Alaska Aces is a professional basketball team in the Philippines, established since 1986 by the Alaska Milk Corporation & one of the few teams with the most championships in the PBA league. I don’t play basketball nor be even good at it, but this sport transcended my understanding about basketball, it is indeed more than a physical game, but rather a team game and discipline.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. -Thomas Paine
Such a long time since I go after the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner games, but this conference is just a head turner. The team rosters are balanced enough that you cannot anymore identify who’s the best team in the league. But the one who has the focus and heart to win will emerge. Coming from eliminations, Alaska Aces finished at the top spot and got straight to the Semis, facing their toughest opponent for two conferences, San Mig Coffee Mixers, as they have not beaten them for almost 20 months, from the time that the legendary coach Tim Cone had left the team.
The Semis Game 1 displayed the defense capability of these two contenders as they limit each other’s scores to be lowered than 80 points, and I thought it was an advantage for Alaska. However the last 60 seconds of the game, with the shooting prowess of Denzel Bowles (San Mig import) took the first win away from Alaska. The Mixers fan have rallied via social networking sites, that Alaska will never ever beat the Mixers, because of their winning cards against them. Luigi Trillo, Alaska’s head coach would like to prove them wrong and take out the monkey off his back.
After a much-talked-about Jones Cup, where Smart Gilas Pilipinas beat the US national team, making them take the crown. LA Tenorio’s name, a former Alaska Aces point guard, has emerged, as he was the MVP of the said league. Now Alaska made another bold but calculated move, when they trade their point guard superstar Tenorio to get JV Casio (last year’s top rookie) and Dondon Hontiveros (San Miguel’s shooting guard), a veteran who have won championship for the Petron team. And when everyone thinks that Coach Luigi Trillo is making a huge mistake in doing so, I think otherwise.
I was an avid fan of Alaska aces, a local basketball team of PBA, though my favorite players have been transferred to different teams already, im still checking them out as to how they stand on today’s league. last game i checked, they are playing with the Ginebra kings which obviously gotten the heart of i must say 75% of the crowd. its an important game for both of the teams as they are fighting for the top 2 slot, wherein the team who will win will have longer rest than the other teams. on the 2nd half, almost 10 ang lamang ng Ginebra so i thought, maybe Alaska is not lucky that night. i was surprised to know that they actually took that game and glad they are now on the semis berth. however four other teams are fighting for quarter finals playoff. siguro mahilig lang ako sa underdog team, nuon pa man, silent team lang ang alaska, well of course how can i forget tim cone na bihirang mag smile heheh. goodluck to alaska, and hopefully this will be a good season for them.