ALASKA has always been synonymous to the triangle offense.
But starting in the PBA 40th season, the Alaska Aces under Alex Compton will start deviating from the trademark offense which longtime coach Tim Cone put in place in the early 90s.
Compton, entering his first full season as Alaska coach, bared that the team is in the process of putting in some tweaks to how they run the triangle, which will be spiced up by more open-court attacks.
“May kaunting tweaks kami. But we will still play Alaska basketball. Every coach has something he does a little different,” said Compton.
“We’ll still run the triangle but we’ll have some other plays din. Ayaw lang kasi naming maging predictable,” he added.
Compton's hybrid offense will step away from the usual offensive patterns of the triangle in the hope of launching more attacks on the open court, where the Aces can take advantage of the quickness and athleticism of players like Cyrus Baguio, Calvin Abueva, and JV Casio and rookies Chris Banchero and Rome dela Rosa.
It will be recalled that Compton had already hinted of a possible revision of the Alaska offense, just days after he assumed the role of head coach last May.
The Aces coach, however, made it clear they are not totally abandoning the triangle, which is now run by San Mig under Cone, and Ginebra under Cone’s former understudy Jeffrey Cariaso.
“Wala namang masama sa triangle, ilan na ba ang championship niyan. Pagsamahin mo ang NBA at PBA, ang dami nang nanalo ng titles using it,” said Compton, who is known to favor the ball screen offense back when he was an assistant to Bo Perasol at the Powerade Tigers team.
“Wala namang against sa triangle sa amin eh. Iyan ang nagbigay ng 14 championships sa Alaska,” added the amiable coach. “Basta… we will try new stuff. 'Yun lang pwede ko munag sabihin ngayon.”
Asked if the sudden change in the system has the blessings of the management, Compton said it was a collegial decision.
“They support whatever system they put in,” he said. “May mga nadagdag kaming plays sa team. At yun ang inaayos pa namin."
Casio said the team is still in the process of laying the foundation for the changes.
“May mga nabago sa transition from defense to offense. Sa ngayon kasi foundation pa lang yung ginagawa namin,” he said. “I think, masu-surprise ang tao sa mga changes ng team. Naiba talaga yung laro namin.”
The Aces beat Korean side KCC Aegis, 94-89, utilizing the new system. They will next meet Kia on Saturday and NLEX on October 2, both at the Gatorade Hoops Center, and San Miguel Beer on October 4 at the Acropolis in Libis, Quezon City.
Meanwhile, the Aces have already parted ways with Ryan Buenafe who is now practicing with Meralco, and Raffy Reyes who is still looking for a team.
“Kumpleto na kami ngayon. No more trade and we’re getting ready,” said Compton.
Here's a podcast of interview with Compton: