For Luigi Trillo, the triangle offense is not just for Tex Winters, Phil Jackson or Tim Cone.
“It’s for everybody. It’s an offense that gives every player equal opportunity and I like using it. Definitely, we’re going to use it again in Alaska,” Trillo told InterAKTV Monday shortly after his appointment as Alaska coach to replace Joel Banal. He learned the rudiments of the offense as part of the team’s coaching staff for 14 years under Cone.
After Cone’s departure, Banal decided to carry on using the triangle offense. But the team stumbled to a ninth-place finish in the Philippine Cup.
The coaching staff decided to junk the offense in the Commissioner’s Cup, and it resulted in an improved fifth-place finish for the squad.
At 36 years old, Trillo becomes the youngest coach in the league.
“I’m excited, but at the same time, it’s more challenging. I know it will be a very demanding job. It’s been 14 years, but now I’m so happy to be given the opportunity as head coach. I’m looking forward to working with LA [Tenorio], Cyrus [Baguio], Sonny [Thoss] and Tony dela Cruz, the oldest player in the group.”
Dela Cruz, who joined assisted Trillo at Cebuana Lhuillier while recuperating from a slipped disc injury, is going to rejoin the team in the Governors’ Cup, according to the new coach.
Trillo said he will sit down with Alaska owner Fred Uytengsu about the composition of his coaching staff.
“I am bringing in Monch Gavieres, our liaison officer in Alaska and my assistant with Cebuana Lhuillier, to join me in the coaching staff. I will also ask Dickie Bachmann if he could work both as part of the coaching staff and the management,” said Trillo.
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