Alaska Aces (PBA)

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Alaska Aces
2017–18 Alaska Aces season
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Alaska Milkmen (1986, 1988, 1992–2000)
Hills Bros. Coffee Kings (1987)
Alaska Air Force (1989–1992)
Alaska Aces (2001–present)
Joined PBA 1986
Team colors Red, Black, and White
Company Alaska Milk Corporation
Owner(s) Wilfred Uytengsu, Jr.
Board governor Dickie Bachmann
Team manager Dickie Bachmann
Head coach Philippines Alex Compton
Retired numbers 6 (6, 14, 16, 20, 22, 33)

14 championships

1991 Third Conference
1994 Governors'
1995 Governors'
1996 All-Filipino
1996 Commissioner's
1996 Governors'
1997 Governors'
1998 All-Filipino
1998 Commissioner's
2000 All-Filipino
2003 Invitational
2007 Fiesta
2010 Fiesta
2013 Commissioner's

30 Finals appearances
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The Alaska Aces is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association since 1986 under the ownership of the Alaska Milk Corporation and the owner of 14 PBA championships with the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup as their latest. They are one of the most popular teams in the league and the Philippines.

The Aces won nine PBA championships in the 1990s, including a rare grand slam (winning three championships in one season) during the 1996 season, joining the Crispa Redmanizers (1976, 1983), San Miguel Beermen (1989), and the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers (2013-14) as one of only four franchises to achieve the feat.


In 2009 Willie Miller was traded to the Barangay Ginebra Kings in exchange for Cyrus Baguio. It was stated by Miller's agent [1] that Miller had wanted leave before the season started.

In 2012, the Aces sold LA Tenorio to Ginebra and acquired JVee Casio, Dondon Hontiveros, and Ginebra’s 2015 2nd Round Pick.[2]

They started the 2014-15 season 6-0 atop of the standings in the Philippine Cup [3] but suffered their first loss at the hands of Barako Bull.[4]

Alex Compton and the Aces during a timeout.

On November 12, 2015, The PBA franchise celebrated their 30th anniversary with the recognition night for the 30 greatest players in the team's history held in the Enderun College, Taguig.[5]

On July 14, 2016, after a six-year tenure with Alaska,[6]Cyrus Baguio was traded to the Phoenix Fuel Masters for two second round picks. On September 16, 2016, Banchero, again, extended his tenure with the Aces. This time, to a longer three-year deal. Terms were not disclosed. The Fil-Italian cager stated that it was an "easy decision" stating "he is very happy with Alaska." [7] The Aces scored a win in their last game of the eliminations in the season-ending conference to clinch the number six spot by beating the NLEX Road Warriors.[8]

In 2016-17, a week after their Philippine Cup campaign, Alaska traded back up point guard RJ Jazul to the Phoenix Fuel Masters in exchange for guard Simon Enciso. [9]


E. Cow doing a shootaround during the halftime break of the Aces' game against Barangay Ginebra.

E. Cow is the main mascot of the Alaska Aces.[10] He was first introduced during the mid-1990s and is the longest tenured PBA mascot. His image is also used for Alaska Milk advertisements.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Alaska Aces roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # POB Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 0 United States Enciso, Simon 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1991–02–12 Notre Dame de Namur
G 4 United States Banchero, Chris 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1989–01–24 Seattle Pacific
C 7 Papua New Guinea Thoss, Sonny 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1981–12–07 James Cook
F/C 9 Philippines Baclao, Nonoy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1987–06–15 Ateneo
F/C 10 Philippines Magat, Marion 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1989–10–22 National-U
F 11 Philippines Pascual, Jake 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1988–11–11 San Beda
G/F 12 Philippines Teng, Jeron (R) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994–03–21 De La Salle
G/F 13 Philippines Pascual, Ronald 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1988–06–23 San Sebastian
G 17 Philippines Exciminiano, Chris 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1988–11–17 Far Eastern
F 21 Philippines Cruz, Carl Bryan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 1991–08–21 Far Eastern
G 23 United States Galliguez, Abel 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1990–04–14 John Brown
G 26 United States Potts, Davon Injured (R) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 166 lb (75 kg) 1992–12–27 San Beda
G 42 Philippines Casio, JVee (C) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1986–09–01 De La Salle
G/F 61 Philippines Racal, Kevin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991–05–16 Letran
F 87 Philippines Manuel, Vic 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1987–06–18 PSBA
F 88 Philippines Abueva, Calvin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 1988–02–04 San Sebastian
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

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


  • a also serves as Alaska's board governor.

Team Current Depth Chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Sonny Thoss Vic Manuel Marion Magat Nonoy Baclao
PF Calvin Abueva Carl Bryan Cruz Jake Pascual
SF Jeron Teng Kevin Racal
SG Chris Banchero Chris Exciminiano Davon Potts
PG JV Casio Simon Enciso Abel Galliguez

Season-by-season records[edit]

Records from the 2015–16 PBA season:
Conf. Team name Elimination round Playoffs
Finish W L PCT Stage Results
PHI Alaska Aces 1st/12 9 2 .818 Semifinals
Alaska Aces 4, Globalport 1
San Miguel 4, Alaska Aces 3
COM 3rd/12 7 4 .636 Quarterfinals
Alaska 2, TNT 1
Alaska 3, Meralco 2
Rain or Shine 4, Alaska 2
GOV 6th/12 6 5 .545 Quarterfinals Barangay Ginebra 109, Alaska 104
Total elimination round 22 11 .667 2 semifinal appearances
Total playoffs 14 13 .519 2 Finals appearance
Total 2015–16 36 24 .600 0 championships
Total franchise 14 championship

*one-game playoffs
**team had the twice-to-beat advantage

Notable Players[edit]

Members of the PBA's 25 greatest players[edit]

  • Johnny Abarrientos – "The Flying A" played for team from 1993–2000; led Alaska to numerous PBA title and was the 1996 PBA Most Valuable Player
  • Bogs Adornado – played for Hills Bros. in the 1987 season; became the team's head coach after his retirement
  • Kenneth Duremdes – "Captain Marbel" played for the team from 1998–2003; led Alaska to four PBA titles and was the 1998 PBA Most Valuable Player
  • Abet Guidaben – played for the team from 1989–1990 before being traded to Pepsi for Harmon Codiñera.
  • Jojo Lastimosa – "The 4th Quarter Man" led Alaska to nine PBA titles and was named to numerous Mythical Team selections

Alaska Aces 30 greatest players[edit]

On November 12, 2015, the Alaska Aces celebrated its 30th year anniversary.[5]

Team captains[edit]

Not to be forgotten[edit]


Retired numbers[edit]

Alaska Aces retired numbers
Player Position Tenure
6 Jojo Lastimosa G 1991–2000
14 Johnny Abarrientos G 1993–2001[b]
16 Bong Hawkins F 1993–2000
20 Sean Chambers F 1990–2001[c]
22 Jeffrey Cariaso G 1995–1997
33 William "Bogs" Adornado G 1987–1988[e]
  • a  – retired during the opening of the 2003 season
  • b  – retired during the Alaska 25th anniversary reunion last September 27, 2010
  • c  – retired after Chambers announced his retirement in the 2001 Governor's Cup
  • d  – retired during the semifinals of the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference
  • e  – retired during the opening ceremonies of the 1988 PBA season



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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Purefoods T.J. Hotdogs
PBA Third Conference Champions
Succeeded by
Swift Mighty Meaties
Preceded by
San Miguel Beermen
PBA Governors Cup Champions
Succeeded by
Formula Shell Zoom Masters
Preceded by
Sunkist Orange Juicers
Purefoods Carne Norte Cowboys
Formula Shell Zoom Masters
PBA All-Filipino Cup Champions
Succeeded by
Purefoods Corned Beef Cowboys
Shell Velocity
San Miguel Beermen
Preceded by
Sunkist Orange Juicers
Gordon's Gin Boars
B-Meg Llamados
PBA Commissioner's Cup Champions
Succeeded by
Gordon's Gin Boars
San Miguel Beermen
San Mig Super Coffee Mixers
Preceded by
San Miguel Beermen (1989)
Grand Slam winners
Succeeded by
San Mig Super Coffee Mixers (2013–14)
Preceded by
Great Taste Coffee Makers (1984)
PBA Invitational Conference Champions
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Red Bull Barako
San Miguel Beermen
PBA Fiesta Conference Champions
Succeeded by
Barangay Ginebra Kings