MANILA, Philippines - Alaska Milk is bringing in former New Mexico State star Wendell McKines as the Uytengsu franchise chases a second straight crown in the PBA Governors Cup set to start Aug. 14 or after the country’s hosting of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship.
Alaska team owner Wilfred Steven Uytengsu has said they will soon buckle down to work following their Commissioner’s Cup title conquest over the Barangay Ginebra Kings.
Having ended their hunt for a first title in three years, the Aces will now embark on a quest for first back-to-back championships since a failed second grand slam bid in 1998.
Thr Aces mission hinges on McKines, the US NCAA Western Athletic Conference (WAC) MVP and scoring and rebounding champion in the 2011-12 campaign....
After winning the Commissioner’s Cup for their 14th PBA title, the Alaska Aces moved past the Crispa Redmanizers to become the second most successful team in league history, trailing only the San Miguel/Petron franchise.
Nine of those 14 titles came during the 1990s, when the Alaska Milkmen dynasty ruled the PBA.
But while Alaska chief executive officer Wilfred Uytengsu is thrilled with the current Aces squad, he isn’t quite ready to say if this team could duplicate the franchise’s ’90s success....
I was there in the stands during the player introductions of the Aces and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. The cheers from the dedicated Gatas Republik fans were fewer, but more concentrated. They paled in comparison to the ovation that the Barangay gave the Ginebra players as they entered the floor, but that didn’t matter. Even though their contingent was outnumbered by the sea of Ginebra fans, their unwavering support was felt by all.
On the floor, the Aces stared at their Ginebra opponents with blank expressions. They were dying to prove themselves and send a statement. Inside, they were frothing at the mouth....
“It’s really wonderful to embark on this journey and to just see the fruits of labor pay off, I am pleasantly surprised. I honestly didn’t think success would come this quickly,” Uytengsu said moments after lifting the franchise’s 14th title and first since Cone left the team.
After all, his Alaska Aces are coming off their worst season in their franchise history. This came after the much talked about break-up between the franchise and Cone, their coach for 22 years, nearly two years ago....
His silent but deadly game has drawn him a comparison with Sean Chambers, the legendary Alaska import who anchored the Milkmen dynasty in the 1990s.
“Rob is an unselfish player. He puts in a lot of hard work. He would gladly give up the most valuable import for a championship,” said Alaska chief executive Wilfred Uytengsu....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||18||4||0.818||Champions|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||12||10||0.545||4th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||5th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||3||11||0.214||9th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||8||5||0.615||3rd|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||5th|
|2010-2011 Philippine Cup||8||9||0.471||6th|
|2009-2010 Fiesta Conference||22||14||0.611||Champions|
|2009-2010 Philippine Cup||17||9||0.654||Runner-up|