After a heart breaking loss in the finals of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup, Alaska vows to return stronger in the upcoming Commissioner’s Cup starting on February 10 at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces won the first three games of the best-of-seven championship series but were beaten by San Miguel Beer in the succeeding four games. With the feat, the Beermen made history by being the first team in PBA to crawl out of a 0-3 deficit and win a championship.
“We’ve learned a lot from what happened in this year’s finals same thing that happened last year. We lost once again in Game 7,” Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas told The Manila Times on Saturday via text message. “Last year’s Commissioners Cup performance was also a disappointment. But this time we really need to move on, move forward quick. We will begin the training on Monday.”
Alas said that head coach Alex Compton is currently on vacation.
Alaska just rehired the 6-foot-9 import Robert Dozier for this conference, “Dozier is doing good in practice and we’re hoping we are going to bounce back next conference. He is in good shape now,” said Alas.
Dozier, the 2013 season Best Import led Alaska to winning the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup. Dozier averaged 20.1 points, 17.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.9 blocks per game during that season.
Alaska’s power forward Vic Manuel also said that it’s time to move forward, “They gave their best. We have to move on this coming conference and forget what happened.”