The Batang Pier dropped a close one to the Express, spoiling the debut of new coach Pido Jarencio.
Even more disappointing was the first game of the Aces, the tournament’s defending champions who looked lackluster against the Tropang Texters.
Alaska fell to Talk ‘N Text, 72-85, as Ranidel de Ocampo unloaded 21 points with 10 rebounds and import Richard Howell added 15 with an amazing 30 boards, 10 of them offensive....
For the Alaska Aces, everything changed the day they celebrated their 2013 Commissioner’s Cup Championship. As the confetti and balloons fell from the rafters, they transformed from plucky contenders to surprise winners. At that moment, as fans and players relived the glory of dynasties past, they looked forward to the success that was to come.
Except things haven’t gone according to plan. With two straight unceremonious exits in the quarterfinals, the shine from the championship that Alaska won has all but been washed away. What remains are questions, disappointment and anxiety about the future. Instead of moving forward, the Aces have been leapfrogged by bigger, deeper and arguably more cohesive teams. Despite flashes like their gauntlet matches to make it to the Finals in the 2014 Philippine Cup, Alaska has made more noise outside the basketball court than inside it.
Who’s to blame? What’s the reason? The answer lies in the label tagged with the Aces now: Defending Champions. This early, this soon....
Columbian Autocar Corporation, Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. and Metro Pacific, three companies who have expressed intention of joining the PBA, will have to wait until April to know whether or not they will be accepted as new members in Asia’s pioneering professional league.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud said in an informal press conference on Thursday that the three companies, whose teams are applying to become expansion ball clubs in the league, have already submitted their letter of intent to join.
“The PBA Office, as of yesterday (Wednesday), has received three formal letters of intent to join the PBA next season as expansion teams, meaning new franchises, namely in order of their submission, first, Columbian Autocar Corporation, which is Kia Team, number two is the Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc., which is known as Blackwater Sports and number three, just yesterday, the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, which will be using NLEX Road Warriors as its team name,” said Salud....
“I’m happy and proud of them,” Fernandez told InterAksyon.com. “Siguro it’s about time na rin to move up to the PBA.”
Fernandez led the squad to five championships in six conferences as the Road Warriors established a dynasty in the D-League....
TNT's import Richard Howell, the youngest among the 10 foreign reinforcements, received Player of the Game honors for nabbing 33 rebounds, despite scoring just 15 points on a paltry 7-of-22 field goal shooting clip and making his only free throw.
Coach Norman Black though doesn't mind his lack of points, stressing that his goal for the team was to dominate games defensively. Black feels that Howell fit their needs well, saying, "He's not a great offensive player but he's a good defensive player and a rebounder, which is what Talk N' Text needs."...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||0||1||0.000|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||7||10||0.412||8th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||7th|
|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|