THE days of the triangle offense are now over for Alaska. A hybrid offense is the name of the game for the Aces.
Members of the Aces' coaching staff disclosed the team has slowly distanced itself from the structured triple post offense which former mentor Tim Cone used to win 13 championships at Alaska - and later adopted by Luigi Trillo to win the 2013 Commissioner's Cup title.
In its place is a fast-paced hybrid offense put together by Alex Compton that features a suffocating full-court press and a lot of running which has made the Aces one of the most exciting teams to watch in the league.
“We’re no longer a triangle team. We use some plays that we used at Powerade, then my coaching staff like Louie (Alas) have also put their stuff in. We mixed it altogether and now we have our new system," Compton admitted.
“It’s just some ideas of our coaching staff. Triangle offense? We'll see if we can revisit some of the plays, pero as you can see now, I think no more na,” added Compton, hinting Alaska is only using less than 10 percent of its triangle plays, which the Aces would only apply on certain occasions.
Alas, the chief assistant of Compton, shared it was Compton who broached the idea of using the hybrid offense, which they hurriedly put in place during the offseason.
“System ni coach Alex 'yan eh. Kasi nakita niya 'yung lineup namin maraming guards na pupuwedeng mag-pressure. Kaya sinubukan namin," he said.
“Saka 'yan na rin kasi ang takbo ng basketball sa mundo. Kahit sa Fiba (international tournaments), mapapansin ninyo halos lahat ng teams nagfu-full court press,” added the multi-titled coach.
Alas also bared he won’t be surprised if other teams begin to utilize the high-octane system and defensive strategies being used by Alaska today.
“Hindi ako magugulat, kasi kung effective sa amin, siyempre normal na i-adapt o kaya ihalo ng iba sa sistema nila,” he said.
“Hindi na namin iniisip 'yun pero kung mangyayari yun, we'll be flattered. Pero sabi ko nga sa international basketball, ganyan na rin ang laro eh. Dyan na talaga ang takbo ng laro sa mundo.”
World boxing superstar and rookie coach Manny Pacquiao of Kia admitted being impressed watching how the Aces play.
“Ang sarap nila panoorin. Ang gagaling nila, ang gaganda ng plays nila, at saka ang lalakas ng stamina nila,” said Pacquiao, who was at ringside on Sunday to watch Alaska's 78-70 win over San Miguel Beer.
Alaska starting guard JV Casio said Compton's system requires a lot of patience and hardwork for the Aces especially during the time when the team was making the transition from the triangle offense.
“Talagang completely new system yan, pina-practice lang namin nung offseason and now I can see everyone is buying into that," said Casio, who played for Compton during his rookie year at Powerade, where the American coach served as deputy to Bo Perasol.