Pingris is taking a short break after a grueling international campaign with the Philippine national men’s basketball team in the offseason and missed the team’s season opener against the Aces.
Alaska head coach Alex Compton said that the absence of the league’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year was noticeable and his Aces took full advantage.
“Aminin natin, the No. 1 energy guy that I’ve seen, possibly in the history of the PBA is Marc Pingris. Wala siya, malaking bagay sa kanila yun,” Compton told sportswriters during the postgame interview....
After tipoff, Alaska proceeded to lay the smackdown on the winners of last season's Grand Slam, fashioning out a dominant 93-73 victory on Wednesday in the 2015 Philippine Cup on Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
After a hot 7-0 start from Purefoods behind top gun James Yap, Alaska managed to strike back, battling the Hotshots to a 16-all deadlock after the first period....
Iconic Purefoods returns, begins quest for five-peat vs Alaska; Meralco, Barako Bull parade new coaches
The Hotshots and the Aces do battle at 7 p.m. while the Meralco Bolts and the Barako Bull Energy collide at 4:15 p.m. Both games are broadcast live on TV5.
Coming off a Grand Slam feat as the San Mig Coffee Mixers, the franchise returned to its old name right before the season, and there is little doubt about them bringing the same winning tradition of the iconic Purefoods team which has won many titles and produced legends of the game....
And when the Philippines’ favorite pastime and the Philippines’ favorite boxer converge in one place, thousands of souls will naturally go to it.
And that place is the Philippine Arena and that event is the opener for the 40th season of the PBA wherein 52,612 people crammed the largest indoor arena in the world....
BOCAUE, Bulacan, Philippines — For 40 seasons, the Philippine Basketball Association had one thing that lifted them to new heights: the throng of fans that have supported the league through its ups and downs.
“To our fans, to the public, let me welcome you,” PBA Commissioner Chito Salud said during the opening ceremonies of the league at the Philippine Arena. “This season is for you, this season is because of you.”
With thousands of fans in attendance, the 12 teams ushered in the 40th season inside the world’s largest indoor arena as Salud took the opportunity to thank the forefathers of the PBA that made a dream formulated during martial law into the elite basketball league of the Philippines....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||1||0||1.000|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||8||7||0.533||4th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||5||0.583||6th|
|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|