After departing Barangay Ginebra, former head coach Jeff Cariaso was given the option to resume his position as part of Tim Cone’s coaching staff at Purefoods but decided instead to return to a team he considers “home”.
“I did not choose Coach Tim and Purefoods. I simply chose Alaska. Alaska has always been a home for me. They are close to my heart because of our history. What they believe in are the same traits I believe in – discipline, hard work and integrity to name a few,” Cariaso told InterAksyon.com in a text message.
Cariaso, who was appointed by Alaska as a director of sports and development through the Power Camp, Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA programs, will also be joining the Aces’ staff under coach Alex Compton.
He was a member of Alaska’s multiple-time champion teams, including the Grand Slam squad in 1996....
MANILA, Philippines —A former Best Import, who has captivated Filipino fans with his electrifying style of play, will make his return to the PBA while a Puerto Rican giant will try to carry his team on his broad shoulders as the two headline the list of imports in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup which opens Tuesday.
The high-flying Marqus Blakely will be in his fourth tour of duty for Purefoods after three fruitful stints — leading the Hotshots to two championship runs and a Finals appearance in the Governors’ Cup.
Blakely, listed at 6-foot-4, will be the shortest import in the field but from what he has shown in over 60 games in the PBA, he compensates his lack in size with his athletic ability and his unrelenting intensity....
TV5 set another rating mark with Game 7 of the 2015 PLDT Home DSL PBA Philippine Cup Finals last Wednesday between the San Miguel Beermen and the Alaska Aces at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the game averaged close to 3.3 million viewers and landed in the Top 5 among primetime shows, according to the National Urban TV Audience Measurement.
At its peak in the fourth quarter, the game was watched by about 5 million viewers for a 40-percent audience share....
We start off with the four imports who will be debuting in the conference’s first day on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
BARANGAY GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL – Michael Dunigan...
The second conference gets underway in the PBA with a doubleheader at the Mall of Asia Arena today and fans are bracing for a new-look treat after the Philippine Cup ended less than a week ago.
A crowd of 22,511 closed out the first conference which began with an attendance of 52,612 at the Philippine Arena. Fans are eagerly anticipating the start of the Commissioner’s Cup not only because of the features the league is introducing but also because of the scuffles that broke out in the run-up. Fights erupted in three separate tune-up games, indicating the players are getting ready for some serious physicality. The PBA, of course, has issued a strong warning to roughhousers that dirty play won’t be tolerated and penalties will be severe for wrongdoers.
The invasion of imports will turn the Commissioner’s Cup into a wide-open battle for supremacy. Now, more than ever, anything can happen in a game as the outcome will be unpredictable. The last four placers of the Philippine Cup are allowed an import with no height limit so Barako Bull, Kia and Blackwater are parading seven-footers. NLEX won’t bring in a seven-footer but the Road Warriors are doubly dangerous with NBA veteran Al Thornton teaming with resident big man Asi Taulava. The seven-footers are Peter John Ramos of Kia, Chris Charles of Blackwater and Solomon Alabi of Barako....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||0||0||0.000|
|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|
|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|