Thoss plays like an import in Aces’ latest win (March 30, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Sonny Thoss. Tristan Tamayo/

Just when Alaska felt that the game was slipping from its grasp, coach Alex Compton stumbled upon an old reliable to save the day for the Aces.

As the Aces saw their 18-point lead in the third quarter dissipate to five, 87-82, in the final 4:15, 35-year-old Sonny Thoss came up big down the stretch and anchored a killer 10-0 blast to help Alaska regain control with 10-point lead.

“Sonny came in and asserted himself. He played like an import,” said the American mentor after Alaska seized a 98-92 victory over Mahindra on Wednesday..

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White: Mahindra record doesn’t define us (March 30, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

James White drives against Cory Jefferson. PBA IMAGES

Even with Mahindra falling for the third time in four games, James White believes that his team is better than what its record says.

“Our record doesn’t define us. At the end of the day, it’s about wins and losses, but the effort we put on, it’s all that matters to us. We’re policing ourselves, holding each other accountable at a high standpoint,” he said.

White saw a silver lining in the Floodbuster’s 98-92 defeat to Alaska, with team showing some fight in the second half after falling behind by as big as 18 in the third quarter.

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‘Too many crybabies': Gavina blasts team after frustrating loss (March 30, 2017)
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Mahindra coach Chris Gavina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Struggling to hide his frustrations, Mahindra coach Chris Gavina pulled no punches in calling out his players after the Floodbuster succumbed to a 98-92 setback to Alaska Wednesday.

“We have too many crybabies right now,” he said.

Gavina didn’t mind singling out his players, especially import James White and Alex Mallari, for what he felt were lackluster performances and even worse attitude.

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 Baser Amer partnered with Alex Stepheson to beat Rain or Shine. PBA Images photo

MANILA – Meralco averted a fourth quarter meltdown by preventing Rain or Shine by hammering out a tough 89-83 win to seize the solo leadership in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday.

Alex Stepheson again led the way for the Bolts with 21 points and 15 rebounds to help his team maintain an unblemished record with 4 victories in 4 starts.

Baser Amer also shone brightly with a double-double performance of his own with 17 markers and 11 boards, to go with his 6 assists.

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 Calvin Abueva had 17 points for Alaska. Photo courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

MANILA -- Alaska thwarted the gutsy challenge put up by Mahindra to hack out a 98-92 win in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday.

Alaska led by as much as 18 points to take a commanding 68-50 lead in the third quarter.

But the Enforcer limited the Aces to just nine points in the first six minutes of the payoff period to cut the deficit to 83-78.

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Mac Belo of Blackwater Elite. PBA IMAGES

Mac Belo, star rookie of the Blackwater Elite and a vital cog of the Philippine national men’s basketball team, will have to spend some time on the sidelines due to a knee injury.

The development was relayed to by Blackwater team manager Johnson Martines.

“The truth is, Mac Belo is hurting,” Martines said in a telephone interview. “He has an MRI to check his knee because he’s been complaining about it.

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 Nino Canaleta moves to Blackwater. PBA Images photo

MANILA – Blackwater Elite acquired the services of veteran scorer Nino Canaleta in a 3-player trade on Wednesday.

Blackwater had to give up the pair of Dylan Ababou and James Forrester to get Canaleta from GlobalPort, according to the PBA website.

The league approved the trade on Wednesday.

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