The PBA All-Star week 2017 has been over but the clamor in social media is still apparent, at the post game where Gilas team defeated the All Stars Visayas. To be fair with the Philippine Basketball of the Philippines, it could be that only a few members of the board had to be blamed on that, not the whole institution. But then again, we don’t want to see any form of bullying or oppression, esp in an industry where fairness, healthy competition, and sports-mindedness are all required.
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 Philippine Basketball Association has officially started its final series between Alaska and San Miguel beer last August 6, 2010. With the rosters of San Miguel, I know it would be a tough road for Alaska, but the latter had proven they can beat the giants after having a lead on the series 2-0. The confidence and right defensive matchup worked well for Tim Cone.
He has been using the Tenorio-Baguio tandem and role players like Fonacier and Borboran who has been giving them quality minutes. It is awesome to see how close the game between these two effective teams. tth had been in finals for several conferences and one team eyes to add another championship to their records.
Washington has been awarded the best player of the conference and Freeman as the best import, now the pressure is on them to prove that they deserve the award. Simpson may not be the explosive type of import for Alaska but he certainly fit the Center position, with his long hands..rebounding is his crown. He can post that can draw double team or draw fouls that will put him to free throws.
San Miguel needs the help of Arwind Santos perimeter shooting, Danny Siegel offense, Dondon Hontiveros 3 point and slashing skills and the consistent scoring of Joseph Yeo. Siot Tanquinsen needs a different strategy in getting its first win on this series on Game 3. It would be hard for them to comeback from a 3-0 finals. But of course, I like Alaska to get that advantage hehehhe.
After a long semi-finals between Talk and Text and the Alaska Aces, resulting to Game 7, we finally bring home the bacon.
I have been a fan of Alaska since the time of Abarrientos and Cariaso, yes you bet, that is how long I’ve followed them. The last trading that happened between Miller and Baguio is maybe their lucky charm.
Baguio is indeed a good addition to Alaska in fighting a giant, seemingly unbeatable team like Talk and Text. Chot Reyes who is once an assistant coach of Tim Cone is very familiar with the triangle and zone defense of Alaska. Overall it was an interesting matchup between the best offensive team and the best defensive team in PBA. Alapag, as always, delivers important 3-point baskets which started the run for Talk and Text. Game 7 of this semifinals series is like a championship round. If there is one thing that Talk and Text could have improved on is the production of Castro, Harvey, Williams, Cardona and Dillinger, I felt that the latter is seldom used as he only played game 6 and 7, coming off the bench. Chot Reyes could have used Harvey or Dillinger to stop Diamond Simpson of Alaska. Cardona has been quiet and it seems that he lost the confidence in taking outside shots. I thought that Kelly Williams is not as a high flyer as he used to, he seldom slash on the basket and take outside shots.
If there is one thing I could be more proud of from the Alaska team is the quality minutes given by the bench people like Devance, Borboran and Fonacier. These players had been included on the rotation of the last 3 games of the semifinals. I watched Game 7 fully, which I had not done for the longest time of watching PBA. Alaska had dictated the tempo, not until the last minutes of the third quarter, where Talk and Text had brought the lead of Alaska from 18 down to 4 points only. The start of the 4th quarter is when Fonacier threw two 3-point baskets while Baguio’s stealing skill on the last 2 minutes ensures that Talk and Text cannot catch up. After this huge win of Alaska, they are now facing a bigger San Miguel team for the finals. Cone must use the height advantage of Eman and Sotto, since Thoss may not be playing for Finals. I am not expecting a championship, but it is always nice to see an underdog win on the series.
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.