1998 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals

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1998 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals
Team Coach Wins
Alaska Milkmen Tim Cone 4
San Miguel Beermen Ron Jacobs 2
Dates August 2–14, 1998
Television VTV (IBC)
Radio network DZRH
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The 1998 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals was the best-of-7 basketball championship series of the 1998 Commissioner's Cup, and the conclusion of the conference's playoffs. The Alaska Milkmen and San Miguel Beermen played for the 70th championship contested by the league, this serves as a rematch of their All-Filipino series.

The Alaska Milkmen won their 9th PBA title, defeating the San Miguel Beermen for the second time in the season, winning in six games. It was the third straight crown for Alaska, which had been into the finals series in 12 of the last 13 conferences as they continued their quest for another Grandslam season.

Qualification[edit]

Alaska San Miguel
Finished 9–2 (.818), 1st Eliminations Finished 6–5 (.545), tied for 2nd
Qualified outright Quarterfinals defeated 6th seed Mobiline
defeated Formula Shell, 3-2 Best-of-5 Semifinals defeated Pop Cola, 3-0

Series scoring summary[edit]

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Wins
Alaska 107 106 81 83 92 85 4
San Miguel 97 89 88 92 84 74 2
Venue Cuneta Cuneta Araneta Cuneta Cuneta Araneta

Games summary[edit]

Game 1[edit]

August 2
Alaska Milkmen 107, San Miguel Beermen 97 (OT)
Pts: Devin Davis 33 Pts: Lamont Strothers 43
Alaska leads series, 1-0

The Beermen enjoyed a 10-point spread, 88-78, going into the last 4:24 of regulation play, the Milkmen came charging back and a 12-0 blast shoved them ahead, Lamont Strothers knotted the score with two free throws sending the game into overtime.

Game 2[edit]

August 4
Alaska Milkmen 106, San Miguel Beermen 89
Scoring by quarter: 25-23, 29-17, 25-19, 27-30
Pts: Devin Davis 25 Pts: Lamont Strothers 33
Alaska leads series, 2-0

From a measly two-point lead, 30-28, Alaska stormed on top, 42-28, 8:13 in the second quarter, In that stretch, Strothers was slapped a technical foul for shoving Lastimosa and Mike Mustre was tagged a deliberate foul for decking Devin Davis. The Milkmen maintain a 14-point spread, 54-40 at the half and stretched their lead to 20 points, 79-59 at the end of the third quarter. The Milkmen padded their advantage to 25 points, 98-73, 4:40 remaining in the contest.

Game 3[edit]

August 7
Alaska Milkmen 81, San Miguel Beermen 88
Scoring by quarter: 23-12, 25-17, 17-35, 16-24
Pts: Devin Davis 29 Pts: Lamont Strothers 35
Alaska leads series, 2-1

San Miguel were down by 19 points, 29-48 at halftime. The Beermen rallied from a 21-point deficit and were trailing by just a point, 64-65, entering the fourth period.

Game 4[edit]

August 9
Alaska Milkmen 83, San Miguel Beermen 92
Pts: Devin Davis 26 Pts: Lamont Strothers 45
Series tied, 2-2

San Miguel grabbed their biggest lead of 20 points early in the third period. Strothers, Allan Caidic and Nelson Asaytono combined late in the fourth period to stop any attempt of an Alaska comeback.

Game 5[edit]

August 11
Alaska Milkmen 92, San Miguel Beermen 84
Scoring by quarter: 22-14, 17-26, 20-13, 33-31
Pts: Devin Davis 35 Pts: Lamont Strothers 34
Alaska leads series, 3-2

From a 40-39 halftime edge for San Miguel, the Milkmen outscored the Beermen, 20-13 in the third period for a 59-53 advantage going into the final quarter. Alaska pulled away in the final six minutes, taking a 15-point spread, 88-73, and put the game beyond doubt.

Game 6[edit]

August 14
Alaska Milkmen 85, San Miguel Beermen 74
Scoring by quarter: 26-12, 18-23, 15-21, 26-18
Pts: Devin Davis 22 Pts: Lamont Strothers 34
Alaska wins series, 4-2

San Miguel scored the first six points of the contest when a 24-2 blast by Alaska gave them a huge 24-8 lead in the first quarter. The Milkmen went up by 21 points, 37-16, early in the second period, but the Beermen rallied and tied the count for the last time at 59-all early in the fourth quarter. As the score reads 74-71 in favor of Alaska, Kenneth Duremdes spark a 6-0 run and iced the game for the Milkmen, 80-71. [1]

1998 PBA Commissioners Cup Champions

Alaska Milkmen
Ninth title

Rosters[edit]

Alaska Milkmen roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 4 Lim, Braulio 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) UE
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
F 16 Hawkins, Bong 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Perpetual Help College
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 University
C 32 Juinio, Poch 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) State U
C 42 Davis, Devin (I) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Miami University
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Philippines Richard Bachmann
  • Philippines Gilbert Reyes



Legend
  • (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
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 Villamin, Elpidio 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Far Eastern
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
G/F 34 Antonio, William 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Chaminade University
G/F 42 Strothers, Lamont (I) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Christopher Newport
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (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
Game 2
Game 3
Game 4
Game 5
Game 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alaska clinches 9th PBA title". Interbasket.net. 

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