1996 Alaska Milkmen season

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1996 Alaska Milkmen season
Head coach Tim Cone
All-Filipino Cup results
Record 18–10
Place 1st
Playoff finish 1
Commissioner's Cup results
Record 18–7
Place 1st
Playoff finish 1
Governors Cup results
Record 15–4
Place 1st
Playoff finish 1
Alaska Milkmen seasons
1995 1997

The 1996 Alaska Milkmen season on their 11th season in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Notable achievements[edit]

  • The Alaska Milkmen won all three conferences in the season to become the fourth team in league history to capture the Grandslam, joining the 1976 and 1983 Crispa Redmanizers and the 1989 San Miguel Beermen.
  • Johnny Abarrientos bag the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
  • Sean Chambers was voted the Governor's Cup Best Import.
  • Edward Juinio was the season's Most Improved Player.
  • Three players of Alaska; MVP winner Johnny Abarrientos, Rene Hawkins and Jojo Lastimosa made it to the Mythical first team selection.


During the off-season, Alaska lost only two players from their roster; Alejandro Araneta and Dondon Ampalayo, who both retired from active playing, the only new player from their lineup is Kevin Ramas, whom the Milkmen acquired from Pepsi when they gave up their first round pick in the rookie draft. In the All-Filipino Cup, the Milkmen had a 4-3 won-loss slate in the first round of eliminations, won six of their seven games in the second round to finish on top of the standings at 10 wins and 4 losses. In the semifinal round, Alaska lost their first four games but bounced back to win three of their last four outings, defeated Ginebra San Miguel in a playoff match, 96-83 on May 14, for the right to face Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs in the finals series. The Alaska Milkmen won, 4 games to 1, for their second straight championship and fourth overall, becoming the 9th team to win the All-Filipino Cup crown.

Last year's reinforcement Derrek Hamilton, who led the Milkmen to a runner-up finish, return as Alaska's import for the Commissioner's Cup, the Milkmen were unbeaten in six starts [1] before losing to Formula Shell, 79-82 on July 12, Alaska were on top of the standings at 8 wins and 2 loss and two games ahead of second placers Ginebra and Sta.Lucia, both at 6 wins and 4 loss, after the elimination round, three games into the semifinals, import Derrek Hamilton was tested positive on traces of Marijuana on a drug test conducted by the PBA and was not allowed to play by league officials, [2] luckily for Alaska, they won their next game against Sta.Lucia playing without an import, [3] the PBA suspended Hamilton and was permanently banned from playing in the league, resident import Sean Chambers was around and replaced Hamilton, the Milkmen won their next three games and clinch the first finals seat with a come-from-behind 102-98 victory over Ginebra on August 20. [4] The Milkmen battled Formula Shell, the surprise finalist, in the best-of-seven championship series, with Shell import Kenny Redfield enjoying a height advantage over his smaller counterpart Sean Chambers, the Zoom Masters took a 2-1 series lead but the Milkmen fought back and won in seven hard-fought games, taking the deciding Game 7, 83-77, to win their fifth PBA title.

With one conference away from winning the Grandslam, Alaska lost three of their first four games in the Governor's Cup, but suddenly the Milkmen rolled to a seven-game winning streak and on top of the standings at 8 wins and 3 loss, [5] advancing into the best-of-five semifinals outright along with Ginebra San Miguel, the Milkmen's winning streak reaches to 10 games following a 3-0 sweep over Formula Shell in their semifinals duel and enters into the championship round, Alaska went on to play crowd-favorite Ginebra San Miguel in the finals, the Milkmen went up three games to none and on a threshold of a four-game sweep, but Ginebra decided to change their import Fred Cofield in favor of Derek Rucker in a hope of winning one game in the series, In Game 4, Alaska's 13-game winning run was stopped when Ginebra prevailed, 97-96, the Milkmen came back to win Game 5, 91-83, and makes history by becoming the fourth team to win the coveted Grandslam.


Pos. No. Player School
G 4 Philippines Merwin Castelo San Beda College
G 5 Philippines Gilbert Reyes, Jr Ateneo de Manila
G 6 Philippines Jojo Lastimosa University of San Jose-Recoletos
G 7 Philippines Roehl Gomez Cebu Central Colleges
C 12 Philippines Richard Bachmann De La Salle
G 14 Philippines Johnny Abarrientos FEU
F 16 Philippines Rene Hawkins Perpetual Help College of Rizal
C 17 Philippines Kevin Ramas Mapua Tech
F 22 Philippines Jeffrey Cariaso Sonoma State College
C 24 Philippines Cris Bolado National University
C 31 Philippines Giovanni Pineda Adamson University
C 32 Philippines Edward Juinio UP-Diliman
F 3 United States Derrick Hamilton (C) University of Southern Mississippi
G 20 United States Sean Chambers (C/G) California Polytechnic State University
Position Name/s
Head coach: United States Tim Cone
Assistants: Joel Banal / Aric Del Rosario
Commissioners Cup import - (C), Governors Cup import - (G) '

Team Manager: Joaquin Trillo