'New Alaska' taking shape as coach Compton starts deviating from triangle offense
Alaska coach Alex Compton says the Aces will be tweaking their offense this season but won't be abandoning the triangle offense put in place by former coach Tim Cone. Jerome Ascano

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.”

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