When Rain or Shine made moves in the preseason, Jewel Ponferada was one of those players acquired by the squad to help shore up its small frontline.
Sophomore Jericho Cruz, on the other hand, was expected to take on a bigger role in the backcourt, especially after Ryan Arana and Jonathan Uyloan got traded and TY Tang retired to concentrate on his family business.
To head coach Yeng Guiao’s surprise, both Cruz and Ponferada exceeded expectations something that was a huge factor for the Elasto Painters in their title run in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Rain or Shine veterans Paul Lee and Jeff Chan are one in saying that the team will remain formidable if they stay healthy.
“That’s for sure, iba siyempre kapag kumpleto kami,” said Lee, who was unanimously named as the PBA Press Corps CIGNAL Finals MVP with his virtuoso performance in the series.
“Nakita naman what we can do with a healthy unit… we won a title,” added the sweet shooting Chan.
After a hard-fought Finals series, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was all praises to Alaska and coach Alex Compton for putting up a tremendous fight.
Guiao believe that the Aces will remain a contender for the years to come.
“Alaska is going to be the team of the future,” he said after the Elastopainters closed out the championship series in six games last Sunday.
Maverick Ahanmisi entered the PBA Rookie Draft this season as a virtual unknown but surprised many as he was selected third overall by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
But unbeknownst to many, Ahanmisi already comes with a winning pedigree, something that continued in his PBA career.
“It’s been like that my while life, from high school to college. I’m used to that,” Ahanmisi said.
After four finals appearances in the last five conferences, Alaska management rewarded its coach Alex Compton to a three-year contract extension.
Alaska official Dickey Bachmann confirmed the deal yesterday, after a Bulletin source earlier said that the contract was signed before the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals between Alaska and Rain or Shine.
The signing of the 42-year-old Compton was first reported by Spin.ph.
Basketball superstar and TV personality Chris Tiu is going to be a dad soon.
Fresh from basketball victory, Tiu on Thursday said that his wife Clarisse Ong is pregnant with their first child.
He announced the good news on Instagram after his team Rain or Shine won the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship against Alaska on Wednesday.
When Rain or Shine’s Finals MVP Paul Lee returned from a knee injury, he struggled to get his game going, patiently waiting to make a return to form.
The star point guard tried to make a return in the Philippine Cup semifinals but re-aggravated his injury, missing a couple of games in the Commissioner’s Cup before eventually taking the court again.
In the elimination round, he only scored in double figures once in six games.