1998 PBA All-Filipino Cup Finals

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1998 PBA All-Filipino Cup Finals
Team Coach Wins
Alaska Milkmen Tim Cone 4
San Miguel Beermen Ron Jacobs 3
Dates April 24 - May 8, 1998
Television Vintage Sports (IBC)
Radio network DZRH
PBA All-Filipino Cup Finals chronology
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The 1998 PBA All Filipino Cup Finals was the best-of-7 basketball championship series of the 1998 PBA All-Filipino Cup, and the conclusion of the conference's playoffs. The Alaska Milkmen and San Miguel Beermen played for the 69th championship contested by the league as the country celebrates its centennial year. The champion for this finals series were awarded with two different trophies; the regular All-Filipino Cup trophy and the FVR Centennial Cup trophy.

The Alaska Milkmen regain the All-Filipino Cup crown with a 4-3 series victory against the San Miguel Beermen and repeated as back-to-back champions, winning their 8th PBA title.


Alaska San Miguel
Finished 9–2 (.818), 1st Eliminations Finished 7–4 (.636), 2nd
Finished 14–7 (.667), 2nd Semifinals Finished 15–6 (.714), 1st

Series scoring summary[edit]

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Wins
Alaska Milk 69 80 89 90 73 99 72 4
San Miguel Beer 76 64 84 97 78 61 63 3
Venue Araneta Araneta Cebu Araneta Cuneta Cuneta Araneta

Games summary[edit]

Game 1[edit]

April 24
Alaska Milkmen 69, San Miguel Beermen 76
San Miguel leads series, 1-0

The Beermen took a 10-point lead in the first period, the Alaska Milkmen came back and narrowed the gap in the third period at 50-54. The San Miguel team recovered as they relied mostly on clutch baskets from their key players.

Game 2[edit]

April 26
Alaska Milkmen 80, San Miguel Beermen 64
Series tied, 1-1

Game 3[edit]

April 28
Alaska Milkmen 89, San Miguel Beermen 84
Alaska leads series, 2-1

San Miguel forward Art Dela Cruz was fined P12,000 when he threw the ball at Alaska center Poch Juinio and punch him in the face in a near scuffle, Juinio was fined P5,000 when he elbowed Dela Cruz in the neck, both were spared from suspension by the Commissioner's office

Game 4[edit]

May 1
Alaska Milkmen 90, San Miguel Beermen 97
Series tied, 2-2

Alaska controlled the game for most of the way but the Beermen rallied in the final minute, a triple by Mike Mustre gave San Miguel a 92-88 edge. Beerman forward Nelson Asaytono poured in 40 points for the night.

Game 5[edit]

May 3
Alaska Milkmen 73, San Miguel Beermen 78 (OT)
San Miguel leads series, 3-2

San Miguel's Nelson Asaytono scored 41 points and pumped in nine points in the extension period and made up for the scoreless performances of Mike Mustre and Allan Caidic plus the absence of Art Dela Cruz serving a one-game suspension for elbowing Poch Juinio in the face in Game 4. Regulation ended at 66-all.

Game 6[edit]

May 5
Alaska Milkmen 99, San Miguel Beermen 61
Series tied, 3-3

Alaska was up by 16 points, 28-12 at the end of the first quarter, the Milkmen raced to a 59-35 lead in the third period, Allan Caidic's triple keyed a 10-0 uprising by the Beermen to cut the deficit to 14 points but Kenneth Duremdes, playing one of his best games, completed a steal off Allan Caidic and a feed to Bong Hawkins, who scored a buzzer-beating lay-up gave the Milkmen a 63-45 lead going into the final quarter. Alaska's 38-point winning margin was the most lopsided win in PBA finals history.[1]

Game 7[edit]

May 8
Alaska Milkmen 72, San Miguel Beermen 63
Alaska wins series, 4-3

The Milkmen got off to a sizzling start but the Beermen worked their way back and closed in at 31-32 at the half behind the big triple by Nelson Asaytono. San Miguel last led at 41-39 and from a 43-all count, a 9-0 run by the Milkmen gave them a 52-43 lead going into the final quarter. Alaska was protecting a 10-point lead at 64-54, when the Beermen battled back with seven straight points, anchored on a three-point play from Nelson Asaytono and a jumper by rookie Danny Ildefonso to close the gap, 61-64, entering the final two minutes, two crucial errors by Asaytono where he lost the ball twice and a clutch basket by Alaska's Johnny Abarrientos sealed the outcome at 70-63.[2]

1998 PBA All-Filipino Cup Champions

Alaska Milkmen
Eight title


Alaska Milkmen roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 5 Reyes, Gilbert 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Ateneo de Manila
G/F 6 Lastimosa, Jojo 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) San Jose-Recoletos
G 7 Gomez, Roehl 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) University of Cebu
G/F 9 Santos, Rodney 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) San Sebastian
C 12 Bachmann, Dickie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) De La Salle
G 14 Abarrientos, Johnny 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Far Eastern
F 15 David, Albert 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Letran College
F 16 Hawkins, Bong 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) PHCR
C 17 Ramas, Kevin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Mapua Tech
F 19 Duremdes, Kenneth 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Adamson
C 32 Juinio, Poch 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) State U
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Philippines Richard Bachmann
  • Philippines Gilbert Reyes

  • (C) Team captain
  • (I) Import
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • (R) Rookie
  • Injured Injured

San Miguel Beermen roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 4 Tanquingcen, Siot 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) UST
C 5 Padilla, Ronilo 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) University of Cebu
G 7 Mustre, Michael 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Letran College
F 8 Caidic, Allan 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) UE
C 10 Ildefonso, Danny 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) NU
F 11 Asaytono, Nelson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) University of Manila
F 12 Dignadice, Yves 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) West Negros College
F 14 Santamaria, Joey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) De La Salle
G 15 Naron, Edward 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) University of Visayas
G 17 Racela, Olsen 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Ateneo de Manila
F 18 Dela Cruz, Art 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) San Sebastian
F/C 25 Abuda, Freddie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) University of Cebu
F 28 Villamin, Elpidio 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Far Eastern
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (I) Import
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • (R) Rookie
  • Injured Injured

Broadcast notes[edit]

Game Play-by-play Analyst
Game 1 Noli Eala Andy Jao
Game 2 Ed Picson Quinito Henson
Game 3 Chino Trinidad Yeng Guiao
Game 4 Noli Eala Andy Jao
Game 5 Ed Picson Quinito Henson
Game 6 Noli Eala Andy Jao and Noy Castillo
Game 7 Ed Picson Quinito Henson and Vince Hizon


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