With Blackwater pulling within single digits after being down by as much as 21 points, Alaska got a big break with Thoss drawing Smith’s last foul that left the Elite without their reliable import to turn to on both ends down the stretch.
“Obviously, it was a big deal that Sonny was able to get him (Smith) into foul trouble,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton after his team’s 109-95 victory.
“Sonny might need an ice bath pretty soon. It’s a good thing Sonny was able to grab some fouls on him.”...
MANILA — The Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) board of governors has agreed to release 15 Gilas players 15 days ahead of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) men’s championship.
According to a report on Spin.ph, the decision was made Wednesday following a special board meeting held at the league office in Libis, Quezon City.
The Seaba tournament, slated on May 12-18 at Araneta Coliseum, serves as a qualifier to the FIBA Asia Cup....
Jefferson struggled in the first half before scoring 20 of his 28 points after the break to lead the Aces to their 2nd straight victory. He also grabbed 15 points to duplicate his double-double effort against GlobalPort over the weekend.
“Cory is a great fit for us because he's not a ball dominator, he's a team player. Alam n'yang di kami mananalo kung mag-isa lang siya. I appreciate his character, he wants to defend and move the ball,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said....
The Aces battle GlobalPort in the main game that tips off at 5:15 p.m., right after the Blackwater-Phoenix face-off that starts at 3 p.m.
Octavius Ellis was supposed to suit up for Alaska, but had to return to the U.S. citing personal matters....
Alaska could start the PBA Commissioner's Cup playing an all-Filipino lineup when Octavius Ellis, the 6-foot-10 American it tapped to be its reinforcement, flew back to the US to attend to "an important family matter."
The team opens the tournament against GlobalPort on Saturday.
Spin.ph first reported the development....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Commissioners' Cup||2||0||1.000|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||6||6||0.500||6th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||14||11||0.560||Runner-up|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||16||7||0.696||Runner-up|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||12||7||0.632||Runner-up|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||8||0.385||6th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||9||0.654||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||8||7||0.533||4th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||5||0.583||6th|