Conference.
They are known for winning nine PBA championships in the 1990s, including a rare grand slam (winning three championships in one season) during the 1996 season, joining the
Crispa Redmanizers(1976, 1983) and the San Miguel Beermen(1989) as one of only three franchises to achieve the feat.
1986: First season
After the temporary departure of the Magnolia team prior to the start of the 1986 season, the league reduced to only five teams. Alaska Milk Corporation of American owner Wilfred Uytengsu was accepted as the league's sixth team before the start of the 1986 season in April. Alaska acquired several holdovers from the old Magnolia team (Marte Saldana, Rudy Distrito and Biboy Ravanes among others) for their inaugural campaign.
Alaska's imports for the 1986 Reinforced Conference were former
Utah JazzJerry Lee Eaves and former Toyota import Donnie Ray Koonce.
Norman Black stayed with Alaska as its import for the Open Conference teaming up with an import by the name of Mike Morrison. [http://mypba.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=86]
A list of the 1986 Alaska lineup is listed on this [http://mypba.com/forum/index.php?s=&showtopic=86&view=findpost&p=80585|thread] .
*Teodocio 'Teddy' Alfarero †
*Alejo 'Pongkee' Alolor
*Reynaldo 'Rey' Cuenco †
*Reynaldo Ramos Jr.
*Ricardo 'Ricky' Relosa
*Arnulfo 'Arnie' Tuadles †
*Ludovico 'Naning' Valenciano
*Norman Black (Import)
*Donnie Ray Koonce
*Jerry Lee Eaves
1987: Hills Bros. Coffee Kings
In 1987, Alaska Milk changed its name to the Hills Bros. Coffee Kings. After Manila Beer's disbandment, the Coffee Kings acquired Yoyoy Villamin to form a bruising tandem with Ricky Relosa, known as the "Bruise Brothers".
They also had former Crispa shooter William "Bogs" Adornado to banner the team, although the former three-time MVP was already slowing down at the time.
The All-Filipino saw the team finally jelling, with the emergence of the "Bruise Brothers" combination of Villamin and Relosa. It entered the Finals, where it got swept 3-0 by Great Taste Coffee. Despite the sweep, it was a brutal, physical Finals series with Villamin and Relosa being matched up against Great Taste's "Royal Brothers" Abe King and "Prince" Philip Cezar.
By virtue of its runner-up finish, Hills Bros. participated in the first PBA-IBA World Championship Cup. It finished third, behind the
Los AngelesCougars (which had future Alaska import Sean Chambers in its line-up) and Great Taste Coffee.
Reinforced Conference saw Hills Bros. parading a sweet-shooting import by the name of Jose Slaughter. On
October 18 1987in a game which Hills Bros. won over Great Taste 129-115, Jose Slaughter scored 79 points, the most ever scored by an Alaska/Hills Bros. player in a game. He also scored 14 three point field goals.
The team also made the Finals, losing however to the Bobby Parks-reinforced
San Miguel Beermen4-1.
By the end of the year, Villamin and Relosa would be named the All-Defensive team. Villamin would also be named most improved player, the same award won by Ricky Relosa the year before. Nat Canson and former Tanduay bench tactician Turo Valenzona were the team's head coach during the '87 campaign.
After that year, Adornado announced his
retirementfrom the league, his jersey no. 33 was retired and was hung in the rafters of the ULTRA during the opening of the 1988season. He was first player in Alaska/Hills Bros franchise to have his number retired and was later named as the team's coach. [http://mypba.com/forum/index.php?s=&showtopic=86&view=findpost&p=1467]
1988-1990: Alaska Air Force
In 1988, the team reverted back to the Alaska name with the Air Force monicker. Some believe that the nickname was a sort of Uytengsu's support for the US soldiers that were based in
Olongapoat that time.
The Air Force finished third place in both the Open and All-Filipino Conferences but failed to place more than fourth in the season-ending Reinforced Conference.
Before the 1989, Alaska acquired three players in what many believed as the richest drafts in league history. Bong Alvarez, Ric-Ric Marata and Boy Cabahug were taken from the draft. Same as a year before, Alaska won two third place trophies in the Open and Reinforced Conferences.
1991-1999: Alaska Milkmen
Arrival of Tim Cone
In 1989, American Earl Timothy Cone became the new coach of the Air Force after Adornado was fired during the season (owner Uytensu coached a won ballgame for the team). The year also saw the debut of Sean Chambers as Alaska's import.
In 1990, Alaska advanced in the finals of the Third Conference against a young Purefoods team. Their imports then were Carlos Clark and Chambers. After a 2-0 lead in the Best-of-five series, Alaska suffered one of the biggest collapses in league history as Purefoods won the next three games to win the title. The team had the top pick in the draft and grabbed Alex Araneta out of Ateneo. But in later years, Araneta was considered a bust and was out of the league by 1997.
In 1991, Eugene Quilban joined Alaska from the rookie draft to bolster the Alaska squad. Jojo Lastimosa was acquired after being taken from Purefoods in a trade with Elmer Cabahug. After a third-place showing in the All-Filipino, they returned to the finals of the Third Conference against crowd-favorite Ginebra San Miguel and former Laker Wes Matthews. Alvarez, Lastimosa and their teammates dominated the series that saw them winning it, 3 games to 1 for their first title in team history.
Alvarez was then eased out of the team, when his one-on-one style didn't suit the new offensive scheme being enforced by Tim Cone - the
triangle offense. Quilban later left Alaska for 7-Up, in which he led the team to a finals loss to Swift. [http://mypba.com/forum/index.php?s=&showtopic=86&view=findpost&p=813]
Alaska managed one third place finish in 1992. In the 1993 draft, the Milkmen drafted
Far Eastern University point guardJohnny Abarrientos, an energetic and exciting little man who can drive to the basket against taller opponents. The Milkmen never won a trophy during their '93 campaign.
In 1994, Alaska acquired Bong Hawkins from Sta Lucia which helped "The Hawk" resurrect his career. Alaska lost to Purefoods in the Commissioner's Cup Finals. In the Governor's Cup, Alaska defeated Swift to win their third PBA title with Abarrientos, Lastimosa, Hawkins and import Sean Chambers leading the team.
In 1995, Alaska got Jeffrey Cariaso from the draft and added center Edward Juinio to the team.Alaska made it to the Finals of all conferences of 1995. In the All-Filipino, they lost a seven-game tussle against Sunkist. In the rematch, the Ronnie Grandison led Juicers once again powered the Derrick Hamilton-led Alaska to win the Commissioner's Cup crown. But, in the Governor's Cup, the Milkmen overcame a 2-3 deficit to defeat San Miguel in seven games with a strong performance by Lastimosa. Jeffrey Cariaso won Rookie of the Year honors at the end of this year.
1996 Grand Slam
In the All-Filipino Conference, the Milkmen defeated the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs team of
Alvin Patrimonioand Jerry Codinera in five games. In the series-clincher, Jeffrey Cariaso was fouled in the final second on an inbound play. Cariaso sank both free-throws to seal Alaska's first title of the year.
Their toughest championship series was in the Commissioner's Cup Finals against a tough Formula Shell team of Benjie Paras, Victor Pablo, and import Kenny Redfield. After six grueling games, the Milkmen captured the seventh and final game to win their fifth title in franchise history with Johnny Abarrientos, Jojo Lastimosa and Bong Hawkins leading the team alongside import Sean Chambers, who came in to replace Derrick Hamilton midway through the conference.
Chambers returned for Alaska in the Governor's Cup and for the eighth straight time since 1994, Alaska was back in the Finals against crowd-favorite Ginebra San Miguel who ousted sister team San Miguel in the semis. But it was a one-sided affair as the Milkmen went to win the first three games of the series before defeating Ginebra in Game five to capture the feat.
By season's end, Hawkins, Lastimosa and Cariaso were included in the Mythical team while Abarrientos became the smallest man in PBA history to capture the coveted Most Valuable Player award.
Alaska suffered one of the biggest losses prior to the 1997 season when Jeffrey Cariaso signed with new PBA franchise, Pepsi Cola . The Milkmen failed to enter the semis of the All-Filipino Cup. In the Commissioner's Cup, the first ten games of the tournament was bannered by former Ginebra import Sylvester Gray. He was eventually replaced by Kevin Holland and the Milkmen advanced to the Finals against Gordon's Gin Boars. The Boars took a 3-0 series lead but Alaska managed to win the next two games to cut the deficit to 3-2. However, Gordon's won Game Six as Alaska fell short again. In the Governor's Cup, they landed Kenneth Duremdes from Pop Cola and the 24 year old slasher became a perfect replacement for Jeffrey Cariaso and a perfect running mate for Lastimosa and Abarrientos. Alaska, with Chambers once again as import, defeated Purefoods to win the title in five games.
In 1998, Alaska traded for former San Sebastian Star and slasher, Rodney Santos from the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs. Alaska then dominated the All-Filipino Cup and took on San Miguel in the finals. The Beermen led 3-2 after a strong showing by Nelson Asaytono in game five. But, Alaska won the next two games to capture another title.
Dreadlock-wearing Devin Davis powered Alaska in the Commissioners Cup, winning Best Import honors. The team advanced to the finals in a rematch against the Beermen. Duremdes was named as the Best Player of the Conference while defeating San Miguel in six games for their ninth title despite losing Bong Hawkins to a season-ending injury.
Already, several people were hyping a possible 'Grand Slam II' for the team. But, with the
1998 Asian Gamesset in December and Cone was named head coach, he tapped Abarrientos, Duremdes and Lastimosa to lead the Philippine team.
Assistants Jun Reyes and Dickey Bachmann took over for Alaska. But despite a strong showing by from slasher, Rodney Santos and shooter, Roel Gomez, the Milkmen failed to enter the semis of both the special
1998 PBA Centennial Cupand the season-ending Governors Cup.
Duremdes was named the Most Valuable Player at the end of the year, the second Alaska Milkman to win the coveted individual award.
With the arrival of some talented Filipino-American cagers in the league, the Milkmen opted to stick with the same core for the 1999 season. In the All-Filipino, the Milkmen was eliminated by expansion team Tanduay in the semis.
In the Commissioner's Cup, Devin Davis made his return to the team, but the young San Miguel team of Danny Ildefonso and
Danny Seigleeliminated the Aces in five games. They finished third in the tournament.
Alaska advanced to the Finals of the Governor's Cup with Chambers at the helm but San Miguel led by Lamont Strothers defeated the Milkmen in six games despite Alaska getting an early 2-1 series lead.
In 2000, Jojo Lastimosa was traded to Pop Cola as part of the team's future plan to rebuild. Alaska won their 10th PBA title at the expense of Purefoods in the All-Filipino Conference. Purefoods won Game one of this series but the Milkmen won the next four games to win the series.
The Milkmen failed to enter the Finals of the Commissioner's Cup after they were eliminated by Beermen in the semi-finals.
2000-Present: Alaska Aces
As part of the league's move to strengthen its marketing through the PBA Properties, Alaska adopted a new monicker in the Alaska Aces (curiosly, the PBA team came up with the "Alaska Aces" name first, since the Anchorage Aces of
Anchorage, Alaskawas renamed only on 2003) replaced its original logo and uniforms to a more cartoonish-look which they still have today. Despite the change, however, Alaska failed to reach the Finals of the Governor's Cup once again.
Before the 2001 season, the Aces traded popular star Johnny Abarrientos to the
Pop Cola Panthersfor forward Ali Peek and guard Jon Ordonio. In the draft, Alaska used the fifth pick to draft fil-am John Arigo. The Aces also signed Duremdes to a reported 48 million peso deal for seven years.
In the All-Filipino, the Aces were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Abarrientos and Pop Cola. In the Commissioners Cup, a strong showing by Peek gave defending champion San Miguel a fight but still loss in five games of the semis. In the Governors Cup, they were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Chambers retired three games into the Governors Cup. In a simple ceremony, the Aces retired his #20 jersey, becoming the second player in team history to have his number retired.
Duremdes was borrowed by the Philippine National Team in 2002 and Lastimosa made his return to Alaska. The Aces, with Ron Riley and Montreal Dobbins as imports, but after 6 games, Dobbins was replaced by James Head, advanced to the finals of the Governor's Cup against Purefoods. The Aces led 2-0 in the seven game series, but the TJ Hotdogs won the next three games. After Alaska tied it up in Game Six, Purefoods won Game seven to deny the Aces its 11th title. In the Commissioner's Cup, Ajani Williams and Chris Carawell bannered the Aces but was eliminated by Talk N' Text in the semi-finals. Duremdes returned for the Aces in the All-Filipino and made it to the finals. After winning Game 1, the Aces lost the next three games to settle another runner-up finish.
In the 2003 PBA Draft, Alaska shocked the league by trading their superstar, Kenneth Duremdes to the
Sta. Lucia Realtorsfor the fifth pick of the first round. This enabled Alaska to get Brandon Cablay as the team's top draft pick.
The Aces also held the first overall pick in the draft and selected
De La Salle University-Manilastar point guard Mike Cortez, who was considered as the next great point guard in the Alaska franchise's history, following Johnny Abarrientos.
During halftime of their season opening game, Alaska retired Jojo Lastimosa's #6 jersey. During the offseason, Lastimosa announced his
retirementafter playing 15 seasons in the league. He is currently one of the team's assistant coaches.
In the All-Filipino, Alaska failed in its bid to enter the Finals as they were eliminated by Talk N' Text in a grueling five-game series.
In the Invitational tournament, Alaska had to play in the qualifying round to enter the tournament. The Aces swept the elimination round, winning all four of its games, to make it to the semis. In a one-game showdown, Alaska defeated
Red Bull Barakoto face Coca Cola in the Finals.
The Tigers won Game One of the series, but the Aces won the next two games to win their 11th PBA title, this time with a different set of players. Brandon Cablay was named as Finals MVP, while Ali Peek won Best Player of the Conference honors.
In the Reinforced Conference, Alaska struggled in the tournament and was eliminated by Duremdes and Sta. Lucia in the quarters.
Alaska paraded former NBA journeyman Galen Young for the
2004Fiesta Conference. The Aces placed second after the elimination round of the tournament. But, they failed to enter the finals of the said tournament winning only one game in three outings in the semi-finals.
In the 2004-05 season, the Aces managed to finished fourth in the qualifying round. After eliminating FedEx in the Wild-Card phase, they were swept by San Miguel in the quarters. During the tournament, Arigo and Peek were shipped to Coca-Cola for Jeffrey Cariaso and Reynel Hugnatan. Bong Hawkins also made his return to the Aces, reuniting him with Cariaso, assistant coach Jojo Lastimosa and Cone.
Alaska hired Leon Derricks for the Fiesta Conference. However, his inconsistent game led to his replacement by former Chicago Bull Dickey Simpkins. The addition of Simpkins helped Alaska climbed into third place at the end of the classification round. The Aces faced
San Miguel Beerin the semis. A back injury sustained by Simpkins, after being elbowed in the back by Dorian Pena, prevented him from playing at full strength during the series. Former Alaska Ace, Bryan Gahol, hit the last second shot in Game three to eliminate Alaska from the tournament.
Prior to the start of the
2005-06 PBA season, the Aces built up their lineup by acquiring national team pool members, Tony Dela Cruz and Rich Alvarez from the disbanding Shell Turbo Chargers. The Aces also acquired the services of former Mobiline and Coca-Cola import Artemus "Tee" McClary for the Fiesta Conference.
After the Aces placed second behind Team Pilipinas in the Brunei Sultan's Cup, with Dela Cruz playing for the said team, the team was considered as one of the top contenders to win the upcoming season.
However, the Aces went on a slide after a good start. After Alaska blowing a 28-point lead and losing to the
Purefoods Chunkee Giants, the team went on a downhill since. With McClary's decline starting to show, he was eventually replaced by the 3-point shotting,Odell Bradley, who showed some impressive scoring outputs. However, Alaska still finished seventh in the classification phase with a 7-9 record.
The Aces swept Sta. Lucia in a best-of-three matchup in the wildcard phase before being swept in a best-of-five affair by eventual champion
Red Bull Barako.
Weeks before the start of the Philippine Cup, Alaska traded Brandon Cablay to San Miguel in exchange for veteran Nic Belasco. On
May 8, 2006, the Aces traded Don Allado to Talk 'N Text for guard Willie Miller and forward John Ferriols. Alaska finished with a 9-7 record in the classifications, thus earning an outright berth in the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, the Aces defeated the Coca-Cola Tigers, with former Alaska star Johnny Abarrientoson the squad, 3-1. The opening game of the series saw Alaska winning on a last second three-pointer by Nic Belasco.
In the semi-finals against top-seed
Purefoods Chunkee Giants, the Aces led 3-1 and was a win away from a finals berth but failed to win all of the remaining games. Alaska would end the tournament on a winning note, capturing the third place trophy with a 102-95 win over San Miguel, their 12th third-place finish in team history.
2006-07 season: Fiesta Conference Champions
Tim Conesigned a contract extension to remain with the team, erasing speculation of his possible dismissal. In the 2006 PBA Draft, Alaska selected Letran's Aaron Aban and UST's Christian Luanzon.
Alaska started the
2006-07 PBA Philippine Cuppoorly but rebounded to finish with an 8-10 record for a wildcard berth. After losing in a last-second overtime thriller against Coca-Cola, and a win by Sta. Lucia on the next game date eliminated Alaska from contention despite winning their last game against Sta. Lucia.
Injuries to Reynel Hugnatan and Mike Cortez affected the team's play throughout the said conference.
However, Alaska started the
2007 PBA Fiesta Conferencewith a 7-4 card before the All-Star break, with Rosell Ellis as their import. Shooting Guard, Willie Miller provided a strong performance for the Aces during the tournament posting numerous 20 point-games.
The return of Cortez sparked a late surge by the team by finishing with a 12-6 record and beat Ginebra in a one-game playoff to earn an outright semifinals berth.
After eliminating the San Miguel Beermen in the semifinals via a 4-2 series win, the Aces entered the finals for a 19th time to meet the Talk N' Text Phone Pals.
Despite a 1-2 and a 2-3 deficit in the titular showdown, Miller, named the league's Most Valuable Player, erupted for 29 points to tie the series in Game 4 and recovered from a dismal performance in Game 5 with a sterling 37-point output in Game 6 to force a decider.
The seventh game was a seesaw battle before Miller fired a go-ahead layup in the last two minutes to seal a 99-96 championship win for Alaska.
Alaska picked Adamson stalwart, Ken Bono, and University of Visayas Green Lancers starting center, JR "Baby Shaq" Quiñahan as the 6th and 7th overall picks of the
2007 PBA Draftalong with second round selection Ardy Larong.
In order to free up some cap spaces, the team traded veteran forward
Nic Belascoto Welcoat in exchange for Junjun Cabatu while signing free agent Ariel Capus.
In the 2007-08 Philippine Cup, the Aces lost at the semis against Sta. Lucia.
Before the start of the Fiesta Conference, Alaska acquired former King Blue Eagles L.A. Tenorio and Larry Fonacier in exchange for ace point guard Mike Cortez and 1st round draft pick Ken Bono. They also tapped former Chicago Bull and Talk N' Text import Randy Holcomb as their reinforcement to help them defend the crown. Alaska, started slowly winning only 2 of their 6 matches including a 4-game losing streak. Fans were dissapointed when the team sticked with Holcomb - who is to blame why the team is not progressing well because of his inconsistent plays. Then came a rumor that Holcomb will be replaced by former Milwaukee Buck Daniel Santiago. However, it was confirmed that the rumors were not true and they are not in negotiations with the Puerto Rico National team Starting Center. Alaska came on to a conference high 6-game winning streak and made their record to 8-6 and has a chance of getting a semi-final seat, credited the players including Holcomb to it's key of success.
In their 2nd round game against Magnolia, Alaska was trailing along the way until the final minute which they came in and even grabbed the lead, but Alaska's semi-final dream came to an end when a lousy call by the referee with 0.3 seconds left and the game was tied at 99 all. Former Alaska Ace Mike Cortez split his freethrows to give Magnolia a one point lead.. However, Larry Fonacier's jumper went in front of the rim as time expires as Magnolia escaped with a nail-bitting 100-99 win over the defending champions.
Alaska lost 2 more crucial games. Against Ginebra, they couldn't hold of a 10 point lead and the Kings route to a win which brought them to the quarter finals and Alaska was forced to play in the Wild Card against Philippine Cup champions Sta. Lucia Realtors. Alaska lost to the Realtors in a blow-out game that would eliminate them of the conference joining the Welcoat Dragons.
In the 2008 Annual Rookie Draft held on August 31, 2008 at Market! Market!, Taguig City, Alaska drafted scoring guard Solomon Mercado at no.5 in the first round and grabbing Mapua star Kelvin Dela Peña also at no.5 this time in the second round. A day after the draft, The team acquired last year's first overall pick and team leading scorer Joe Devance from Rain or Shine (formerly Welcoat Dragons) in exchange for Solomon Mercado and swingman Eddie Laure.
On September 4, 2008, the team signed 2004 7th overall pick Ervin Sotto. While on September 22, 2008, Alaska traded JR Quiñahan to the Air21 Express in exchange for 2008 6th overall pick Mark Borboran. Meanwhile, the team also signed veteran Eric Canlas through free agency.
The Aces' mascot is E. Cow, a cow wearing an Alaska jersey and shades. He currently appears in Alaska's milk products marketed for young children and at times can be seen shooting hoops or walking around the crowd during timeouts or intermissions.
Current depth chart
Players of note
PBA's 25th anniversary all-time team
Johnny Abarrientos- "The Flying A" played for team from 1993-2000; led Alaska to numerous PBA title and was the 1996 PBA Most Valuable Player
Bogs Adornado- played for Hills Bros in the 1987 season; became the team's coach after his retirement
Kenneth Duremdes- "Captain Marbel" played for the team from 1997-2002; led Alaska to four PBA titles and was the 1998 PBA Most Valuable Player
Abet Guidaben- played for the team from 1989-1990 before being traded to Pepsi for Harmon Codinera.
Jojo Lastimosa- "The Helicopter" led Alaska to nine PBA titles and was named to numerous Mythical team selections
Not to be forgetten
*Teddy Alfarero-one of the best centers of his time during his amateur days.
*Willie Pearson - 1984 Rookie of the year.
*Cresencio "Dondon" Ampalayo - he was most popular during his days with Ginebra.
*Don Carlos Allado - played for Alaska from 1999-2006; member of the 2000 All-Filipino and 2003 Invitational tournament championship teams
*Bong Alvarez - "Mr. Excitement" scored a then-PBA record 71 points for Alaska
*Richard Alvarez - 2005 first overall pick
*Alex Araneta - the #1 draft pick in 1991.
*John Arigo - played for Alaska from 2001-2004; member of the 2003 Invitational tournament championship team
*Rensy Bajar - member of 2006-2007 Fiesta Conference Champions
*Cris Bolado - played for Alaska during its title runs in the 1990s; most notably known as being the team's 12th man; known for his nine straight finals appearance with multiple teams, including the Milkmen
Boy Cabahug- the 1989 PBA All Star MVP is the current head coach of University of Visayas
*Brandon Cablay - played for Alaska from 2003-2006; member of the 2003 Invitational tournament championship team and was named Finals MVP, 2003 PBA ALl-Star Slam Dunk Champion, 2004 PBA All-Star Trick Shot champion
*Merwin Castello - member of the 1996 Alaska Championship team
*Alvin Castro - member of the 2003 Invitational Champions: member of the 2006-2007 Fiesta Conference Champions
*Mike Cortez - 2003 1st overall pick, member of the 2003 Invitational cup and 2007 Fiesta Conference Champions, Mythical 2nd team
*Rudy Distrito - "The Destroyer" was member of the 1986 Alaska team that played its first season in the league
*Robert Duat - PBA Defensive 1st Team
*Ej Feihl - tallest player to play in the league standing at 7 feet
Boyet Fernandez- current head coach of Sta. Lucia Realtors
*Roehl Gomez - played for Alaska during its title runs in the 1990s, most notably known for his three-point shooting; always put in the last few minutes when Alaska was trailing in hopes of offense; won a Three-Point Shooting Competition in the All-Star Games
*Bong Hawkins - "The Hawk"
*Bobby Jose - "The Firecracker"
*Dwight Lago - member of 1996 Alaska Grand Slam Team
*Eddie Laure - member of 2007 Fiesta Conference Champions
*Noli Locsin - known as the tank
*Stephen Padilla - a former Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) player, played for Cebu Gems. A Cebu native player who is also known for his 3point range. He currently plays for ML-Kwarta Padala in a local Cebu league.
*Ali Peek - played for Alaska from 2001-2004; member of the 2003 Invitational tournament championship team and was named the Best Player of the Conference
*Dong Polistico - when the team drafted him in 1988, he was the tallest player in the PBA at that time standing at 6'7". This was later eclipsed in 1993 by the 6'9" Bonel Balingit.
*Eugene Quilban - played his first season with the team in 1991 leading Alaska to the Third Conference title
*Kevin Ramas -member of 1996 Alaska Grand Slam Team
*Biboy Ravanes - current assistant coach of San Miguel Beermen
*Ricky Relosa - known as one-half of the famed Bruise Brothers tandem together with Yoyoy Villamin
*Jun Reyes - played as backup point guard before joining the team's coaching staff
*Marte Saldana - played for Alaska in the team's 1986 squad
*Rodney Santos - played for Alaska from 1997-2002; member of four Alaska title teams
*Dale Singson - member of 2006-2007 Fiesta Conference Champions
*Jack Tanuan (†)
*Alvin Teng - "Robocop"
Ritchie Ticzon- current assistant coach of Coca Cola Tigers.
*Yoyoy Villamin - "The Bicolano Superman" known as one-half of the famed Bruise Brothers tandem together with Ricky Relosa; almost won the 1987 PBA Most Valuable Player award.
*Terrance Badgett - played for Alaska in the 2001 Commissioners Cup
Norman Black- played for Alaska in 1986
*Dexter Boney - played 2 games after Sean Chambers' retirement.
*Odelle Bradley - played for Alaska in the 2005-06 Fiesta Conference
*Marques Braggs - played for Alaska during the 1990s
*Monty Buckley - played for Alaska in the 1998 season
*Chris Carawell - played for Alaska alongside Ajani Williams in the 2002 Commissioner's Cup. Led Alaska to a Third-place finish. Came back and played for Alaska once again for the 2003 Governor's cup
Sean Chambers- led Alaska to numerous titles during his 10-plus year tenure with the team. Considered as the best import ever played for Alaska. His jersey No. 20 was retired. No Alaska Ace can ever use the No. 20 again.
*Carlos Clark - played for Alaska alongside Sean Chambers in the 1990 Reinforced Conference. Led team to a runner-up finish in the Finals.
*Winston Crite - "the Human Eraser" played for Alaska in 1992.
*Devin Davis - led Alaska to the 1998 Commissioners Cup title and was named as the Best Import of the Conference
*Leon Derricks - played a few games in the 2005 Fiesta Conference
Rossell Ellis- led Alaska to the 2007 Fiesta Conference Title and was named as the Best Import of the Conference
*Sylvester Gray - played for Alaska in the 1997 Commissioners Cup
*Derrick Hamilton - played for Alaska in the mid-90's
*James Head - played for Alaska in the 2002 season; led Alaska to a runner-up finish in the 2002 Governors Cup
*Kevin Holland - led Alaska to a runner-up finish in the 1997 Commissioners Cup
*Artemus McClary - played for Alaska in the 2005-06 Fiesta Conference
*Ron Riley - played for Alaska in the 2001 and 2002 seasons; led Alaska to a runner-up finish in the 2002 Governors Cup
*Anthony Simms - played for Alaska in 1990 Open Conference. Only the 3rd Canadian import to play in the league.
Dickey Simpkins- played for Alaska in the 2005 Fiesta Conference
*Jose Slaughter - played for Alaska in 1987 Reinforced Conference. Led team to a runner-up finish in the Finals.
*Ajani Williams - played for Alaska alongside Chris Carawell in the 2002 Commissioner's Cup. Led Alaska to a Third-place finish
Galen Young- played for Alaska in the 2004 Fiesta Conference. Led the Aces in the Semi-finals.
Jojo Lastimosa- retired during the opening of the 2003 season
*20 Sean Chambers - retired after Chambers announced his retirement in the 2001 Governors' Cup
*33 William "Bogs" Adornado - retired during the opening of the 1988 season
* Nat Canson (1986-1987)
* Turo Valenzona (1987-1988)
* [http://www.alaskaaces.com.ph Official Website]
* [http://mypba.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=86 MYPBA.com thread: Alaska Origins, History and Trivias]
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PBA on AKTV — 185px Format Sports Developed by Sports5 Starring various PBA on AKTV commentators Country of origin Philippines … Wikipedia
PBA Governors Cup — For the baseball trophy, see Governors Cup. The PBA Governors Cup is a tournament of a Philippine Basketball Association season. The tournament allows team to hire a single import with a height limit of 6 4. The event was usually held during the… … Wikipedia
PBA Commissioner's Cup — The PBA Commissioner s Cup is a tournament of a Philippine Basketball Association season. The tournament allows team to hire a single import with a height limit of 6 6. The event was usually held during the league s second conference from 1993… … Wikipedia
PBA Philippine Cup — The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup is the award given at PBA s all Filipino conference. The tournament does not allow teams to hire foreign players or imports. Prior to 2004 05 season, the tournament was then known as the… … Wikipedia
PBA Fiesta Conference — The PBA Fiesta Conference was a former tournament held during a Philippine Basketball Association season. Each PBA team was allowed to hire a single foreign player, with maximum height limitations set by the league, to play for the said… … Wikipedia
PBA on Vintage Sports — The PBA on Vintage Sports Format Sports (basketball) live action Created by Vintage Enterprises, Inc. Developed by Vintage Sports Starring various PBA on Vintage Sports com … Wikipedia